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5.0 out of 5 stars Passion and glamour in 1960s Rome!, 22 May 2013
This review is from: The Affair (Paperback)
Set in Rome during the filming of the 1963 film Cleopatra, The Affair is a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at one of the most expensive movies of all time. This book is filled with passion and 60′s glamour and if you're a fan of shows like Mad Men then The Affair will appeal to you.

Gill has certainly done her research and I was so wrapped up in the world that she created that I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't real! Her descriptions feel very authentic and there is a wonderful level of everyday detail in the book along with fascinating facts about the film, fashions and sights of Rome at the time. Gill Paul has taken historical fact and woven it into a very personal story and I thought she really captured the moment in Diana's character as she tries to balance the lure of a once in a lifetime opportunity with her duty as a wife and takes a huge risk with her relationship to follow her heart.

Diana's experiences in Rome are a real eye opener for her as a character and surprised me as a reader! I didn't know much about the filming of Cleopatra or Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and their relationship when I started reading and I was fascinated by the details of their affair and life on the movie set in Rome. But although this is a novel about a very famous affair, that story almost takes back seat to the dramas of Diana's own life as she settles into her new role. I really enjoyed the parallels between the the love stories in the book and I thought Diana's contact with Elizabeth was very well done and believable.

The Affair is cleverly plotted as we see the Hollywood spectacle from the other side through the eyes of young journalist Scott and an altogether darker side to the story through make-up artist Helen. I would never have guessed that the story would take the twists and turns that it did and the sense that anything could happen made this a real page turner for me.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Cleopatra and this novel has definitely made me want to watch the film! The Affair is a brilliant and passionate read that will transport you to a different era and have you on the edge of your seat as the tension rises. Perfect for fans of historical fiction, classic Hollywood movies and great love affairs!
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