50 Book Pledge Featured Read: The Secret Affair

Hey Savvy Readers! Are you ready for a review of our last read of 2017?! We’re ending this year strong with The Secret Affair by Gill Paul.  A passionate, tender and captivating story of glamour, infidelity and love, behind the scenes of the most iconic Hollywood movie ever made.


Set in the 1960′s in Rome, Cleopatra is being filmed and the love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton is about to set the world alight. But behind the scenes, there are more than meets the eye.

Diana Bailey is given a job on set as a historical advisor, and when she arrives, tensions are high. Not only is the film having financial problems, but the relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton is causing a stir. Diana is adjusting to life away from her troubled marriage, and finds a friend in make-up artist Helen, as well as growing close to Ernesto. But Helen has a dark secret that she has been hiding, one that could affect Diana greatly if it is revealed…


It was a very compelling reading from the perspective of the “backstage” crew. Diana and Helen in particular are exceptional characters that share some intense and gripping scenes. We also really enjoyed not knowing where the story was headed.

Overall we think this book will be perfect for fans of old Hollywood, the movie Cleopatra, or those interested in the love affair of these two actors.

We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did. Add it to your 50 Book Pledge shelf today!

Happy Reading!


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