16 Books like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo


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Books similar to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2017 historical fiction, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is about Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo. She has lived a glamorous public life. Yet she has deep secrets that she has never shared with anyone else. 

The story takes you on a heartwarming adventure of her time in Hollywood, including her scandalous seven marriages. The novel is also about a budding journalist, Monique Grant, who has been chosen by Evelyn Hugo to write the biography. 

If you love mesmerising tales like the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, here is a list of similar books. Spellbinding novels that have vivid and cinematic writing styles.

Stories of brave women who successfully navigated their life through the most unfavourable circumstances. Whether it’s Niva from Malibu Rising or Opal from The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, these are addictive tales with unputdownable plots! 

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

The book tells the events that are taking place hours before the collapse of the Riva mansion. The entire Malibu town and Riva siblings are gearing up for the annual summer party. A glamorous party is hosted by Nina Riva, a celebrated surfer and supermodel along with her siblings; Jay, Hud, and Kit. As the children of the famous rock star, Mick Riva, the four of them are constantly in the public eye. However, at this year’s summer party, secrets are revealed and the Riva siblings’ fate is sealed. Reid elucidates how a strong family bond can overcome any adversity in life. 

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Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane lives with her very conservative family in an affluent Baltimore community. As a fourteen-year-old, she is shy and soft-spoken,  helps her mother in the kitchen and sings at the church choir. When she is finally able to get a summer job as a nanny at Cones household, she is thrilled to get out of the house on her own. However, when she arrives there, she is shocked to find out how messy they are. From the five-year-old Izzy to Dr Cone, everyone seems to walk around in their underwear and there is never anything in the fridge. One morning, Dr Cone announces that he is soon going to treat a famous person in his house. And young Mary is stunned when she finds out who it is. Mary Jane is surely going to bring in much more fun and delight than the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. 

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

Opal and Nev are the most unlikely rock duo in the 1970s. Opal is a balding black girl from Detroit, while Nev is a white English boy. Despite their differences, they come together to make music for Rivington Records. However, their musical journey is short-lived after a tragic event.

Soon both part ways but forty years later, the duo is planning to do a reunion concert in 2026. So before the event, a black female journalist wants to curate the oral history of the band and the people involved in their journey. 

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

Daisy Jones & The Six will transport you back to the iconic rock n’ roll age. The story follows a fictional  1970’s rock group and their infamous breakup. Written in the form of a biography, the novel begins with the story of Daisy, the lead singer of the band.  As a young girl from L.A., Daisy always dreamed of becoming a singer. So when she gets to be part of the famous band, The Six, she feels exhilarated. Just like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones & The Six is a sweeping tale filled with glitz, glamour ambition and shocking secrets. 

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Confession by Jessie Burton

When Elise met Constance Holden on Hampstead Heath in 1980, she is captivated by Constance’s boldness and charisma. As a successful novelist, she is soon to be moved to LA. So Elise travels with her to explore new horizons along with Con in LA.  As she is unable to find her place among Hollywood celebrities and glamorous parties, their relationship starts to suffer.

Decades later, we meet Rose Simmons who wants to find out about her missing mother, Elise. Confession by Jessie Burton is a deeply moving novel about forbidden love, motherhood and friendship.

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City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

When 19-year-old Vivian Morris comes to live in New York in 1940, a whole new world opens before her.  Having been expelled from the college, she now works along with her aunty Peg in her The Lilly Playhouse.  Intimated at first, Vivian slowly explores the wild side of her, along with the flamboyant showgirls and handsome actors. But when she makes one small mistake, it turns into a scandal that absolutely shatters her. 

Now ninety-five years old, Vivian writes her life story to Angela, who wants to know Vivian’s relationship with her father. 

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The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon

From the New York Times bestselling author Amy Harmon comes an inspiring tale of music, love and race. For twenty-nine-year-old Benny Lament,  music is everything. As a son of a mobster, he knew that love and family can bring trouble.

So he led a reclusive life, making music for others. When his father takes him to a young black girl, Esther Mine who sings live, Benny is awestruck by her voice.

Shortly after he decides to collaborate with her band.  This story of an interracial couple in the 60s is told through a radio interview. 

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The Idea Of You by Robinne Lee

When thirty-nine-year-old L.A. art gallery owner meets Hayes Campbell, the member of world-famous August Moon, the unthinkable happens. They develop a passionate and genuine relationship. But their age difference complicates things. To be in a relationship with a twenty years old boy whom the whole world idolizes makes Solène anxious.

Yet they travel together and navigate their relationships through each other’s careers. But when the time comes Solène has to choose between her romantic relationship and her daughter.

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The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

Set in the backdrop of The Chelsea Hotel, The Chelsea Girls follows Maxine Mead, an actress, and Hazel Riley, a playwright who plan to begin each other’s careers. However, quickly they realise that making a Broadway show is all about politics. And for Senator McCarthy, nothing stands on his mission to erase the entertainers who are communists.

Spanning over twenty years, Fiona Davis crafted a well-researched historical fiction with intricate female friendships and glamorous background. 

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Crowned Heads by Thomas Tryon 

The book chronicles the stories of Hollywood stars and their life in Hollywood. There is the story of a mysterious actress who wants to be young forever. And there is one of a child actor, another actress who is on her way to self-discovery.

And finally, the actor, once known for elegance and wit, has to face the most horrible fate.

Just like Reid’s novel, Crowned Heads goes deeps down to the dark secrets of Hollywood stars.  

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Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun chronicles the extraordinary life of Beryl Markham. She was brought to Kenya when her family decided to start a horse farm. But shortly after the migration, her mother left her.

And it’s the father who looks after Beryl. She grows up in the wild along with the native tribe and become fierce and adventurous and becomes the first female horse trainer. However, in the midst of all this, she has gotten herself into disastrous relationships. This fictionalized history of Beryl Markham is an enchanting read. 

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The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

One of the highlights of the novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is how Reid managed to tell stories of two women from different timelines; Evelyn Hugo and Monique Grant. That’s exactly how Fiona Davis tells the narrative of this novel. The reader is transported between 1928 and 1974 to look through the lives of two women, Clara Darden and Virginia Clay respectively. After running away from her family home in Arizona, Clara works as a teacher of illustration at Grand Central School of Art. Life as a woman artist is harder than she expected. Meanwhile, Virginia is a single mom who is struggling to make ends meet. So when gets a job in the information booth of Grand Central Terminal, she accepts it. 

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In One Person by John Irving

In One Person, author John Irving narrates the story of a young boy who happened to love the wrong people throughout his life. William Billy Dean lived with his divorced mom in his grandparent’s house. He doesn’t know what happened between his parents except that his dad was caught kissing another person. As a teenager, Billy was constantly having crushes on many people; from the town librarian to his mom’s new boyfriend. He was unable to control his emotions. Soon Billy finds out the actual reason for their parent’s divorce which eventually influences his own love life. An absorbing book that chronicles inmost emotions of a bisexual man. 

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The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict 

The Only Woman in the Room is a fascinating account of Austrian inventor & actress, Hedy Kiesler. In the first part of the book, we learn about the actress’ life as the wife of an arms dealer. Although She was often felt suffocated as a trophy wife, being the wife of a powerful leader saved her from Nazi prosecution.  The later part of the book follows her life after escaping from her abusive marriage and her rise to stardom. But she also has a secret that she is keeping even from her Jewish family. 

Just like the dazzling movie icon, Evelyn Hugo, Hedy Kiesler has also led a fascinating life. 

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The City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay

In order to escape their job and chase their dreams, burlesque dancers Irene Van Beck and Millie Martin, and the comedian Henry Weiss jump off the train and find their way to Hollywood. Although they got out of their horrible jobs, they find it difficult to survive in the new place. As their dreams are challenged by prejudiced men, they lean on their friendship.

The City of Flickering Light narrates the other side of dazzling Hollywood. If you loved the scandals and secrets of the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, this is a perfect follow up. 

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Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb

In this charming historical fiction authors intertwined the real-life fairytale love story of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco with the love story of the fictional character, Sophie Duval, a floundering perfumer. During the Cannes festival, movie star Grace Kellys is pursued by a British photographer. In order to avoid him, Grace shelters herself in Sophie’s perfume shop.

Soon the two women develop a life-long friendship. A heartwarming story of friendship and heartbreak. 

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