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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Girl in Hemingway’s Studio is a work of dramatic fiction penned by author Carolyn Grady. Our central heroine and the title character is Dr Alexis Strong Caldwell, an English professor and aspiring writer who is seeking more creativity in her life after winning a writing contest. She travels to the studio where Ernest Hemingway worked on some of his most famous writings of the '30s, reluctantly agreeing to take her sister Charlotte along for the ride. As the sisters attempt to bond, new adventures spring from the Key West locale, and other developments in the family Alexis has left behind begin to stir up trouble too.
This is a family drama in every sense of the word, and readers looking for an immersive experience where every family member has their own intriguing story will be very satisfied with the plot development work of Carolyn Grady. Plenty of backstory fills us in on Alexis’s relationship with her parents and sister, whilst Alexis’s husband Marcus has his own plot line as he inherits a mine that he doesn’t really know how to operate. The everyday struggles of the family are heightened by the new locations they are thrown into, with the development of the two sisters’ relationship right at the centre. In finding her new creative spirit, Alexis learns a lot more about life and the inspirations that come from it, and readers will find her a very endearing heroine the more she opens up. Overall, The Girl in Hemingway’s Studio is sure to please women’s fiction and family drama fans everywhere.