Saturday, September 30, 2023

A Storm of Infinite Beauty by Julianne MacLean (Review)

A Storm of Infinite Beauty by Julianne MacLean

 Julianne MacLean's latest release is perfect for readers who love well-written women's fiction. 

Book Details:

Title: A Storm of Infinite Beauty by Julianne MacLean
Category: Adult Fiction,  300 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release date: September 12, 2023
Content rating: PG-13 for mature subject matter 


From the bestselling author of Beyond the Moonlit Sea comes an atmospheric tale of how one woman’s search for the truth uncovers long-hidden secrets and rocks the very foundation of her world.

Scarlett Fontaine is a true Hollywood legend—a singer, actress, and beloved fashion icon. But Scarlett dies tragically at just thirty-six years old, leaving behind no children. Or so the story goes…

Gwen Hollingsworth is the curator at a museum dedicated to Scarlett’s life. She’s also the sole heir to Scarlett’s fortune as a descendant of the star. But all is not well in Gwen’s world. She’s dealing with a messy marital separation and is struggling to move forward. So when Peter Miller, a biographer, and photojournalist, comes to the museum with shocking claims about Scarlett—a life of exile in Alaska, a baby born in secret—Gwen’s whole world is turned upside down. Again.

Determined to uncover the truth, Gwen and Peter set out for Alaska together but soon find themselves on a path toward something far deeper and more meaningful than either of them ever expected.

A Storm of Infinite Beauty takes readers on a breathtaking journey from a lush vineyard in Nova Scotia to a rustic lodge in Alaska where old family secrets are revealed and the quest for true happiness begins.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

This is the first time I read a book by Julianne MacLean and it won't be the last. This was an interesting dual-timeline story with a great setting: Alaska, which almost felt like a character in this novel.

Gwen is the museum curator of her late relative, Scarlett Fontaine's legacy. Scarlett is a legendary Hollywood star who died young. Gwen is separated and mourning a loss so deep she can't seem to get past it. Her world is suddenly jarred when a writer shows up at her museum with shocking rumors about Scarlett. Gwen is pulled in to search the past to verify if any of it is true. As she discovers aspects of Scarlett's life she never knew, she begins to heal from her own trauma.

I love Scarlett's story which takes place in the 1960s. She is sent from Nova Scotia to Valdez, Alaska because she is pregnant and disgraced in her parent's eyes. In a rustic lodge in Alaska, among the majestic mountains and glaciers, and a couple who love her as their own daughter, Scarlett discovers herself and what she wants in life. The book opens up with a heart-wrenching prologue scene in the 1964 Great Alaskan earthquake, so that throughout the story it builds suspense as to what really happens to Scarlett on that day.

This is a novel about family, young love, deep loss, reconciliation, and change. The author succeeds in creating believable characters that I cared about. I researched the Alaskan earthquake after reading this novel and appreciated the author's notes at the end of the book. I love it when authors share their inspiration for a story and include a historical event that is little known.

A Storm of Infinite Beauty is perfect for readers who love well-written women's fiction. I, for one, will be reading more from this author.

Disclosure: Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this review copy. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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About the Author:

Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the popular Color of Heaven series. Readers have described her books as “breathtaking,” “soulful,” and “uplifting.” MacLean is a four-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and has won numerous awards, including the Booksellers’ Best Award and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from the Romantic Times. Her novels have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

MacLean has a degree in English literature from King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a business degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She loves to travel and has lived in New Zealand, Canada, and England. She currently resides on the east coast of Canada in a lakeside home with her husband and daughter. Readers can visit her website at for more information about her books and writing life and to subscribe to her mailing list for all the latest news.

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