Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams

Those intrigued by the current political atmosphere may find Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams an interesting read. Set in the mid-60s, it captures the world of politics and gives the reader a glimpse into what it can be like living under a microscope. Family dynamics play a large role in the book but there are also political agendas, secrets, lies and betrayals, and secret love affairs. The time frames switches back and forth between 1964 and 1966, but both stories are beautifully intertwined.

As I began reading, I immediately felt like I had stepped back into 1960's high society (think the Kennedy family and Camelot). Christina Schuyler Hardcastle, otherwise known as Tiny, grew up in a high society family. Her mother always pushed her to do more and to be more because, after all, she is destined for great things. When she marries the political up and coming Franklin "Frank" Hardcastle, they become the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. Tiny fits the part perfectly, with her elegance and impeccable style, and is always camera-ready. After all, this is the dawning age of television politics. Frank's ambition is to become a congressman and maybe someday president. You can't help but get caught up in Tiny's story as she desperately tries to become more than just a political showpiece for her husband's blooming career. Under the constant scrutiny of the press, it becomes more and more difficult to hide discretions from her past. The story flips back and forth between 1964, shortly before she married Frank, and present 1966. You see, Tiny had second thoughts about marrying Frank and took off on a little adventure of her own. Unknowingly, she had a brief affair with her husband's cousin Caspian in 1964. But Tiny isn't the only family member with secrets that threaten to unravel. And, the one big secret revealed near the end -I never saw it coming.

Tiny Little Thing does a great job of representing the battle between conservative and liberal thinking that was prominent in the 1960s. I am not a big fan of politics but found this novel intriguing. It gives the reader a glimpse into a high society family that will do anything to keep their secrets buried and just how far families will go to do just that.

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