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Gilding Lily

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  285 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews

In this delicious new novel, Tatiana Boncompagni creates a heroine everyone will love...and no one will ever forget.

As Lily Bartholomew navigates kiddie birthday parties starring chart-topping entertainment, society dinner-dances where any woman larger than a size 2 can barely stand to show her Botoxed face, and vacations to exclusive hideaways with the mother-in-law f

Paperback, 297 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Avon (first published August 27th 2008)
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Aug 29, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Lily Bartholomew lived the sweet life. She was the ultimate “It” girl that everyone wanted to be seen with. That was about thirty pounds and a million diaper changes ago. Now Lily is married; recently gave birth to a healthy, happy boy named Will and can no longer fit into a size 2. Lily and her husband, Robert loves each other very much except for the other woman in the picture. This woman knows Robert inside and out, she’s rich and powerful as well as a force to be reckoned with and she’s caus ...more
Read Between the Pages
Apr 01, 2013 Read Between the Pages rated it really liked it
Ahh…Gilding Lily by Tatiana Boncompagni. Where do I begin with this novel? Well let’s start with a summary of the book shall we? This book is basically about a woman named Lily Bartholomew who is married to a wealthy man named Robert. She enjoys her life in the glamour having fun going to parties with him and getting her picture taken…until they have a baby that is. Once she has a child, that’s when everything starts crashing down around her. She feels embarrassed of her weight, she feels her hu ...more
Lily (WhoLockian)
Jan 25, 2012 Lily (WhoLockian) rated it it was ok
* Paperback: 300 pages
* Publisher: Avon; 1 edition (September 9, 2008)
* ISBN-10: 0061451010
* Author: Tatiana Boncompagni
* Cover art: I like the dress.
* Overall rating: **1/2 out of 5 stars
* Obtained: My personal bookshelf

Gilding Lily by Tatiana Boncompagni
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

In this delicious new novel, Tatiana Boncompagni creates a heroine everyone will love...and no one will ever forget.

As Lily Bartholomew navigates kiddie birthday parties starring chart-topping en
Jul 08, 2008 Courtney rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2008, fiction
Let me say right now that I've had this book finished for about two weeks now, and have had to force myself to write the review. It's not that the book is bad; it's just that it did nothing for me. That said, let me move on to the actual review.

Gilding Lily is the story of Lily, a woman from upper-middle class roots who is catapulted into the luxe (and back-stabbing) world of the New York elite when she marries a man of that class. Somewhere around the birth of her son, she loses her sense of se
Mar 23, 2013 Lyz rated it did not like it
I am so glad I am finished with the book. NO ONE in this book is likeable. Lily is weak. Robert is an immature, self-absorbed ass. Josephine is wicked. The socialites are vile. There is no one to like. An author needs to give us someone to root for, but rooting for Lily was an exercise in frustration. Every time one of the vile socialiltes or her nasty MIL turned an innocent situation into a disaster, Lily shrank back and condemned herself for poor decision making. By the middle of the book I qu ...more
Dominika Czekanski
Sep 12, 2013 Dominika Czekanski rated it really liked it
This is a fun chick-lit type book, easy and fast read, good for the beach or pool. It's about a new mom who's also a socialite in the NYC scene. As her life focuses on her newborn baby and the high society social scene she looses track of her marriage and trouble stirs up immediately. To top things off she has a horrible meddling, insecure, selfish and rude mother-in-law, who only adds fuel to the fire of Lily's crumbling marriage. The book exposes how easy it is to fall for the trappings of the ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Abby rated it did not like it
This book is ridiculous. Taking into account this is supposed to be a light, fluffy, fun book, it is still ridiculous. The main character is a champion whiner who refuses to stand up for herself and instead just pouts to the reader over just how mean everyone else is. She complains that her husband is lazy and unmotivated, while she herself is just sitting around nagging him. She realizes her socialite friends and mother in law are all complete bitches yet she still clamors for their approval. S ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Katerina rated it did not like it
This definitely wasn't one of my favorite books but it was a light hearted easy read. This book gives you an inside look at the elite life of the people everyone one wants to be but then the book takes a turn for the unexpected and shows us how one of them because one of the people they mock. Lily is a beautiful and successful women who met the man of her like and has a beautiful child but when her world turns upside-down she has nothing left to do but let it be. Her husband lost his job and she ...more
Sarah Wagner
Jan 06, 2013 Sarah Wagner rated it liked it
A fun read set in the world of luxurious New York society, where Lily Bartholomew discovers what is truly important as she ascends and descends the social hierarchy. Having married into a wealthy family, Lily and her husband are nonetheless struggling after the birth of their first child and the loss of both their jobs. Determined to regain some level of financial security, Lily begins writing about the snobbish social set she inhabits and finds herself at risk for making more enemies than frien ...more
Oct 19, 2011 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was cute. Not a bad bargain purchase, but I was so pissed off when I closed it up. No matter the cutesy ending, I was too annoyed with Lily's husband Robert for how ignorant and stupid he was throughout the book. I felt it needed more of a general resolution, even though I was happy he got a happy ending. I generally enjoy taking the time read books like this - caricatures of society women and all - but the undertones of this one bothered me and I couldn't put much stock in the happy e ...more
Apr 19, 2009 Hafidha rated it liked it
Strangely enough, I was able to relate to this novel about an upper east side woman who marries into money, then struggles to adjust to married life, a first baby, stay-at-home-motherhood, and her husband's unexpected job loss. I'm not living in Manhattan or rubbing shoulders with socialites, but I wanted to see how the main character worked things out. No big lessons for me personally, but it was a nice, light read.
Jul 16, 2008 Gayle rated it really liked it
I seized the opportunity to fly through an advance reader's copy of "Gilding Lily" and enjoyed it. Well written with a few twists; liked Ms. Boncompagni's style ~ phrasing, imagery, pace... It's a very quick read (soup to nuts in parts of 2 consecutive evenings) and entertained me as a break from Ethan Canin’s book.
Sep 23, 2012 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading for the second time. It is rare I will read a book twice but this was a good one. Being from NY I can totally envision the locations and what the characters are like. Highly recommend.
Kristi Brown
Jan 19, 2009 Kristi Brown rated it it was amazing
OMG this book kept me up laughing! And a hilarious tale how one New York Society mom takes the Society World by swarm! I loved the 10 ten list at the end of the book...must read book so you too can enjoy this list ; )
Jun 21, 2009 Debbie rated it did not like it
I read this because it was on a magazine's suggested summer reading list. Uninteresting story, one-dimensional characters and not the "fun" you look for in a light chic-lit summer read. The best part of the book is the beautiful dress on the cover. Enough said.
Oct 25, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
good story of falling out of money and status and out of the rich crowd. Fun characters and look into how the other half "might" live.
Sep 24, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it
Sort of along the lines of the Nanny Diaries. A glimpse into the glitterati of NYC. Entertaining enough for a long flight back to the East Coast.
Jun 27, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
A fun,fast read about the world of rich socialites in Manhatten. Glad I'm not one of them!
Apr 17, 2009 Theresa rated it did not like it
Read 100 pages and gave up. I couldn't get into this book as I found it totally boring.
May 24, 2009 Heather rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish this book, so surface, predictable and cliche.
Beth Bernier Pratt
Nov 17, 2009 Beth Bernier Pratt rated it did not like it
Read it during jury duty (lots of time spent waiting around). It was dumb, dispiriting, unoriginal. The writing was just competent enough to keep reading rather than stare at the wall blankly.
Jul 24, 2009 Leanna rated it really liked it
A great summer/beach read...... I never knew what the life of a socialite was really like - Lily brought me into a world I never knew existed.
A fast read. A good story. I found that the premise of this was a bit like the other book by the author that I had read-but I liked the ending of this one more.
Nancy Baack
Mar 12, 2009 Nancy Baack rated it liked it
Disturbing to think there are probably actually people who act like this (Oh wait! I watch the Real Housewives of Orange County and NY - I should know this!)
I didn't care for this book. It didn't seem very well written.
Aug 31, 2008 Christina rated it really liked it
Well written. A great book about remembering who you are and what you stand for. Gives you a glimpse of the posh life through an outsider's eyes.
Oct 07, 2013 Toddy rated it liked it
Wanted to put down but something made me keep going. Trite, over the top, but NYC upper east side snob fiction at its silliest. A fun read all in all.
Aug 09, 2009 Sandra rated it liked it
Great summer read. Fun chick-lit
Mar 24, 2016 Kristal rated it liked it
A really quick, fun and enjoyable read. The characters seem authentic and the main character makes solid, real world decisions that most people can relate to in some way.
Oct 15, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Held my interest and was a good enough read for the beach or a lazy weekend.
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Tatiana Boncompagni is the author of SOCIAL DEATH, a mystery set on the Upper East Side, and two women's fiction novels: GILDING LILY and HEDGE FUND WIVES.

Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, InStyle, Marie Claire, Town & Country and Vogue.

Tatiana graduated magna cum laude from the School of Foreign Service
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