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‘For Method actors, what looks effortless on screen takes far longer to put together.’

Method by Kate Stewart was beautifully written, incredibly emotional and unique as well as captivating. The story intrigued us and we pretty much read it back to front in one sitting. Method is without question one of Kate Stewart’s best work, it had maturity, poignancy and the theme was dealt with sensitively and handled with care and attention. It was interesting and compelling. It was heart-breaking and disturbing. As far as Hollywood tales go this is the best we’ve ever read. So refreshing!

‘We don’t do much of anything without the other. We don’t need space to be individuals, because we’re the better version of ourselves when we’re together, at least I am.’

Hollywood is a tough nut to crack and Lucas is one of its ultimate stars. He and his best mate, Blake have paid their dues, yet whilst Lucas’ star has soared, Blake’s has fallen with tragic circumstances. Lucas is a method actor, honing his craft through living and breathing the character he portrays. Whilst this pays off tremendously in his career, it has disastrous effects on his marriage to, Mila.

‘I never saw this, I never thought him capable of hurting me to this degree. But it just goes to show what an amazing performer he is. I can’t even tell truth from fiction anymore. I’m not even sure how much of our story was a lie and that’s the thing that angers me the most.’

Mila is an intelligent beautiful and classy ‘girl next door’ with an innate sense of love for the finer things in life and a heart that belongs entirely to Lucas Walker from the moment she meets him. She cannot believe that this larger than life man only has eyes for her with an obsession and addiction borne out of intense soul-searing love. Their relationship is built on passion and whilst there’s always a ‘second man’ in their marriage -in the shape of whichever part Lucas is playing- Mila and Lucas have rules and an understanding and until now it’s worked albeit is strained. Lucas’ latest role though brings something entirely different to the table and deep cracks form in their perfect world.

“You know, you’ve spent a lot of time telling me how it’s okay for you to feel how you want to. Let me fucking feel the way I want about this. I don’t want my husband to have to sit behind closed doors digging into his brain for things that bother him. I don’t want to miss you when you’re sleeping right next to me. I don’t want to spend three months as a fucking outsider looking into your life, unaware of what’s going on in your head. I agreed to it, and I’ll keep my end of the bargain, but I don’t have to like going through it. So just give me a second.”

The research Kate Stewart has clearly carried out to write this novel is immense. We were hooked and felt every word, marvelling at the process. At the same time, we loved the marriage aspect and the way in which this Author explores hardship, strength, respect, resilience and the refusal to give up on love. Marriage can be a battle and choosing the easy way out is not always what’s right for the heart.

‘Overcome with what I feel, tears surface and slide down my cheeks. It didn’t sneak up on me, I’ve known for a while how I felt, but the fear of having something so perfect does. This, this feeling is what I’ve been holding out for, it’s mine, and he gave it to me, we built it together. It’s one of the best and most terrifying moments of my life.’

From a personal perspective, a couple of issues did hamper our enjoyment slightly which were personal to us and may possibly not bother any other readers. The jumping timelines, on one hand, served as a wonderful way to truly get beneath the skin of the characters as well as building the story, however, we found some of the jumps to be quite confusing. That teamed with parts being purely in italics did take us out of the moment a few times as we’re not great fans of italics. Again, this is personal to us. Taking that aside, Method was an extremely compelling reading experience centred around friendship, tragedy, personal growth and sacrifice as well as of course soul mate love. It felt incredibly raw and passionate with a real ugly side which showcased the beauty and strength of love. Kate Stewart astounded us and we love her for that!

“I will, Lucas. If you ever need saving, I’ll be there. I promise.”
He presses his forehead to mine. “I’m counting on it.”

Synopsis

Hollywood is a temptress, a trickster, a soul-stealing devil. I married an A-list player, knowing I come second place to his craft. But Lucas and I are a golden couple, a modern-day fairy tale.

I’ve never doubted what we built…until the sudden death of Lucas’s best friend has scandal rocking the Hills and shaking the foundation of our relationship.

I chose Lucas as my safe haven…he chose the role of a lifetime.

For the next three months, I’ll share my nights with a stranger, watching as he buries his pain, immersed in his role and living as someone else.

We’ve done this before. I tell myself it’s just another movie, and he’ll return to me.

I should’ve known this time would be different.

To get my husband back, I’ll need the strength of ten men.

As it turns out, I’ll have to go through two.

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