Thursday, 21 May 2015

A Night in with Audrey Hepburn - Lucy Holliday

"Unlucky in love, failed actress Libby Lomax has retreated into the world of classic movies, where the immortal lives of the screen goddesses offer so much more in the way of romance than her own life.
After a terrible day on the set of a cult TV sci-fi series where she has proved herself to be the antithesis of feminine poise and embarrassed herself in front of heartthrob actor Dillon O’Hara, she plonks herself down in front of her trillionth viewing of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Relaxing on her battered old couch, salvaged from the props department by her best friend Olly, Libby is gob smacked to find actual Screen Icon, Audrey Hepburn, sitting beside her. Dressed in her little black dress, wearing her trademark sunglasses, Audrey proffers advice to the hapless Libby between ladylike puffs on her vintage cigarette holder.
And so, Audrey becomes Libby’s confidante and friend – but has Libby got what it takes to turn her life from a Turkey to a Blockbuster? With a little bit of Audrey Hepburn magic, she might just pull it off…"

You know that little emoji with the love-heart eyes? That was TOTALLY my face, when I finished reading Audrey Hepburn. I loved it. Like, SERIOUSLY loved it. After reading a deluge of psych thrillers, books about little children being taken, and traumatic novels about the Thailand tsunami Lucy Holliday's gorgeous debut was like a breath of fresh air. 
Feel-good chick lit, with a tiny hint of magic, Lucy's writing reminds me a bit of Cecelia Aherne, but without the mega-amounts of schmaltz. I loved Libby Lomax - a likeable, highly relatable character (I, too, am the girl with a bazillion grey hoodies and zilch-o party clothes) and Lucy has Audrey to a T - any fan of Audrey Hepburn (are there actually ANY non-fans? Do these non-fan type people actually exist?) will agree that her character has been pulled off brilliantly. Combine that with a hilariously funny plot, which actually didn't take the path I was expecting it to, and you've got a winner. (Insert love-heart eyed emoji here).

A Night in with Audrey Hepburn is out on 21st May and you can get it here:

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