A Night in With Audrey Hepburn

A Night in With Audrey Hepburn

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'I laughed my slippers off!' Alexandra Brown

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 where she has embarrassed herself in front of heartthrob actor Dillon O'Hara, she plonks herself down on her battered couch in front of her trillionth viewing of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Libby is gobsmacked to find actual Screen Icon, Audrey Hepburn, sitting beside her. Dressed in her little black dress, wearing her trademark sunglasses, Audrey offers advice to the hapless Libby between ladylike puffs on her vintage cigarette holder.

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...

Publisher: London : Harper, ©2015
ISBN: 9780007582242
Characteristics: 391 pages ;,20 cm

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FindingJane Jun 28, 2017

Imagination is a powerful thing. So is lunacy. Is Libby Lomax inventive or just nuts? Who cares? She gets to hang out with Audrey Hepburn, the epitome of Hollywood grace, style, sophistication and brunette beauty, as vibrant and lovely as she was when she starred in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and other such classics.

The trouble is, Audrey’s advice doesn’t always steer Libby on the right track. Libby’s main problem is lack of self-esteem, a willingness to do silly things to get the object of her attentions and follow the orders of her demanding sister and her domineering mother. The latter is the monster that haunts showbizness—the stage mother. A Mamma Rose in her own right, Mrs. Lomax has never let go of her ambitions for her children and her hatred of her ex-husband, Libby’s father.

The book bubbles with charm but is solidly freighted with modern-day tribulations and technology. It’s hard not to smile as the author imagines her Audrey going gaga over gadgets like espresso machines, iPads and cell phones. Ms. Holliday’s Hepburn can be alternately fragile and steely. Libby’s difficulties in dealing with this figment and one (or is it two?) potential boyfriends are fun to read.

It’s a romance story with a difference. It is often short of romance, mainly because Libby, like so many modern women, has never had it. Audrey is appalled and saddened that no man has ever brought her flowers, gone on a proper date with her or come to pick her up from her home. She refuses to accept that chivalry is dead preferring to believe that Libby has been badly treated by her boyfriends. Maybe she has a point.

I found this book a sparkling mix of fizz and fantasy, both disheartening and cheering, funny and serious. It’s a breath of fresh air in the romance genre and a welcome reminder that, in a world devoted to the new and faddish, there’s nothing wrong with an occasional retreat to the classics.

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