Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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…
A Night in With Audrey Hepburn is the first in a series of three books following the life and loves of Libby Lomax as she blossoms from Z-lister to A-lister and all of the stages in between with a little bit of help from some very special friends. -- Harper
How could I resist this adorable cover? The answer is I couldn't! The up-do, the tiara, and pearls! It all just screamed Audrey Hepburn! And honestly, who doesn't love Audrey Hepburn and everything she represented? I had a feeling that A NIGHT IN WITH AUDREY HEPBURN by Lucy Holliday was going to be a fun book, and it definitely was. In fact, it brought me back to those chick-lit books that I devoured in my early 20s!
A NIGHT IN WITH AUDREY HEPBURN tells the story of Libby Lomax, a struggling actress who also has her fair share of guy troubles. Life isn't exactly going her way right now, and she finds escape in the world of classic movies. She currently has a role in a TV sci-fi series as a disgusting alien that wears a rubber suit; however, when she ends up catching on fire, she embarrasses herself in front of sexy actor Dillon O'Hara and loses that "promising" job.
She heads home to her "quaint" apartment and decides to watch Breakfast at Tiffany's for the hundredth time. As she settles into her "new-to-her" couch that she rescued from an old props department, a vision of Audrey Hepburn appears on that very same couch... right next to Libby. Audrey is exactly what you'd expect and she has plenty of advice to offer to Libby! The question is, "Can Libby actually take Audrey's advice and use it to change/fix her life?"
A NIGHT IN WITH AUDREY HEPBURN is the first book in the Libby Lomax series, and I thought it was adorable. It's a cute escape read that is guaranteed to make you laugh... a lot. Libby is a fantastic character who will capture your heart, even though there are times when you will want to shake her. She is a little down-on-her-luck and doesn't always realize what's good for her... even when it's right smack dab in front her her!
I loved the premise of this book -- that Audrey Hepburn appears on Libby's newly recovered couch and offers her advice. Audrey had words of wisdom on men, fashion, careers, and more; and the author did a great job of bringing this larger-than-life character to life! I was so excited to learn that this is the first book in a new series. There will be more books in the very near future, and I think the next one "stars" Marilyn Monroe. How cute will that be?
I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that the ending might not be exactly the one that most readers want -- me included. However, I will admit that had the story ended like I wanted, I'm not sure there could be additional books. The author has to have somewhere to go! And goodness knows, Libby can sure use some more advice to navigate her life!
A NIGHT IN WITH AUDREY HEPBURN is just sheer reading fun. Highly recommended to fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jill Mansell.
Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this novel.