Respond to Reading – A Night in with Audrey Hepburn

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Hollywood glamour.

I’ve always been fascinated by classic movies and the screen icons of yesteryear, so Lucy Holliday’s novel, A Night in with Audrey Hepburn, appealed immediately.

Libby Lomax is having a horrific day. She’s just been fired from her job, has managed to humiliate herself in front of Dillon O’Hara, gorgeous television star, and has come home to discover that her new flat appears to have shrunk in size, especially when taking into consideration the huge sofa her friend Olly’s piked up for her. She settles herself down to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s when who should appear but Audrey Hepburn.

I laughed out loud – on the train no less – almost continuously throughout the book. Libby is so funny and her awkwardness endears her to the reader in a way the most perfectly poised heroine never could.

Also, Holliday’s characterisation of Hepburn was wonderful – her discovery of the internet and Twitter had me in stitches, and yet it seemed as if I was really seeing Hepburn experiencing this for the first time.

Heroes-wise we have two: bad boy actor Dillon, and best friend Olly. The novel’s the first in a trilogy (with A Night in with Marilyn Monroe out soon – though not soon enough for my liking!) so the ending’s not cut and dry, and there’s more than a little bit of me that’s decided who I want Libby to end up with already. Either way, the characterisation is fantastic and Libby’s conflict over who to prioritise at different points in the novel rings true.

Witty and clever, as well as full of little titbits about the Golden Age of Hollywood, I simply can’t wait for the next two books, and to see Holliday’s characterisation of both Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly.

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