Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Book Review - A Night in with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday

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Title: A Night in with Audrey Hepburn
Author: Lucy Holliday
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 21st May 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

A hilarious and heart-warming debut and the perfect girl’s night in. For fans of Summer at Shell Cottage and Game of Scones. LOL funny!!

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…

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.

What an enjoyable and entertaining story, so long as you can suspend your disbelief at Audrey Hepburn suddenly appearing in Libby Lomax's new apartment, with no viable explanation for it. 

Libby Lomax is an extra, pushed into the career by her mother, and sister. Her sister Cass is an actress, and years of being made to audition for the productions that Cass is also going to be in, has lead to Libby having no other viable career options. Libby also appears to be a general dogsbody for her family. She luckily though has a good friend in Olly, who helps her finally move out of her mums house, to a tiny flat of her own. 

When Libby is fired from the set of a sci-fi series, where she embarasses herself infront of the gorgeous Dillon O'Hara, in a fabulous scene involving an alien costume and a cigarette, she then has her first night in her new apartment, with the sofa Olly acquired for her. 

While sitting and watching Breakfast at Tiffany's, on her new sofa, suddenly from nowhere Audrey Hepburn appears. And throughout the book, Audrey seems quite at home in Libby's apartment, but you are never sure if its a ghost or a hallucination, or something else, as actions Audrey make have an affect on the real world!

I did feel at points the story just didn't feel like it was moving along particularly fast, but, this is the first book in what I believe is a trilogy, and thus it could just be this was all the building blocks being put into place for books 2 and 3. 

There are loads of funny moments in the book, including an incident at the spa, the alien incident already mentioned, and a drink being thrown in Libby's face all spring to mind easily. 

A Night in with Audrey Hepburn is written in a light hearted style, that is easy to read and understand. Libby has two main men in her life, one as a friend and one who is more, and I can't wait to see how the story progresses between the three of them, in the next book. 

My review of the next book in this series, A Night in with Marilyn Monroe, will be up very shortly. 

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