Author: Julie Wright
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Women in Hollywood are just pretty faces. But Silvia Bradshaw knows that’s a lie, and she’s ready to be treated as an equal and prove her worth as one of Hollywood’s newest film editors.
She and Ben Mason had worked together as editors before Silvia got her big break, so he’s the perfect person to ask for feedback on her first major film. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into something more, a lawsuit surfaces, jeopardizing both of their jobs—as well as their fledgling romance. Audrey Hepburn once said: “The most important things is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Silvia agrees. Or she used to. It’s one thing to risk her job and her heart, but can she really risk Ben’s too? Does she have the right to make decisions for her own happiness when they affect so many other people?
With everything to lose, Silvia meets Ben for breakfast at his favorite diner, Tiffany’s, for one last conversation before the credits roll on true love.
This book is a hoot! And with wonderful depth! Isn’t that a great combination? First of all, I will forever remember the unique main character- Silvia had cancer as a five year old which left her with inner scars as well as outer- she lost her eye and has a glass eye she named Audrey (the little details about her vision and glass eye as an adult are fascinating!) Her fears stemming from her experiences in the hospital influence her relationships and priorities. I loved that she is strong and ambitious in a cutthroat Hollywood career, but also struggles with vulnerability and confidence at times. Ben is pretty awesome, and unrequited love (that is eventually rewarded) is one of my favorite tropes! He and Silvia have a comfortable friendship, fun banter, and quirky mannerisms that really made them come to life. It was interesting to see Ben as the vulnerable one as he shares his long-time angst over his romantic feelings and sadness when they had drifted apart. Their chemistry is amazing and only grows as Silvia sorts through her feelings for Ben. She has a loyal friend in Emma and her grandmother, and I enjoyed the dynamic they each brought to Silvia’s life. She learns important lessons through the obstacles she faces and grows as she begins to model her life into one of compassion like the real-life Audrey Hepburn. This is a book not to miss!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
I had to wait quite a while to get this book from my library but my turn finally came up. I think it was worth the wait. I enjoyed this one I think better than the first one.
I liked that Silvia didn’t allow her disability to keep her from being successful in life. I liked that she was willing to stand up for herself as needed though I seriously thought she would get fired for doing so. I was very uncomfortable with the idea of her driving with only one eye. I’d like to think “so what” but the descriptions in the book showed her to be at a disadvantage when people were to the wrong side of her. She could be, literally, blindsided on a dance floor. How can she see well enough to not be blindsided in a car? I may be misjudging the situation but it sounds scary to me.
I enjoyed the movie line banter between Silvia and Ben. I haven’t seen all the movies but it was still fun for me. My family uses movie lines all the time and it is more often than not, others have no idea what we are talking about. We still enjoy it. I loved Ben’s patience and sweetness but wanted to shake him for not being more forthcoming about his feelings. I also loved that he was so perceptive about Silvia’s anxiety and could step in where needed to prevent full blown anxiety attacks. He didn’t need to be told. He just did what she needed.
I found the whole movie making aspect to be interesting. I don’t know much about what goes into a movie besides actors and a director so it was fun to get a new perspective on that.
It was interesting that a half blind woman was so half blind in her relationships as well. To the reader it was obvious that Ben was interested and that something was wrong with grandma but it wasn’t until it was right in Silvia’s direct line of vision, figuratively, that she could see it at all.
And I loved learning a little bit about Audrey Hepburn. It made me want to watch all her movies again. Not that I’ve seen all of them but I’ve seen at least 7 I can think of. (Most of them were made before I was born).
No sex, language or violence