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.
|Size||5.5 x 8.5|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2018|
If you’re a fan of Audrey Hepburn, sweet, clean contemporary romance, and excellent wit, then this is your next novel to read. I LOVED this book! Julie Wright created a wonderfully realistic character in Sylvia and it was so much fun to go along her journey of self-discovery. I enjoyed reading about Audrey the eye and Audrey Hepburn in real life. Julie has such a knack for laugh out loud humor in just the right places. This book was a pure escape during a very stressful time in my life and I’m so grateful that I could read every page knowing that there would be great content on the next one. I can’t wait to read Julie’s next book!
I have never been even a little bit disappointed by one of these Proper Romances. And this one was no exception. In fact, this one might be my favorite Proper Romance I’ve read. I loved everything about it!
Let’s start with Silvia. There are so many great things about her. She’s a woman working hard as a film editor. And when I say working hard, I mean that she’s doing her own job and her bosses and she’s doing a great job of covering that last bit up. Silvia has so many things going for her, you’d never know that she only has one eye. Well…that is, the people in her life don’t know she only has one eye. I loved how she talked about her eye, she even named it, Audrey, after Audrey Hepburn. The way Silvia thinks about Audrey Hepburn and talks about her makes the story just that much better.
I loved Silvia’s grandma. She’s this little old lady who loves old movies. She is the most sassy person you could imagine. I loved how she kept telling Silvia not to sass her, so funny! She seemed so…not vulnerable…until she was. She was one of my favorite parts about this book.
Now we’re to Ben. In this one, you only see the plot through Silvia’s eyes. Sometimes it’s hard not to see the whole plot. But I’m just realizing that I didn’t think at all about that while I was reading this book. That tells me that the author did a great job with Silvia. I liked Ben’s character. There was so much chemistry between him and Silvia. The whole plot between the two of them just worked.
There are so many other great characters. I won’t talk about any more of them. I was thrilled that Emma from Lies Jane Austen Told Me was a big part of this one. But how could she not be? She is Silvia’s best friend.
The plot of this one was fabulous! There was so much more going on than just a love story, although there was that. And it’s a great one too! Make sure you pick this one up! It’s one of my very favorites.
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)
Ever since I heard there would be another book by Julie Wright in the same style as Lies Jane Austen Told Me--a novel I absolutely adored and cheered out loud when it won the Whitney Award--I've been looking forward to this book. It definitely did not disappoint! I adored this book! The plot and storyline are great--nothing could have made them better--but the best part is Julie's wit. I love her humor! The characters are sassy and fun, and reading was a delight. There are several movie references, some of which I got, and others, I had no clue, but I don't think it was a problem at all. Little Easter eggs of fun if you got them, but Julie didn't make you feel lost if you didn't. Before reading the book, I took the time to watch Breakfast at Tiffany's since I've never been a fan of old films and had never seen that one, and I'm glad I watched it, but it wasn't exactly necessary to know the plot or references. I especially enjoyed the appearances of the character Emma from Julie's Lies Jane Austen Told Me. Overall, the romance was sweet, the plot well planned, the journey completely worth the read!
I loved everything about this book. I love the title and having always admired Audrey Hepburn and the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s as well as the song Moon River, I was excited for this book to finally be released. I was not disappointed, in fact my expectations were exceeded.
The story is fascinating and so different to anything I’ve ever read. It provided a peak inside the movie making world, while maintaining the tension and the romantic storyline. The characters were all believable. And often funny.
I highly recommend this book. I’m excited to read it again in a few weeks and take the time to digest it slowly instead of racing through to finish it. I’m certain it will be just as delicious the second time around.
I loved Lies, Love and Breakfast at Tiffany's! I didn't realized when I started reading it that it's a companion novel to Lies Jane Austen Told Me. That said, it can be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend reading both. It's nice to have the background of the supporting characters from the first book.
This is the kind of book that is best to start when you've got a day to read. I really didn't want to put it down once I started.
I was fascinated by Silvia for many reasons, but her eye (or lack thereof) really made her intriguing. I was quite curious how things like driving would work being sightless on one side. I was concerned for her safety, and imagined her having a car with those blind spot indicators. The author did a great job of including Silvia's vulnerabilities when people sat on her blind side, or approached her on that side. It was really fascinating, and even more so learning at the end of the book that Silvia is based on the author's friend who has one eye. I have pretty horrible vision, but my issues are corrected by glasses or contacts. I can't imagine how difficult certain things would be only having one eye. But, I loved the banter between Silvia and her best friend, Jane. Silvia made the best of her situation and didn't complain about it. She was used to it, and knew how to adjust to succeed in her job and life.
I studied video production in college and could relate to the parts of the book that focused on video editing too. I really enjoyed having that additional connection to the book.
I'm looking forward to reading this book again, and hope it is available on audio book soon so I can listen to it while I work.
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
What a fun book! I love books with smart, witty and strong female characters and this book had a couple with Silvia and her grandma. They both brought a smile to my face.
Silvia and Ben have history. It's like a careful dance around each other without ever coming together for one reason or another. It's comical and also a little maddening. I loved the easy banter and movie quoting which reminded me of my kids. They are always quoting lines from movies to see who will get it. (I hardly ever do.) Both Silvia and Ben are easy to like and easy to root for.
Silvia has a bit of a ocular handicap due to a childhood cancer that is a large part of her story but doesn't take over the story. It definitely humanized her, gave her a hint of vulnerability, and maybe a dash of quirkiness. Silvia's connection to Audrey Hepburn gave the story a unique feel, unlike any other story I've read. I loved the quotes at the beginning of the chapters!
I guess I'll just end where I started. What a fun book!
- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
I should have known better than to start Julie's book when I didn't really have time to just sit and read. Less than a day later, I had devoured it. My kids came home from school too early and naps not long enough, but I couldn't read it fast enough. This was an incredible fun story. I always enjoy being where I haven't been and this book was all over that. I loved Silvia's drive, and Ben's loyalty and how everything turned out in the end. For a couple of chapters I thought I would be mad at the ending, but it ended perfectly. I highly recommend this book.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.