I had the pleasure of meeting debut author, Lucy Holliday, at an event in London recently, and found her to be as delightful as Audrey Hepburn herself. She was sweet, approachable, down-to-earth and very funny. Just like her debut novel.
Libby Lomax is our heroine, always playing second fiddle to her high maintenance actress sister and pushy mother, abandoned by her worthless father years earlier so that he could follow his dream and finish his book. Libby is more grounded than the rest of her family, and her clumsiness and mishaps makes her more adorable than Bridget Jones. We cringe along with her as she tries to remain dignified in the face of adversity.
When she is visited by her heroine Audrey Hepburn, poor Libby doesn’t know whether she is going mad, has a brain tumour or is being haunted. Whichever it turns out to be, Libby comes to both rely on Audrey’s words of wisdom and dread what trouble Audrey is going to cause for her next.
The novel is full of wonderful characters: the aforementioned outrageous family; her best friend Ollie, who Libby is Not Attracted to At All; the hilarious Bogdan-Son-of-Bogdon; and the dashing womaniser actor Dillon, who Libby is not sure if she can trust.
I really did enjoy reading this, and I’m looking forward to ‘A Night In With Marilyn Monroe’ when it comes out in September!