Title: Meet Me In Monaco
Authors: Hazel Gaynor + Heather Webb
Length: 356 pages
Publisher: William Morro (HarperCollins)
I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for ‘Meet Me In Monaco’. I was so excited to read this, I started it the day it arrived.
Movie Starts and Paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest start of all, wants only to escape the flashbulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelter Miss Kelly in her boutique, fending off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, love, and tragedy. James Henderson cannot forger his brief encounter with Sophie Duval. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly’s wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie – like Princess Grace- must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.
‘We only get one chance at true love. Till death do us part will hopefully be a very long time- too long to spend with the wrong person. Men often think they’re the ones to make all the decisions, but I think that women can do anything they decide to do. Follow your heart, Sophie.’
I absolutely loved this book. I loved it. I knew it was going to be a 5 star read for me, from the first page, that first Newspaper article. It set the tone for book and I loved it.
‘Meet Me In Monaco’ just has a great overall story. It’s what shines. There’s so many aspects too it. I love the whirlwind, yet heartfelt romance between Sophie and James. I love friendship between Sophie and Grace. But what I loved the most was Sophie trying to save her business. This story arc had twists and turns (as did the romance) but I was really rooting for Sophie. You could feel who much it meant to her and I always think that makes for fantastic reading.
The characters were wonderful. The story is told through the perspectives of James and Sophie. At first I thought James was going to be like the preconceived notions I had in my head about paparazzi, but I was wrong. So wrong. I like that Sophie was strong woman, and I loved it when she realised what she truly wanted towards the end of the novel. I also loved how we saw Grace Kelly through both of their eyes. It was fascinating to read. It truly felt like we go a peek behind the curtain into the wedding. Grace was a brilliant character in this book. It only made me want to know more about her.
This book is amazingly written. It’s so atmospheric. I could do easily see and feel the chaos and excitement on the day when Grace married Prince Rainer. You could feel the buzz in the air. Also that ending!! I don’t want to give anything away, but it shocked me. I didn’t expect it to end like that. I have to be honest and say I did cry. It only made the book better.
What this novel does best is it captures a time, place, essence and feeling. It just encapsulates Old Hollywood Glamour. I can’t recommend this book enough. If you love movie stars, sweet romance and glimpse into a different world, then this book is for you. It’s a wonderful piece of work. The novel just has a charm to it that captured my heart.
I was very grateful to receive a copy of ‘Meet Me In Monaco’ from Harper Collins in return for an honest, unbiased review.
Until the next review