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Are You Lonesome Tonight

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  113 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The bittersweet love story of Elvis Presley's secret passion--and the child he never knew. Elvis Presley was just eighteen when he fell in love with a beautiful 16-year-old French dancer--his first and only true love. They kept their passion secret from the world for 24 years. Now Lucy de Barbin breaks her silence and reveals all: the secret meetings, heartbreaking love sc ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by Diamond Books (first published 1987)
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Linda Ostrom
I tend to believe that Lucy did meet and have an affair with Elvis because there is a lot of evidence to that effect. It gets quite gray when she meets him again and doesn't tell him about her child. She does know a lot about him and I think that the dates of the meetings were accurate. I would hate to say that the book is a load of hooey because I think that Desiree' does look a lot like Elvis and Lucy and even Elvis' cousin knew he had a girlfriend named Lucy that he visited. Lucy knew a treme ...more
Joanne
Suspicious Minds

While never really an Elvis fan I saw this book at a library book sale and was intrigued. I found the first half of the book believable and looking at Desiree’s photos do see the possibility that she can be the King’s daughter.

Partially, I understand Lucy’s secrecy since times were different in the late 50’s – early 60’s and scandal could break an artist, but after the 10-year hiatus some of her actions seem unbelievable. She loves him, dreams about him, genuinely cares about h
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Lisa
The story it's self is very good. It hooked me in right away and I don't want to put it down, but I question the truth in it. Although there are many facts that coincide with her story, some times it seems a little too much. Sometimes her responses to situations or thought processes irritate me to no end, Like I'm reading a teen novel, but then I have to remember that she was young and it was a different time. I'm almost done, but am still not quite sold on it all. Need to do some digging around ...more
Shahrun
I picked this book up full of doubt. I finished it pretty convinced. Recently I have been reading a few books on Elvis (old and new). This one seems to fill in some gaps, so I would say Ms de Barbin's claims could mostly be true. Desirée does certainly look very much like Elvis. He certainly out it about a lot! So it stands to reason there must be a few children out there. I did feel that at times the book was a bit too romance novely. But, I can understand why Lucy made the hard choices that sh ...more
Wendy
If you read the first five chapters of this book you would think this is a bunch of crap. 1) She makes herself out to be a saint. 2) At one point she talks about a really bad beating that the Man gave her, then she went and saw Elvis and he didn't notice the bruises. I mean the Man punched her in her face several times making her nose and lip bleed. She has to do first aid on her face. 3) She talks about how beautiful she is all the time. What 11 through 17 year old thinks she is beautiful. Hell ...more
Gemma Ross
Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. How does one live through what Lucy lived through? I was a huge Elvis fan and Lucy shows me a side that I never knew. There are so many things I want to mention but it would give everything away.
Carol
What a load of hooey. I'd say it's just as likely she bore an alien's love child as Elvis Presley's. Don't waste your time.
Brit
i dont know what to believe. but this book made me cry.
Becky
Very believable
Monika
It is up to the reader to decide whether you believe this woman's account or not. Nonetheless, it is a great read. Captivating, really. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. You don't have to be an Elvis fan to enjoy this book. It is a story of young love...entertaining, dramatic, sappy at times. Just filled with emotions.
Ro
I read this a few years ago, and found it interesting. Not sure whether to believe her or not, because there are a lot of crazy people out there who like to make up stories about themselves and Elvis Presley for money and attention.
Sandi Mann
the writing style is highly emotive, what I'd imagine Fan Fiction to be like (so was Priscilla's book, incidentally). It's an incredible story (as in barely credible) but then...who knows. still a page turner! ;)
Melissa
I'm only half way through this book and I am struggling. It is an easy read but I just can't bring myself to believe any of it. I've read some of the reviews and I'm just baffled that THIS book has so many good reviews. All I can say is WOW. For a struggling mother of three then four children, she sure got out a lot. I'm also shocked anyone would believe any of this considering Elvis didn't want to be intimate with Priscilla after she had his child. Why on earth would he be intimate with a woman ...more
Sara
Way too sad and sappy for my taste!
Ginger
Nov 03, 2012 Ginger rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Elvis fan's
Recommended to Ginger by: Owner of Wise Owl Bookstore, Tupelo, MS
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Loved it. Usually you wonder about a claim of Elvis, but there is so much in pictures and authors note about the possibility, the only questions I had were about the latter days. Even the writer expresses his skepticism at first. Wasn't able to put down.
Alisha
Such a sad beautiful story. Any fan of The King should read it. Though still uncertain if it is true, it does paint a picture of Elvis that fans will enjoy reading if only to understand the (possibly) true Elvis.
Michelle
I gave this book only 3 stars NOT because it wasn't well written and entertaining but because of the believability. It's interesting...but also sad.
Sara
Don't know if this is actually true, but it is a sad sad story either way.
Maali
not much of an elvis fan in general, but a fascinating story.
Cathy
Even if this wasn't true, it was one heck of a story.
Melissa Brothers
I'm not sure how this book even got published!
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“If a woman is given only a limited amount of time to spend with the man she loves, she endures the separation by constantly recalling and reliving every moment down to the finest detail.” 29 likes
“That's why I've kept you out of reach. It's like putting something you love away from everything so its beauty won't be tarnished. I want to be with you more, and them less. I want my life to change.” 3 likes
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