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Are You Lonesome Tonight

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  164 Ratings  ·  27 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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A.M. Torres Amazon or ebay. Those two sites should have it. It's a beautiful story. You will enjoy reading it.

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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
Mar 14, 2011 Joanne rated it really liked it
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
Sep 14, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
Brit
Feb 13, 2013 Brit rated it it was amazing
i dont know what to believe. but this book made me cry.
Becky
Oct 12, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
Very believable
Shahrun
Oct 13, 2014 Shahrun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elvis
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
Melissa
Mar 17, 2015 Melissa rated it did not like it
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
Monika
Aug 06, 2014 Monika rated it really liked it
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.
Connlou Ross
Jun 01, 2015 Connlou Ross rated it really liked it
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.
Clare Doherty
Mar 15, 2016 Clare Doherty rated it it was amazing
Great book I read it years ago and wanted to read it again. Tracked down a copy off Amazon. Just as good as I remember really makes you wonder if it's true or not. Would really recommend it to anyone who is an Elvis fan and a romantic.
Cathy
Aug 17, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Even if this wasn't true, it was one heck of a story.
Carol
Apr 04, 2008 Carol rated it did not like it
Shelves: biographies, music
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.
Maylin Machado
Oct 11, 2016 Maylin Machado rated it it was amazing
Shelves: powerful-stars
i never knew there exist a certain Lucy de Barbin in Elvis life....but looking to Desiree,she indeed like a female version of Elvis.Poor child. She almost fall in love with her own dad!
Wendy
Aug 09, 2015 Wendy rated it liked it
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
Emerald
Since I've read his former wife's books, I'm of the mind this tale might possibly be true. Each reader will have to decide for themselves. It's a really interesting story that opens up other avenues of Presley's life outside of his families biased knowledge.
Sandi Mann
Feb 24, 2015 Sandi Mann rated it liked it
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! ;)
Ginger
Oct 29, 2012 Ginger rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Elvis fan's
Recommended to Ginger by: Owner of Wise Owl Bookstore, Tupelo, MS
Shelves: autobiography


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 Brook
May 21, 2012 Alisha Brook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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.
Rona
May 30, 2014 Rona rated it liked it
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.
Sammy Fee
Oct 25, 2016 Sammy Fee rated it it was amazing
A moving story about a woman's love. Naturally the truth of the story will be questioned, but true or not, the story is still beautiful.
Melissa Brothers
Jul 05, 2008 Melissa Brothers rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how this book even got published!
Lindsey
Jan 13, 2017 Lindsey rated it really liked it
It was a very good book but its hard to tell if it's all true or not.
Sara
Jul 28, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok
Way too sad and sappy for my taste!
Maali
Dec 03, 2013 Maali rated it really liked it
not much of an elvis fan in general, but a fascinating story.
Michelle
Sep 05, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, own, celebrities
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.
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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.” 32 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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