**spoiler alert** I thought the story was very good, and I believe that's how a person would react to being in an abusive situation and getting out of**spoiler alert** I thought the story was very good, and I believe that's how a person would react to being in an abusive situation and getting out of it. I think she was justified in her killing the man who was a danger to herself and her daughter, so I feel like she shouldn't have that amount of guilt, but that's speaking intelectually. Emotionally, I realize that's probably the right response someone would have to that trauma. I don't know; I've never been in that situation. I've never killed someone, so that's just speculation on my part. I really liked how Simone's questioning of God was not resolved. I totally thought that's where the book was headed on that score. I was surprised when, at the end, she still was unsure about him. I give kudos to Michele Bardsley for taking that tack and deciding not to go all preachy on the reader.
A lot of the problems in the last one weren't in this one. The relationship between Brady and Simone seemed genuine. The humor was there. The narator wasn't annoying and preachy. ...more
I am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn's. She is, in my opinion, the greatest actress to grace the screen. She personofied beauty, elegance, and style. HerI am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn's. She is, in my opinion, the greatest actress to grace the screen. She personofied beauty, elegance, and style. Her humanitarian efforts should be a guiding post for all of us to strive to attain. She was, in a word, perfection.
Why, then, did I give this book such a cold rating? Well, I have some issues with the author. His subtle racism was disturbing to say the least. I was disgusted with the way he would say about almost all of Audrey Hepburn's aquaintance something to the affect of "because of his _____ heritage, this man behaved this way, ect." Another thing was his less than subtle (indeed I'd go so far as to say blatant) homophobia when describing the first meeting between Audrey and Albert Finey before shooting their movie "Two for the Road." That was disgusting and had me recalling a brief discription of an earlier actor (whose name I have completly forgotten) whom Audrey liked, saying she must not have known (or perhaps it was that she didn't care) about said actor's bisexuality. When first reading that I thought he was saying she was unlike most people of her time. But now I'm thinking that was a slightly more subtle hint at the author's prejudices. I also did not care to have his opinions of Audrey's movies thrust upon me. Seriously, I can make up my own mind as to whether or not the movie is good. It's all well and good to site critic's statements, but to go on to say he didn't enjoy the film is just not something I care about.
But, while I am disgusted by all of that, I cannot bring myself to give the book less than three stars. What can I say? I love Audrey Hepburn. ...more
So, compared to the first three, this one is pretty boring. Maybe it's that I expected it to be from Ralph's point of view, so I was jaded from the beSo, compared to the first three, this one is pretty boring. Maybe it's that I expected it to be from Ralph's point of view, so I was jaded from the beginning. I didn't really like Libby. I found her annoying and a little preachey. I will grant the possibility that I just wasnt' receptive to this book when I picked it up, and maybe the next time I read it, I'll think more highly of it. Who knows? But, for now, it's my least favorite. ...more