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Not Without You

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  692 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
From internationally bestselling author Harriet Evans comes an intriguing and fresh new novel about a famous modern-day actress whose fate becomes intertwined with a glamorous movie star from the 1950s who vanished many years earlier.


Sophie Leigh’s real name is Sophie Sykes. But she hasn’t been called that for
ebook, 448 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Kim Griffin
2.5 Stars

The idea of this book is really very interesting. I love the back and forth between modern day Sophie and 1950's starlet Eve. I became more and more engrossed in Eve's story and wanting to know what happened to her. As far as Sophie I liked that she didn't want to be typecast and had to fight for the direction of her career. Where the book lost me were the silly storylines that really didn't add anything to the plot. Sophie and the stalker direction just didn't make added no
Oct 14, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“….Hollywood is about extremes, as someone once said. You’re either a success or a failure, there’s no in-between”.

In the 1950’s twenty year old Eve Noel goes from England to California to seek fame and fortune.

In the current day, thirty year old Sophie Leigh has gone from England to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune.

- both women will find themselves sucked in and chewed up by the vicious film industry.

We first meet Eve, when she is 6 years old and playing with her older sister Rose in their E
Paul Pessolano
“Not Without You” by Harriet Evans, published by Gallery Books.

Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – February 11, 2014

For those readers who like their romance mixed in with the Hollywood of yesterday and today this will be an excellent read.

Sophie Leigh is a modern movie star that is at the top of her game. She has had hit movie after hit movie but finds that her life does not belong to her but to her agents, directors, and producers.

Eve Noel was a movie star but that was fifty years
May 23, 2014 Delma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It's a great beach read. Sophie Leigh’s real name is an A-list movie star. The descriptions of her life, fans, gossip magazines all RING so true. It's pretty much exactly how I imagine Hollywood to be. Sophie lives in the former home of Eve Noel an old Hollywood starlet.

Glamorous 1950s starlet Eve Noel didn’t choose her name. A Hollywood producer did. In fact, he made all her decisions—what to wear, when to smile, who to love. Right up until the day she simply vanished
Oct 09, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am just beyond speechless right now. This book was the most amazingly different thing I have read in possibly all my life. I'm going to try and review it with the least amount of spoilers possible. However, there will be spoilers. You have been warned.

The story is of two women, Sophie and Eve. Sophie is a modern day Jennifer Aniston, and Eve was a 60s-ish Jean Harlow. They were both famous in their own time, and Eve is one of Sop
Emma Bryan
Mar 09, 2016 Emma Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this was a good all round read. I bought a copy that has a totally different cover than the one shown here and that in itself is what drew me to the book. I dont have a love for reading and will rarely pick up a book but this one grabbed me and after reading the first chapter I wanted to know where it was going. I was a bit hesitant about the two main characters stories being told simultaneously in different eras as I have read books in the past that flick back and forth and you get so c ...more
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I was very lucky to receive an early copy of Harriet Evans new book Not Without You and having enjoyed her others was looking forward to it. What I didn't realise was that the book would be the best in this genre I have read this year so far! Sophie Leigh is a movie star; except her real name is Sophie Sykes and she originally grew up in England even though she now leads the glamorous life of an A-Lister. The early chapters are interesting as we get to meet Sophie and her slightly mad life with ...more
Feb 09, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Not really sure how I felt about this book; it was well written and had some really interesting insights into the Hollywood film world of the 1950's and the fight for aspiring actresses to 'make it' in the industry but I found at times the story line seemed to loose it's way with random sub plots like the stalker which really didn't seem to slot in with the story line. Loved the book cover and would have been attracted to the book because of it.

This a story written from the point of view of two
Sharon Redfern
Feb 13, 2014 Sharon Redfern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book about two British actresses who made movies years apart but found that Hollywood is an artificial place fraught with trouble. Eve Noel was a famous actress who left Hollywood and disappeared after she learned the hard way that you couldn't trust anyone in the industry. Years later, Sophie Leigh is living in Eve's old house and is a huge fan of Eve's movies. Sophie has become a big success by making rom-com movies and portraying a brainless twit. She is in a relationship with ...more
Jenny Lynn
I'm leaning towards a 2.5-3 star rating.
For the most part, this book was pretty solid. Some of the characters were decently developed, some of the plot twists were interesting, but a lot was fairly predictable. I think where this book really shone was in Eve's story rather than Sophie's. Eve's chapters had me pretty riveted throughout while some of Sophie's nearly put me to sleep. Also, I kinda called who the crazy stalker was at the beginning, but I did appreciate how the author tried to throw
Sophie Leigh’s real name is Sophie Sykes. But she hasn’t been called that for years, not since she became an A-list movie star. Living in Hollywood, she can forget all about her old life in England and the tragedy she left behind. But in the process, she’s lost something of herself, too.
Eve Noel didn’t choose her name. A Hollywood producer did. In fact, he makes all the decisions for her—what to wear, when to smile, who to love. A product of the 1950s, Eve has none of Sophie’s modern self-confid
Sep 26, 2014 Literary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mandy's Review:

We never know how what we do will affect others in the future. What if our career echos throughout the years and something we created inspires someone else? That's kind of what happened here. Eve Noel is a famous Hollywood actress admired by Sophie Leigh. Sophie knows all of Eve's movies, where she lived in Hollywood, and that Eve lost her sister in death when she was young. What Sophie doesn't know is that her life will collide with Eve Noel's in the near future.

Sophie is an actr
Nov 10, 2014 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have always been a big fan of Harriet Evans and her books set in the UK, but I admit I was a little excited to read one set in America. I really enjoyed how the author told both Sophie's story and Eve's story in alternating voices. I also really enjoyed how much the two women's lives paralleled each other. Even though they were decades apart they really had so much in common from their UK upbringing to the same type of relationship with their parents. Th
Aug 16, 2014 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Without You starts out well. It's an interesting plot weaving together the story of Sophie, a young British born Hollywood star with the history of an earlier Hollywood legend, Eve. The two different stories work well together, with Eve's as a flashback from the '50's and Sophie's told in a contemporary time.

It's got the requisite mean, odious Hollywood moguls who expect young woman to do their bidding and interesting love interests for both Sophie and Eve.

But when the two women finally me
This was okay, as Hollywood novels go. Something kept me from loving it - maybe too much going on? A young ascending actress obsessed with an old film star who disappeared...well, don't want to add spoilers, but the remote film shoot, manufactured "danger," over-the-top security hired to protect young actress - just a bit too much going on. I finished it, which says something (the older I get, the less likely I am to finish a book that I don't love).

Hollywood novels are my bon-bons, or maybe I'
Paula Sealey
Jan 01, 2014 Paula Sealey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
Sophie Leigh is a British actress who has hit the big time in Hollywood. She lives in her idol Eve Noel's old home in the Hollywood Hills. Eve herself was a famous actress in the 1950's, but she disappeared from public life and Sophie is determined to discover what happened to her and persuade Eve to star alongside her in a new movie.

As she attempts to take back some control over the career she feels is veering on the wrong path, Sophie finds herself at the mercy of manipulative agents and studi
Farha Hasan
Jan 30, 2014 Farha Hasan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Not your typical checklist.

There are two parallel story lines about 2 different actresses in Hollywood one during the 50s and the other present day. In the beginning the story line with Eve Noel is a lot more interesting. There are similarities between the two actresses but these are fairly superficial. Sophie is older and much more vain and self-centered than Eve Noel. Things start getting interesting when Sophie has a stalker leaving her white roses (supposedly, Eve Noel's favorite flower). To
Mar 29, 2016 Suzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
A really enjoyable drama that tells of the lives of two women in Hollywood-one in the 50s and the other in current times. Eve's story reveals the difficulty women had in the industry and the sacrifices that were made to deliver the glamorous movies. Sophie in modern day, experiences similar issues but has more control over her fate. After a lifelong interest in Eve's career Sophie decides to make a film in England and track down the mystery of what happened to Eve. There's a bit of a mystery too ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book - and it's been sitting in my bookcase for around three years, unread! Harriet Evans takes us through the story of two women growing up in different times but experiencing the same harsh reality of Hollywood. The stories run side by side and this in itself is clever as Evans is able to entwine them together at crucial moments and separate them out at others. Some of the major events were predictable, and there was a confusing overload of names of other characters and ...more
Megan Jones
Jul 20, 2014 Megan Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tells the story of Sophie Leigh, a Hollywood actress and interspersed is the story of Eve Noel, an old Hollywood actress. This makes it really interesting as you get two stories and it leaves you guessing for a while which makes it more exciting. This is a fun read and entertaining although it is a bit wishy washy at times. There are also references to real life Hollywood throughout which makes it interesting. I did think that the plot was a bit too predictable and it could have done with a ...more
May 26, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a new author to me but I liked the look of it and thoroughly enjoyed it, finding it very gripping. An actress in Hollywood is somewhat disillusioned with the whole Hollywood act and is determined to take a part that shows her as a serious actress. Her life seems to intertwine with the previous owner of her house, Eve, who disappeared 50 years ago and has not done any work since then.

I have to admit to leafing through the book on more than one occasion, desperate to find out what happen
Tara Chevrestt
Not a winner for me. At first I was very into it. It's interesting to follow the life of a modern Hollywood starlet, see that it's not all it's cracked up to be, how everyone just pulls the strings and gives the star no say in what they do, wear, who they date. It's kinda crazy. It was like the heroine was twelve years old. Even the heroines realizes this at one point.

I can't believe I'm saying this...but I liked the modern story more than the past. Eve...just didn't grab me. It was like readin
Mar 02, 2014 Valeria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in the goodreads giveaway program.

Harriet Evans’ new novel, Not Without You, tells the story of two British women (Sophie Leigh and Eve Noel) who became actresses. The author alternates between the present (Sophie's life) and the past (Eve's life). Ms. Noel’s story is especially riveting because she came of age in the 1950’s as a contract actress in the Hollywood studio system and then abruptly disappeared at the height of her success never to be seen a
Oct 14, 2013 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found this book a well structured, well written book that delved into the history of film making alongside that of the current celebrity culture, I liked the way it dipped back and forth between the two. It drew some wonderful parallels between the two eras in the same business. I did find the character of Eve lovely, and incredibly naive but in a way that i would expect woman of that era t
At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book after the first couple of chapters , but the perseverance was so worth it!
I have read a couple of Harriet Evans books before and liked them immensely , and she's done it again!
Sophie is a fabulous character , an actress who has desire to take her career a different direction to the one her management have designed for her! As a child and continuing to now as an adult she has been obsessed with the movies , life and disappearance of Eve No
Barbara Elsborg
Interesting book that skips constantly between the past and the present following the lives of two actresses. The font of the different eras is slightly different but not different enough to make it immediately obvious which period we're in. In fact, I'd have preferred it without the change in font and maybe just a heading with the character name - Eve or Sophie - because it was sometimes confusing and I'd read a little way before I registered which time period I was in.
I liked the idea of it -
Nov 22, 2013 Zarina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Movie star Sophie Leigh had a reasonably normal childhood growing up in Swindon in England, but you wouldn't be able to guess from her gorgeous mansion in the Hollywood hills, regular work-outs with a personal trainer to keep her already ultra-thin body in shape or the slew of gorgeous men she's rumoured to be dating at one point or another. Known for playing slightly ditzy characters in romantic comedies no-one takes he
Oct 21, 2013 Vox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hollywood seems to be a nest of vipers. It’s where sane people go to lose their minds, and where everything is faked. Relationships, feelings, original thoughts. It’s also where women go to starve because they are always too fat.

This book tells the tale of two women who followed the lure to Hollywood, although each had to decide just how much of her soul she was willing to sell for fame.

In one of the storylines, we have Eve Noel, a true movie star, back when there was such a thing. She lit up th
Mar 19, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess with chick lit you usually know what you are getting, you know that the girl will end up with the boy while there is a small obstacle in the way of them being happy together. So in this one, we get Sophie who is an English girl, who started off on an English soap, then went to Hollywood where she has done some romantic comedies.

She then buys a house, once owned by the famous English actress Eve Noel, who made her favorite movies from the 1950's then disappeared. What happened to her, and
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