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My Days with Princess Grace of Monaco

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Get to know the real Princess Grace, from the first years of her marriage to the last days of her life. "My Days with Princess Grace of Monaco: Our 25-Year Friendship, Beyond Grace Kelly" chronicles what it was like to be best friends with an iconic princess, with 70 never-before-seen personal photos, letters and diaries that give a behind-the-scenes look at Grace Kelly's ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by In-Lightning (first published July 24th 2014)
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Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was privileged to receive this advance copy for review via NetGalley.

Those looking for a provocative and torrid tell-all from Princess Grace's inner circle need look somewhere else; This won't be the book for them. This is, however, a book written by a devoted and loyal friend of Princess Grace who would love the world to know what a wonderful person Princess Grace was.

Americans Joan and Martin Dale were in their twenties (as was Princess Grace) when they relocated to the principality of Monac
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle, net-galley
I really enjoyed this biography which gives the reader a glimpse into another world and another era. It follows the growing friendship between two women who meet when her husband works for the Prince. They spend a lot of time socialising together as they have children of similar ages. They visit many of the homes that the Prince establishes for them and many of the glamorous events around the world. They holiday together- and the 'normal' side of a friendship is revealed. They may lead very glam ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
While her husband was serving as a diplomat at the American embassy in Paris, Joan Dale was first introduced to Princess Grace of Monaco at a formal event.

They were only a year apart in age, had similar interests, and were often mistaken as being sisters. Joan and Grace became close, lifelong friends. Joan’s husband’s keen intellect and astute business knowledge caught the attention of Prince Rainier who offered Martin a job as his aide. The opportunity to live and work in Monaco with close ties
Leslie Goddard
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
In many ways, this is a valuable memoir, written by an American woman who was friends with Grace after she married Rainier. You get insights into the day-to-day life of the Grimaldi, especially in the 1960s, that you can't get elsewhere. The personalities of Grace and Rainier both come through. It is, understandably, slanted heavily towards the positive, with only a few rare signs of Grace as anything but warm, compassionate, patient, regal, and rather unreal. And, also understandably, very litt ...more
Casey Wheeler
This book is a partial biography of Grace Kelly covering only the time period (25 years) that that she and the author were friends. It is an interesting read in that it focused on the friendship of the two women and not on any sordid details that one often finds in these types of books.

I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a some insight into Grace Kelly during her time as Princess Grace.

I received a free Kindle copy of My Days with Princess Grace of Monaco by Jaon Dale courtesy of 
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I learned a lot about the character of Grace Kelly, aka Princess Grace of Monaco, and also about Monaco itself from this book written by a friend of Princes Grace. It was nice to read a biography that was aimed at telling about a famous person without adding a lot of sensational material to shock readers. However the prose wasn't extremely engaging and was difficult to stay interested in at times, and repeated itself a lot. The book would have been better if it was shorter.

The book was very clea
Ellen Klock
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was not an easy read, but definitely a book worth savoring. Perhaps one might compare the experience to receiving a bottle of fine wine which is to be sipped, not gulped, and that is how I approached it, reading a section or two at a time.

My Days With Princess Grace of Monaco is the story of two women, one of Princess Grace and her life with Prince Rainier, the other of Joan Dale with her husband Martin. Joan led a fascinating life, first as a diplomat's wife, then as the wife of the
Heather C
This memoir is of Joan Dale’s life, but focusing on her time spent with and intimately knowing Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. Joan did not know Grace during her Hollywood glamour days, so if you are looking for that perspective, you will be disappointed. But if you are looking to know Grace the princess you will become deeply acquainted with her in this memoir. Joan often references how she was referenced as “unknown woman” in all of the photos that she appeared in with Princess Grace – she was ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This is truly an insightful and beautiful memoir about a lovely Princess - Princess Grace of Monaco. Taken from the fond memories of a close friend, Joan Dale, a beautiful picture was painted of Princess Grace.

The fairy tale wedding, and the wedding of the century, to Prince Rainier III was just the beginning. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were a magnificent couple. Her presence filled a room, more beautiful than one could imagine, and the Prince was affable, with a magnetic personality, alt
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There have been books written about Princess Grace of Monaco. There have been movies about her and her family, as well. This is the story of a friendship. This wonderfully written book explores another side of Grace Kelly – that of a friend. This poignant account of two women and their evolving and profound friendship is touching, as well as informative. The reader gets to experience never-before-seen personal photos, letters and diaries that give insight and depth to the woman that we all knew ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I truly had very high hopes for this book. Princess Grace has fascinated many generations, so much but yet so little is known about one of the most elegant and graceful Princess. The author gives insight into her friendship with the Prince and Princess, but there is a lot of emphasis on her husbands career. True without her husband, Martin Dales, career as a diplomat their would not have been a meeting of the Royal family and the Dales. I feel that the author left a lot on the table in her descr ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I've always admired Grace Kelly. I thought she was beautiful and talented, well dressed and elegant. When I saw this book on netgalley (thanks for the read, netgalley!), I knew I had to read it!

The author became friends with Grace Kelly when they were young and married. The friendship grew and strengthened through the years until Grace died in a car accident. Their children grew up together, they weathered political wars and enjoyed vacationing together.
The author did a fantastic job of allowi
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming tribute written about an enduring friendship. Princess Grace and Mrs. Dale became acquaintances due to their husbands. They became friends later, raising their children together and enjoying each other. Mrs. Dale’s daughter has captured this portion of her Mother’s life in an attempt to share with her children what they have missed by not knowing both their grandmother and her Godmother, Princess Grace. If you are looking for gossip and secrets- look elsewhere, this is a fabulous ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal book that brings a bygone era to life.

Beautifully written account of a close friendship between 2 women, one of whom happened to be Princess Grace of Monaco.

Princess Grace is one of those timeless women, who will forever live in our memories, like Diana and Audrey Hepburn. It was wonderful to read memories and letters chronicling the BFF relationship in a fairytale setting, in a time that doesn't exist anymore. The book also contains lots of wonderful photos from the private collec
Sue Hunter
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely insight into the private life and persona of a much loved public figure, as seen through the eyes of a close friend. Behind the scenes Grace was clearly a loving wife and mother and a loyal friend. Keeping home life as near normal as possible given the many public duties she had to undertake, Grace comes across as warm and vibrant and full of fun.

What a wonderful asset for Monaco, her adopted home.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a wonderful book about Princess Grace. Very insightful, written by her good friend and confidant of over 25 years. She truly was a caring compassionate woman, dearly loved by family, friends and the principality of Monaco.
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It was interesting reading about Princess Grace through the perspective of her friend.
Ella Kay
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
thank you, netgally for providing me with a copy of this book.

2.5 stars overall. This book was a lovely portrait of a friendship and a generally happy book for the most part.
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