Sometimes you just need some fluff. This book was fluff. Not to be confused with smut. Those are two entirely different literary categories.
I know of Grace Kelly. I've seen Rear Window. I have to admit to having seen more movies featuring the named dropped Audrey Hepburn or Ava Gardner. I had to stop reading for moments and do a few Google searches. There were so many names. I now find myself wondering where one can find older movies during a shelter in place order. I'll have to see what Netflix has to offer once the children are in bed.
The book starts in 1949 with a 20 year old Grace on her own in New York. From the beginning, the author makes it clear to the reader, Grace is not like other women of the time. The author then spends the next 380 pages reminding the reader that Grace wasn't like other women. This book is clearly a tribute to one Grace Kelly. Grace Kelly must have had flaws but the reader is never granted any access to what they might be.
And that was my biggest problem. This Grace was just a little too perfect. Sure her marriage to Rainer wasn't a happy one but the author places all of the blame squarely at Rainer's feet. As someone who has been married for 11-ish years, I know that's rarely the case. It takes two. I'm not suggesting that I wanted to see any knock, down, drag -out fights. Even if they did exist, the author would omit them. Her Grace Kelly has too much class for such a thing. Again, I may not have been married as long as some people but I know fights happen. Sometimes they aren't pretty.
So why such a seemingly high rating for a book that had a main character who was just a little too Mary Sue for me? Because it was a charming book at the end. It oozed old Hollywood. The descriptions of California, southern France, and Monaco were just what I needed to help escape from whatever this current reality of ours is. And at the end of the day, I'm a sucker for old Hollywood.
When I started this review, I had the book at four starts. While I was writing this review. I took away a star. The more I reflected, the more I took issue with the way the book ended. It was abrupt. Sloppy. It was completely out of sync with everything else the author had done in the book up to that point. The epilogue wasn't at all necessary. Everyone knows how this story ends.
Read 3/22/2020 - 3/27/2020