I missed last week so I’ll put the books read for that week in this post. Phew, what a week! 🙂
Thanks to Samantha Elizabeth at Taking on a World of Words for hosting WWW Wednesdays!
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II by Robert Matzen
Blurb: Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. According to her son, Luca Dotti, “The war made my mother who she was.” Audrey Hepburn’s war included participation in the Dutch Resistance, working as a doctor’s assistant during the “Bridge Too Far” battle of Arnhem, the brutal execution of her uncle, and the ordeal of the Hunger Winter of 1944. She also had to contend with the fact that her father was a Nazi agent and her mother was pro-Nazi for the first two years of the occupation. But the war years also brought triumphs as Audrey became Arnhem’s most famous young ballerina. Audrey’s own reminiscences, new interviews with people who knew her in the war, wartime diaries, and research in classified Dutch archives shed light on the riveting, untold story of Audrey Hepburn under fire in World War II. Also included is a section of color and black-and-white photos. Many of these images are from Audrey’s personal collection and are published here for the first time.
My thoughts so far at about 15%: Some of the beginning was a bit of a dry read as the author established the family background of Audrey Hepburn. Now I’m in the part where Holland has been invaded and the story has picked up.
Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich
Blurb: The New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties puts a modern twist on My Fair Lady in this funny, romantic confection in which a canny young woman makes over her awkward millionaire client . . . with some hot, sexy, and surprising results.
Suffocating in a dead-end marriage, Midwesterner Zoey Sullivan fled to New York and moved in with her older sister Ruth, a carefree, vivacious beauty with a string of eligible bachelors at her beck and call. Giving herself three months in the city to clear her head and find a direction, Zoey dodges calls from her ex Derek, and distracts herself by cooking and catering a few private dinners and parties. Pursuing her passion for cooking was never an option when she was with Derek, and now Zoey relishes her independence.
When Zoey’s meets reclusive millionaire Tristan Malloy, she’s blown away by his kitchen—a marble and stainless steel temple worthy of the culinary gods—and charmed by his impeccable gentlemanly manners. But despite his firm body, handsome looks, and piles of cash, Tristan—a computer programmer—is shy and more than a little socially awkward. Zoey is sure that Tristan has all the right raw ingredients—and she’s the right person to spice them up turn him into a delectable dish.
But Zoey’s unprepared for just how well her makeover works. Tristan turns out to be even sexier once he’s gained a little confidence and the right wardrobe. Beneath the gorgeous package, Tristan is a great guy who deserves a woman who really appreciates him. Slowly but surely, Zoey realizes she may have found her perfect match—but does Tristan even know how her feelings have changed? Is that warm look in his eyes gratitude for the new and exciting world she’s ushered him into, or something more? And what will happen when Zoey’s ex comes to town, looking to win her back?
My take so far: Ha. I just realized that this was supposed to be a take on My Fair Lady and the other book I’m reading just happens to be about the star of that film. Funny coincidence. I’m nearly done. I can’t say that I was feeling the My Fair Lady vibe much. In fact, this book just hasn’t charmed me as much as I would have thought it would. Review will probably be tomorrow.
Finished Reads (from 4/10-4/24)
Fluffy by Julia Kent. The review is upcoming on 4/30. A definite 5 butterfly review!
The Road Home by Jane Ashley Converse. A DNF. I couldn’t get past the writing; more tell than show.