Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s

So the conversation at home went something like this:

Me: ohmystars, ohmystars, ohmystars!!! Guys, guys, guys!

Family: What? What is it?

Me: I just got a starred review! A starred review!!!

Family: That’s great! Good job! How many stars?

Me (frowning): Well only one, but–

Family (now also frowning): Isn’t one bad? I’m pretty sure one is bad. Gee. I’m really sorry, Mom

Me (exasperated): No! This is good. There’s only one available. It’s just one star. You either get it or you don’t. I got the maximum amount of stars offered.

Family: . . .

Me: Never mind. I’m going to go tell my writer friends. (tells writer friends)

Writer friends: ohmystars, ohmystars, ohmystars!!!

Here’s the review:

Issue: September 15, 2018

   Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

By Julie Wright

Nov. 2018. 320p. Shadow Mountain, paper, $15.99 (9781629724874)

One-eyed Silvia Bradshaw loves movies, and she quotes from them frequently. Additionally, she bears a striking resemblance to Audrey Hepburn. But Silvia’s career is not in front of the camera but rather behind the scenes as a film editor. Her job as assistant to a well-known editor is consuming all her time, since she increasingly ends up doing all the editing work as well as trying to get her boss sober enough to attend important studio meetings. In the last hours for the final edit of an important movie, Silvia has to drag her boss out of a nightclub, and Ben, a great pal from her last job, steps up to help. With her boss so drunk he isn’t conscious enough to even look at the film, Ben helps Silvia finish the job. But their fledgling relationship appears ill-fated when they are driven apart by misunderstandings and lawsuits filed by a rival studio. Wright (Lies Jane Austen Told Me, 2017) presents a terrific read for romance readers who like a “proper romance,” in which the social relationship, not the physical mechanics, is the point of the story. A thoroughly satisfying read with a great happily-ever-after conclusion.

And here is the book:

  1. Maggie Dixon

    Chapter 8, conversation with Ben about “Wait Until Dark” ending.YES! Julie, you are spot on. I thought I was the only way to feel this way.

    Even at the age of 10, I was disturbed by the ending. She was viciously terrorized, there are dead bodies everywhere and her husband showed zero empathy. As a child, I wanted her to sit on the floor, making him come to her. As an adult, I screamed obscenities at him. After 30 years married to my own narcissistic sociopath, I want her to hug the girl and keep on walking, possibly bumping into him so he slips on the bloody glass floor.

    Thank you for validating my feelings about this very assholery ending.

  2. jcwright

    Right??? I watched that movie and seriously felt so angry after. It would have been a near perfect film if we got rid of the beginning and the end.

  3. Maggie Dixon

    Was so busy being righteous that I forgot to mention how much I liked your book. This is a bigger compliment than it appears as I am not a fan of Romance fiction. Yours broke the mold for this genre’s normally overwrought, emotionally manipulative format. It is obvious that you are a talented writer first, a romantic (on page) second. Thank you for showing me that there are ways to tell a story about love while staying intelligent, witty and feminist.

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