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Hepburn's Necklace: A Novel (Heartwarming Family Sagas - Stand-Alone Fiction) Paperback – January 7, 2021
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From a USA Today bestselling author.
When costume designer Ariana Ricci leaves her groom at the altar, she seeks solace at the Palm Springs home of her great-aunt, a Texas-born Hollywood legend who began her career as an extra on the film Roman Holiday. While opening yellowed, 1950s letters postmarked Italy, Ariana discovers relics from her great-aunt’s hidden past, including an intriguing necklace that Audrey Hepburn gave her during the filming of the movie.
Aching for a fresh start and the chance to resolve an unfinished story, the two embark on a journey to the sun-dappled shores of Lake Como, Italy that will illuminate secrets of a bygone era and offer second chances to each of them—if they are bold enough to seize them.
From Jan Moran, a USA Today bestselling author of romantic women's fiction, including The Chocolatier, comes a dual-timeline, multigenerational saga of love and second chances at any age. Also enjoy her contemporary Summer Beach series and the historical novels, The Winemakers and The Perfumer: Scent of Triumph. Hepburn’s Necklace is available in ebook, trade paperback, audiobook, hardcover, and large print editions. Get swept away with this mesmerizing family saga now.REVIEWS
“An ode to the magic of Lake Como past and present, Hepburn’s Necklace sails between the set of Roman Holiday in 1952, and two complicated romances that blossom on the beautiful lake across two different generations. As sparkling as a Bellini, this novel of family secrets, lost love, and discovering one’s strength will transport you to Italy and leave you enchanted.” — Kristin Harmel, New York Times Bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names
Second chances, twists of fate and a glittering Lake Como backdrop combine to create Jan Moran’s latest stunning read. Weaving back and forth through time, Moran creates an epic tale of love and loss that can’t help but make readers question what might have been. With lyrical prose and unforgettable characters, HEPBURN’S NECKLACE proves that Jan Moran is a writer at the top of her game and a storyteller to remember. — Kristy Woodson Harvey, USA Today Bestselling author of Feels Like Falling
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"Second chances, twists of fate, and a glittering Lake Como backdrop combine to create Jan Moran's latest stunning read... A storyteller to remember." - Kristy Woodson Harvey, USA Today Bestselling author of Feels Like Falling
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"A novel that gives fans of romantic sagas a compelling voice to follow." - Booklist
About the Author
- Publisher : Sunny Palms Press (January 7, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 358 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1647780381
- ISBN-13 : 978-1647780388
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #118,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story was about Ruby Raines a 17 year old budding actress from a ranch family in Texas. Ruby needs to work to help save her family ranch. Ruby is an extra in Rome on the movie "Roman Holiday" with Audrey Hepburn and falls in love with the love of her life. This story continues to the later life of Ruby and has many secrets that involve Ruby, her niece Mari, and her grand niece Ariana. The descriptions of Lake Como are wonderful and make you feel you are there. I highly recommend this book.
called Roman Holiday, a real movie with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck where Audrey got her first real
break in Hollywood and it the beginning of a career for the lead character Ruby Raines who goes on to become a star in her own right. Ruby doesn't become a star for the glamour of Hollywood she does it to support her family during the terrible drought years in Texas where so many ranchers lost their properties that had been in families for generations, she also does it as a means to "bury" heartaches she endures along the way, after all she is a great actress. It is a true star-crossed love story, involving many and it is what Jan Moran does so well.
She and Niccolo are extras in the film, however Ruby is Audrey's stand in for blocking scenes, and upon completion of the movie Audrey gives her a beautiful two piece heart necklace. She and Niccolo find a love that seems eternal, until she has to return to America, promising to be together as soon as Niccolo can save money to join her. The book is told in flashbacks from Ruby, who never stops loving Niccolo, and the sacrifices she has to make in her own life to help those she loves! This is perhaps my very favorite book that Jan Moran has written!
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I have to say, when I started listening to this book on audio, I found it quite slow going. My usual choice of audiobook would be a thriller, as I find these quite pacy to listen to rather than read. Since I was actually enjoying the story, despite the pace being off for me on audio, I switched to the ebook version which I purchased for myself, and raced through it to the end in a couple of days.
This is a love story, told in a dual timeline and set in Italy, on the set of the film Roman Holiday and on the shores of Lake Como. For starters, I am an absolute sucker for a film set in Italy, so I was predisposed to love this book from the beginning. The author does an absolutely fantastic job of evoking all the sights, sounds, scents and flavours of Italy throughout this book. You will feel like you have had a holiday to the beautiful, fresh shores of Lake Como by the time you’ve finished, although you will be left with an unfulfillable wish to own your own historic villa on its wave-lapped shores, I warn you. If only Amal hadn’t already bagged George Clooney!
I thought the premise of setting a story around the shooting of such an iconic film was inspired, and I loved my glimpse into that world. Ruby, as the young ingenue on her first movie, away from home and falling in love for the first time, is the stuff that all great romances are made of and she is such a likeable and believable character. Jan’s exploration of the expectations placed on young girls in that period, and the pressures put on them from all sides, especially in Hollywood, makes for a really emotional and fascinating backdrop to the love story.
In the modern day, I enjoyed the visit to Italy, as I said. I found Ariana’s story, and her character, a little less inspiring than Ruby’s and, if I had a minor complaint, it would be that the book felt a tint bit unbalanced in that regard. Ruby was such a strong character though, it would be hard for anyone to emerge from her shadow. Also, the coincidences in the relationships between everyone by the end stretched credibility a step too far for me, you may feel differently.
Despite these minor niggles, I did thoroughly enjoy this book. The flavour of old Hollywood, the beauty of Italy, the strong and emotional storyline for Ruby and the complexities of family relationships, all come together to form an exciting and rewarding read. For me, it just worked better on the page than in the ear. Would make a great sun lounger read this summer, even if it is only in your back garden!