Some might say that to have a solid career is Hollywood means that life is easy. The truth is that being successful in Tinseltown is not all that it is cracked up to be.
Harriet Evan’s 2o14 release, Not Without You, is the story of different actresses who go through very similar struggles.
Sophie Leigh (born Sophie Sykes) is the proper English princess of the moment in Hollywood. While her career up to this point has been a successful one, the movies she has made have become the predictable and formulaic rom-coms. Sophie’s idol is the 1950’s actress Eve Noel. Eve had a string of successful films before she mysterious disappeared from the limelight.
Struggling to move on from the wounds of the past, the facade the Sophie has put up slowly begins to crumble. At the same time, we learn about Eve’s story and the events that convinced her to leave Hollywood. Now Sophie must learn the reasons for Eve’s decisions before something horrible happens to them both.
I liked this book. But I am also a fan of Old Hollywood, which was the reason that I borrowed from the library in the first place. While some might think that Hollywood has changed with the times, the reality is that some things never change. Sophie and Eve’s stories are no different than any woman in Hollywood.
I recommend it.