In 1953, desperation forces war widow, Eliza Saunderson, to take a job writing the memoir of ex-Hollywood heartthrob, Johnny Devine. Rumor has it Johnny can seduce anything in a skirt quicker than he can hail a cab. But now, the notorious womanizer claims he’s born again. And so he seems to be. Eliza soon finds herself falling for the humble, grace-filled man John has become—a man who shows no sign of returning her feelings. No sign, that is, until she discovers something John never meant for her to see. When Eliza’s articles on minority oppression land her on McCarthy’s communist hit list, both John and Eliza become entangled in a HUAC investigation that threatens both John’s book and Eliza’s future. To clear her name, Eliza must solve a family mystery. She also needs to convince John that real love—not the Hollywood illusion—can cover a multitude of sins. But just when the hope of love becomes reality, a troubling discovery confirms Eliza’s worst fears. Like the happy façade many Americans cling to, had it all been empty lies? Is there a love she can truly believe in?
This was one of those books that I could not put down! I read it in 2 days. It was an amazing story of love, redemption and God’s grace. Camille Eide has once again written a story that is interesting and thought-provoking. One Truth that stands out to me is true forgiveness. It’s difficult as humans to truly grasp that sometimes. We know God forgave us but it’s easy to hold onto the guilt and not forgive ourselves. Although it is fiction, the reader can learn important truths as well as the character. It’s amazing how God can work in you through fiction.
I really liked how she developed the characters and story. Even though there was several things happening, it was not confusing. The Memoir of Johnny Devine was well written. My only critique is that I wish there was more story though. I wanted to continue to find out more about Eliza and John.
I really recommend this book to anyone. I have read other books by Camille Eide and enjoyed each one.
I reviewed this book for Ashberry Lane Publishing for a review.