“She makes me want to believe in heaven.”  Those actually came out of my mouth after reading this book, but we’ll get back to that…

Anyone that knows me, knows Audrey Hepburn has been my favorite actress forever…and by forever I mean since I saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s one Saturday afternoon as a preteen. Those on my personal facebook page know she occasionally graces the page there as my profile pic. I’ve always loved her work, and I’ve always thought she was an amazing woman. She defined grace and style, and while she wasn’t the creator of it, to me, she is synonymous with “the little black dress.”

Then I got this book for my birthday. Best birthday present ever.

I couldn’t read it right away, because I made myself a promise—finish deadlines, get through certain tasks, and then reward myself with some downtime with Audrey. I finally started it. And finished it. And found myself in tears as I closed the book.

An amazing woman, who not only survived a helluva a childhood, but experienced quite the life. And she did it, ups and downs, with style. She had more grace in her little finger than most of us have in our entire body. If I could have just half her grace on my good days, that would be awesome.

And yes, I said—I told you we’d get back there—she makes me want to believe in heaven. That’s quite the phrase coming from a known dirty rotten atheist. Why would I say that? Simple. Because if there was a heaven, there’d be a chance I could meet her someday. And any time I’m asked “if you could meet anyone” or “if you could have anyone over for dinner” she’s the answer. This book only made me wish I could meet her even more.

I haven’t done a book review in a bazillion moons (since I sold that website, nudge nudge, you know, that website), but if you’ve ever adored her movies, or thought she was a great person, or admired her for any reason whatsoever, you need to read this biography. My words can’t even do it justice. But seriously, I cried when I finished it? That’s gotta hold some water (no pun intended). Amazing read that I’ll re-read.

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