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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476746036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476746036
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evans’ latest novel is the story of two actresses born years apart, whose lives will be indelibly linked. Sophie Leigh is a bright, Hollywood A-list star. Known for playing the ditzy female in a series of romantic comedies, Sophie longs to take on a serious role. Eve Noel is Sophie’s favorite actress and, as it turns out, her alter ego as well. A product of 1950s Hollywood, Eve had her years in the spotlight, with her life completely dictated by the studios. In 1961 she suddenly vanished, leaving everyone to wonder if she is still alive. As Sophie’s career begins to decline, she feels Eve can help get Sophie back on an upward path, if only Sophie can find her. As expected, the lives of the two come together but in surprisingly satisfying ways. This is more than your average chick lit. The stories of Sophie and Eve take center stage here, providing a refreshing and absorbing depth and complexity. A fascinating look at the Hollywood machine of past and present and those who have struggled within it. --Carol Gladstein

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“Oh, I loved Not Without You! I just couldn't stop reading. Anyone who loves the old-fashioned romance of black and white movies, or wishes they could step into the film or behind the Hollywood sound stages, will love Eve's 1950s story; anyone who wonders what it's really like to be modern-day box office royalty will be gripped by Sophie's. Harriet Evans conjures up the glamour, pressures, and euphoria of life as a star, yet she creates two very real heroines treading the precarious tightrope of fame. It's a novel that your ace through hungrily, yet don't want to end, thanks to characters who feel like friends from the first page.” (New York Times bestselling author Hester Browne)

"The shallow LA of today is wittily satirized, and the more glamorous age of the 50s brilliantly recalled." (Sunday Mirror)

"This cleverly constructed tale about the interwoven lives of two Hollywood actresses will have you gripped from the very first page. Dripping with dark humour, gritty realism, with a little bit of romance thrown in, too, it's an absorbing read." (Star)

"A multifacted tale of fading fame and shifting fortunes." (Grazia)

"This is more than your average chic lit. The stories of Sophie and Eve take center stage here, providing a refreshing and absorbing depth and complexity. A fascinating look at the Hollywood machine of past and present and those who have struggled within it." (Booklist)

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Also, a little peet peeve but an entire chapter all in written in letter format?
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Words can't describe how I loved the complexity of the characters and the interweaving of life stories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books on April 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was very lucky to receive an early copy of Harriet Evans new book Not Without You and having enjoyed her others was looking forward to it. What I didn't realise was that the book would be the best in this genre I have read this year so far! Sophie Leigh is a movie star; except her real name is Sophie Sykes and she originally grew up in England even though she now leads the glamorous life of an A-Lister. The early chapters are interesting as we get to meet Sophie and her slightly mad life with the crazy `Hollywood' types such as her agent. You also get to see the real Sophie too which I liked. She's a pretty ordinary girl who made it as an actress but she has a real passion for the old time movie star Eve Noel. Eve Noel was a star herself in the 50s and 60s but then disappeared from public life never to be seen again.

At first glance Harriet's book looks like any other number of books in this genre but what the cover doesn't convey is that there is a somewhat dark side to this story. We get to see Sophie's life start to spiral as she refuses to do another `Rom-Com' movie, and the fans that once loved her seem to now despise her. There are numerous characters appearing in this book and what I really loved is the fact that the synopsis gives just enough away without telling too much. I will aim to do the same so will refrain from going over certain details of the book.

We get to see Sophie change locations so the book is part set in USA and part in the English countryside. I felt myself getting pulled further and further into the book and certain elements had a dark side and I was questioning who was involved in it right until the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zarina @ Page to Stage reviews on November 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
Movie star Sophie Leigh had a reasonably normal childhood growing up in Swindon in England, but you wouldn't be able to guess from her gorgeous mansion in the Hollywood hills, regular work-outs with a personal trainer to keep her already ultra-thin body in shape or the slew of gorgeous men she's rumoured to be dating at one point or another. Known for playing slightly ditzy characters in romantic comedies no-one takes her serious when she exclaims she wants to do something different, but Sophie is determined to show everyone that she's a better actress than she's been given credit for and at the same time fulfil a lifelong dream by making a film about her own screen idol, Eve Noel.

Eve was a glamorous actress in the 1950s who made several critically acclaimed films, one of which she was even nominated for an Oscar for. Yet despite seemingly having it all, she was deeply unhappy in the world of Hollywood and she disappeared without a trace after finishing her very best work, A Girl Named Rose. Sophie has seen Eve's films hundreds of times and practically knows the other actress' biography by heart. She's endlessly intrigued by the life of Eve and the mystery surrounding her disappearance, and as Sophie digs deeper into the other woman's past, secrets start to unravel and their worlds collide in unexpected and dangerous ways.

This novel was not what I was expecting at all, but in a good way. The present storyline at first reads like and average chick-lit with at its core a beautiful and perfect young woman, who despite her fame and riches is still very down to earth and sweet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vox libris TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 21, 2013
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Hollywood seems to be a nest of vipers. It's where sane people go to lose their minds, and where everything is faked. Relationships, feelings, original thoughts. It's also where women go to starve because they are always too fat.

This book tells the tale of two women who followed the lure to Hollywood, although each had to decide just how much of her soul she was willing to sell for fame.

In one of the storylines, we have Eve Noel, a true movie star, back when there was such a thing. She lit up the silver screen in the 1950s until one day ... she stopped. No one knows why, no one knows where she went, and no one knows how she was able to just walk away. As her story unfolds, we discover that she is a woman searching for something. Perhaps even she isn't sure what that "something" is. She apparently has love, with an older star on whom she had a fierce crush as she grew up. She has fame. She even has a screenwriter who adores her so much that he writes the perfect role for her. So if she has it all, why leave?

The other storyline features Sophie, a modern-day star whose life is her movies. She doesn't have many friends, she has no relationship with her family, and she is stuck in a rut of making the same movies over and over again. Sophie wants to break out and work on something different, a character different from the one she seems to continually play. Hollywood doesn't take her seriously, though, and when a romance is engineered between her and a hot actor, she plays along because she needs the fame. She needs to be popular in order to call her own shots. But there is more to this man that she realized.
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Hi amazon.com readers! If you've stopped by because you're interested in buying one of my books, welcome! If you've stopped by because you thought you'd typed Harry Potter, I'm sorry, and have a nice day. I live in London, and I write full time, having given up my job (working in publishing) to do so four years ago. I live with my partner Chris (half American) and our little girl Cora (thus a quarter American, if that's how fractions work. Is that how fractions work?) near the canal. At the moment Cora likes watching the swans and the boats go by. She also likes asking, 'Who dat man? Who dat lady?' of every single person we walk past - fun times!

My new novel, Not Without You, is out in February 2014. It's about two film stars and is set in Hollywood. I've had seven books published in the States now, I can't believe how lucky I am. It might be the highlight of my whole writing career, the first time I went into Barnes and Noble in Union Square in New York and saw Going Home, my first book, there on the table.

I also have an e-novella out at the moment, called RULES FOR DATING A ROMANTIC HERO. It's short - 20,000 words, and it's I hope sweet! It's a little sequel to A Hopeless Romantic, but it doesn't matter if you've read that book or not. It's about a girl dating the most eligible bachelor in the UK and what it's like to be a normal girl going out with a Marquess who owns a huge estate. I loved writing it.

I really love hearing from my US readers so please do stop by my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/harrietevansbooks to say hi or find me on Twitter, @HarrietEvans. And thanks for reading this!
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