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The Memoir of Johnny Devine turned out to be not at all what I was expecting—and I mean that in the best way. I thought I'd be reading a Golden Age of Hollywood romance, and while there is some romance present, this novel is about so much more.
John's story—from being a high school dropout running from his past to becoming one of Hollywood's leading men to finding the Lord and changing his priorities—is simply fascinating. It also feels so real. In fact, I finished the novel wishing I could pick up John's memoir just to get the rest of the story.
Besides the slow unfolding of John's story, the novel also contains intrigue, as it takes place at the height of McCarthyism, and both Eliza and John find themselves the target of investigation—John because of his Hollywood connections, and Eliza because of her parentage. Eliza's quest to clear her name was especially fascinating.
Completely captivating and wholly engaging, The Memoir of Johnny Devine shows the power of Christ to change someone's life, whether that person has lived a life of debauchery or a life of striving to be good; no one is out of the reach of Christ. 4-1/2 stars.
Retired film star Johnny Devine is writing his memoir. Instead of a tell-all from the notorious playboy of Hollywood, John wants to impart a message of hope to his readers. Eliza Saunderson, disillusioned and alone is hired to help whip the manuscript into a coherent whole. The two form an unlikely partnership and perhaps a second chance at a new life.
The Memoir of Johnny Devine has many strengths. The novel has a strong sense of time and place and revealed an America I have paid little attention to. World War II is in the past, but the threat of communism seems all too real. Mistrust, betrayal and fear were very real emotions for those who came under the magnifying glass of the House Un-American Activities Committee. The Hollywood studio system and race relations are also examined. Eide’s characters are also strongly written — no stereotypes here. Eliza is a woman moved by the injustices she sees among women and minorities. John’s former life haunts him despite His relationship with God. Their relationship develops slowly and realistically, and the reader cannot help but hope that their differences can be overcome. Perhaps the strongest element of the novel is its message of hope. God’s grace and forgiveness in the face of extreme shame and guilt is beautifully exemplified in John’s changed life. And that change makes its mark on Eliza. She learns that God’s call to submit never means a surrender to oppression.
An unusual love story filled with God’s grace and mercy, The Memoir of Johnny Devine is perfect for readers looking for a fresh and unique voice.
(Thanks to Singing Librarian Tours for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
I adore 1950s fashion and style, but other than a chapter in my U.S. history textbook or watching I Love Lucy or films on the Turner Classic Movies station, I haven't really looked into life in the 1950s. Eide doesn't idealize the 1950s: McCarthyism, Communism, and social injustice are touched on throughout the novel. Utilizing historical fiction, Eide brings the era to life in a way that textbooks can't. The only criticism I have is that Eliza, our heroine, has very modern views and when she states them, it can feel a bit too much like a contemporary critique of the societal norms of the 1950s. However, I do think it is believable that women like Eliza existed in the 1950s --I could easily see her supporting the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s (it wasn't just African Americans fighting for desegregation, after all).
Johnny, the focus of the fictional memoir and former Hollywood heartthrob, and Eliza both struggle with overcoming the guilt and the shame of their pasts. Hence, the romance is slow, building as they both get to know each other through their conversations and working together on Johnny's memoir, The Devine Truth. Most of Johnny's backstory is revealed in the dictation of his memoir, while Eliza's is revealed as she unravels her parents' mysterious past. I also enjoyed seeing little excerpts of The Devine Truth introducing most of the chapters of this book. I thought that was a nice touch. After this satisfying read, I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more of Eide's books!
[Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as a participant of Singing Librarian Books' blog tour for review purposes.]