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It’s no secret that I have a thing for royalty. I also long for days-gone-by, and simpler times. So, I was a natural choice to review What Would Grace Do?: How to Live Life in Style Like the Princess of Hollywood.
This was not your typical book — not really a biography, but several snippets about Grace Kelly’s life, along with lessons from that life on how we can live more like she did. There are sections on Grace’s movies, marriage, children, fashion, and more.
The book reads easily, and has a bit of an unusual voice (it will refer to Grace as “la Grace,” “our Gracie,” etc. — and often throw in a comment followed by “Clever Grace!” or something to that effect). It was just a bit too-too, yet I’m thinking perhaps it was written this way in an attempt to channel the 1950s? The two-color drawings illustrating the book definitely hearkened back to that era.
I would say that if you’re a Grace Kelly fan already, you’ll probably know much of the info this book contains. However, I didn’t know much about Grace before reading this — my main memories of her were of the times she and Princess Diana met; both during Diana’s engagement (remember, it was the night when Di wore the “scandalous” low-cut ballgown?), and again during the honeymoon, shortly before Grace’s tragic early death in a car crash (eerie similarity with Diana!).
Grace sounds like a pretty typical ’50s era movie star. I was interested to read that the people of Monaco, home of her husband Prince Rainier, didn’t seem to be too taken with her. Neither, for that matter, did her husband. I was impressed with how she still stayed in her marriage though, and attempted to make the best of the situation. I recalled that her children had turned out to be less-than-perfect, what with the girls partying and marrying playboys, and the son being a playboy himself before finally marrying a bride who seemed less than thrilled with the arrangement — a la Grace?
Grace also sounded a bit promiscuous, though, which was sort of a downer. And majority opinion seems to be that she spoiled her kids. So will I be considering what would Grace do? when making life decisions? Eh, probably not. But it did make me curious to dig a little deeper into “our Gracie’s” life. If you are a Grace Kelly fan, this would be a quick, fun read that I think you’d enjoy.
Would you like a copy of this book? If you love royals, the ’50s, or old Hollywood glamour, I’ll bet you would. Gotham has generously provided a giveaway copy. Enter on the rafflecopter form below; I’ll choose a winner May 25.
Thanks to Gotham Books for a review copy of “What Would Grace Do?”