What Would Grace Do?: Review & Giveaway

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What Would Grace Do?

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.

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Thanks to Gotham Books for a review copy of “What Would Grace Do?”

31 thoughts on “What Would Grace Do?: Review & Giveaway

  1. A memory I have is her father stating he had his will arranged so his daughters would exclusively receive his money. He thought if his sons in law were worth their salt, they were not entitled to it. I think Grace had a wonderful relationship with her family in America.
    One difference in she & Lady Di dying in car accidents was the fact Grace was driving while Lady Di was not…

  2. I had no idea who she was until my husband told me! So I know he’d enjoy it too!

  3. I think the best part is getting a peek at how royal life was..I’m not sure if there are pictures in the book but that would be interesting to see.

  4. I love Grace Kelly – her wedding dress was absolutely beautiful. I’m wearing my grandmother’s dress for my own wedding this fall and I love how similar they are 🙂

  5. Actually, I would like to win this book to give to a friend as a gift who is a big Grace Kelly fan.

  6. I don’t know much about Grace Kelly but i did watch some movies she played in.

  7. My sister is a fan of “old hollywood” and this book sounds right up her alley! She was mentioning Grace Kelly to me the other day actually!

  8. I love Grace Kelly. I am very into (as a previous poster wrote) “Old Hollywood” and Grace Kelly is one of the best of the best! I really hope I win, this would be a great read for me!

  9. I would like to read this book because I’m intrigue.I don’t think I have heard of Grace before until today!

  10. I would love to win because I love Grace Kelly. My two oldest girls are also starting to enjoy learning about Grace Kelly.

  11. Grace was so lovely and she seemed so sophisticated! And she became real royalty. It’s every little girl’s dream to be a princess (sometimes a Disney one!). She was a great actress too. Such talent. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  12. She was an amazing woman so beautiful – I love her stile and lover to look at pictures of her, how she dressed and did her hair!

  13. I’ve always admired Grace’s elegance. Although from what I read, she was quite sassy under that “ice queen” exterior!

  14. I always thought she was so beautiful, and always looked like a lady

  15. I always thought that she was the perfect definition of a lady. She was so elegant and beautiful but still approachable. It was the world’s loss on the day of that car accident.

  16. I do not know much about her but would love to read the book

  17. Nana used to say that Grace Kelly was the epitome of elegance & style! Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!

  18. I don’t know all that much about her….but she was beautiful and I’d like to read the book.

  19. Her acting is amazing and I would totally love to read this book!

  20. She was so beautiful & classy.She was a great actress and kind person.I have a neice who is almost 5 and her name is grace.I always call her princess grace and tell her about the real princess grace.I’d love to read this book and save it for when my princess grace is old enough to read it. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway 🙂

  21. My daughter is a big fan of Grace Kelly. Movie stars are no longer this elegant anymore.

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