A royal wedding, Cote d’Azur and Grace Kelly, the most glam of vintage Hollywood are the backdrop to Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb’s latest, Meet Me in Monaco. It doesn’t get much more beach glam than this book! I am thrilled H & H are my latest Open Book!
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“A fragrant French bonbon of a book: love, glamour, perfume, and paparazzi all circling around the wedding of the century…”–Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS.
Named one of InStyle‘s best books to put in your totebag for the summer!
Named one of Popsugar’s best books to put in your beachbag this summer and one of the best books of July!
Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances…
Movie stars and paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest star of all, wants only to escape from the flash-bulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique to fend off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, love, and tragedy.
James Henderson cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie Duval. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly’s wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie—like Princess Grace—must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.
1. What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?
Hazel: Thor, Iron Man, and Captain Marvel.
Heather: Robert Deniro, Meryl Streep, and Emma Stone
2. Current binge series?
Hazel: I really don’t have one, although I am waiting for Season 3 of The Crown.
Heather: Jane the Virgin! It’s hilarious. I, too, am waiting for Season 3 of The Crown, and the Downton Abbey movie!
3. Last favorite book?
Hazel: Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts.
Heather: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
4. What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation? Where is it?
Hazel: Gloves. Hat. Walking boots. We are going to stay in the Ice Hotel in Sweden and then to see the Northern Lights.
Heather: Lonely Planet guide book, comfy shoes, sunglasses. We’re going all over Italy, baby! It’s a place I’ve never been and I’m dying to get there.
5. Sunday NYT or US Weekly?
Heather: Digital subscription to NYT!
6. Last person you sent a text message to?
Hazel: I rarely send text messages now. I use WhatsApp. The last message I sent was to my sister in England.
Heather: Texts are free in the U.S. so I text away. My mom is the latest person.
7. Book you read that you wished you wrote?
Hazel: Practically every book I read I wish I’d written! Most recently, I read The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis – in which the three Bronte sisters are amateur detectives. It’s wonderful and I wish I’d written it!
Heather: Ooo, Hazel’s suggestion sounds good! I wish I’d written The Light We Lost by Jill Santopalo.
8. Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?
Hazel: She didn’t encourage me to be a writer (I didn’t even know ordinary people like me could become writers!), but I had an amazing English Literature teacher who definitely encouraged my love of literature and the written word.
Heather: My high school English teacher, Mrs. Terris, helped me enter a couple of state and national essay contests when I was a junior and senior. I won three of them to my utter shock and excitement! But she never really pushed me to write books. That came much later.
9. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?
Hazel: No. I listen to the sound of the neighbour’s dog yapping!
Heather: Sometimes and if so, it tends to be instrumental mostly so it doesn’t distract me. Cafe del Mar style ambient stuff or I love classical music, opera, movie soundtracks are a particular fav.
10. Describe your writing space?
Hazel: I write in a lovely bright attic conversion, which is also used as the kids playroom, guest bedroom, and storage room. It’s a bit cluttered and chaotic, but I love it, and am very grateful to have it (I wrote my first two books at the kitchen table!) I commute upstairs every morning and write while the boys are at school!
Heather: I have a large bedroom (and live in a tiny little place) so I have a desk in my room, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. And yes, the draw to the bed is strong!
11. Coffee or tea?
Hazel: Barry’s Irish tea first thing in the morning. Coffee mid morning. Espresso martini after hours!
Heather: Both! I tend to like coffee first thing and tea in the afternoons or evenings.
12. Do you have a favorite book that you gift?
Hazel: A new favourite book to gift is Miss Marley by Becca Mascull. It’s a gorgeous companion novel to A Christmas Carol.
Heather: Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic for children, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert for my creative and writerly friends, and whatever my latest obsession is for adults.
13. Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?
Hazel: Meet Me in Monaco!
Heather: Meet Me in Monaco! And also Last Christmas in Paris would be perfect for an amazing BBC series!
14. If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?
Hazel: This is an impossible question to answer, but it would probably be Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, from Monty Python’s The Life of Brian!
Heather: How about a musician instead? I’m going to say Lindsey Stirling because she’s a classical violin player who combines innovative pieces to dubstep and other electronic beats. A sort of old world meets new, with lots of fun. That’s how I like to think of myself and my life.
15. What/Who inspires you?
Hazel: My friends, other writers, and my 99 year old grandma!
Heather: Artists of all kinds. I’m a bit of an art hound. I wish I had the money to be an amateur collector and act as someone’s patron. Also brilliant authors, my friends. My husband!
16. Bravo reality TV- yes or no?
Hazel: Probably not!
Heather: Nope. (In my 20s, a little, but never much a TV head)
17. Favorite Instagram account?
Hazel: I have a few! My friend and crime writer, @CathRyanHoward, @bloomandwild (letterbox flowers), and @hellosunshine for wonderful bookish positivity!
Heather: Comedian @celestebarber, incredible seamstress and costume designer @virtuouscourtesan, and French pastry chef @cedricgrolet!
18. If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be?
Hazel: ‘Last Christmas in Paris’. It would be Santa-suit red, and packaged in a gorgeous rose gold case. Ooh la la!
Heather: I mean, I have nothing more to say after that answer. I’d buy up a whole case of Last Christmas in Paris!
19. Current #TBR pile?
Hazel: I’ll take the top three! The Tattooist of Auchswitz (Heather Morris), The Last Year of the War (Susan Meissner), The Moon in the Palace (Weina dai Randal).
Heather: Dracul by Dacre Stoker and JD Barker, The White Rose by Kip Wilson, and Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen
20. Best advice you’ve ever received?
Hazel: Always have a bottle of champagne in the fridge. I can’t remember who said it, but it’s excellent advice!
Heather: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should!