Title: Lunch with Harry
Author: Tony Drury
Pages: 77 Pages
Publisher: City Fiction
Is it possible that Audrey Hepburn was in Regent Street, London in 2016?
Perhaps not. But her memory is recreated in the desirable shape of Dr Ella van Houten who has stood on a man’s foot outside Hamleys, the world’s oldest toy shop. Their differing personalities dominate this fast moving story which takes in London, Europe and lunches with Harry.
Ella was imagining that she was Holly Golightly, the character that Hepburn played in one of the greatest ever romantic films: ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.
This riveting novella tells how they begin a relationship which is initially dominated by two features: Ella’s uncanny reprise of Holly’s quirky and insecure nature and Harry’s guilt over the loss of his wife. There is also the impending death of Ella’s brother which bizarrely leads them chasing a figurine of the Mexican general Santa Anna who won the battle for ‘the Alamo’.
The ending produces a moment of pure cinema as Ella and Harry fight against the seemingly insurmountable obstacle which threatens their future together.
Lunch with Harry is the first publication which forms part of the Novella Nostalgia series linking iconic cinema classics with modern stories.
I’ve never really been a fan of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I know people will be giving me some major stink eye over this but it was never a film that captured my heart. Maybe I was too young when I watched it and therefore have never appreciated it the way that it needs to be.
I have however stood in front of Tiffany’s and imagined what it would be like to be Audrey Hepburn. For the record, it felt pretty good.
I decided to give the novella Lunch with Harry a read based on my disconnect from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. If I am totally honest, it didn’t make me like the film any more than I did but it did make me think I should give it another watch just in case.
The story is an interesting one that mirrors Breakfast at Tiffany’s but places it in modern day London. It is sweet and you feel like Harry and Ella might just be able to make things work even though life events have given them lemons.
Lunch with Harry is a nice story that will pass the time on a commute to or from work. You never know, you may meet a handsome/beautiful stranger while you read it.
Lunch with Harry (Novella Nostalgia Book #1) by Tony Drury is available now.
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