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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. - Giveaway and Review

Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Hepburn - dainty, immaculate - is anything but true to life. Here, for the first time, Sam Wasson presents the woman behind the little black dress that rocked the nation in 1961.

With a colorful cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, Givenchy, "Moon River" composer Henry Mancini, and of course, Hepburn herself, Wasson immerses us in the America of the early sixties before Woodstock and birth control, when a not-so-virginal girl by the name of Holly Golightly raised eyebrows across the country, changing fashion, film, and sex for good. (excerpt back cover)

In the novel, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M., by Sam Wasson, the reader gets to see behind the scenes of perhaps one of the most well-known actresses of all, Audrey Hepburn whose movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's would change how the movies would forever change what was acceptable at that time.

The reader journeys back in Hepburns past and gets the rare opportunity to be an early witness to what became the rise to fame for Audrey. Not being much to look at by the definition of Wasson, she wasn't one of the most beautiful woman, but she had a rare look about her, wide eyes, too long of legs, too skinny of arms and the most unappealing crooked smile. Hardly things one would consider when looking at the history of the movies Hepburn starred in.

During the early 50's the censors, still controlled what we seen and what would be removed before anything made it to movies or television and for woman to be seen having affair or even the idea of having sex was only allowed in the minds of the writers. We see how much in the novel, that Hepburn wanted a married life complete with children and that she valued it so much, not even her movies or rise to stardom would be allowed to interfere.

I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and LOVED how Audrey Hepburn was written about, what she cared about and how she eventually became the lady who captivated us all with sophistication and elegance and a bit of class. We get an opportunity to look at some rare moments in Old Hollywood and how movies made it from books to the big screen! I award this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars and gave me a better appreciation for what really goes on behind the scenes in the life of Audrey Hepburn and other celebrities.

For more information about this book, the author and where you can purchase a copy of this book, please click on the links below:

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson

You can find Sam on Facebook by clicking here or his website by clicking here.

Thanks to the generous folks at TLC Book Tours, they are offering a giveaway copy of the book. Here are your guidelines:

1. You must be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. You must be a resident of the US or Canada. Please No P.O. Boxes.

3. I need a way to contact you in the event you're the winner, so please include your email address along with your comment. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave me a comment before Sept 10th letting me know why you would love to win a copy of this book. I will notify the winner via email.

The giveaways ends on September 10th!


  1. I would love to win this! I am a fan of Audrey! I recently read the novella of Breakfast at Tiffany's and she was a perfect choice for Holly.


  2. I always thought Audrey Hepburn was so beautiful. That was such a different time. I would love a chance to relive the 50s even through someone else's life.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  3. I'm a gfc follower: theresan.
    Theresa N

  4. I've added this to my reading list.
    Theresa N

  5. OMG! it's Audrey Hepburn I'd love to read and win this book nothing beats old school she's truly a classic hollywood icon XD

    GFC & Networked blogs follower: kimyunalesca


  6. With such an intriguing life who wouldn't be fascinated to read this story about Audrey Hepburn?! She is just so iconic!
    I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner).

  7. I loved Audrey, my Mom introduced me to her movies when I was a young girl. I am a GFC follower (Andi Newberry) andinewberry(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Thanks for the chance!

  8. Behind the scenes of Audrey Hepburn?! What a fun thing to read about! She's such an icon in film and fashion, that I imagine this is just fascinating. I'm not a film OR fashion buff and I'm still interested in it!

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  9. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read your book.

  10. would love to read this book...thanks for the chance...i'm a follower, too :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  11. I love Audrey Hepburn! Please enter me in the draw.

    I'm following on GFC (Darlene).

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I absolutely love Audrey Hepburn! Please enter me!
    I'm a subscriber and a follower via gfc.
    dancealert at aol dot com

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. I always love a good read. Audrey Hepburn was such a beautiful woman. So delicate and gorgeous. Enjoy your weekend and thank you for sharing these awesome books with us. Anne

  14. I follow Lisa GFC thanks this looks like a wonderful book and i love the cover lisapeters at yahoo dot com thanks

  15. Oh my! why WOULDN'T i want to read this?! i LOVE audrey hepburn and breakfast at tiffany's! never get tired of either. this books sounds like so much fun. thanks for the chance to win a copy. and, yes, i follow with GFC.

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  16. i really want to read this b/c it's one of my favorite movies! Thank you so much for the contest!

    i'm a gfc follower!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  17. Glad to see you enjoyed the book as much as I did. :)

    Andrea @ Reading Lark

  18. This book is on my to reads list. Am I too late to enter the contest?

    fightclubmolly (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. This sounds like a great book! I almost bought this book the other day at Border's! I am a GFC Follower and I live in the US.

    Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net


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