This book follows three young women living in New York City’s glamorous Barbizon hotel in the mid-1950s as they figure out who they are, what they want in life, and which path to choose to get what they want. There is Laura, who is interning at Mademoiselle and hoping to become a writer. She is a proper New England woman studying at Smith. Her roommate, Dolly, is in secretarial school, mostly hoping to meet a husband. The third girl in the group is Vivian, who works as a cigarette girl in a popular nightclub, but her true love is singing. The three explore the city, fall in love, have their heartbroken and get into trouble, sometimes really real trouble.
Searching for Grace Kelly surprised me. The characters are all multi-dimensional and interesting. I especially loved Vivian, but connected with all three. Fair warning, this story doesn’t end with a happily ever after. I like books that break my heart, at least a little, and this one did.
I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Kristin Kalbli. Kristin did such a beautiful job with this audiobook. The character voices were so real and perfectly suited to each character. She expressed the characters’ emotions expertly without taking away from the story’s words. I loved this as an audiobook.