Published August 9th 2011
Warren August is down and out in Hollywood, flat broke and living on the streets. When he stumbles onto a movie set in search of food, he sets in motion a chain of events that could finally turn his life around. He might even have a chance to win back his Ophelia. Sweet, sweet Ophelia, who broke his heart three years before. But can he hold it together long enough to redeem himself? And will she ever take him back?
When I received this book for review it was first entitled Sweet Ophelia and the Tinseltown Blues and not what it is now, which is just Sweet Ophelia and it also had a totally different cover, which was amazing by the way, and not the one we see today. With that being said, the changes don't really matter so much as the story, which I might add, was incredible.
Upon first inspection I wasn't really sure what to make of this story but once I started I was amazed at how badly I was hooked to it. This isn't my first rodeo with an indie author so I know they can surprise you most of the time but what I got from this story I was so not ready for. I wasn't ready for how strongly I would feel about Warren and Bridget. I'm sure you thought I was going to say Ophelia didn't you? Ophelia, in my opinion, is just a red herring made to seem more important than the real issue which is, it is never too late to turn your life around and find true happiness and/or bliss. When the story starts Warren is down on his luck and homeless. Never sure if he will be sleeping in a shelter or out on the street. Then shortly thereafter we meet Bridget an actress hoping for the next big break. A girl from a somewhat small town who is being swallowed up by the bright lights of L.A. and just not catching the "big" break she needs to succeed.
As the story progresses Warren and Bridget's lives begin to intersect and entwine in an unexpected and amusing way. Warren's luck begins to turn around while Bridget's is at a sort of stand still. Warren goes from being homeless with few friends to a productive member of society trying to re-find his place in the world and having a hard time trying to merge his two different lives he's been leading. While on this new journey Warren and Bridget, at times, get their wires crossed, which in turn, makes them seem to doubt their budding feelings for each other.
This story is a sort of comedy of errors which I totally loved. It also had me so rooting for this unlikely couple while hanging on to the edge of my seat. There is so much more I want to say but it would so ruin the end and that is something you really need to uncover for yourself. I was totally invested in the outcome of this story and this couple. I really can't sing the praises of this book enough. It truly was an amazing ride and I am so glad I had a ticket. On a scale from 1-10 I give Sweet Ophelia a 20. Yes, yes I know off the scale and all but Sweet Ophelia is truly one of those stories that everyone really needs to read for themselves and spread the word about. If you believe in true love, redemption, finding oneself, and comedic twists then Sweet Ophelia is the book for you. I really do encourage EVERYONE to pick up a copy and discover how addictive Sweet Ophelia can be.