I love romance. I don’t love nonfiction. This story is both, so it’s a flip of a coin as to whether or not I’ll enjoy it. Following up on her previous memoir, Knock Wood, Candice delves into motherhood, marriage, her career, loss, and more.
The book opens with her pregnancy and birth of her daughter. It’s a sweet little chapter that brought tears to my eyes. She then goes on to describe her meeting and falling in love with French film director, Louis Malle. You learn of their travels, falling into married life, and their struggles. Although they lead an unconventional marriage; they barely lived together as they each pursued their own professional interests in different countries; they made it work.
At the age of 39, Candice conceived and gave birth to her first and only child, Chloe. She tells of her pregnancy and life with a new baby. We learn how she became Murphy Brown and managed to excel at it for 10 years, with a child in tow.
We learn Louis survived lymphoma, open heart surgery and pneumonia to turn around and find out that he had PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy). She opens up about the experience, the struggles, and what helped to keep her grounded. He succumbed to his illness at the age of 63 on Thanksgiving Day of 1995.
Candice walks us through the aftermath of losing Louie and then her courtship and marriage to Marshall Rose. To round out the book, she shares with us her stint in ICU, the death of her mother, weight gain, and her daughter’s engagement.
In conclusion, this was a very heartfelt memoir. More than once I found tears threatening to roll down my cheek. A fine read.
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