Such a wonderful story! A true 5 star read that I am so happy to share with you all.
“Beautiful Mess” by John Herrick really is a triple-threat for someone like me. Not only is it an amazing book, but it’s also a story about the “Golden Age” of film, and the iconic Marilyn Monroe, who has always been a healthy obsession of mine.
Beautiful Mess (Release Date: August 2017)
“A story of warmth, humor and honesty, BEAUTIFUL MESS follows one man’s journey toward love and relevance where he least expects it—and proves coming-of-age isn’t just for the young.”
A fallen star. A former hippie. And the Marilyn Monroe you only thought you knew.
Del Corwin is an aging Hollywood relic, destined to fade into a history of forgotten legends—unless he can revive his career. All he needs is one last chance.
When Del uncovers an original screenplay by Marilyn Monroe—and proof that she named him its legal guardian—he surges to the top of Hollywood’s A-list. But the opportunity to reclaim his fame and fortune brings a choice: Is Del willing to sacrifice newfound love, self-respect and his most cherished friendship to achieve his greatest dream?
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I absolutely loved this book!
Though, Del is the leading man in this story, his connection to the other characters, both living and dead, is what ties everything together. Through pure happenstance, these wonderfully flawed people are brought together, and they form life-changing bonds. This rich characterization is probably what I enjoyed most about “Beautiful Mess”, that and Marilyn.
Ah Marilyn, where do I begin? Yes I have a deep appreciation for the enormously talented people who graced the silver screen during the “Golden Age” of film, but a few stood apart for me. One of them was Marilyn Monroe.
When the author contacted me about his book, I was very intrigued by Del’s story. Can you imagine if someone really did find a long-lost screenplay written by her? The ramifications of something like this happening is astounding. Especially, a story about the “real” Marilyn. Not the persona she created for the masses. It would be extraordinary! After all, it’s her real-life story that has always had me so fascinated. Her connection to the Kennedys, her heart-breaking childhood, and of course her accidental over-dose/ suicide/ assassination… pick your conspiracy really.
I could go on forever, but we’re here for “Beautiful Mess” not just her and her mysterious life.
As I mentioned, the characters make this book and each one is complex and interesting in their own way. Unexpected relationships form and they all stem from Del, a once famous star who commanded Hollywood, until he didn’t. He still has a great life, and all the trappings of the rich and famous, but it’s shallow.
When he finds the screenplay everything changes of course, but so does Del. He starts to realize fame and recognition isn’t what makes a person’s life complete. His journey to achieve this knowledge is as evocative as it is entertaining, and all the while, you feel Marilyn’s presence everywhere. Seriously, the writing is so good you’ll feel like you’re reading a true story.
I recommend this book to movie lovers who love to read and of course, to people who remember and love the original blonde bombshell.
About the Author
When he decided to become a novelist, John Herrick did not expect to invest the next twenty years in what would seem a grueling, disconnected process.
A native of St. Louis, Herrick fell in love with writing fiction at eight years old, and by eleven, his goal shifted from short stories to a novel–and turning a hobby into a career. Challenged with a constant flow of fresh ideas and lack of patience to complete such long-term projects, he merged the written word with another love: music. Herrick spent fifteen years developing his songwriting and lent several songs to benefit recordings by nonprofit entities.
While he gained ghostwriting and voice-over experience for print, radio and the Internet, Herrick spent nearly a decade in the information technology arena. To his surprise, through technical work he acquired analytical and project-management skills that would help shape his personal writing process. His project work included software development and support for the media and fund-development arenas.
While he worked behind a desk at a nonprofit organization, Herrick struggled with the need to write. Armed with a concept that had burned within him for three years, he chipped away for an hour or two each evening until he completed the manuscript for his first novel, THE LANDING, which became a semifinalist in the inaugural Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. In response to reader requests, The Landing hit bookshelves in 2012.
Herrick’s other work includes FROM THE DEAD, BETWEEN THESE WALLS, HIT AND RUN, and BEAUTIFUL MESS. His nonfiction title 8 REASONS YOUR LIFE MATTERS became a #1 Amazon bestseller.
When he is not writing, he loves reading and long drives on the interstate. He is a sucker for 1990s music.