Life in the Hollywood Lane – Ann Crawford – Book Review

by Ann Crawford
Genres: Coming of Age
Format: Kindle, Paperback

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Quirky, heart-opening, funny, poignant, up, down, and everywhere in between—that’s life and that’s Life in the Hollywood Lane.

Trish, an LA actor, is bereft with guilt after her best friend commits suicide. Glamorous yet tough-as-nails Hollywood is Trish’s backdrop and a reflection of her life as she stumbles on through an actor’s life of casting calls and premieres, rejection and acceptance. Slowly Trish releases the idea of how her life should be and embraces the messy, flawed, yet stunningly beautiful truth of how it is. Trish’s humorous resilience and acceptance lead to transformation, surrender, and ultimately love. Author Ann Crawford’s trademark optimism for life and love shine through in this inspiring story that reminds us all that no matter what the question, love is always the answer.

Life in the Hollywood Lane is chockablock with LOL and aha moments. Also, know any folks who’ve been chasing a long-held dream? Do them a favor and gift them this book!


Life in the Hollywood Lane is a touching, compelling and quirky book that will captivate readers’ hearts from the very first chapter. Author, Ann Crawford tells the story of Trish, a Hollywood actress who has just lost her best friend to suicide. Filled with grief and sorrow, Trish contemplates whether or not there was something she could have done to have kept her close pal alive. Her life as an LA actress is difficult and she trips through many casting calls, which include rejection as well as acceptance, all the while experiencing the hectic life in the fast paced Hollywood scene. Her life is indeed messy and imperfect. But, with a good sense of humor and spirited attitude, she soon accepts and embraces her life. Which leads her to newfound self-renewal and eventually love.

Author Ann Crawford certainly believes that hopefulness and affection is the answer, and it shines through in her words in this book beautifully. She writes with wit and humor, keeping readers smiling while reading this heartfelt and poignant story. Does good always prevail? Ann Crawford, rightly, believes so and that premise radiates throughout this story. At times, this book is very laugh-out-loud funny, while at other times, it is very sorrowful and heart-rending. Ann Crawford gives readers insight into what it is like to live, and work as an actor, in Hollywood, helping us to realize how so many of them become so lost and even despondent toward life. But, Trish really fought not to lose herself, and instead found true joy and happiness.

Entertaining, interesting and absorbing, Life in the Hollywood Lane is a must-read fiction story about a slightly complex woman who is imperfect while trying to explore and make her way in a tricky, complex city filled with unusual people and situations.

The characters in this book are fabulous. Trish is especially well developed and full of enthusiasm and spunk. Her humor and great outlook on life take her a long way and readers will be rooting for her throughout the entire book. The supporting characters are also tremendous. They have eccentric personalities, fitting for the Hollywood lifestyle. They are realistic, very human and relatable with familiar flaws and strengths.

Ann Crawford’s writing style is fresh and original with a clear and concise voice that draws readers in from the very first chapter right through to the satisfying conclusion. The storyline and plot is fully thought out and complete. It flows well with a certain depth to it that this reader certainly appreciated.

Life in the Hollywood Lane is an engaging, compelling, women’s fiction and coming-of-age story. The subjects of recovery from loss, self-discovery and overcoming fear are messages touched upon in this fascinating story. If you would love to read a story about the Hollywood life and a woman navigating her way through loss and love, all the while pursuing a career in acting, then Life in the Hollywood Lane is the book for you. Get yourself a copy and be inspired, humored and thoroughly entertained.

Reviewed by Artisan Book Reviews

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