Susan Elliott was the American wife of British actor Denholm Elliott (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Trading Places, A Room With a View, etc.). This is a true story of the life they shared before each dying tragic deaths – his through AIDS, hers through a fire in their home.
Though the pages are laced throughout with stories of Denholm, this is primarily a story of Susan Elliott after Denholm.
We learn of her struggle to cope with the changes in her life after he died, her dependence on alcohol and her attempts to keep a “stiff upper lip” throughout extraordinary hardships which would bring the majority of us to our knees.
Told in story form and at times with painful candor by Joyce Keating, Susan Elliott’s sister and closest friend, this is also a story of the immense strength of love between two sisters and the heartrending attempt of one to keep the other alive. Thankfully, tragedy in this story is well balanced by humor and wit.
This thoughtful, wonderful story can be purchased at amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and barnesandnoble.com
REVIEWS FOR DENHOLM’S WIFE
VERY Highly Recommended- A MUST HAVE!
Wonderfully written…Joyce Keating keeps you IN the moment, chapter to chapter. Knowing that this is a true story, written by Denholm’s Wife’s sister, you will laugh and you will cry, and you will probably find a new appreciation for life’s simple moments…
I found this book in my doctors office … it was the only visit
I found this book in my doctors office … it was the only visit where I didn’t mind the wait. What a find. There was so much in this book that I could relate to. Sad, very sad, but as the author implies at the very end, life does go on. I recommend this book highly to anyone who feels overwhelmed and alone. You are NOT alone. And you will be okay.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brava Joyce Keating, June 13, 2013
Thank you for sharing Susan’s story and your personal journey through so many situations. You are a strong women whose faith in God has given you the strength and love to see beyond our life’s journeys. God does not create harm to us but gives us freedom and choice. You have made choices in your life that are admirable and a testament to what a person of faith is all about! Your mother would be so proud of you!5.0 out of 5 stars Swiss Cheese, February 8, 2013
I ate this book up! Joyce Keating has a style all her own. The book was so poignant and real. But I wanted more. Perhaps a sequell? There is so much to the story of the Robinson family. Susan was portrayed with such beauty, love and honesty. The book is about strength, love, and commitment. I believe more books need to be written about the wives (or husbands) of stars. It reveals so much “behind the scenes” and a different point of view. It seemed like a sketch of a story that deserves more. It was rich as a result of the author’s depth of feeling and her coping mechanism of humor is commendable. It avoided sentimentality while telling such a tragic story. I look forward to Ms. Keating’s future work. It was a unique mix. Thank you for revealing yourself to us, the readers.5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried, August 27, 2012
I really enjoyed this wonderful story of the love between two sisters and their sad and sometimes funny situations only family can create. I was luck enough to meet “Denholm’s wife” at a family wedding and she was just as Joyce (or Joycie as Susan would have called her) describes. More than anything this book is about love!4.0 out of 5 stars Moving & True, July 25, 2012
A moving, loving and very tragic family story. In real life,Joyce Keating was Susan Elliott’s sister. They were very close. Susan is trapped in the high society playgrounds of Hollywood and London.
Big money, stardom and a unquenchable thirst for pleasure do not lead to a happy ending. Well written!5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and revealing novel, July 15, 2012
I have always enjoyed reading about celebrities, and though this book revealed some things about the English actor Denholm Elliott, it was really about his wife, Susan. Written by Susan’s sister, Joyce Keating, this biography/memoir was well-written and memorable. It reveals an unconditional love between the sisters and how important it is to rely on family support and strength through adverse times.
Celebrity and money does not always bring you love and freedom from sorrows. The portrait of Susan Elliott revealed a woman who loved life and it would manifest whenever she entered a crowd – she would become the life of the party. Her life, however, was free of sorrows – losing a husband and child – falling into the despair of an alcohol-driven life, and all the somber realities that accompany it.
The author’s undiminished love and support is present throughout her writing.
I enjoyed the novel very much and felt the author’s loss at the end.
Joyce Keating’s debut novel was an excellent read, and I would enjoy reading any of her future works.5.0 out of 5 stars Denholm’s Wife, July 15, 2012By Hemmingway
I loved this book, what a sweet story. It tugged at my heart string and made me laugh out loud.