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Child Bride: the Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1998

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.; Berkley Boulevard Ed edition (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425165442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425165447
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.8 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
What a fascinating book, at last the other side of the Elvis/Priscilla story. Plucked from a childhood of secrets, Priscilla sashayed into Presley's life at the tender age of fourteen. Despite Priscilla's claims to the contrary, the author suggests that her parents actively encouraged the union of their daughter with Elvis the Pelvis (a mere 11 years her senior). There are many revelations to enjoy in this book - check out the paragraph where Elvis suggests that Priscilla should have her legs stretched on a rack! Priscilla claims that she left the King to find herself, but she has continued to use his name and fame by association. You certainly don't end up favouring this five foot two inch 'lady', but you must admire her ambition and financial intelligence - not sure about her post Elvis source of partners though.....Julio Igelesias??? All in all an absorbing read!
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So Currie Grant a married man who claims to have had sex with a 14 year old Priscilla and Mike Edwards long term partner who was unfaithful and attracted to 13 year old Lisa Marie. Hardly trustworthy people to be believed. I found Child bride full of inconsistencies and gossipy and think Priscilla is an amazing person who from such a tender age handled the fame and lifestyle of the oh so complicated Elvis Presley brilliantly. Read GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT by Joe Esposito a true friend who was there with Elvis for many years and ELVIS AND ME by Priscilla who shared his life. Both books are deeply touching honest and full of love for the wonderfully talented amazing but flawed Elvis Presley and the relationship he and Priscilla shared.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By margaret Deer on 11 July 2014
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Really intresting book to read opened your eyes to the real Prescilla Presley, couldnt put it down
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After reading Priscillas own 'glossed over' autobiography which was a good first read about their life together (3 star rating), I knew that her account was presented to portray her as an innocent, holier than thou individual who had simply found herself caught up in the Elvis media storm. Some of the things she wrote really made me think 'does she honestly think that the reader would actually believe that, there would be no way any of this happening without a bit of manipulation on her part!". Some things just did not stack up with her version of events. I mean - what self-respecting parent would allow their 14 year old daughter to stay out all night with a man 10 years her senior, knowing the reputation he had for being a bit raunchy?!

After reading 'Child Bride', all the points in Priscilla's account have been challenged and verified with those who knew Priscilla, those who knew Elvis and those who witnessed this coming together of these two people. What you read in Suzanne Finstad's book is well researched and shows a very different Priscilla to the version she tells. It tells of the combination of her feminine charms, her dogged determination and the manipulation of her family who were hell-bent that this romantic union was going to happen, at whatever cost.

Elvis fell for it. Poor soul.

Priscilla broke his heart in the end, after she'd got what she wanted. It does beg the question as to whether she really loved him at all. I think she was more in love with the legend that he was, than him as a person. He wasn't perfect, admittedly, but his heart was in the right place and his naivety was abused. They both deceived each other really.

I decided to read this book after a trip to Graceland this year.
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After reading "Elvis and me" this was a different take on the Priscilla I had read about. If you are interested in the life of Elvis Presley this is a very interesting read. I would highly recommend.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "an70102" on 14 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
I somewhat enjoyed this book; it was interesting and enough of a good story. However, I took everything in it with a pinch of salt, and I sincerely doubt that this book is really the 'true story'.
Finstad, a tabloid journalist, works a little too hard to give the impression that this is well researched - which is understandable as her sources leave a lot to be desired for when it comes to reliability. Her biggest one is Mike Edwards, a man who only met Priscilla years after Elvis died, and never met Elvis - so it is hard to see how he can make perceptions about their relationship. Apart from Edwards, the main sources are memphis mafia wives, who famously didn't like priscilla.
I don't believe for one second that priscilla was entirely honest in 'elvis for me' - but the same can be said for finstad. this is well-written and enjoyable but at the end of the day tabloid fodder.
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I bought this book for my mum she couldn't put it down .she said it was a fantastic book.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marnei on 25 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Read this twice, not because I liked it but to check that my feelings about it were not because I may have been in a bad mood on the first reading. I'm not a huge fan of Priscilla Presley myself but it appears that the author just took every bad thing they heard or was told about Priscilla and crammed it all into one book. If your looking for a balanced insightful book about Priscilla Presley then avoid this book like the plague.
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