Weezie A Palm Beach Story
Fraud, Lies & A Colombian Mystery
Weezie’s story has a common theme… blue-blood upbringing, an only child to very influential parents, loss of a dynamic mother at an impressionable age. Enter Beatrirz Algarra, a Colombian beauty, and the mysteries mount about her past, as the fortunes are redirected and the family is torn apart. Who is this evil stepmother and what secrets have long been hidden?
Only a dogged investigation or time will uncover all the truths.
From the historic Lake Placid Club to the Palm Beach Bath & Tennis Club
Louise Ford lived in the lap of luxury while growing up in the 1960s, her father an accomplished, influential engineer/inventor, with a deep love for all things outdoors, would forever influence her passions in life.
World Cup sailing, first-class skiing, powerboats, horses and hunting, all part of a privileged life.
But the real intrigue is beyond the pages of her personal journaling that takes form as a conversational autobiography. The mysteries lie in all the questions that continue to surface as Weezie pursues her own investigation into Beatriz Algarra, who stole the estate meant for George Ford’s daughter and his grandson Nicholas. Key facts are exposed at the maid’s deposition, though still, many questions go unanswered.
As her father grew older and mentally and physically more vulnerable, his wife, who should have been the most trustworthy person in his life, went into full elder abuse mode, keeping him in a deplorable state, unwashed and without proper medical care, motives that aided her success in keeping Weezie out of his life and retaining his entire fortune, which included homes in Palm Beach and Newport.
Through all this time Weezie has had her own medical battle that still goes on today!
Presently the book is the #1 bestseller at both Classic Books and Main Street News in Palm Beach since May 2011. The book is the featured as one of the top books relating to the crime of Elder Abuse.
In 2006 Weezie’s dear friend Brigadier General James Ellery was able to gain permission for her to travel with him to Juba in Southern Sudan. This trip, chronicled in the book, was a chance of a lifetime that left an indelible impression.
Recently, Weezie kept close watch on the Senate’s investigation of elder abuse brought to light by Mickey Rooney. Today she continues her own investigation into the mysteries surrounding the abuse of her father and the wrong doings at the hand un-denied bigamist stepmother whose own lawyer calls Louise’s book “facts” in the prologue. The book is currently causing quite a stir in social circles in Palm Beach and Newport as the truth is finally coming out.
5.0 out of 5 stars
|Brilliant on top of fabulous…I was enthralled! I especially loved all the anecdotes about PALM BEACH LOCALS!! Laugh out loud funny! Buy it, you won’t be able to put it down!|
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This book/story is so incredible, that I actually “called in sick” from work the day after I got it, just so I could finish it! I hope that Weezie writes another book so we all learn the truth about this evil step-mother. Highly recommend!
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Easy, breezy “Weezie”
An easy and enjoyable read, this book manages to convey the author’s clear sense of fun and to poke fun at social-climbing while still making plain her palpable hurt and upset over the heartbreaking way the last few years of her father’s life played out. It would be hard to make up a literary villain as nasty as the vain, selfish stepmother portrayed here, and at times her spiteful antics make the reader want to scream, but through it all Ms Ford keeps her good humor intact and her boundless energy and resilience sparkle on every page.
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You know it has to be true,
It’s definitely a “you can’t put it down until you’re done” kind of book. Weezie does a great job of pulling you along with her. You want her to win against the “evil” she faces. You can identify with her son who plays such a supporting role. You get swept along with the global maze of intrigue and pain Weezie weaves as she travels from one interesting spot to the next. It just leaves us wanting more detail on each of the parts of her story. Maybe another expanded sequel?? Who knew one life could have such intrigue.
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A fascinating read,
This book had me laughing and crying in equal measure. Weezie comes across as a very well loved child of doting parents who wanted only the best for their only child. Enter the baddie and the mystery truly begins. Who is this person and what secrets does she hide? Only a dogged investigation will uncover the truth and Weezie is up for it. Her will power and stoicism is an inspiration and I hope a happy ending ensues. She deserves it.
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What a page-turner!,
You will not be able to tear yourself away once you start this book, so set aside an afternoon to peer into the highs and lows of being Weezie. She’s a heroine, and keeps going, when many of us would have thrown up our hands in despair. She writes with an easy, flowing style that leaves you wanting more. Weezie has already triumphed in the writing and publishing of this book. I look forward to the sequel and to learning what Weezie has in store for us in the next chapter of her life.
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A Sharp Story of an Even Sharper Lady
Louise has written an extraordinary story of an exhilarating life, but at times also tragic. One would have a heart as hard as stone not to be saddened and disheartened by the story of losing her relationship with her father. All in all a fast read with plenty of highs and lows to keep your interest.
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For richer, for poorer
A fast and fabulous read. Weezie grew up rich and pampered but her wealth did not make up for the tragic early loss of her mother. As she made her way largely on her own, her father fell prey to a greedy, conniving woman who separated Weezie and her son from the father she loved and ultimately, from his fortune. Sadly, she could not prevent the abuse of the Step Monster who manipulated her failing father until she pulled all the financial strings.
Tragic that this is not uncommon and begs the question of how children can protect their aging parents from harmful influences and protect what is rightfully theirs, both emotionally and financially.
Weezie’s adventures and involvement in Sudan could and should be another book. She is a survivor who has found a higher cause.
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Critically acclaimed and a New York Times bestseller, COME TO THE EDGE by Christina Haag is a love story-and like all love stories, it is both unique and universal. Unique in that Christina Haag’s early love was John F. Kennedy Jr.; universal in that COME TO THE EDGE (Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperback, On Sale January 10, 2012) stirs up the reader’s memory of what it means to be young and in love.
When Christina Haag was growing up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, John F. Kennedy Jr. was just one of the boys in her circle of prep school friends, a skinny kid who lived with his mother and sister on Fifth Avenue and who happened to have a Secret Service detail following him at a discreet distance at all times. A decade later, after they had both graduated from Brown University and were living in New York City, Christina and John were cast in an off-Broadway play together. It was then that John confessed his long-standing crush on her, and they embarked on a five-year love affair. Glamorous and often in the public eye, but also passionate and deeply intimate, their relationship was transformative for both of them.
COME TO THE EDGE is a beautiful, timeless, and elegant read, one in which Haag paints a portrait of a young man with an enormous capacity for love, and an adventurous spirit that drove him to live life to its fullest.
Date: Thursday, September 15 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Danziger Gallery: 527 West 23rd Street
Danziger Gallery opens its fall 2011 schedule with a show of 84 Edward Steichen photographs printed by the renowned photographer George Tice. Tice was the last person to print for Steichen in his lifetime. These prints not only remind us of Steichen’s genius but also highlight the formidable quality of printing that George Tice has been known for throughout his career. In conjunction with Steichen’s work, the gallery is also pleased to present 12 rarely seen George Tice photographs in its new print room along with his classic signature image, “Petit’s Mobil Station, Cherry Hill, NJ, 1974.”
Opening reception on Thursday, September 15th from 6 – 8 pm. Complimentary wine.
Christina Haag, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir “Come to the Edge” (and Glamwire’s Featured Author of July) stars in Sharyn Rothstein’s new Off Broadway play, THE INVESTED, currently running at the 4th Street Theatre.
(Tickets are $18.00) Buy tickets here
Catherine Murdoch (Christina Haag) is the head of wealth management at MetroBank one of the largest and most powerful banks in the world where she was just passed over for CEO.
When the corruption of the new CEO threatens her world and her values, Murdoch must decide where her loyalties will lie does she follow her ambitions or does she follow her conscience?
Drawn from the financial crisis of 2008, THE INVESTED shows the rivalries, betrayals and alliances that could bring the world to the brink of economic disaster.
Glamwire is thrilled to unveil the summer tour of our featured Author for July and August, Christina Haag!
On Friday August 5th at 7pm and Saturday August 6th at 12pm, Christina will be a guest on The Song is You, with Bonnie Grice!
Listen live on WPPB (88.3 FM) in the Hamptons, and streaming live to anywhere in the world at Peconic Public Broadcasting.
Find out what her guilty pleasure is!
On August 13th, Christina will be a guest at Author’s Night, the premiere literary event in the Hamptons. The event includes over 165 authors, and Alec Baldwin is the evening’s host. Christina will attend the Hamptons Magazine party later that night. *We advise you to purchase your ticket soon! www.authorsnight.org
Christina will be doing an Author’s Talk at the East Hampton Library on August 20th at 1pm. Books will be available, and the event is free of charge. www.easthamptonlibrary.org
On August 27th at 5pm, she’ll be reading from Come to the Edge and signing books at Books and Books in Westhampton Beach.
Christina will be profiled in Hamptons Magazine, The Palm Beach Post and The Southampton Press in August, and she will have book events in October at Books and Books in Miami. Stay tuned…
MacDella Cooper & Friends
“L’AFRICANA SUMMERFEST 2011”
Music, Fashion, Culture, Cuisine, & DJs Universe & Stiletto
You are invited to join MacDella Cooper, founder of the MacDella Cooper Foundation and her esteemed friends and colleagues, along with the East End’s most high profile and influential audience of VIPs, celebrities, and media on Saturday July 23, 2011 at 3pm for the Opening Day of Polo at the Bridgehampton Polo Club.
Following Polo, MacDella Cooper will host L’AFRICANA SUMMER FEST in Southampton New York. The Red Carpet Cocktail reception and the Taste of Africa Banquet will kick off at 6:30 pm with Afro-Electronic music by DJ Universe. The night will continue with live music, dance performances as well as a DJ party hosted by headliner DJ Stiletto spinning her eclectic blend of sound.
The evening, hosted by News anchor, Carol Wilkinson will also include an MCF multimedia presentation by Thomas Tafuto. A collection of African inspired dresses, jewelry and accessories designed exclusively for L’Africana will be auctioned off. Tickets range in price from $150 for an individual ticket to $10,000 for corporate sponsorships.
L’Africana is a brand platform built around the design, creation, promotion, and distribution of African fashion, art, music, accessories, culture & cuisine. To date, African-inspired brands have primarily catered to Africans and a small number of non-Africans. L’Africana aspires to be a brand with strong international appeal through the fusion of African aesthetics and sensibilities with modern design, quality, and workmanship.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the MCF Academy for orphans and abandoned children in Monrovia, Liberia. The MCF Academy is the first tuition free boarding school dedicated to orphan and abandoned children in post-war Liberia. The Academy opened its doors on Christmas Day 2010 and will ultimately house and educate 200 children.
Students gather in front of the MCF Academy.
Christina Haag, actress and author, will read from her memoir “Come to the Edge” at Book Hampton in Sag Harbor on Friday, June 24th at 8pm. “Come to the Edge,” a New York Times Bestseller, was excerpted in the April issue of Vanity Fair, and describes the author’s childhood friendship and 5 year romance with John F. Kennedy, Jr. Book Hampton is located at 20 Main Street in Sag Harbor. 631-725-8425
When Christina Haag was growing up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was just one of the boys in her circle of prep school friends, a skinny kid who lived with his mother and sister on Fifth Avenue and who happened to have a secret service detail following him at a discreet distance at all times.
A decade later, after they had both graduated from Brown University and were both living in New York City, Christina and John were acting together in an off-Broadway play. It was then that John confessed his long-standing crush on her, and they embarked on a five-year love affair. Glamorous and often in the public eye, but also passionate and deeply intimate, their relationship was transformative for both of them. With exquisite prose, Haag paints a portrait of a young man with an enormous capacity for love, and an adventurous spirit that drove him to live life to its fullest.
A haunting book, “Come to the Edge” is a lasting evocation of a time and a place—of the indelible sting of the loss of young love, and of the people who shape you and remain with you, whether in person or in spirit. It is about being young and full of hope, with all the potential of your life as yet unfulfilled, and of coming of age at a moment in New York’s history when the city at once held danger, magic, and endless possibilities for self-discovery.
Rarely has a love story been told so beautifully.
What the critics are saying:
Haag’s memoir… doesn’t bow to tabloid sensationalism; instead she gently dusts off her tender, aching memories and bravely holds them to the light. ––LA Times
Something of a miracle…the most honest, most thoughtfully rendered and most memorable memoir of young love published in recent years. It is a remarkable work. ––New York Journal of Books
Come to the Edge perfectly captures what it feels like to be young and in love – the giddiness, the lunacy, the madcap swings between exhilaration and despair. ––Entertainment Weekly
Tender…Vivid…Moving ––Providence Journal
Spellbinding…An honest, heartfelt account of love, politics and tragedy. ––Kirkus Reviews
A tale of aching, unresolved love…Haag lyrically and precisely recaptures the frenetic ecstasy of early love ––Washington Post