Love Her Madly: Jim Morrison, Mary, and Me by Bill Cosgrave


A riveting memoir that works its magic like a slow-acting drug, revealing the story of Jim Morrison’s first love, a long-lost friendship, and the man who existed before the Doors.

In the spring of 1965, Bill Cosgrave was smuggled across the border into the United States after receiving an irresistible invitation from his captivating friend Mary Werbelow. When he made it to her apartment in Los Angeles, Mary introduced Bill to her boyfriend, Jim Morrison. The two young men quickly bonded.

When Jim and Mary’s relationship faltered, Jim headed for Venice beach with his notebook. Bill and Jim spent endless days together, enjoying the aimlessness of their youth and the freedom of the times, fuelled by Jim’s unlimited supply of dope

Jim’s writing would morph into iconic hit songs, rocketing him to international fame as the hypnotic lead singer of the Doors. Beautiful Mary would set off on her own journey. After years of futile searching, Bill finally tracks down the woman he had secretly loved. He’s dying to know where her life has taken her and stunned by what he discovers.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this memoir and read it in one sitting. It’s like a hidden portal back to that time of youth again, with a pre-celebrity tossed in for good measure. What could be better than that, unless we were in it too? (Yeah, we wish!) This awesome book was just waiting to be written. What a great life Billy made for himself with his sense of adventure. We’ve all had a few crazy moments in our lives, but this reads like a movie script. Ok, so who should play Morrison? Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Bill Cosgrave, and publisher Dundurn Press.


Publisher: Dundurn Press – 224 pages
Publication: Nov 11th, 2020
My rating: 5/5 STARS

About the Author– Bill Cosgrave was born in Toronto. After his vagabond days in Los Angeles, he settled down and co-founded a national travel company which he named, appropriately, Fun Seekers. He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.

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