Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
In this new novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life, two women working in Hollywood during its Golden Age discover the joy and heartbreak of true friendship.
Los Angeles, Present Day. When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner take her on a journey more enchanting than any classic movie…
Los Angeles, 1938. Violet Mayfield sets out to reinvent herself in Hollywood after her dream of becoming a wife and mother falls apart, and lands a job on the film-set of Gone With the Wind. There, she meets enigmatic Audrey Duvall, a once-rising film star who is now a fellow secretary. Audrey’s zest for life and their adventures together among Hollywood’s glitterati enthrall Violet…until each woman’s deepest desires collide. What Audrey and Violet are willing to risk, for themselves and for each other, to ensure their own happy endings will shape their friendship, and their lives, far into the future.
This book is mostly historical, set in the 1930’s, for the most part. I enjoy Ms. Meissner’s way of seamlessly going back and forth between era’s, but was struck how this one really kept you in the past. I liked it.
The film making history was fascinating! It reminded me of the tales my great-grandfather would tell me, as we sat sipping root beer floats and critiquing movies. We were some of the sternest critics, and yet, loved the banter.
I never watched Gone with the Wind, since like mentioned in this book, some readers had an issue with the ending. I was one of those readers and refused to put myself through the movie after that. However, I think that I was tempted after reading this lovely book.
This would be a wonderful book club read. The discussion would include topics such as adoption, film making, infertility, and whether or not there is ever a good time to tell a lie.
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