Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shelf Control: Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

Shelf Control is a weekly meme created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. The idea of this meme is to create a post about a book on your shelf (print or electronic) that is waiting to be read. Because I use my library so much, I may also use my library ‘to be read’ shelf. I’m hoping this may help me to rediscover and finally read some of the books that have been waiting for their turn to be read for way too long!

This week I am featuring Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner

Title: Stars Over Sunset Boulevard
Author: Susan Meissner
Genre: Women’s Fiction - Historical Fiction - Hollywood
Year Published: 2016
Length: 400 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.68

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

How I Got It: I won a copy of this book from in the Women's Fiction Author Spotlight Contest

When I Got It: Feb 2016

Why I want to Read It: I was first attracted to the cover with the starry sky, the pretty pinks in the gown, and the HOLLYWOOD sign in the background. I’d recently read All The Stars In The Heavens by Adriana Trigiani, a fictionalized version of the Loretta Young - Clark Gable affair. I loved the movie Gone With The Wind, and of course, Clark Gable, so I really enjoyed that novel.  I’d read American Blonde by Jennifer Niven early, and while I didn’t love that one, it did get me interested in reading novels set in the glamour era of Hollywood, so I was quick to grab onto this one. For some reason though, it has been languishing on my shelves for a year. Last summer I read A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott, a novel about Carole Lombard and Clark Gable that I enjoyed. I still haven’t bitten, but I took another step closer after reading A Bridge Across the Ocean by the same author earlier this year. I enjoyed the writing in that one very much!  I’m hoping maybe I can get my book club to join me in reading this one so I can finally cross it off my list!
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