Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

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"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. CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2016.
ISBN: 9780451475992
0451475992
Branch Call Number: FIC MEISSNE
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 21 cm

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cknightkc
Jan 05, 2017

If you’re a fan of the Golden Age of Hollywood, you may enjoy STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD which begins during the filming of “Gone With the Wind”. I liked the behind-the-scenes detail about the making and release of GWTW that author Susan Meissner incidentally throws into the plot - wish there had been more. The story is about friendship, secrets, choices, their consequences, and ultimately, forgiveness. It follows two women over the span of 25 years. Meissner skillfully presents us with attractive characters who are well-rounded, “warts” and all. I did find one of the principals to be particularly annoying, which probably affected the novel’s “likability” for me. Also, at times the plot dragged and was heavy on the drama, taking on the qualities of a soap opera. Still, this was a mildly entertaining read, appropriate for a vacation or weekend, but one easily forgotten once finished.

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Jamaka_88
Jun 14, 2016

Susan Meissner does a great job of creating books that speak to the heart and are adult but with little language, gore or sex. Her women characters feel very real and it makes me wish I could hang out with them.
This book really goes behind the scenes of Gone with the Wind in very interesting ways.

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Jun 14, 2016

"Fear usually motivates me to choose what is best for me, whereas love motivates me to choose what is best for another person." Susan Meissner, author

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