Friday, January 29, 2016

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner

  • ISBN-10: 0451475992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451475992


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. 

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard is a unique blend of past and present, friendship, dreams, love, life, heartache and healing. That's quite a lot to fit into one story!  

One of the things I really enjoyed in this book is Ms. Meissner's writing style and how she chooses one item or event and then creates a whole story around it.   It's pretty amazing to me how she does that and it sure makes for great reading!    

I enjoyed this book and following the course of Violet and Audrey's friendship as it progressed throughout the years.

I'm not a big fan of Hollywood and all it's glitter but that was balanced out that with the fact that the setting for the book was based around the filming of Gone With the Wind (one of my all time favorite movies).  

Another plus to share with you all is that I really, really liked the ending of this book. I won't share more because I don't want to spoil your reading. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book and hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!  

4.0 Stars

For now, I'm off to grab a big bowl of popcorn and settle down to watch Gone With the Wind!

Thank you to Penguin/NAL and Netgalley for the gift of this book in exchange for an  honest review.

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