Thursday, January 14, 2016

Review: Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard
by Susan Meissner

Publisher: Berkley NAL
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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. 

Kritters Thoughts:  Two women meet on the job and this quick meeting and then living as room mates will impact each other from day one to each of their old ages.  Having a very cool job - working for the film industry behind the scenes of Gone With the Wind was the first part of the book and I was sucked into the story on page one.  Throughout the novel both women have great and lousy loves and change jobs and this author writes characters that you want to care about from page one!

The characters take the front line of this book and the author does them so well.  This book spans time and Susan Meissner easily flows these characters from young women to women of knowledge and they have fantastic journeys that seem authentic to each of them as individuals but together as life long friends.

Of course, if you have followed me for awhile you know I love a behind the scenes AND even more so of somewhere where I have never been or may never be able to be.  Hollywood is the best place to go behind the scenes and OLD Hollywood is even better.  I loved the time and place - it was almost its own character!

If you love historical fiction or behind the scenes of Hollywood or both, then this is a great book for you and you should read it as fast as I did!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2016 Challenge: 1 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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