Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

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 takes us back to the glory days of Hollywood and gives us an inside look at one of the most iconic movies ever made. Two women find each other while living and working in the city of glamour and fame, and quickly become best friends.

This book is a show-stopper for sure. Audrey and Violet are positively lovely, and I can picture them running around, working hard on the movie set. It was neat to read about all the different behind-the-scenes tricks that happened back then, as opposed to now:  using dummies to sub in for missing extras in the battle scenes, using cranes for far away action shots, filming the burning of Atlanta before Vivian Leigh had even been cast. Moments that today we would just use CGI for. It makes me want to sit down and watch Gone With the Wind all over again, just to pay attention to those moments more closely.

I did tend to skip over the modern day sections of the book–mostly just because I loved the main storyline so much. I wanted to get back to the past. Of course, those sections did make more sense at the end, but during the book they got in the way a little bit. Overall though, the book is wonderful. Four dragons!

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NetGalley provided this ARC for an unbiased review. Released January 5.

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