I just finished up listening to the audio book A Touch of Stardust: A Novel by Kate Alcott. I didn’t have any books “on my shelf” and needed something but had no time to browse and select something I thought was going to be amazing so I just opened the on line library app and grabbed the first thing that sounded remotely interesting. Then as the book was downloading I read a bit about the book and thought…UGH. I won’t be finishing this one.
The author was the same one that wrote The Dressmaker that I reviewed here. I didn’t like that book and only gave it 3 stars. That’s not much from me. I figured this book would be the same..WRONG!!
I reluctantly started the audio book with the full understanding that I had permission to quit at any moment. I didn’t quit. In fact, I loved it. First off the book is part fact and part fiction. It takes place during the filming of Gone With the Wind. I am a HUGE Gone With the Wind fan. It’s still my favorite book and favorite movie. I was immediately caught up in the book and found myself getting up earlier or staying up late to listen to more.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “When Julie Crawford leaves Fort Wayne, Indiana, for Hollywood, she never imagines she’ll cross paths with Carole Lombard, the dazzling actress fromJulie’s provincial Midwestern hometown. The young woman has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, but the only job Julie’s able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selznick, who is busy burning through directors, writers, and money as he films Gone with the Wind.
Although tensions run high on the set, Julie finds she can step onto the back lot, take in the smell of smoky gunpowder and the soft rustle of hoop skirts, and feel the magical world of Gone with the Windcome to life. Julie’s access to real-life magic comes when Carole Lombard hires her as an assistant and invites her into the glamorous world Carole shares with Clark Gable, who is about to move into movie history as the dashing Rhett Butler.
Carole Lombard, happily profane and uninhibited, makes no secret of her relationship with Gable, which poses something of a problem for the studio because Gable is technically still married—and the last thing the film needs is more negative publicity. Julie is there to fend off the overly curious reporters, hoping to prevent details about the affair from slipping out. But she can barely keep up with her blond employer, let alone control what comes out of Carole’s mouth, and—as their friendship grows—Julie soon finds she doesn’t want to. Carole, both wise and funny, becomes Julie’s model for breaking free of the past.
In the ever-widening scope of this story, Julie is given a front-row seat to not one but two of the greatest love affairs of all time: the undeniable on-screen chemistry between Scarlett and Rhett, and offscreen, the deepening love between Carole and Clark. Yet beneath the shiny façade, things in Hollywood are never quite what they seem, and Julie must learn to balance her career aspirations and her own budding romance with the outsized personalities and overheated drama on set. Vivid, romantic, and filled with Old Hollywood details, A Touch of Stardust will entrance, surprise, and delight.”
Amazon readers say 4.1 stars. I’m actually going out and giving it 4.8. I really liked it!! If you too are a Gone With the Wind fan, snap this book up. I think you’ll love it too!!