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 she 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.
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love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
I am a fan of Susan Meissner...However this book somehow missed the mark. It seemed a little pretentious like a person who name-drops to feel like an insider. It did not quite have the genuine feel of Hollywood in the 30's The more the book progressed the less I like one of the main characters. The switch back and forth from the 40's to the present was mostly clumsy and the character development for the elderly Violet and her daughter was just not there.I thought the "Hat" part of the plot was rather silly. Did not like the narrator much ...her southern voice was cloying. Will look for the next book and hope it is more like "The Secret of a Charmed Life" her previous novel, which I thought was very good.
This was a good book. Once it got started it took a few unexpected turns and touched so many beautiful issues between two incredible friends.
I found her portrayal of Violet particularly irksome - her Southern accent was uneven, and oftentimes her lines came off as very whiny
The bits about the filming of GWTW were mildly interesting - but they really were just *bits* (I was expecting more detail)
Baffled as to why this is classified as a Christian novel, as there is absolutely no faith element present
I recently discovered this author and I have been so pleased with each book I have read. This book takes you to the set of Gone with the Wind. I really enjoy when an author does her research and shares little nuggets of information about a time period you may have not known. I enjoyed the story and how it is original and not the same old formula used by so many writers. The characters were real and handled things in an ordinary way. Grab a cozy blanket curl up on the couch and enjoy this wonderful read.
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