Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

Finished Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner. I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

First, a note: the synopsis leads you to believe that it’s the story of Christine McAllister and Violet Mayfield.  No—Christine is barely in the book.  This book is all about Violet and her friend Audrey.

If you are a movie fan, you will almost definitely love this book.  A lot of it centers around the filming of Gone With the Wind, which was a real treat to read.  And by the time we move away from GWTW, I was already incredibly invested in the story.

(Note: we learn some behind-the-scenes facts about GWTW but the actors and directors are not characters in this book. They’re mentioned but  we don’t meet them.  That works really well for the story because I think having Clark Gable wandering around might be a little bit distracting.)

I was a fan of Susan Meissner’s already and this one only cemented that.



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