By Kate Alcott
From the recent York instances bestselling writer of The clothier comes a blockbuster novel that takes you behind the curtain of the filming of *Gone with the Wind*, whereas turning the highlight at the passionate romance among its rushing major guy, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard.
When Julie Crawford leaves castle Wayne, Indiana, for Hollywood, she by no means imagines she’ll pass paths with Carole Lombard, the spectacular actress fromJulie’s provincial Midwestern fatherland. The younger girl has goals of turning into a screenwriter, however the merely task Julie’s capable of finding is one within the studio exposure place of work of the notoriously challenging manufacturer David O. Selznick, who's busy burning via administrators, writers, and cash as he motion pictures long past with the Wind.
even if tensions run excessive at the set, Julie reveals she will step onto the again lot, take up the scent of smoky gunpowder and the gentle rustle of hoop skirts, and suppose the paranormal global of long past with the Wind come to lifestyles. Julie’s entry to real-life magic comes while Carole Lombard hires her as an assistant and invitations her into the glamorous international Carole stocks with Clark Gable, who's approximately to maneuver into motion picture background because the rushing Rhett Butler.
Carole Lombard, fortunately profane and uninhibited, makes no mystery of her courting with Gable, which poses anything of an issue for the studio simply because Gable is technically nonetheless married—and the very last thing the movie wishes is extra destructive exposure. Julie is there to fend off the overly curious newshounds, hoping to avoid information about the affair from slipping out. yet she will slightly stay alongside of her blond company, not to mention keep watch over what comes out of Carole’s mouth, and—as their friendship grows—Julie quickly unearths she doesn’t are looking to. Carole, either clever and humorous, turns into Julie’s version for breaking freed from the past.
within the ever-widening scope of this tale, Julie is given a front-row seat not to one yet of the best amorous affairs of all time: the indisputable on-screen chemistry among Scarlett and Rhett, and offscreen, the deepening love among Carole and Clark. but underneath the glossy façade, issues in Hollywood are by no means rather what they appear, and Julie needs to discover ways to stability her profession aspirations and her personal budding romance with the oversized personalities and overheated drama on set. shiny, romantic, and jam-packed with outdated Hollywood information, a marginally of Stardust will front, shock, and pleasure.
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