By Kate Alcott
From the hot York instances bestselling writer of The designer comes a blockbuster novel that takes you backstage of the filming of *Gone with the Wind*, whereas turning the highlight at the passionate romance among its speeding major guy, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard.
When Julie Crawford leaves citadel Wayne, Indiana, for Hollywood, she by no means imagines she’ll move paths with Carole Lombard, the extraordinary actress fromJulie’s provincial Midwestern fatherland. The younger lady has goals of changing into a screenwriter, however the purely activity Julie’s capable of finding is one within the studio exposure place of work of the notoriously difficult manufacturer David O. Selznick, who's busy burning via administrators, writers, and funds as he motion pictures long gone with the Wind.
even if tensions run excessive at the set, Julie reveals she will be able to step onto the again lot, take up the scent of smoky gunpowder and the tender rustle of hoop skirts, and believe the mystical international of long past with the Wind come to existence. Julie’s entry to real-life magic comes whilst Carole Lombard hires her as an assistant and invitations her into the glamorous global Carole stocks with Clark Gable, who's approximately to maneuver into motion picture heritage because the speeding Rhett Butler.
Carole Lombard, fortunately profane and uninhibited, makes no mystery of her courting with Gable, which poses whatever 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 an eye on what comes out of Carole’s mouth, and—as their friendship grows—Julie quickly reveals 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 relatively what they appear, and Julie needs to learn how to stability her occupation aspirations and her personal budding romance with the oversized personalities and overheated drama on set. shiny, romantic, and full of previous Hollywood information, a marginally of Stardust will front, shock, and pleasure.
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The lady with the comb had not yet finished her task. Lady Mary nudged me and I fairly crashed to the floor, bruising my knee. I could have died with shame at being so graceless. “Get up, my dear,” came the gentle voice. It was the queen speaking to me. “I cannot, Your Majesty,” I replied, for I was trembling all over. “Without your gracious help,” I added. Then the queen took my wrists and lifted me to my feet. Her hands were slim, her fingers long and tapered. I counted four rings on each hand.
But she commanded me to stay. She went to the window and with the same diamond began to scratch on the pane. Was she obliterating my words? ” Brother, would you not take this for encouragement? I did, and thus I live in hope. R. Poetic Musings I tire of waiting. Despair wrestles with my hopes. Did I presume too far? If boldness will not move her, I will try humility. Thus: I only sue to serve A saint of such perfection, Whom all desire, but none deserve A place in your affection. Thus if my plaints do never prove The conquest of your beauty, It comes not from defect of love, But from excess of duty.
You woke me up with your chatter,” Frances said. ” Frances’s advice startled me. ” I said. “Perhaps you should,” said Frances. ” I decided Frances was taunting me. “No, this Cat is heedful,” I said. ” I pulled the coverlet over my head and tried to sleep, but the queen’s words kept coming back to me: Nothing escapes my eye. I was less certain that her nickname was a gift. But I would be true to it: sly and wary, but fearless. One April morning, Emme, Frances, and I were airing out the queen’s wardrobe and sprinkling the clothes with scented powder to keep them from growing musty.
A Touch of Stardust: A Novel by Kate Alcott