A Touch of Stardust: A Novel

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker 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 prime 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 astounding actress fromJulie’s provincial Midwestern place of origin. The younger girl has desires of turning into a screenwriter, however the in simple terms task Julie’s capable of finding is one within the studio exposure workplace of the notoriously difficult producer David O. Selznick, who's busy burning via administrators, writers, and funds as he motion pictures Gone with the Wind.
     Although tensions run excessive at the set, Julie unearths she will step onto the again lot, absorb the odor of smoky gunpowder and the delicate rustle of hoop skirts, and believe the paranormal global of Gone with the Wind come to lifestyles. Julie’s entry to real-life magic comes when 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 historical past 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 detrimental exposure. Julie is there to fend off the overly curious journalists, hoping to avoid information about the affair from slipping out. yet she will slightly stay alongside of her blond supplier, 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.
     In 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 really what they appear, and Julie must learn to stability her profession aspirations and her personal budding romance with the oversized personalities and overheated drama on set. brilliant, romantic, and filled with outdated Hollywood information, A contact of Stardust will front, shock, and delight.

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The comfy little fact she had inbuilt her mind for the 2 of them had now not housed them either, in simple terms herself. He saved himself outdoor in their courting, visiting—oh certain, with many traveling privileges, yet maintaining again, regularly preserving again. She stored considering that this type of days she may locate the main to starting him up, and now the following she used to be, working to conceal within the women’ room. The door to the women’ living room was once simply forward. What a cliché she used to be. The wronged female friend? She didn’t also have that prestige. No grants were provided, only a candy, loving intimacy she had believed in. Her hand used to be at the doorknob. made from fancy lower glass. Don’t cry. The door, tufted and plump, driven quietly open. enable the living room be empty. permit there be no prying ears gathering morsels of gossip to shop for prefer with Louella or Hedda or to assist tip the stability of strength at a studio for a popular director. Why used to be she so fevered? She didn’t subject to anyone right here. It was once empty. Minus even the attendant within the starched white apron who frequently stood silently, handing chattering girls tiny linen towels to dry their arms. Julie took a deep breath, feeling oddly hidden during this glossy, glossy room with its muted lights and adroitly located mirrors that gave every one primping lady a number of perspectives of herself. All she needed to take care of now, coming from each course, used to be the sight of her pinched white face. She pressed her brow opposed to the cool glass of the replicate and took a deep breath. the living room door by surprise opened, its tufted leather-based inside thumping opposed to the wall. Julie ducked her head, attempting to ward off the mirror’s reflections. “Nursing your damage emotions, simply as I thought,” a voice acknowledged. Doris stood contained in the doorway, hands folded, delivering a small, taut smile. “You don’t understand what I’m feeling. ” She used to be trapped for the instant. “And perhaps you don’t comprehend what he’s feeling, both. relatively, you're particularly younger. What are you hiding within the toilet for? ” “I’m now not hiding, for heaven’s sake. ” Doris let loose an impatient snigger. She opened the latch on her purse and pulled out a pack of fortunate moves and a matchbook. A cigarette went rapidly among her bright-red lips. One snap of her bright-red fingernail dislodged a fit, and he or she lit the cigarette. It happened to Julie she had by no means obvious Doris with out one. “Did you stick to me in the following simply to gloat? ” Julie controlled. Doris inhaled, taking a look at her with a world-weary expression. “I figured this could play out like a few motion picture scene. are you able to spare us either that? There are some things you might want to most likely be aware of. Are you prepared to listen to them? ” Julie desired to push her away, yet all she may well do used to be step again. “Does Andy understand I’m right here? ” Doris shrugged—a unfastened, lithe flow of her shoulders that was once a part of her informal sensuality. “He hasn’t noticed,” she acknowledged. “I made no point out of the truth that i realized you coming within the door. beneficiant of me, don’t you think that? ” “He advised me he was once operating past due this night, and clearly that wasn’t true,” Julie stated with as a lot coolness as she might muster.

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