A Touch of Stardust: A Novel by Kate Alcott

By Kate Alcott

From the hot York occasions bestselling writer of The clothier 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 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 move paths with Carole Lombard, the amazing actress fromJulie’s provincial Midwestern place of origin. The younger girl has desires of turning into a screenwriter, however the merely activity Julie’s capable of finding is one within the studio exposure workplace of the notoriously challenging manufacturer David O. Selznick, who's busy burning via administrators, writers, and funds as he movies long gone with the Wind.
even supposing tensions run excessive at the set, Julie unearths she will step onto the again lot, soak up the odor of smoky gunpowder and the gentle rustle of hoop skirts, and believe the mystical international of long gone 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 international Carole stocks with Clark Gable, who's approximately to maneuver into motion picture background because the speeding Rhett Butler.
Carole Lombard, fortunately profane and uninhibited, makes no mystery of her dating 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 damaging 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 business enterprise, not to mention keep an eye on 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 fairly what they appear, and Julie needs to learn how to stability her profession aspirations and her personal budding romance with the oversized personalities and overheated drama on set. brilliant, romantic, and full of previous Hollywood info, a slightly of Stardust will front, shock, and pleasure.

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Young Sam: Oh, Ellie—what’s that groaning sound? Young Ellie: That’s the ice creaking under us. Young Sam: Can it hold us? Young Ellie: It ought to. We’re neither one of us much more than skin and bone. Old Ellie: We were halfway across when we heard voices behind us. Slave hunter 1: Hey, there! Slave hunter 2: You two children! Stop where you are! Slave hunter 1: Stop, or we’ll shoot! Young Sam: They’ve got guns! Young Ellie: They won’t shoot us. We’re worth too much alive. Young Sam: (hearing a shot fired) You thought wrong, big sister!

They’d been all bunched up close together. A hole had broken through the ice, and one of the men was in the water. 35 Slave hunter 1: Help! I’ve fallen in! Get me out of here. Old Ellie: We kept moving. By and by, we were climbing up the riverbank. Old Sam: The old man who had waved towered over us in the firelight. He looked out over the ice. Zeke: (chuckling) Look at that poor devil yonder! He’s soaked to the skin in this freezing weather. He’s likely to catch his death of cold. Old Ellie: I looked back across the river.

Young Ellie: What do you seen, Sam? 30 Young Sam: We’re driving through a valley. The river’s nothing more than a trickle. And we’re between two hills, sure enough. Old Ellie: After a while, the wagon ground to a stop. Peg Leg Joe: (singing) There’s another river on the other side, Follow the Drinking Gourd. (speaking) Now, out with you two! Old Sam: We climbed out of the wagon and found ourselves facing a river. Old Ellie: The Tennessee River, it was. Young Ellie: We owe you a lot, mister. Peg Leg Joe: Yes, you do!

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