On Sale: January 26, 2016
Featuring: Julie Crawford
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Historical | Romance Historical
From the New York Times bestselling author of
The Dressmaker comes a blockbuster novel that takes
you behind the scenes of the filming of Gone with the
Wind, while turning the spotlight on the passionate
romance between its dashing leading man, Clark Gable, and
the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard.
When Julie Crawford leaves Fort Wayne, Indiana, for
Hollywood, she never imagines she’ll cross paths with Carole
Lombard, the dazzling actress from Julie’s provincial
Midwestern hometown. The young woman has dreams of becoming
a screenwriter, but the only job Julie’s able to find is one
in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding
producer David O. Selznick, who is busy burning through
directors, writers, and money as he films Gone with the
Although tensions run high on the set, Julie finds she can
step onto the back lot, take in the smell of smoky gunpowder
and the soft rustle of hoop skirts, and feel the magical
world of Gone with the Wind come to life. Julie’s
access to real-life magic comes when Carole Lombard hires
her as an assistant and invites her into the glamorous world
Carole shares with Clark Gable, who is about to move into
movie history as the dashing Rhett Butler.
Carole Lombard, happily profane and uninhibited, makes no
secret of her relationship with Gable, which poses something
of a problem for the studio because Gable is technically
still married—and the last thing the film needs is more
negative publicity. Julie is there to fend off the overly
curious reporters, hoping to prevent details about the
affair from slipping out. But she can barely keep up with
her blond employer, let alone control what comes out of
Carole’s mouth, and—as their friendship grows—Julie soon
finds she doesn’t want to. Carole, both wise and funny,
becomes Julie’s model for breaking free of the past.
In the ever-widening scope of this story, Julie is given a
front-row seat to not one but two of the greatest love
affairs of all time: the undeniable on-screen chemistry
between Scarlett and Rhett, and offscreen, the deepening
love between Carole and Clark. Yet beneath the shiny façade,
things in Hollywood are never quite what they seem, and
Julie must learn to balance her career aspirations and her
own budding romance with the outsized personalities and
overheated drama on set. Vivid, romantic, and filled with
Old Hollywood details, A Touch of Stardust will
entrance, surprise, and delight.
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