A Touch of Stardust: A Novel by Kate Alcott

By Kate Alcott

From the hot York instances bestselling writer of The fashion designer 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 speeding best 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 pass paths with Carole Lombard, the spectacular actress fromJulie’s provincial Midwestern place of birth. The younger girl has desires of changing into a screenwriter, however the merely task 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 motion pictures 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 scent of smoky gunpowder and the smooth rustle of hoop skirts, and consider the mystical international of long gone with the Wind come to existence. 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 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 newshounds, 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 watch over 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 really 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. vibrant, romantic, and jam-packed with previous Hollywood info, a marginally of Stardust will front, shock, and enjoyment.

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He was talkative, but all the time he sat with his head high, turning it swiftly this way and that, for all the world like a scared partridge on a tree branch. The jeeps bounced and almost threw people out, but not quite. Shots were fired at them and bullets whined overhead; they hit it up to sixty or seventy miles an hour, and it was most exhilarating. They stopped in front of the town hall, which was the CP, busy as a beehive. The passengers got out and announced themselves. The commander here was Lieutenant Colonel Cherry, who came from Georgia and was courteous, like all Southerners; he was a much worried officer and looked as if he hadn’t slept or eaten since the day before yesterday.

These and other things you had to learn, and your first mistake might be your last. They heard the sound of engines and backed away into a thicket and lay flat. They carried automatic guns and about their waists a string of grenades, objects like gourds with long necks. Behind them came Panzerfaust teams and officers, then medical-aid men, all precisely spaced. But it wasn’t; it was just one Panzer Grenadier Battalion, and the Germans were sending in four whole divisions of them, about sixty thousand men; also four Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions, that is, of the regular Army, and four SS Panzer Divisions, who were Hitler’s own chosen troops, his private army, as you might say, trained from childhood to be cruel and deadly killers.

On the other hand, what were Lanny Budd’s personal chances if he surrendered? He had destroyed all his papers and could give a false name and might get by with it. But he had traveled all over Germany, ever since boyhood, and had known literally thousands of Germans, especially of the officer class and among the Nazis of the ruling group. Wasn’t it certain that they would apply all the fancy kinds of scientific torture they had devised to make him reveal the names of his accomplices? So why not die quickly and take a few highly trained enemy troops along with him?

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