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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

All the Stars in the Heavens
by Adriana Trigiani
HarperCollins
ISBN: 978-0-06-231919-7
Buy from Indigo

DescriptionThe movie business is booming in 1935 when twenty-one-year-old Loretta Young meets thirty-four-year-old Clark Gable on the set of The Call of the Wild. Though he’s already married, Gable falls for the stunning and vivacious young actress instantly. 

Far from the glittering lights of Hollywood, Sister Alda Ducci has been forced to leave her convent and begin a new journey that leads her to Loretta. Becoming Miss Young’s assistant, the innocent and pious young Alda must navigate the wild terrain of Hollywood with fierce determination and a moral code that derives from her Italian roots. Over the course of decades, she and Loretta encounter scandal and adventure, choose love and passion, and forge an enduring bond of love and loyalty that will be put to the test when they eventually face the greatest obstacle of their lives.

Anchored by Trigiani’s masterful storytelling that takes you on a worldwide ride of adventure from Hollywood to the shores of southern Italy, this mesmerizing epic is, at its heart, a luminous tale of the most cherished ties that bind. Brimming with larger-than-life characters both real and fictional—including stars Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, David Niven, Hattie McDaniel and more—it is it is the unforgettable story of one of cinema’s greatest love affairs during the golden age of American movie making.
 
The Good Stuff

  • Brings flesh and life to a forgotten scandalous event that happened during the golden age of movies
  • Author obviously did some serious research into this one and you can also feel her love for her subject matter
  • Loved reading about a couple of my favorites, David Niven and Hattie McDaniel and lets face it that time in Hollywood history was so very fascinating
  • Made me feel for those involved in the movie industry could never be themselves 
  • Loved the banter between Gable and McDaniel - seriously this would have been so risque in anywhere but Hollywood during the time.  A black woman flirting with a white man - in anywhere else this would have been shocking to people (Makes me love Hollywood a little and Gable a little bit more)
  • Enjoyed learning a bit more about Loretta Young 
  • Some absolutely beautiful poetic writing at times
  • Every scene with David Niven is a delight, hoping he was as wonderful in real life
  • The scenes between Alda and Loretta are the heart of the story
  • Made me want to do some research into Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Spencer Tracy and David Niven
  • Sad how an actress could get pregnant an lose everything, but nothing would happen to the actor who got her pregnant

The Not So Good Stuff

  • At times it just feels like the author is just telling you what the characters are doing and feeling rather than having the story flow
  • I do have a problem when someone one gives thoughts and feelings to a real life person - not a bad thing, its just something I have a hard time coming to grips with
  • Man Loretta Young married such a jerk, for such a talented actress she really had no sense when it came to men

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"You can cut the 'sir' stuff."
The deckhand swallowed hard. "But I'm British, Mr Gable. We sir from the start."

"A ditch digger with a British Accent could walk through the gates of MGM, and Louis B. Mayer would sign him up.  An American ditch digger would walk through the same gate and be escorted off the lot. There's something about you people. You sound like you have culture."

"That's why there are so many babies in the world. It's called winter."

"The movies, for a paying customer, could be entertaining and uplifting, but for those who worked on the inside, there was a seven-day-a-week grind with little reprieve from impossible schedules and demanding talent."

"A good father doesn't make a child feel unsafe, unworthy and unwanted and your husband made me feel  all those things  and still does."

"Nobody thinks about the children," Alda said. "I know they're matinee idols, but they're real and they have lives, and their children have feelings."

3.5 Dewey's

I received this at the HarperCollins Indigo Fall Preview Event & I don't have to review - but I like to share and Cory and Shannon do such a fabulous job of  highlighting their books, I want to share - even though this one wasn't my favourite

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