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The 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.
I am not really sure what to make of this book. I loved the concept. Taking a real story and romanticizing it. I loved the setting. Hollywood in the 30's. All the movie stars passing by. Telling a story from their point of view. The intense life. A world in its own. I did enjoy that part. But I gave this book 2 stars with a reason.
It annoyed me to no end. Things being repeated over and over again. I am aware that Gretchen/Loretta's father left them. No need to repeat that every 20 pages. It for sure was not the only guy given a hard time. I felt after reading this story that all man are cheating if you let them out of your sight for a week.
Gretchen/Loretta .. the name switching annoyed me to no end. I understood the concept with the artist name but using both names in a sentence and a half. I felt like a Jekyll and Hyde was entering stage right.
The ladies in general were not really easy to connect. They all had this strong personality but still wanted to hang their existence to guys. Yes I know... the 30's.. woman are still fighting for their rights but really.
With Loretta getting older I felt the story got rushed. In the first half there are way to many details on maybe 3 years in her life and the second half is covering the other 70 years.