Stars Over Sunset Boulevard was the latest novel by my new favorite author, Susan Meissner. This book used a slower pace to focus on the relationship of three friends and a budding romance. The spans of friendship between Audrey and Violet reminded me of the friendship in Beaches. What made this book fun to read was that Violet, Audrey, and Bert all work for the studio producing the most talked about movie of their time, Gone With The Wind!
It was fun to have the behind the scenes drama of the famous movie impact the characters in their jobs and life. Audrey wanted to be famous and her story was the quintessential starlet seeking fame. She only worked as a secretary to be close to the men who could discover her. Violet was a doe eyed girl running away from her family issues and broken heart, and seeking excitement in Hollywood. I was really interested to see how familiar Hollywood spots would be described in the era. The characters clothing, mode of transportation and outlook on life gave this an authentic quality.
The catalyst for the story was the discovery of a green velvet hat worn by Vivian Leigh as Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With The Wind. The “mystery” of the hat wasn’t a mystery as much as it was a significant plot point that pushed the characters onto different life paths.
This was a charming book, but by no means was it some spectacular plot driven mystery. Still, I enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more from this author.