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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463650191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463650193
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,319,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A transcontinental Cinderella story set in the Great Depression...A book worth reading from an author definitely worth watching." - Kirkus review(less)

About the Author

RM Pala grew up in Virginia, spending happy hours in the woods behind her house pretending to be anything she wanted to be. As a teen, she learned to love English classics when her father was posted to London. Recently retired, she lives on a small farm in Virginia with her supportive husband, two grown children, three horses, a dog with separation issues, a senile cat, and a python named Keven.

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By Selune on October 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
A very enjoyable book, starting fast and never really slowing down. It is set in the early years of the Great Depression, a story of a young girl who escapes from a terrible family life in England and goes to work for a movie star in period Hollywood. The resolution is unexpected and shocking. I would recommend this book for adults only.
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By Nobel on October 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
To be honest, I am not really a fan of this genre of literature in general. I liked this book, though. It is hard to describe, but the approach of this book was rather sophisticated. A level of writing that is a bit above par and oftentimes breaks the mold of what one would expect when it comes to 'romance novels'. I wish that more authors would consider this kind of approach to their writing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By allforlost on April 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Okay don't hate me here because of the two star rating. I will say that the story and plot line were good and worthy of 4 stars, however the writing just wasn't up to par.

The Story
Linda's parents died when she was around 4 and she's been living in an abusive home in England, her aunt in Hollywood sends for her when she is 17 and Linda is now living a grand life. She meets tons of interesting and historical movie figures from the 1930s (the time frame the book takes place). She has a love interest and also she is having horrible nightmares that are starting to take a toll on her daily life. There are issues in the book surrounding rape, racism and small but important part about a crime family. The story was good and I definitely enjoyed that part.

The Writing....dun dun dun
Okay, I had major issues with the writing. It was clinical sounding at times and not engaging. I never felt for the characters because the writing style didn't pull me in. It was like being in a criminology class and discussing a case where the facts are laid out in a clinical and professional manner, it just so happens to also have a few sex scenes (but those also felt clinical or weird)

Parts that I found odd or ridiculous or unnecessary
Okay so the story goes like this....this happened and so and so did that and then we went here and that happened. Well okay, I am happy for ya. No connection!!

Linda is always talking about conflicting emotions....wtf are your emotions conflicting about. Am I supposed to guess or assume? I understand that there are some clues but books are tricky, man, I don't like to suppose something because then the author will tell me later and the whole time I was on the wrong track.
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