Review: Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Penguin Group
Pages: 386
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



In this new novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life, two women working in Hollywood during its Golden Age discover the joy and heartbreak of true friendship.

Los Angeles, Present Day. When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner take her on a journey more enchanting than any classic movie…

Los Angeles, 1938. Violet Mayfield sets out to reinvent herself in Hollywood after her dream of becoming a wife and mother falls apart, and lands a job on the film-set of Gone With the Wind. There, she meets enigmatic Audrey Duvall, a once-rising film star who is now a fellow secretary. Audrey’s zest for life and their adventures together among Hollywood’s glitterati enthrall Violet…until each woman’s deepest desires collide. What Audrey and Violet are willing to risk, for themselves and for each other, to ensure their own happy endings will shape their friendship, and their lives, far into the future.


Review: I know that I put this book under the category of historical and the reader may be confused as to what I mean by that. I know that historical romance is usually regency romance. It’s usually within the time period of the 1800’s England (or somewhere in Europe). I choose historical because this book starts out in the 1930’s-1940’s time period. I also want to mention that while this book is romantic in nature, I feel that this book is more about friendship then romance. I really like that the author choose to focus the story on friendship because that’s where the story really lies. These two women have known and loved each other for at least fifty years. Isn’t that amazing??

Have you ever had a best friend that you love dearly, would do anything for? Do the two of you have shared secrets, jealousies of each other that neither one of you wish to discuss? Do you have a complex history with each other due to fighting and hurt feelings and yet you love each other deeply (and I don’t mean romantically), and miss each other when you’re not together? If the reader said yes to any or all of these questions, then they probably have a good idea how this book is going to go.

Friendship is such a complex thing between two people. It is the best thing and it can be the worst thing a person has in their life. People are complex as well. We grow and change and the things we thought were good ideas at twenty, may not have been such a hot idea at thirty, or forty, or beyond.

We have best friends Audrey and Violet who are complete opposites of each other and yet somehow they become good, close friends.  Audrey is social, engaging, and the one that knows what’s going on all over town. Violet is much more quiet and reserved and is not one for going out at all hours of the night. These two ladies bring joy and laughter, companionship and solidarity to each other during some trying times.

The author tackles some serious problems within this book and doesn’t shy away from them and uses sensitivity, and humor to help the characters as well as the reader get through these tough subjects.

If friendship stories is something that interest the reader, then purchase this book. It’s an entertaining read, it reads fast, and it’s a good story.