Title: The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine
Author: Alex Brunkhorst
Source: Review copy from publisher
The story begins with a dinner party invitation…
When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man's eccentric daughter offers him entrée into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. A small-town boy with working-class roots, Thomas is a stranger in this opulent world of private jets and sprawling mansions.
Then he meets Matilda Duplaine.
Matilda is a beautiful and mysterious young woman who has never left the lush Bel-Air estate where she was raised. Thomas is immediately entranced by the enigmatic girl, and the two begin a secret love affair. But what starts as an enchanted romance soon unravels a web of secrets and lies that could destroy their lives—and the lives of everyone around them—forever.
It took me a while getting into The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst. There was a point in which I wasn’t sure if I was liking the book or not. One thing I was sure is that I was liking the writing and that kept me going. Luckily for me, that uncertainty didn’t last long, I can say that after the one-third mark, I got into it and was completely invested in the story.
Although set in this times the story has an old Hollywood feel. The characters have the charm of black and white movie stars, with mysterious lives full of secrets.
The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is described as a modern-day Gatsby tale. It was easy to see why some people would consider it that because there were many similarities with the classic.
Brunkhorst’s writing is fluid and has a lyric quality that kept me reading page after page. The story has enough mystery, glamour and romance to make of The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine a pleasing debut.
I’m sure The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine won’t be my last book by Alex Brunkhorst.
My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
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