I read this book between March 28th and April 7th, 2020 and gave it four stars. I’m never sure what genre to place stories like this in, but I would say it’s either literary fiction or historical fiction, with the added component that it is the novelization of true events. This novel follows the life of actress Loretta Young and her friendship with Alda Ducci, her secretary.
Now, I used Wikipedia a lot while reading this book because I wanted to corroborate some facts, but I wasn’t really obsessed with knowing how accurate the novel is when it comes to how events truly unfolded. I say this because I know some people care more about the accuracy of the information provided than the actual novel. This is something you should look into more in-depth because, like I said, I cared about the novel as that, not as a true account of anything. For example, I am pretty sure the figure of the secretary was fictitious and so was her storyline, but I loved it nonetheless.
We follow Loretta Young from her early 20s to her late 50s, and the story mostly focuses on her relationship with Clark Gable, which started in the set of The Call of the Wild. Again, I am more interested in reading about how the movie was filmed than I am about watching the actual movie, but I know that’s not everyone’s opinion.
When I say this is a cozy story, I mean that it wasn’t something I wanted to binge read and be done with over a couple of days. I took my sweet time and enjoyed every page. I think this would be a great read for this time in which many people (myself included) are at home trying to find activities to do. I think this will keep you entertained for a week or so, and it has the advantage of being one of those books that many people will like regardless of the genre they usually read.
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Love, Miss Camila