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The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine

by Alex Brunkhorst

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Entertaining story but not plausible in the real world. Story of how one powerful man in Hollywood could ruin and control many lives, until his death. And the newspaper reporter, seeking his own redemption, who fleshed out the story. ( )
  bogopea | Mar 23, 2016 |
Excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent. Love affairs of the heart, mystery, luxury, drama, plot twists never ending, a must read! Alex Brunkhorst please right more quickly. ( )
  mchwest | Mar 10, 2016 |
A young reporter on his second chance, Thomas Cleary becomes involved with the rich and famous. David Duplaine, holds much power in the movie business and his estate is the stuff of dreams. He has secrets though, secrets the Thomas will discover and will change his life in many ways.

I think one of things I most noticed about this novel was how easy it was to read, how smoothly the prose and the plot flowed. Thomas Cleary isms very likable character and one can't help feeling sorry for Lily.The rich and secrets, a young reporter, a very unusual romance, and all together these things made for an entertaining and quick read.

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  Beamis12 | Sep 22, 2015 |
I received this ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Thomas Cleary, reporter, had just been fired from his job at The Wall Street Journal. After a time of job seeking he called in a favor from a Harvard friend, which landed him a job with The Los Angeles Times. Relegated to small, insignificant columns he hit the big time in journalism when Lily Goldman, wealthy socialite, took a liking to him. After being invited to report on several prestigious Bel-Air parties, mingling with the city’s wealthiest and most well known characters, Thomas’ star was soon on the rise.

During this time of euphoria he met Matilda Duplaine, a beautiful recluse on her father’s estate. Besotted, Thomas began to take great risks for opportunities to see her. His reporter mind couldn’t figure out why she had been hidden on the estate for 20 years, so he decided to investigate. As they began spending more time together, and Matilda’s mysterious background began to surface, their blossoming romance started to tarnish and unravel. With more at stake than previously imagined, Thomas will have to tread carefully or risk losing the best thing that had ever happened to him.

Through Thomas’ eyes, Brunkhorst takes readers through the gilded life of the rich and famous, showing its beauty as well as its pain. “The gilded life of Matilda Duplaine” is a poignant look at how quickly green grass on the other side of the fence becomes brown.

Recommended for Adults. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 16, 2015 |
Milwaukee-born Thomas Cleary has come to LA to rebuild his reporting career. A chance encounter at an antiques store leads to an invitation into the world of Hollywood's most elite and onto the estate of its most powerful player, where he meets the ethereal Matilda Duplaine, who is cloistered there, a secret daughter. Drawn to the multitalented yet naive Matilda, Cleary yearns to secret her off to a new life. Reminiscent of Hollywood Noir and Norma Desmond's Sunset Boulevard, the novel is a journey into a world of luxurious secrets and extreme power. Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.com. (117) ( )
  activelearning | May 24, 2015 |
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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. 

A modern-day Gatsby tale filled with unforgettable characters and charm, The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is a sparkling love letter to Los Angeles and a captivating journey beyond the golden gates of its most glamorous estates. Timeless, romantic and utterly absorbing, it is a mesmerizing tale of privilege, identity and the difficult choices we make in the pursuit of power.

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Collecting quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, young journalist Thomas Cleary is invited by the man's eccentric daughter to tour the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society, where he pursues a romance with an enigmatic shut-in.… (more)

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