Ä Read µ Starlight (Starlight Trilogy, #1) by Alexandra Richland À Beautifully written, this book is very captivating from the first page I love all the details about the film industry, which show Alexandra s extensive research and knowledge It was fascinating to be transported back to a time when certain subjects were taboo The action is set in Hollywood in the 50 s Marie is a small town girl with a dream to become a teacher She never thought she would become an actressbut one day, a man enters Schwab s Pharmacy and her life changes Aidan is a method actor I had no idea what that means before reading this book from New York, that came to LA to film a movie He s a very talented young man, but also haunted by ghosts in his past I love Aidan, the author has created one of the best structured male characters I have ever read He is tortured, haunted, dark, but there is a tiny spark of light from the beginning His path towards the ligh I was also privileged to read an ARC of this book and I have to say this was a book that will stay with me forever It s beautiful, romantic, passionate and so muchI m very excited to read the continuation of Beth and Aidan s story You can really appreciate their love bc you witness the falling in love part the courting and not just the lust The fact that it takes place during one of my favorite eras is a BIG PLUS Love the Hollywood and film backdrop OctoberFinds Eighteen Year Old Marie Bates Relocating From Her Rainy Hometown In The Pacific Northwest To The Sun Soaked Streets Of Los Angeles, California Marie S Plans For A Teaching Career Take An Unexpected Turn When She S Asked To Film A Screen Test At A Major Motion Picture StudioRenamed Elizabeth Sutton By The Studio Heads, She Lands Her First Role As An Extra On Set, Elizabeth Spies Aidan Evans, A Rebellious, Twenty Three Year Old Method Actor From New York Aidan Is Branded As A Stuck Up Troublemaker By His Famous Hollywood Peers, But Elizabeth Suspects A Tragic Secret Lurks Behind His Steely Facade As Their Careers Hit The Fast Track And Friendship Evolves Into Romance, The Expectations Of Hollywood Stardom Threaten To Shine A Spotlight On Aidan S Dark Past Before He Can Make Peace With It Elizabeth Must Help Aidan Confront The Painful Event That Shattered His Life And Conquer A Terrifying Truth Before It Destroys Him And Their Future Together Starlight Is The First Book In The Starlight Trilogy, A Story Of Love And Redemption Set Against The Backdrop Of The Final Years Of Hollywood S Golden AgeFive Reasons To read The Starlight TrilogyA Sweeping Technicolor Tale Of Forbidden Romance A Detailed Homage To The Golden Age Of Hollywood Cinema Cameos From Many Of Your Favorite Classic Film Stars Transformation Of A Small Town Girl To Silver Screen Starlet Through Hollywood S Unforgiving Lens Close Up Of A S Bad Boy Channeling A Tragic Past And The Stress Of Sudden Super Stardom Through The Art Of Method Acting I have had the lovely opportunity to read the whole Starlight series and I must say that Alexandra Richland is an extraordinary author and world builder I actually felt like I was born in the wrong decade after reading these books That is how much Richland draws you into the old Hollywood days and with her characters You can tell that Richland has done extensive research for her book and it shows from how she describes the clothes to the setting and even the words spoken by her characters It s truly a pleasure to read a book that is so well written and structured that pulls you through the whole series You must read all of these books and fall in love with Elizabeth and Aiden s story Especially Aiden, Lordy, he s swoony This book was a very nostalgic read for me I felt like I was transported back in time I absolutely adored this book When I was younger I was a big fan of old black and white television shows and movies So this really brought me back to why I enjoyed those shows and movies so much Even the writing felt like it was written in the fifties I found this story unique in it s very own way My favorite parts of this book was meeting old celebrities Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Erol Flynn, and even a performance by Dezi And Lucy.
This story is about Marie Bates who surprisingly to her has been offered a movie contract She has to change her name to Beth Sutton though to make it work Aidan is a method actor with a mysterious past They both meet and are instantly drawn to one another They both are up and coming actors and have the stress of wanting to get to know each other along with This review is based off actually reading the book not bias or prejudice Starlight was an enjoyable read I ve always felt that I was born in the wrong time I would have enjoyed being around in an era where the stars we unattainable and gave us respite from our troubled world by entertaining us I love the fashion as well including the bras that made boobs look like torpedoes That relief is what I got when I read Starlight I was transported back to that time where televisions weren t the norm and men wore hats and were chauvinists Richland showed us the joy and sacrifice it took to be an actor during that time It was all about image An actor was always acting whether on screen or around town As a contract actress, Marie is forced to change her name to Elizabeth Beth Sutton and is given a list of things she can and cannot do One of the things she cannot do is tarnish First and foremost i want to say i was so privileged to be asked to participate in this release This book is so off the beaten path of romances nowadays that it just blew me away Alexandra s characters are fresh faced and enlivening to read about They embody everything you can look in the mirror and see for yourself as well as what you saw as a child growing up The golden age of Hollywood is such a cherished memory and one so very hard to capture, that as a film junkie I was so excited by the way all the stars were written The Hondo scene toward the beginning was spot on Marie was such a sweet, wonderful lovely character Olivia I wanted to put in my pocket to keep my company on my bad days and Aidan.
Can we say swoon I may or may TWO REVIEWS Laura s 5 reviewWOW What can I say I loved it, I loved it, I loved it Set in 1950 s Hollywood, Starlight introduces you to Maria Bates and sexy bad boy Aidan Evans Maria is a shy young women who is spotted by Starlight Studio s and offered a screen test After changing her name to Elizabeth Sutton or Beth for short she is offered her first part as an extra in a film and this is where she first sets eyes on the delightful Aidan Evans.
Aiden is a rebellious troublemaker who has his own demons to fight and also has a habit of pushing everyone away from Everyone except Beth that is Beth and Aiden s friendship blossoms overtime and whilst their careers take off, their relationship hits new levels that could threaten both Beth Aidens future together forever.
This is a beautifully written book and I love how Alexandra has captured the era of t
I v been honoured to be able to help Alexandra with her work Even if this story was a former FF, the work put into the editing process makes this story a complete improvement There have been some great changes regarding the flow of the plotline as well as some others that makes the triology something else I have already pre read all of the books so I can say that the complete triology is worth reading If you read the former FF, you should give it a go too The history research of 1950 s Hollywood has been nothing but thorough I m sure you will all enjoy it as much as I have Leave out any former FF prejudice you might have and give this story a chance, you will not regret it.
Entirely original and captivating An irresistible story of forbidden romance, rebellion, angst and reluctant stardom and all against the fascinating backdrop of the Golden Age of Hollywood You won t read another book like this one 4.
5 stars In life, he felt as if he stood at a precipice It s 1952 Los Angeles, California We meet Aidan Evans, a rebellious, non conformist Method actor from New York who is getting ready to film his first motion picture at Starlight Studios While he considered himself an actor, his was not a shallow existence pursued by vanity and greed He chased art and solitude, an outlet for his pain and guilt, and though highly unattainable for someone like him, redemption Immediately we start to see his personality take shape He s troubled and carries some kind of pain that haunts him and challenges his self wo