The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood

Book Bub hit gold again with this recommendation: The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood by Martin Turnbull. And, as Book Bub loves to do, they introduced me to yet another series I must finish.

I still haven't finished the Infinite Series, but I'm trying to prolong that series, because the final book Infinite Salvation, will not be out for a few more months at least.

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?
Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at the bar, and Scott Fitzgerald is sneaking off to a bungalow with Sheilah Graham while Madame Alla Nazimova keeps watch behind her lace curtains.
But the real story of the Garden of Allah begins with its first few residents, three kids on the brink of something big.
Marcus Adler has a lot to prove after his father catches him and the police chief's son with their pants down. He flees Pennsylvania for Hollywood with his mouth shut and his eyes open, and begins to write the lines all those starlets will say out loud. Can a smart, sensitive guy find his own voice in a town that's just learning to talk?
Kathryn Massey's childhood was a grinding routine of auditions, but she couldn't care less about being a movie star. When she takes off with her typewriter, determined to become a newspaper reporter, she finds that breaking into the boys' club is tougher than breaking free of her bossy mother. To make it in this town, she'll need some serious moxie.
Gwendolyn Brick is a sweet Southern beauty who's come a long way to try her luck on the big screen. She's hoping the same succulent lips the guys want to kiss will land her more than a bit part on a casting couch. She's going to need some help keeping everyone in line.
Nobody gets a free pass in Hollywood, but a room at the Garden on Sunset can get your foot in the door.
"The Garden on Sunset" is the first in installment in the Hollywood's Garden of Allah saga, a series of historical novels set in Hollywood's heyday. If you like authentic and richly-detailed history, compelling and memorable characters, and seeing fiction and history seamlessly woven together, then you'll love Martin Turnbull's authentic portrayal of the City of Angels.
Flip through the pages to see Hollywood's history come to life before your eyes.
Martin Turnbull's Garden of Allah novels have been optioned for the screen by film & television producer, Tabrez Noorani.

This novel, is a short, mostly lighthearted summer read. It is less than 300 pages, and honestly, I read it all in the span of less than 24 hours.

Although this book is set in the 20's, it's quite reminiscent of today's society. In it, they talk about the taboo of being gay (or queer as they say in the novel), and the taboo of abortions. With women's rights and LGBT rights so often in the news these days, it's fascinating to see how the world took these point of views in the 20's and 30's.

These topics, however, are a very small part of the entire novel.

I loved reading the journey of Marcus, Kathryn, and Gweyndolyn. A writer, journalist, and actress, struggling to get their big break in Hollywood. Marcus is a Pennsylvania Dutch young man who ran away from home. Kathryn is a Hollywood native running from her mother's dream of her being an actress. And Gwendolyn is a southerner chasing her dream to become an actress.

Each chapter is told from one of their point's of view. Having three different point's of view may seem tiresome or confusing, but Turnbill did an amazing job intertwining their stories.

As many of you know, I love historical fiction. This is an era I have not read many novels from, but it is truly fascinating. In this novel, you will hear about the first talking motion picture, the Great Depression, and the 1933 Long Beach Earth Quake.

This novel is suitable for most audiences. There are a few, quick sex scenes, so be aware before passing this novel along to any less mature audiences.

This was a free read through my Nook, and it's not a  book you should miss out on! Go get your copy of The Garden on Sunset, book one of  Hollywood's Garden of Allah series today!


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