It was a cold February night when I met Kate Alcott at Margaret Mitchell House. She was there to discuss her new novel A Touch of Stardust. This novel focuses on the making of Gone with The Wind and one of its stars Clark Gable, and his relationship with Carole Lombard.
Julie is leaving behind the small town of Fort Wayne Indiana. She is off to Hollywood to become a screenwriter like Francis Marion. Her big job is working on the set of Gone with the Wind. We initially meet Julie as she tries to deliver a message to David O Selznick the producer, during the scene of Atlanta burning. He fires her but Clark Gable and Carole Lombard take pity on her. She also gets help from Andy Weinstein another producer of the production. Julie eventually becomes Carole’s assistant and spends a lot of time on the set and helping her with various tasks. What will happen with Julie and Andy? Will Clark finally get the relationship he has always dreamed of?
I found this novel to be an interesting read! I did not enjoy it as much as The Dressmaker another of her Kate’s novels. I am not an expert in old movies. The characters in this novel were great. I felt that the author truly had the feel for the characters of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. The plot is driven by the characters in this novel. We are introduced to Julie in the initially chapters who is our narrator for the story. She helps us step out on this journey into Gone With the Wind. I learned many surprising facts about this production of Margaret Mitchell’s novel.