For those who love to read about the truth of what goes on behind the scenes, this is your novel. This was a very interesting read into the glitz, glitter and life of movie starts trying to make it big when Hollywood was still beckoning any beautiful female. Men still had the run of things, and these girls and women were shuffled around like pawns and dropped like just as easily as they were given a chance.
This novel follows the lives of Ginger Rogers, her mother Lela who was her manager and their niece Helen a.k.a Phyllis who often was found in the shadow of Ginger and known by association. Making it in Hollywood was not all glamour and these women all had to fight tooth and nail, it was every one for themselves and often favors were given in hopes of advancement. Hollywood really had a lot of scandal, and I feel it still does today and even after almost a century, not much has changed.
Helen is given what she thinks is the opportunity of life time when her cousin and aunt talk her mother in allowing her to go back to Hollywood with them for the summer just to see how things go. Soon Helen is wrapped up in this other world but soon learns it is not as easy as just saying back lines or having a pretty face. She is being submerged into how you are to act, live and portray yourself while out there, competing with every other beautiful woman- day in and day out. But once you are in that lifestyle, you don’t want to leave and often she goes head to head with her mother who wants her back home and not wrapped up in scandal like her sister and niece have gotten into, in the past.
This was an interesting read, and I highly suggest it for those who really enjoyed reading Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts. It really gives insight into the beginning of Hollywood, movies and how brutal of a world it could be for those fighting for a role on the silver screen. Thank you to HFVBT for the invite and the author for the free book and goodies!
The Limits of Limelight
by Margaret Porter
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Paperback & eBook; 412 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pretty Oklahoma teenager Helen Nichols accepts an invitation from her cousin, rising movie actress Ginger Rogers, and her Aunt Lela, to try her luck in motion pictures. Her relatives, convinced that her looks and personality will ensure success, provide her with a new name and help her land a contract with RKO. As Phyllis Fraser, she swiftly discovers that Depression-era Hollywood’s surface glamour and glitter obscure the ceaseless struggle of the hopeful starlet.
Lela Rogers, intensely devoted to her daughter and her niece, outwardly accepting of her stage mother label, is nonetheless determined to establish her reputation as screenwriter, stage director, and studio talent scout. For Phyllis, she’s an inspiring model of grit and persistence in an industry run by men.
While Ginger soars to the heights of stardom in musicals with Fred Astaire, Phyllis is tempted by a career more fulfilling than the one she was thrust into. Should she continue working in films, or devote herself to the profession she’s dreamed about since childhood? And which choice might lead her to the lasting love that seems so elusive?
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“An engrossing glimpse into a bygone era and the forces affecting a young woman’s evolution into her own abilities and adulthood . . . vigorous and involving to the end.” ~ Midwest Book Review
“A witty and meticulously researched treat.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“A biographical novel as bright as the Golden Era . . . A lovely tribute to the larger-than-life celebrities of early Hollywood . . . a glitz and glamour novel that shines brighter the deeper you go.” ~ Independent Book Review
“A time capsule of Hollywood’s Golden Era . . . a captivating novel of Tinsel Town’s perils and pitfalls, trade-offs and triumphs!” ~ Leslie Carroll, author of American Princess
“Porter’s elegant, warm and well-researched novel is a joy to read! Perfect for lovers of historical fiction and tales of remarkable women. 5 of 5 Stars.” ~ Literary Redhead, Goodreads
About the Author
MARGARET PORTER is the author of more than a dozen works of historical fiction, including The Limits of Limelight (September 2021) and the award-winning Beautiful Invention: A Novel of Hedy Lamarr. Her critically acclaimed novels have been translated into several foreign languages. Other writing credits include nonfiction, newspaper and magazine articles, and poetry. She studied British history in the U.K. and afterwards worked professionally in theatre, film and television. Margaret and her husband live in New England with their dog, dividing their time between a book-filled house in a small city and a waterfront cottage located on one of the region’s largest lakes. When not writing, she keeps busy reading, tending her extensive rose gardens, or playing the mandolin.
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