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The Hollywood Daughter
The Hollywood Daughter | Kate Alcott
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker and A Touch of Stardust, comes a Hollywood coming-of-age novel, in which Ingrid Bergman's affair with Roberto Rossellini forces her biggest fan to reconsider everything she was raised to believe In 1950, Ingrid Bergman--already a major star after movies like Casablanca and Joan of Arc--has a baby out of wedlock with her Italian lover, film director Roberto Rossellini. Previously held up as an icon of purity, Bergman's fall shocked her legions of American fans. Growing up in Hollywood, Jessica Malloy watches as her PR executive father helps make Ingrid a star at Selznick Studio. Over years of fleeting interactions with the actress, Jesse comes to idolize Ingrid, who she considered not only the epitome of elegance and integrity, but also the picture-perfect mother, an area where her own difficult mom falls short. In a heated era of McCarthyism and extreme censorship, Ingrid's affair sets off an international scandal that robs seventeen-year-old Jesse of her childhood hero. When the stress placed on Jesse's father begins to reveal hidden truths about the Malloy family, Jesse's eyes are opened to the complex realities of life--and love. Beautifully written and deeply moving, The Hollywood Daughter is an intimate novel of self-discovery that evokes a Hollywood sparkling with glamour and vivid drama.
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actualdisneyprincess
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Finished “The Ring and the Crown,” (it was just…kind of a hurried mess at the end, but I‘m still pretty ambivalent about it as a whole), and am just moving right along to something that‘s already MUCH better. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #thehollywooddaughter #katealcott #ingridbergman

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Birdsong28
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Good. Full of old Hollywood glamour as it is set against the golden age of Hollywood in the 1940's and 50's. It is about how a young woman navigates growing up in this environment and how her life will become shaped by it.

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wallacereads
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Mehso-so

It has been a long time since I have a read a book in one sitting. This is not the greatest book ever written but I enjoyed the stories about old Hollywood.

KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 5y
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wallacereads
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I went to the library to renew my card and this happened. I am powerless in the face of the new books section.

RealLifeReading We are all powerless! 😀 I loved Exit West! 5y
wallacereads @RealLifeReading - glad to hear! I am going to start it shortly! 5y
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catebutler
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Mehso-so

This was a good, quick read. I enjoyed the old school Hollywood glamour, especially with the main story revolving around the actress Ingrid Bergman. Lots of movie references throughout. I didn‘t really connect to the main character. So, even though I enjoyed this book, it‘d be hard for me to recommend to any/all readers. If you‘re interested in Hollywood, the 1950‘s, McCarthyism and religion, you‘ll enjoy it!

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kricheal
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Mehso-so

This was just an ok read to me. I would only recommend it unless you are a die hard 1950s era Hollywood movie star aficionado.

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kricheal
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Starting this on audible next!

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GidgetsTreasures75
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7-27-17: My 20th finished book of 2017, sitting on boxes filled with books. 1 more week before we move! 📚📖📦

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JenlovesJT47
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As a big fan of Old Hollywood, I really enjoyed this. The story follows Jesse Malloy, the daughter (fictional) of Ingrid Bergman's publicist in the 1940s. Ingrid is her hero, her role model. And being brought up in a strict Catholic school, Ingrid's affair with Roberto Rossellini has a lasting effect on Jesse, her parents, the Catholic Church and Hollywood as a whole. McCarthyism and its effects are touched on. Highly recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

JenlovesJT47 My only complaint is that there was more telling instead of showing, so I didn't feel as connected to the characters as I could have. Overall, well worth the read, especially if you like Old Hollywood! #oldhollywood 6y
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JenlovesJT47
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Ahh, I've been on the wait list forever, so excited to read this finally! Been a huge fan of Old Hollywood and Ingrid Bergman for years now. Hope it doesn't disappoint! #oldhollywood

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JacintaMCarter
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Not only does this book have #Hollywood in the title, but it also features the daughter of an important Hollywood producer, focusing on her fascination with film star Ingrid Bergman. #MayBookFlowers

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Purplerosiepage
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A story about Hollywood, heroes, forgiveness, and religion. A beach read with substance, if such a thing exists.

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Ehbooklover
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Mehso-so

The is a fictional coming of age story that takes place in the 40s/50s, with Hollywood as a background. While somewhat predictable, it was an easy, enjoyable read that I also found eye-opening and disturbing with regards to the Catholic Church's influence over the movie industry.

Note the bite marks on bottom right of the cover. For once I can safely say that they are not c/o one of my cats.

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JenniferJR
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Today's #librarayhaul have you read any of these?

christineandbooks I've read A Piece of the World and loved it... 6y
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imabusybee
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Reading past my bedtime!!

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Bookaddict
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Mehso-so

A charming coming of age story about Old Hollywood, Ingrid Bergman, and the Catholic Church's influence on movies. While I liked Alcott's A Touch of Stardust a bit more, this one was still interesting for those who enjoy all things Old Hollywood.

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Amie
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First book for #litsyatoz - letter H. Unfortunately, this book was a bit disappointing.

TheJOMOreader I'm slogging through this right now, but I don't think I'm going to make it. 6y
Amie @LindsayInTheLibrary I had a hard time getting through it, too, and considered bailing. 6y
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