The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine

 

The story begins with a dinner party invitation…

When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man’s eccentric daughter offers him entrée into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. A small-town boy with working-class roots, Thomas is a stranger in this opulent world of private jets and sprawling mansions.

Then he meets Matilda Duplaine.  

Matilda is a beautiful and mysterious young woman who has never left the lush Bel-Air estate where she was raised. Thomas is immediately entranced by the enigmatic girl, and the two begin a secret love affair. But what starts as an enchanted romance soon unravels a web of secrets and lies that could destroy their lives—and the lives of everyone around them—forever.

A modern-day Gatsby tale filled with unforgettable characters and charm, The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is a sparkling love letter to Los Angeles and a captivating journey beyond the golden gates of its most glamorous estates. Timeless, romantic and utterly absorbing, it is a mesmerizing tale of privilege, identity, and the difficult choices we make in the pursuit of power.

Brunkhorst’s story is full of memorable characters and contains a first-rate plot; the latter will delightfully surprise the reader. This is a bittersweet treat that will appeal to a wide audience.”
— -Publishers Weekly
“The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is an irresistible gem of a book. Part novel of manners, part journey of self-discovery, I was absolutely swept away by this entrancing tale of love and privilege.”
-Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl

”Alex Brunkhorst writes as deftly of the lives of the elite as she does of the secrets they and their acolytes keep to stay in power-whatever the cost.”

— -Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet
“The novel is wonderfully appealing, both romantic and moody-reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier.”

— -Kirkus

”Though set in modern-day Los Angeles, the style of Brunkhorst’s writing and the nuances of her tale hearken back to the glory days of glamorous Hollywood. Readers seeking to lose themselves in a lush, romantic mystery will be richly rewarded here.”
— -Booklist
“The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is an irresistible gem of a book. Part novel of manners, part journey of self-discovery, I was absolutely swept away by this entrancing tale of love and privilege.”
— -Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl

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