Stars in Their Eyes by Pema Donyo
Publication Date: September 18, 2017
eBook; 120 Pages
Genre: Historical Romance
This beautifully sweeping story of dueling ambitions and restless hearts in the roaring twenties will captivate fans who loved the romance of the Oscar-winning film La La Land and Paula McLain’s bestselling novel The Paris Wife.
The bohemian salons and wild cabarets of 1920s Paris are just the place for Owen Matthews to pursue his writing and make the right connections in the literary scene. But six years after leaving Los Angeles and the love of his life, he still strives for success. Penning a new screenplay for his friend’s film might just help keep the lights on a bit longer in the City of Lights.
Iris Wong is used to sacrifice and rejection as an Asian-American actress. She’s determined to take full advantage of her new leading role in a Parisian silent film—and the director’s romantic interest in her. Playing the game almost guarantees she’ll be able to break through the industry’s racism and become the silver screen star she’s dreamed of being since she earned her first nickel as a Hollywood extra.
When these two star-crossed lovers unexpectedly reunite, they get a second chance to reconcile their hearts’ desires with their dreams of fame and fortune.
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
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My Review: Stars in Their Eyes is a nice, short novella revolving around Iris Wong, an actress in the 1920’s. The story touched on the difficulties surrounding racism in early Hollywood (which I have to admit, I wasn’t fully aware of) as well as treating the reader to the historical setting of Hollywood at that time. (Seriously, the roaring 20’s? Such a fascinating time period!) I greatly enjoyed the author’s writing and attention to historical accuracy, and loved getting to know Iris and Owen. Iris especially, was quite intriguing for me and kept me absorbed in her every day life.
My only wish was that the book had been longer. I think that would have given me even more time to really connect with the characters. I had a hard time getting into the romance between Iris and Owen, only because I didn’t have more time to get to know the characters and to watch their stories play out! However, still a fun and engrossing read. I will definitely keep my eyes open for more from this author.
Pema Donyo is a full-time finance professional, part-time author, and at-all-times coffee lover. She believes creativity can be infused into all endeavors, whether building a brand new story world or solving a quantitative problem. She currently lives in San Francisco.
Pema’s novels include The Innocent Assassins, One Last Letter, and Revolutionary Hearts.
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