The Unforgettable Loretta, Darling

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Pub Date Jun 20 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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‘You’re Loretta Darling now, welcome to your brand-new flipping life.’

Dreams don’t come true for girls like Loretta, but she won’t let that stop her. With her sights set on becoming a makeup artist to the stars, Loretta wangles her way from Lancashire to the bright lights of Golden Age Hollywood.

Only it turns out that Sunset Boulevard is less about dashing fellas and chilled martinis – more sticky floors and misbehaving men. A gift of the gab can only get her so far, but she refuses to go quietly.

Hollywood has its secrets . . . and so does Loretta.

For a start, that’s not her real name, and much more than lipstick lurks inside her beauty case.

After all, revenge is a dish best served with a perfectly painted smile.

‘You’re Loretta Darling now, welcome to your brand-new flipping life.’

Dreams don’t come true for girls like Loretta, but she won’t let that stop her. With her sights set on becoming a makeup artist...

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A great book set in the Hollywood of yesteryear. Loretta deals with a lot of ups and downs but triumphs in the end. Lovely story and great characters.

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Absolutely loved this romp of a book but it also has some serious messages about how women were [and often continue to be] treated as sexual fodder in the film world. Loretta re-invents herself as a make up artist to the stars in 1950's Hollywood, in the days when most men are complete cads but there’s the occasional decent one… Loretta is a wonderful character, so feisty and fun - would so love to hang out with her - and this was such a fun read. The icing on the cake was the insight into Hollywood make up secrets, and all the 1950s detail.

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Sassy, charming and full of fun. This timely story is the full package - I just love the title, the cover and our heroine, Loretta. Who doesn't love an excursion into old Hollywood?

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A really enjoyable story about one woman's drive and ambition to become a make-up artist to the stars in the golden era of Hollywood.

Margaret moves to the US from the UK with dreams of become a big make-up artist in Hollywood, even though she has no formal training and is self-taught, but she certainly has a lot of drive and ambition.

Once in Hollywood she changes her name to Lorretta and slowly finds her feet, through a series of chance encounters, some good and some not so good. She has a lot of determination and people start to notice her more, because of her perseverance.

There are also a few hidden secrets about her past life in England that slowly reveal themselves as the book goes on.

All in all a really enjoyable story about someone slowly working their way into the film industry as a make-up artist, being employed by the make-up artist to the stars, and mixing with various stars of the day, with a bit of murder and mystery thrown in! A very entertaining and easy read. I really feel we need another book in this series to see what happens to Loretta and Eliot once they arrive in New York!

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