Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Giveaway: The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

I am excited to share with you guys a great giveaway today!  This is the perfect read for awards season and for all movie buffs.  I have partnered with Bantam Books to give away a paperback copy of The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin to one lucky US reader.  The book is based on Mary Pickford, an actress, and Frances Marion, a screenwriter.  They are both early Hollywood legends.  The Girls in the Picture highlights the struggles that many women face (and still face!) in Hollywood as well as "love, war, and the opportunity to be heard."  Real Simple named it one of the best books of 2018 and it's now in paperback, which makes it a great book to bring along for spring break!  I love all things Old Hollywood, so I am excited to check this one out.

Goodreads says, "It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone's lips these days is "flickers"--the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you'll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.  In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title "America's Sweetheart." The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution.  But their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender--and their astronomical success could come at a price. As Mary, the world's highest paid and most beloved actress, struggles to live her life under the spotlight, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks. Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone. As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered.  With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness. Melanie Benjamin brilliantly captures the dawn of a glittering new era--its myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak."

To learn more about the book and Melanie Benjamin, check out her website here. You can also follow Melanie on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  Please refer to my giveaway rules and don't forget to add this book to your Goodreads TBR list.

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Have you read any of Melanie Benjamin's books? Are you a fan of Old Hollywood?  Let me know in the comments below.


  1. I am definitely a fan of Old Hollywood! Such a fun time period!

    1. Me too! I love books set during this time. Thanks for revisiting, Angela.

  2. I haven’t read any of Melanie’s books, but I always enjoy your reviews/recommendations. Love the glamor of Old Hollywood.

    1. Thanks so much, Christy! I love the time period of Old Hollywood as well. Thanks for visiting!

  3. I like Old Hollywood.
    I haven't read any of Melanie Benjamin's other novels yet.


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