Author: Allison Morse
Narrator: Christa Lewis
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes
Release date: May 30, 2018
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Who killed 1940s screen goddess Gloria Reardon? Her unsolved murder hypnotized the public with its scandalous details and shocked two generations.
Avid feminist and aspiring filmmaker Kate Bloom discovers long-lost footage that holds the key to who murdered her grandmother. Legendary movie star Gloria Reardon may be dead, but friends and lovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday are still very much on the scene, and it seems everyone has something to gain or lose from Kate’s discovery.
Enlisting the youthful and brash film restorer Dylan Nichols as her closest ally, Kate becomes haunted by Gloria’s glittering past. Caught between glamorous Old Hollywood and the gritty, exciting New Hollywood of the 1970s, Kate is determined to find out what really happened to her grandmother and in the process becomes the killer’s new target.
Allison Morse is the author of two novels: The Sweetheart Deal and Fallen Star. Both published by The Wild Rose Press. She lives with her wonderful husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.
Christa Lewis has been awarded 6 of the coveted Earphones Awards since 2015 for her narrations. She is an Audie Nominee 2018 in the Original Work category and a Listener’s Choice Awards finalist 2018 in the Short Story/Collections category. She has narrated over 100 audiobooks and works for Audible Studios, Blackstone Audio, Blunder Woman Productions, Brilliance Audio, DAW Books, Inc., Dreamscape Media, Hachette Book Group, Harper Audio, HighBridge Audio and Tantor Media, as well as for noted boutique audiobook publishers & independent authors.
Christa speaks accent-free German fluently, has been featured in AudioFile Magazine and her narrations have become Audible bestsellers in Young Adult and Literary Fiction. She is a classically trained actress and graduate of Boston University’s 4 year actor training program.
I have so many feelings when it comes to this book and to what made me love it so much. I fell in love with the world, with the characters, with Kate and her determination to follow her dream, on one hand, and to find out what really happened with her grandmother, on the other.
We have a lot of elements that make this story great. The mystery is well built, I felt I knew enough of the characters to form an opinion, so the writing was perfect for me. The author is showing us, through the eyes of our heroine, the world of filmmaking in the 70s, but also a glimpse of the time when her grandmother used to be a great actress. We have two periods that we can easily compare to what we have now. So behind a murder investigation, a world opens up, in different times.
The main character is a strong woman, with clear objectives, trying to make due in a world of men, mostly. She is a feminist, she is confident and even inspiring. I loved her a lot and I loved her relationship with Dylan. And since we came to the romance aspect, even if we see very little of it, it does not affect the story at all, since the idea is to find out who murdered Kate’s grandmother. So if you are looking for a love like never before, this is not for you. But believe me, with “Fallen Star”, it’s not needed. With all the turns the story has, with the unexpected ending, this book is mind-blowing!
The narration was fantastic to say the least! Christa Lewis did such a wonderful job interpreting a wide range of characters, voices and accents. Especially with Kate, she has pointed out perfectly her emotions, her determination and frustration. I loved it and I loved her voice!
All in all, I believe this book is for every reader out there. It has a little bit of everything, blended in such a way that you will feel sorry it ends. I am happy to have discovered another great author and another great audiobook! 5 stars.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Allison Morse. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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