j reads//the gilded life of matilda duplaine

It seems a silly way to start a review but I need to get this off my chest. The font on this book by Alex Brunkhorst {and published by Harlequin} is divine and it's actually quite difficult to tear your eyes away. It's also a perfect beginning to the story itself -- this font -- and it's here we begin.

Meet Thomas Clearly. A young journalist who is granted exclusive entrance into Hollywood society. It's here, in this secretive world, he meets Matilda Duplaine who has never left the estate, her cage, in Bel-Air where she was raised. The two fall into a secretive love that threatens to ruin their lives and that of those around of them.

One might be mistaken in thinking that this is juicy or tawdry story. That perhaps it's one of those intrusive and thinly veiled Hollywood tell-all's but it's not. Nowhere near it.

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine brings us a  forever love. It's sweet and sad and perfect in its realness. Brunkhorst brings us Matilda, someone so sweet and innocent, so smart, so sheltered and makes us believe it's true. That someone could be so hidden for so long. That, of course, this happens in real life.

Thomas and Matilda's story is slow and sweet. Sad and sappy. Wonderful.

Truthfully? The love reminded me of my Husband and I. Meant to be. Written in the stars. As if the world was invented just for them.

I'm not a big romance fan but this is something else entirely. It's devoid of throbbing members and shows a special kind of realness that seems so utterly lacking today. Brunkhorst gives a taste of old-Hollywood glamour, of riches rarely seen and of a true love that never dwindles in this wonderfully human tale.

*The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine will be released in November 2015. 
**I was sent this book for review by Harlequin but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not paid for this review. 

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