April 2013 eBook of the Month.
Daisy Waugh's latest novel, set in the heady days before the 1929 Wall Street Crash, is an engaging story of love, fame and glamour and how far you are willing to go to get it. On the surface Max and Eleanor Beecham are a sucessful society couple but under the surface their business and personal lives are a dysfunctional mess - but can an invite to the year's most glamorous party give them a chance to change?
It is the blistering summer of 1929 and Hollywood's glamorous set appear to have it all. Everybody everywhere is living the Hollywood dream, including the elegant and charming, high-society couple, actor and actress Maximilian and Eleanor Beecham. But beneath the sophistication and glamour their insecure and unhappy marriage is on the brink of divorce and their finances are teetering on a knife's edge after a series of failed films. When the creditors come in to take possession of the house, it seems all is lost and they have nowhere to turn but into the arms of their waiting lovers. But when they receive an invitation to one of the legendary weekend house parties at Hearst Castle - which they know will be filled every Hollywood big-shot around - they cannot resist one last shot of making it in the film industry. With gossip, glamour, scandal and decadence the party is the epitome of the Golden Era, but for Maximilian and Eleanor the time has come to make a decision that will change their future. Will they sacrifice everything for fame and fortune or can Eleanor and Maximilian learn to love each other again?
Closing date: 31/08/2018
Praise for Last Dance with Valentino 'a gripping, bittersweet love story
'impeccably researched and beautifully-written'
'Daisy Waugh delivers her engaging tale with wit and a real lightness of touch'
'written in deft, engrossing prose, this story is dizzy with glamour and heartbreak'
'Waugh weaves fact with fiction into a novel with glamour, tragedy and romance'
'It's intelligent, inventive and deliciously entertaining'
Publication date: 28/03/2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||28th March 2013|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
Daisy Waugh was our Guest Editor in September 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Daisy Waugh is a journalist and travel writer. She has worked as an agony aunt and as a restaurant critic. She was a teacher at a girl’s school in Northern Kenya and has also written a weekly column from Los Angeles about her attempts to become a Hollywood scriptwriter. Daisy and her family of five live in London. Click here to read the 'Ask the Author' feature on Daisy Waugh. Author photo © Paul StuartMore About Daisy Waugh