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By Alex Brunkhorst | Comments: ( 151 ) | Date: ( Nov 22, 2019 )

A modern day Gatsby tale of forbidden love, family secrets and the true price of wealth.The story begins with a dinner party invitation When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man s eccentric daughter offers him entree into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society A small town boy with workiA modern day Gatsby tale of forbidden love, family secrets and the true price of wealth.The story begins with a dinner party invitation When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man s eccentric daughter offers him entree into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society A small town boy with working class roots, Thomas is a stranger in this opulent world of private jets and sprawling mansions.Then he meets Matilda Duplaine Matilda is a beautiful and mysterious young woman who has never left the lush Bel Air estate where she was raised Thomas is immediately entranced by the enigmatic girl and the two begin a secret love affair But what starts as an enchanted romance soon unravels a web of secrets and lies that could destroy their lives and the lives of everyone around them forever.Filled with unforgettable characters and charm, The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is a sparkling love letter to Los Angeles and a captivating journey beyond the golden gates of its most glamorous estates Timeless, romantic and utterly absorbing, it is a mesmerizing and poignant exploration of life s unexpected riches.

  • Title: The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine
  • Author: Alex Brunkhorst
  • ISBN: 9780778317531
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Alex Brunkhorst

Alex Brunkhorst grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Childhood was spent pretty much like any other kid s childhood I loved playing tennis, swimming, and listening to music And I was always a veracious reader Nancy Drew mysteries were my early books of choice, and later I devoured everything from commercial fiction to the classics I don t know if it was all that reading, but I always had a super vivid imagination I went to an all girls Catholic high school in Milwaukee and it was then that I met a teacher, Mr Grandy, who first noticed my talent for writing I did what any other high schooler would do though I ignored his advice to pursue writing and instead studied economics at Georgetown University, determined to work on Wall Street I was so obsessed with that dream I had a picture of Michael Milken on my bulletin board After three years working in finance, I moved to Los Angeles, a city I had only visited once, on little than a whim Once I got there, I decided that my lifelong dream of working in finance wasn t agreeing with me, and I begged my way into United Talent Agency, where I started in the mailroom and then worked for the head of the TV Literary Department Soon after, inspired by the creativity around me in Hollywood, I finally took Mr Grandy s advice and began writing a short story for an ex boyfriend that turned into the novel The Mating Season, which was published by St Martin s Press At this point I decided I needed a author friendly occupation, so I started working in high end real estate, and I eventually founded the popular website Bungalux on luxury living The Gilded Life of Matilda Deplane was inspired by many of my friends who, unlike me, live truly gilded lives, and my crush on a boy I only saw on Sundays.

Comments The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine

  • Diane S ☔

    A young reporter on his second chance, Thomas Cleary becomes involved with the rich and famous. David Duplaine, holds much power in the movie business and his estate is the stuff of dreams. He has secrets though, secrets the Thomas will discover and will change his life in many ways.I think one of things I most noticed about this novel was how easy it was to read, how smoothly the prose and the plot flowed. Thomas Cleary is a very likable character and one can't help feeling sorry for Lily.The r [...]

  • Angela M

    The description calls it a "modern day Gatsby tale ". There are rich and maybe at times manipulative and "careless people" and there are a few lavish but small dinner parties and a bigger art opening, but it really wasn't like The Great Gatsby in any meaningful way for me and I felt that the similarities that someone who wrote this description saw in this novel , are facile. Having said that upfront I enjoyed it . It reads easily and the story line moved along holding my interest. Thomas Cleary [...]

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    3.5 starsPart love story, part family mystery and a coming of age tale of sorts. Overall an entertaining debut.

  • Antigone

    If you're wondering what Harlequin is up to these days, here's a recent release. Authored by L.A. real estate agent Alex Brunkhorst, The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is a luxe, if somewhat circumscribed, journey through the palatial estates and environs of Hollywood's elite.Reporter Thomas Cleary, scratching his way back up the journalism ladder after a plagiarism fiasco in Manhattan, has arrived in "the town of second chances" to rustle himself up one. Los Angeles, ever-ready to comply, loft [...]

  • Elaine

    This is definitely a story where one event leads to another and eventually to love, a mystery to solve and some exotic locations to visit! The hero is Thomas Cleary, a young journalist from a small town who is in awe when first invited to a dinner party which gives him unexpected access to the elite of Hollywood society. This thrusts him into a new world of Bel-Air mansions, private jets and opportunities he’d only dreamed of, including meeting the possible love of his life.This is an explorat [...]

  • Jenne

    I would have given up on this in the first chapter, but I didn't have anything else to read right thend by the time I had something else to read I was interested enough to want to find out what happened. Let's just say none of what happened was particularly surprising, and I would have been better off spending quality time with family or furthering my career or something.(view spoiler)[It might actually have worked well as a 1930s film noirif it had ended tragically (which it SHOULD HAVE)but wit [...]

  • Gracey

    A fun, easy, enjoyable read. It is nothing like The Great Gatsby, but that's not the fault of the writer or the book. It's the fault of the editor/publishing house for putting that damn sentence in the flyleaf. I don't know why they did that; it's a disservice to both the author and to the book. Because Brunkhorst is a good writer who wrote a good book. But, you put that comparison to Gatsby in and all of the sudden everyone expects something that this book was never poised to deliver. No, Brunk [...]

  • Barbara

    2.5 stars: If you are a huge fan of fairy tales, this is a book for you. This is a story of a beautiful damsel who is kept hidden in a mansion/estate in the tony parts of Bel-Air California, and a young poor working class lad who inadvertently discovers her. The Lad wants to save the damsel. The quandary that author Alex Brunkhorst poses, is what is the right way of saving her?The story takes place in the extremely affluent area of Los Angeles. Because I’m not in the least familiar with the po [...]

  • Julie

    Although, we know from the start that the happy ever after Thomas is hoping for won’t come to fruition, at least not in the way he imagines, that he is headed for a fall, we watch him learn some wonderful, but painful, and valuable lessons, and yet, this experience will set him on a new path in life, and maybe, just maybe, his love for the elusive Matilda Duplaine will conquer all in the end. One can at least hopeThis is a wonderfully written novel of contemporary fiction with a light mystery [...]

  • Marcela (BookaholicCat)

    3.5 StarsOriginally posted at The Bookaholic CatIt took me a while getting into The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst. There was a point in which I wasn’t sure if I was liking the book or not. One thing I was sure is that I was liking the writing and that kept me going. Luckily for me, that uncertainty didn’t last long, I can say that after the one-third mark, I got into it and was completely invested in the story.Although set in this times the story has an old Hollywood fee [...]

  • Kim (Kimsrdnbks)

    This was a meditative read. I loved it! Hope to see it on the NY times best sellers list.

  • Jean Brown

    A little bit fairy tale, a touch gothic, a mystery, a love story, an enchanting debut. I loved it.

  • Dorie

    Thomas Cleary is a young newspaper journalist who has come to Los Angeles to start his career afresh after stumbling on some reporting for the New York Times. He’s a young man from a working class family who made it through Harvard on an athletic scholarship for running, his degree was hard fought for. He’s determined that this time things will work out.He’s sent on a story to get quotes or any fresh information on for an obituary on a wealthy notorious film producer. He meets the film pro [...]

  • Bianca

    Am I the only one who finds books around the 3-3.5 stars mark the most difficult to review?Anyway, I'll give it a try. This is the story of Thomas Cleary, a handsome 26 year old, Harvard graduate, who works as a reporter for the LA Times. He's going through the motions and he feels stuck. But his fortune is about to change, once he meets Lily Goldman, the daughter of a famous Hollywood producer and studios owner. There's an instant connection between them, and the fifty-something year old, Lily, [...]

  • Edel

    The story begins when journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to get some quotes or interesting information for an obituary on a very famous / notorious film producer. Thomas talks to this film producers daughter Lily who invites him to a dinner where he can meet those who knew him best where he will be able to get the low down on this wealthy well known man. He is welcomed into this rich indulgent world where the rich hang out with the rich and price tags are practically irrelevant . The information t [...]

  • Guenevere

    Billed as a Gatsby-esque peek into the dirty lives of the very rich, with a mystery surrounding a young woman (Miss Duplaine) who for shadowy reasons hasn't ever left the estate where she has grown up, this sounded intriguing.Very quickly, the author demonstrates that it would take a much more skilled writer than himself to utilize the Fitzgerald style and apply it to a modern setting. It simply doesn't--the level of isolation and removal of the very rich from the rest of the madding crowd is di [...]

  • Abby Jean

    not a single real person in this entire book.

  • Lindsay

    Awful. And by "Gatsby" I assume they mean "Flowers in the attic," but even that would have been readable.

  • Kelsi H

    Please check out all of my reviews at ultraviolentlit!This novel is being called a “modern day Gatsby tale,” and I can see how it has been inspired by Fitzgerald, mostly in tone. The story has old-fashioned sensibilities, reminiscent of Gatsby’s extravagant parties and lavish home, although the setting here is present day Bel Air. It also features a main character who enters into a wealthy world and falls in love with a woman well above his social status – and ends in heartbreak (this is [...]

  • Celia Moontown

    It is a real pleasure to be able to review novels like this. At first it was the unusual title and striking cover that drew me into requesting a copy from Mira UK. After reading the first few chapters I knew this was something quite special. I think this is a great debut. The writing is so lovely and poetic. It is very delicate and sensitive to the fine details of environment and characters.It is likened to The Great Gatsby, which is one of my favorite novels of all time (so I was also intereste [...]

  • Monique Mulligan

    Looking for a love story with a difference? I found that in Alex Brunkhorst’s novel, The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine. It’s described as a modern-day Gatsby with hints of Daphne Du Maurier. I wouldn’t go so far as the Du Maurier – it didn’t have that gothic gloom underpinning the mystery – but it echoes Gatsby in its sparkling descriptions of wealth and opulence that in the end can’t buy happiness. A story of excess, luxury and glamour with an element of magical realism that bef [...]

  • Patty

    The Gilded Life of Matilda DuplaineByAlex BrunkhorstWhat it's all aboutThomas is a gifted writer but kind of sad and poor and recovering from a few personal losses. He meets Lilydaughter of a famous Hollywood mogulwho is now dead. Lily begins inviting him to events that he normally would not be invited tod then he accidentally discovers Matilda. Matilda has been kept a secret for all of her life. Everything she does and everything she needs is provided by her wealthy father on his estate. Thomas [...]

  • Maggie

    A quick read that I found really enjoyable despite the fact that there were aspects of the story that stretched credulity. I sometimes wished it was a little bit deeper and darker, and delivered more on the promise of a twisty, mysterious backstory. Despite this, it was fun to read and I would recommend it for someone looking for a peek into the lives of the rich and fabulous.

  • Christina

    A well written love story whose premise borders on ridiculous. Thomas falls in love with a girl who's never left her rich father's estate cuz yà know, BIG SECRET.I was bored at times, but couldn't DNF it cuz I really enjoyed the writing.Predictable, but it made me want to keep an eye out for Brunkhorst's other work.

  • Brenda Whitmore

    The description "modern day Gatsby tale" made me excited about reading this book club pick. Unfortunately, after finishing the book, I'm quite sure whomever wrote that line hasn't read The Great Gatsby.

  • Nigel

    Although not ground-breaking or even full of insight into the lives of Hollywood's rich and famous, this is an engaging and absorbing read that propels you along and makes you interested in its flawed characters. An easy quick read even if it doesn't leave a lasting impression.

  • Tara (box5angel)

    What a fabulous, fantastic, bittersweet, and wonderful story.

  • Janette Mcmahon

    This novel was just OK, very predictable. Great light weight beach read.

  • Cynthia

    Terrific debut to be published in September.

  • Cindy

    I came very close to quitting The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine. But once Thomas met Matilda, the book really took off. 2 stars for the beginning and 4 stars for the rest.

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