The Great Pretenders

The Great Pretenders

The daughter of Hollywood royalty, Roxanne Granville is used to getting what she wants--even if she has to break the rules. But after a falling-out with her grandfather, a powerful movie mogul, she has to face life on her own for the first time.... Roxanne forges a career unique for women in the 1950s, becoming an agent for hungry young screenwriters. She struggles to be ta The daughter of Hollywood royalty, Roxanne Granville is used to getting what she wants--even if she has to break the ...

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Title:The Great Pretenders
Author:Laura Kalpakian
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:110199018X
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

The Great Pretenders Reviews

  • Yvonne
    Apr 16, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

    Between 3 and 4, in my opinion. Historical fiction about the McCarthy era in Hollywood. A daring woman agent, a biracial romance and the flame of Communism that burned so many talents during the 50s gave this book substance, beyond its breezy read. ...

    I absolutely loved this book. Laura Kalpakian had me holding on until the very last page, crying my eyes out in happiness. Her attention to detail, her attention to important issues of the time that still resonate today.... this book for me was perfection. To me, this is the reason to ...

    Roxanne Granville was born into the Hollywood world. Her grandparents ran Empire Pictures and she was the darling around the studio. Now in her twenties, Roxanne is ready to begin a career of her own, which isn?t easy for women in the 1950?s. She quickly learns that men refuse to t...

  • Tammy
    Apr 13, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

  • Moira
    Sep 11, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

    Between 3 and 4, in my opinion. Historical fiction about the McCarthy era in Hollywood. A daring woman agent, a biracial romance and the flame of Communism that burned so many talents during the 50s gave this book substance, beyond its breezy read. ...

    I absolutely loved this book. Laura Kalpakian had me holding on until the very last page, crying my eyes out in happiness. Her attention to detail, her attention to important issues of the time that still resonate today.... this book for me was perfection. To me, this is the reason to ...

    Roxanne Granville was born into the Hollywood world. Her grandparents ran Empire Pictures and she was the darling around the studio. Now in her twenties, Roxanne is ready to begin a career of her own, which isn?t easy for women in the 1950?s. She quickly learns that men refuse to t...

    Historical Hollywood fiction is always interesting. In this book names are dropped and you?re swept into the studio system during the height of the red scare. Roxanne is a strong, modern heroine who isn?t afraid of what society says. Some of the issues addressed are still relevant ...

  • Viviane Crystal
    Apr 10, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    May 14, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

  • The Lit Bitch
    May 13, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

  • Kristine
    Apr 25, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

    Between 3 and 4, in my opinion. Historical fiction about the McCarthy era in Hollywood. A daring woman agent, a biracial romance and the flame of Communism that burned so many talents during the 50s gave this book substance, beyond its breezy read. ...

    I absolutely loved this book. Laura Kalpakian had me holding on until the very last page, crying my eyes out in happiness. Her attention to detail, her attention to important issues of the time that still resonate today.... this book for me was perfection. To me, this is the reason to ...

    Roxanne Granville was born into the Hollywood world. Her grandparents ran Empire Pictures and she was the darling around the studio. Now in her twenties, Roxanne is ready to begin a career of her own, which isn?t easy for women in the 1950?s. She quickly learns that men refuse to t...

    Historical Hollywood fiction is always interesting. In this book names are dropped and you?re swept into the studio system during the height of the red scare. Roxanne is a strong, modern heroine who isn?t afraid of what society says. Some of the issues addressed are still relevant ...

    This one started out discombobulated. I found myself about 100 pages in before I could follow what was going on. The interesting story line is what kept me going. It did pique my interest to read more stories about old hollywood. ...

    Loved it! ...

    Raised on caviar and fancy French boarding schools, Roxanne Granville puts considerable value in living her life with "Panache" - both a way of being in the world, and a cologne custom-made for her family of Hollywood royalty. She immediately surprises with both her choices and indepen...

    Received an ARC and I must say it was truly delighting. I loved the detail and time travel to a an era that I never experienced. Detailed, Engaging and a page turner. You won?t be disappointed. ...

    This is the story of one woman?s struggle to overcome so much in 1950?s Hollywood. Coming from a rich Hollywood family, she is estranged from her grandfather (a movie mogul) and works for a talent agency. Having had enough of being molested, she starts her own agency and begins to ...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-April. This story opens on a funeral service for Julia where the first-person narrator, her granddaughter Roxanne, speaks sardonically as a fallen star whose family name is held aloft by a studio ca...

  • Dan
    Mar 21, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

    Between 3 and 4, in my opinion. Historical fiction about the McCarthy era in Hollywood. A daring woman agent, a biracial romance and the flame of Communism that burned so many talents during the 50s gave this book substance, beyond its breezy read. ...

    I absolutely loved this book. Laura Kalpakian had me holding on until the very last page, crying my eyes out in happiness. Her attention to detail, her attention to important issues of the time that still resonate today.... this book for me was perfection. To me, this is the reason to ...

    Roxanne Granville was born into the Hollywood world. Her grandparents ran Empire Pictures and she was the darling around the studio. Now in her twenties, Roxanne is ready to begin a career of her own, which isn?t easy for women in the 1950?s. She quickly learns that men refuse to t...

    Historical Hollywood fiction is always interesting. In this book names are dropped and you?re swept into the studio system during the height of the red scare. Roxanne is a strong, modern heroine who isn?t afraid of what society says. Some of the issues addressed are still relevant ...

    This one started out discombobulated. I found myself about 100 pages in before I could follow what was going on. The interesting story line is what kept me going. It did pique my interest to read more stories about old hollywood. ...

    Loved it! ...

    Raised on caviar and fancy French boarding schools, Roxanne Granville puts considerable value in living her life with "Panache" - both a way of being in the world, and a cologne custom-made for her family of Hollywood royalty. She immediately surprises with both her choices and indepen...

    Received an ARC and I must say it was truly delighting. I loved the detail and time travel to a an era that I never experienced. Detailed, Engaging and a page turner. You won?t be disappointed. ...

    This is the story of one woman?s struggle to overcome so much in 1950?s Hollywood. Coming from a rich Hollywood family, she is estranged from her grandfather (a movie mogul) and works for a talent agency. Having had enough of being molested, she starts her own agency and begins to ...

  • Julie
    Jul 21, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

  • Renee Rosen
    Dec 02, 2018

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

  • Kelley
    Feb 10, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

  • Basic B's Guide
    Apr 14, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

  • Maya B
    May 15, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

    Between 3 and 4, in my opinion. Historical fiction about the McCarthy era in Hollywood. A daring woman agent, a biracial romance and the flame of Communism that burned so many talents during the 50s gave this book substance, beyond its breezy read. ...

    I absolutely loved this book. Laura Kalpakian had me holding on until the very last page, crying my eyes out in happiness. Her attention to detail, her attention to important issues of the time that still resonate today.... this book for me was perfection. To me, this is the reason to ...

    Roxanne Granville was born into the Hollywood world. Her grandparents ran Empire Pictures and she was the darling around the studio. Now in her twenties, Roxanne is ready to begin a career of her own, which isn?t easy for women in the 1950?s. She quickly learns that men refuse to t...

    Historical Hollywood fiction is always interesting. In this book names are dropped and you?re swept into the studio system during the height of the red scare. Roxanne is a strong, modern heroine who isn?t afraid of what society says. Some of the issues addressed are still relevant ...

    This one started out discombobulated. I found myself about 100 pages in before I could follow what was going on. The interesting story line is what kept me going. It did pique my interest to read more stories about old hollywood. ...

  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    Apr 28, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

  • Julia
    Jun 12, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

  • Krenner1
    Apr 23, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

    Between 3 and 4, in my opinion. Historical fiction about the McCarthy era in Hollywood. A daring woman agent, a biracial romance and the flame of Communism that burned so many talents during the 50s gave this book substance, beyond its breezy read. ...

  • Andrea Gabriel
    Apr 16, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

    Between 3 and 4, in my opinion. Historical fiction about the McCarthy era in Hollywood. A daring woman agent, a biracial romance and the flame of Communism that burned so many talents during the 50s gave this book substance, beyond its breezy read. ...

    I absolutely loved this book. Laura Kalpakian had me holding on until the very last page, crying my eyes out in happiness. Her attention to detail, her attention to important issues of the time that still resonate today.... this book for me was perfection. To me, this is the reason to ...

    Roxanne Granville was born into the Hollywood world. Her grandparents ran Empire Pictures and she was the darling around the studio. Now in her twenties, Roxanne is ready to begin a career of her own, which isn?t easy for women in the 1950?s. She quickly learns that men refuse to t...

    Historical Hollywood fiction is always interesting. In this book names are dropped and you?re swept into the studio system during the height of the red scare. Roxanne is a strong, modern heroine who isn?t afraid of what society says. Some of the issues addressed are still relevant ...

    This one started out discombobulated. I found myself about 100 pages in before I could follow what was going on. The interesting story line is what kept me going. It did pique my interest to read more stories about old hollywood. ...

    Loved it! ...

    Raised on caviar and fancy French boarding schools, Roxanne Granville puts considerable value in living her life with "Panache" - both a way of being in the world, and a cologne custom-made for her family of Hollywood royalty. She immediately surprises with both her choices and indepen...

  • Sandra
    Aug 02, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Apr 16, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

  • Berit☀️✨
    Apr 21, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

  • Holly  B
    Apr 26, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

  • Aria
    Apr 15, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

  • Jeffrey Chassen
    Apr 24, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

    Between 3 and 4, in my opinion. Historical fiction about the McCarthy era in Hollywood. A daring woman agent, a biracial romance and the flame of Communism that burned so many talents during the 50s gave this book substance, beyond its breezy read. ...

    I absolutely loved this book. Laura Kalpakian had me holding on until the very last page, crying my eyes out in happiness. Her attention to detail, her attention to important issues of the time that still resonate today.... this book for me was perfection. To me, this is the reason to ...

  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    Jun 24, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

  • Callie Rose Witcher
    Mar 08, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

    Between 3 and 4, in my opinion. Historical fiction about the McCarthy era in Hollywood. A daring woman agent, a biracial romance and the flame of Communism that burned so many talents during the 50s gave this book substance, beyond its breezy read. ...

    I absolutely loved this book. Laura Kalpakian had me holding on until the very last page, crying my eyes out in happiness. Her attention to detail, her attention to important issues of the time that still resonate today.... this book for me was perfection. To me, this is the reason to ...

    Roxanne Granville was born into the Hollywood world. Her grandparents ran Empire Pictures and she was the darling around the studio. Now in her twenties, Roxanne is ready to begin a career of her own, which isn?t easy for women in the 1950?s. She quickly learns that men refuse to t...

    Historical Hollywood fiction is always interesting. In this book names are dropped and you?re swept into the studio system during the height of the red scare. Roxanne is a strong, modern heroine who isn?t afraid of what society says. Some of the issues addressed are still relevant ...

    This one started out discombobulated. I found myself about 100 pages in before I could follow what was going on. The interesting story line is what kept me going. It did pique my interest to read more stories about old hollywood. ...

    Loved it! ...

    Raised on caviar and fancy French boarding schools, Roxanne Granville puts considerable value in living her life with "Panache" - both a way of being in the world, and a cologne custom-made for her family of Hollywood royalty. She immediately surprises with both her choices and indepen...

    Received an ARC and I must say it was truly delighting. I loved the detail and time travel to a an era that I never experienced. Detailed, Engaging and a page turner. You won?t be disappointed. ...

    This is the story of one woman?s struggle to overcome so much in 1950?s Hollywood. Coming from a rich Hollywood family, she is estranged from her grandfather (a movie mogul) and works for a talent agency. Having had enough of being molested, she starts her own agency and begins to ...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-April. This story opens on a funeral service for Julia where the first-person narrator, her granddaughter Roxanne, speaks sardonically as a fallen star whose family name is held aloft by a studio ca...

    Really enjoyed! ...

  • Jypsy
    Apr 29, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

  • Miranda Reads
    Apr 02, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

  • Casey
    Mar 02, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

  • Vicki Gollnisch
    Mar 30, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

    Between 3 and 4, in my opinion. Historical fiction about the McCarthy era in Hollywood. A daring woman agent, a biracial romance and the flame of Communism that burned so many talents during the 50s gave this book substance, beyond its breezy read. ...

    I absolutely loved this book. Laura Kalpakian had me holding on until the very last page, crying my eyes out in happiness. Her attention to detail, her attention to important issues of the time that still resonate today.... this book for me was perfection. To me, this is the reason to ...

    Roxanne Granville was born into the Hollywood world. Her grandparents ran Empire Pictures and she was the darling around the studio. Now in her twenties, Roxanne is ready to begin a career of her own, which isn?t easy for women in the 1950?s. She quickly learns that men refuse to t...

    Historical Hollywood fiction is always interesting. In this book names are dropped and you?re swept into the studio system during the height of the red scare. Roxanne is a strong, modern heroine who isn?t afraid of what society says. Some of the issues addressed are still relevant ...

    This one started out discombobulated. I found myself about 100 pages in before I could follow what was going on. The interesting story line is what kept me going. It did pique my interest to read more stories about old hollywood. ...

    Loved it! ...

    Raised on caviar and fancy French boarding schools, Roxanne Granville puts considerable value in living her life with "Panache" - both a way of being in the world, and a cologne custom-made for her family of Hollywood royalty. She immediately surprises with both her choices and indepen...

    Received an ARC and I must say it was truly delighting. I loved the detail and time travel to a an era that I never experienced. Detailed, Engaging and a page turner. You won?t be disappointed. ...

  • SarahPrene
    Apr 29, 2019

    3.75 stars "Me? I'm fit for nothing." "You're a girl. You just need to get married." "Don't be stupid." Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures. She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandpa...

    The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a 2019 Berkley publication. As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he?s mar...

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head! Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story a...

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own! ? ? ? ? The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with h...

    If you love a strong female lead and an old-Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must-read book! Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne?s life is not as easy as...

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul. Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home. When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she deci...

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right. It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all ...

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn't wait to read The Great Pretenders. Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon. In 1950's Hollywood, the "red scare" is snowballing and many are blacklisted. Roxanne starts her own writers agency and so...

    Review to come... ...

    Review to come! In the meantime, keep this one on your radar! ...

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950's era. This was a time of complexity and fear. The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era. Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others. ...

    3.5 stars This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially g...

    At 115 pages I?m throwing in the towel. I?m not interested in the storyline and the protagonist is a privileged brat. I?m too impatient right now. Such a shame because I adore the cover and anything Hollywood centered. ...

    3.5 stars I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers. I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew ...

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fig...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum reall...

    I love period pieces that transport us to another time, and this book does just that. There?s romance, conflict, taboo, and familial bonds. This book will have you rooting for a character then disappointed with them and back many times over. An easy read, not too heavy, but definitel...

    Roxanne Granville is a spoiled, rich granddaughter of a theatre and movie powerhouse. Her mother dies in the very beginning of the story and her resentment of her grandfather?s lover is beyond words. She can?t understand how Denise could replace Julia because Roxanne really has no ...

    Two and a half stars. While Kalpakian's book and writing have promise, I felt like she tried to do too much in THE GREAT PRETENDERS. First, I thought it was a book about the Hollywood blacklisting of communists in the 1950s. Roxanne, who grew up in the movie business, sets out on her o...

    Between 3 and 4, in my opinion. Historical fiction about the McCarthy era in Hollywood. A daring woman agent, a biracial romance and the flame of Communism that burned so many talents during the 50s gave this book substance, beyond its breezy read. ...

    I absolutely loved this book. Laura Kalpakian had me holding on until the very last page, crying my eyes out in happiness. Her attention to detail, her attention to important issues of the time that still resonate today.... this book for me was perfection. To me, this is the reason to ...

    Roxanne Granville was born into the Hollywood world. Her grandparents ran Empire Pictures and she was the darling around the studio. Now in her twenties, Roxanne is ready to begin a career of her own, which isn?t easy for women in the 1950?s. She quickly learns that men refuse to t...

    Historical Hollywood fiction is always interesting. In this book names are dropped and you?re swept into the studio system during the height of the red scare. Roxanne is a strong, modern heroine who isn?t afraid of what society says. Some of the issues addressed are still relevant ...

    This one started out discombobulated. I found myself about 100 pages in before I could follow what was going on. The interesting story line is what kept me going. It did pique my interest to read more stories about old hollywood. ...

    Loved it! ...