“Kate Alcott effortlessly evokes the shimmering world of vintage Hollywood as she drops a plucky young woman from Indiana into the tumultuous set of Gone With the Wind and a legendary silver screen romance, against the backdrop of the gathering storm in Europe. If you’ve ever longed to be a fly on the wall as Clark Gable loses his heart to the effervescent Carole Lombard, or watch Vivien Leigh gather herself together for her greatest scene, you’ll devour this book as hungrily as I did.”
— Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers
“Sparkling with the magic of classic moviemaking and set against the fiery drama of Hollywood’s Gone With the Wind filming, Alcott weaves fact and fiction so that readers cheer for the story to be reality— a place where we all might find… a touch of stardust. “
— Sarah McCoy, New York Times bestselling author of The Baker’s Daughter
“This lively read with its cinematic scenes cry out for blockbuster movie treatment.… There’s more than a touch of stardust here. It’s liberally sprinkled on every page.”
– Toronto Star
“…If you are a real film buff and true book lover, chances are you will not forget the irresistible new novel A Touch of Stardust…This is a daring act of literary imagination...And in Alcott’s hands, the make-believe Lombard feels like an ahead of her times, flesh-and-blood human being who is as interesting as any character she portrayed on the silver screen.
Kate Alcott’s story of old Hollywood and the making of “Gone With the Wind” is simply enjoyable…Alcott’s depiction of the earthy, expletive-spewing Lombard reads just right.
– New York Daily News
“A coming of age story mixed with old Hollywood fun…. An utter delight! Readers get to go back in time to old Hollywood and not only witness a game-changing movie being made, but get to know the actors and actresses of the movie….. A treat to read. Alcott has given readers a unique novel in historical fiction. You’ll find yourself wanting to watch “Gone With the Wind” again simply because of this grand novel!”
— The Examiner
“Alcott makes good use of her research to portray the turbulent Gone With the Wind shoot, Lombard’s earthy personality and genuine love for the equally no-BS Gable… Julie and Andy’s tender but bumpy affair is also nicely depicted…Alcott’s canny blend of Hollywood lore and a strong personal story is ultimately effective. Well-crafted commercial fiction displaying intelligence and nuance as Julie ponders Hollywood’s dizzying fantasy/reality disconnect.”
— Kirkus Review
“Alcott should entrance large audiences with her stellar historical novel…nuanced and substantive… The briskly paced narrative captivates as it lets readers view the creation of silver-screen magic, and it’s also a terrific tribute to the industry pioneers.”
“Readers of Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank and other biographical fiction will love this well-written, thoroughly researched look at Hollywood’s glamorous and not-so-glamorous past.”
— Library Journal starred review