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The Trouble with Scarlett (Garden of Allah) [Paperback]

Martin Turnbull
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11 Oct 2012 Garden of Allah
Summer, 1936: Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell’s first novel, takes the world by storm. Everyone in Hollywood knows Civil War pictures don’t make a dime, but renegade producer David O. Selznick snaps up the movie rights and suddenly America has just one question: Who will play Scarlett O’Hara? When Gwendolyn Brick gets her hands on the book, the clouds part and the angels sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Only a real Southern belle can play Scarlett—and didn’t her mama raise her on stories of Sherman’s march and those damned Yankees? After years of slinging cigarettes at the Cocoanut Grove, Gwendolyn finds a new calling: to play Scarlett. But she’s not the only gal in town with a deep-fried accent. She’s going to have to stand out bigger than a hoop skirt at a Twelve Oaks barbeque to win that role. Marcus Adler is the golden boy of Cosmopolitan Pictures, the studio William Randolph Hearst started for his mistress, Marion Davies. When Marcus’ screenplay becomes Davies’ first hit, he’s invited to Hearst Castle for the weekend. The kid who was kicked out of Pennsylvania gets to rub shoulders with Myrna Loy, Winston Churchill, and Katharine Hepburn—but when the trip turns fiasco, he starts sinking fast. He needs a new story, real big and real soon. So when F. Scott Fitzgerald moves into the Garden of Allah with a $1000-a-week MGM contract but no idea how to write a screenplay, Marcus says, “Pleased to meetcha. We need to talk.” When Selznick asks George Cukor to direct Gone with the Wind, it’s the scoop of the year for Kathryn Massey, the Hollywood Reporter’s newest columnist. But dare she publish it? Scoops are the exclusive domain of the Hearst papers’ all-powerful, all-knowing, all-bitchy Louella Parsons. Nobody in Hollywood has ever dared to outscoop Louella—until now. When Louella comes back low and dirty, Kathryn’s boss lets her dangle like a scarecrow in a summer storm. Then the telephone rings. It’s Ida Koverman, Louis B. Mayer’s personal secretary, and she has a proposition she’d like to make. The Trouble with Scarlett is the second in Martin Turnbull’s series of historical novels set during Hollywood’s golden age.

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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480044776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480044777
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,027,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From an early age, Martin was enchanted with old movies from Hollywood’s golden era—from the dawn of the talkies in the late 1920s to the close of the studio system in the late 1950s—and has spent many a happy hour watching the likes of Garland, Gable, Crawford, Garbo, Grant, Miller, Kelly, Astaire, Rogers, Turner, and Welles go through their paces. It feels inevitable that he would someday end up writing about them. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Martin moved to Los Angeles in the mid-90s where he now works as a writer, blogger, webmaster, and tour guide.

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5.0 out of 5 stars When is the TV series coming out? 3 April 2013
By David P
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I have read this three times now - it truly deserves to be made into a TV series. A brilliant insight into 1930's Hollywood. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 6 Feb 2013
By Kay
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This was great really enjoyed it and would strongly recommend it. As a second book it did not retell the first book (as a lot of second books do).It was fast paced and fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream in Technicolor 26 Feb 2013
By Jeff Kurtti - Published on
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As a fan of "The Garden on Sunset," it was a joy to join again in the endearing story of the three Hollywood ascendants: Marcus, Kathryn, and Gwendolyn. Through an adept combination of skillful character development and evocative settings, Martin Turnbull has, in the second novel in a promised series, become even more of a solid and resonant storyteller.

In "The Trouble with Scarlett," Turnbull's characters have become (as real people do over time) more stable and clearly defined, and what might have deteriorated to an expected "gimmick" of involving his fictional characters with real people in historic events has instead become even more seamless, what might have been a clumsy technical contrivance is now an organic and properly rhythmic narrative voice.

Even when real people and events are portrayed, rather than retelling the same old warhorse tales that have been seen and heard a million times, Turnbull has chosen his supporting cast and settings wisely, in order to enhance and focus his narrative and deepen the reader's understanding of and affection for his characters. Rather than this calling attention to artifice, his deftness creates situations and events that ring absolutely true, and that range from the hilarious to the heartbreaking--sometimes in the same paragraph.

In "The Trouble with Scarlett" and its predecessor, "The Garden on Sunset," Turnbull has created a gentle, deeply-felt, and intelligent construct for telling relatable human stories with endearing characters in a delicious and fascinating setting. These novels will delight movie buffs with their erudite references and meticulously accurate people and places; and educate neophytes (the right ones, anyway) to seek out the films, personalities, and historic events and places that are portrayed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun... 19 Nov 2012
By Anna - Published on
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This is an amazing combination of historical Hollywood personalities and fun interesting fictional characters. Martin Turnbull has definitely been added to my favorite authors list. The Trouble with Scarlett kept me interested and had me laughing. The story makes you feel like you are there as the search for Scarlett unfolds and the drama behind the screen unravels. I have enjoyed both books in this series and look forward to the next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next book!! 22 Oct 2012
By HROB - Published on
I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed The Garden on Sunset. Great stories - great characters! I've recommened both to many friends and relatives.
Looking forward to the next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's No Trouble With Scarlett 27 Jan 2013
By jcwells - Published on
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I am a huge GWTW fan and can be quite critical of things written about the subject.
Mr. Turnbull did a marvelous job entertwining the fictional characters with the real-life Hollywood legends. At one point, I was even hoping that Gwendolyn succeeded in getting the part of Scarlett. And though I knew she never would, I was disappointed for her nonetheless.

The characters are funny, charming and believable. You cannot help but root for their success.

Great work Mr. Turnbull. I am looking forward to your third book with great anticipation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Fly On The Wall 20 Oct 2012
By jwmanus - Published on
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One thing that never gets old--celebrity gossip. On the surface, this novel is akin to People magazine (if People magazine had been around in the 1930s). With every page there are famous names, fabulous fashions, relationships forming and relationships dissolving. Beautiful homes. Celebrity parties. Excess to the nth degree. Turnbull's Garden of Allah novels are pure fun with famous actors, directors, writers and moguls as far as the eye can see. (These books would make terrific movies or television series) The author knows the period. He understands it. He brings the golden age of Hollywood to life. Reading it is like being a fly on the wall at an exclusive party.

On another level, if you're a fan of the movie for Gone With The Wind, this novel is a must read. Searching for the actress to play Scarlett O'Hara obsessed the nation for a year. And the way the movie was made? Read the book and see for yourself.

The Trouble With Scarlett is much more than gossip or history. It follows the adventures and misadventures of three friends trying to make it big in Hollywood. Beautiful Gwendolyn who'll do anything to get her big break in the movies; sweet, troubled Marcus the talented screenwriter; and sensible Kathryn, girl reporter. Over and over they're forced to ask themselves: Just how far am I willing to go to follow my dreams?
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