Verdict: I read it in a day!
If I read it in a day, you can read this review knowing that I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! I found the scenario imaginative, fascinating, and in some cases hilarious, and in other parts heartbreaking. Overall, the novel covered a range of emotions in a compelling manner.
The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine actually follows a journalist named Thomas Cleary, who covers the entertainment section of a newspaper in Los Angeles. I was a bit surprised when the main character was a man, considering the title. The story begins when Tom gets a big break by writing the obituary of powerful and famous man in Hollywood. His middle-aged daughter invites him to a dinner where he meets the closest friends of the dead man, and then Thomas's whirlwind journey into the lives of the rich and famous begin - eventually leading him to Matilda Duplaine.
I loved the slightly fantastical, but plausible scenario of the story. The romance, intrigue, and evolution of the characters were all so compelling that I honestly couldn't put the novel down. I had to keep reading until... fill in the blank. Things kept happening, so I wouldn't put it down.
The crown jewel of the novel, though, without spoiling it, is the evolution of Matilda Duplaine's character. It is heartbreakingly true to reality, so it is not just a fairy tale romance. It's possibly one forged from rougher stuff than some grittier novels, even though it originates in a world of seemingly limitless money and luxury.
Overall, I would never hesitate to recommend this novel. I read it almost a month ago, but it sticks with me. I would love a sequel, even! Put this on your TBR list, and push it to the top. I'm stingy with my Goodreads 5s, but this novel got one.
Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to review the novel.
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