The Unforgettable Loretta Darling: A Novel (Paperback)

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An aspiring makeup artist takes on predatory Hollywood in this addictive debut novel with bite—a sultry, thrilling blend of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Killing Eve, and A Promising Young Woman.

It’s 1950 and Loretta Reynolds is newly arrived in Hollywood, fresh off a con that brought her from England to the sunny shores of California. She’s running away from a complicated past to fulfill her ambition of becoming a makeup artist to the stars.

 When her new husband, a would-be actor, takes her to a sex-fueled Hollywood party on their wedding night—hoping to trade her to a powerful director for a favor—she discovers the dark side of Tinseltown and sets out on a path of revenge against the cruel men who use their money and power to play with lives and dreams.

 In her quest for vengeance, Loretta gathers a band of La-La-Land misfits: a fading starlet past her prime, a friendly neighborhood sex worker, and a brooding screenwriter who proves yes, not all men are evil—just most . . .

 Now, Loretta is about to get her big break—and Hollywood better beware. Loretta has learned a lot about makeup, and more. . . and some of her clients might not make it out alive.

About the Author

Katherine Blake is a pseudonym for an author who has written over twenty-five children’s books and was a Bookseller Rising Star thanks to her publishing consultancy, Speckled Pen. She regularly appears on podcasts, including The Bestseller Experiment and SJ Bennett’s PrePublished. She lives in London and runs a biweekly newsletter filled with fun news, book reviews, and regular updates about her miniature schnauzer.

Praise For…

"This is a witty, delicious read." — The Montecito Journal

“A fun romp through the early days of Hollywood sets, power struggles, jealousies and intrigue in the movie business.” — The Paris Insider

"Blake gives us a fascinating character we can’t help but root for." — Woman Around Town Blog

"An aspiring makeup artist takes on predatory Hollywood in this addictive debut novel with bite—a sultry, thrilling blend of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Killing Eve, and A Promising Young Woman."The Nerd Daily

“Picture Daphne from Frasier gone rogue and you have Loretta Darling! You will love this saucy little British grifter unleashed in 1940s Hollywood with a makeup brush and a plan for vengeance on very bad men—what a delicious dark delight of a book!” — Bestselling author Jenna Blum

“So sassy and delicious. Loretta is one cool character." — Josie Silver, New York Times Bestselling author

"I loved it!" — S.J. Bennett

"Great fun—Loretta is glorious!" — Lucy Diamond, Sunday Times bestselling author

"Set in the Golden Era of Hollywood this is a glamorous, deliciously fun read which will keep you hooked until the very last page." — C. L. Miller, internationally bestselling author of The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder 

"I’ve been reading the charming, dazzling, irresistible, The Unforgettable Loretta Darling—imagine The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo meets How to Kill Your Family. Katherine Blake’s debut oozes Golden-Age Hollywood glamour combined with razor-sharp wit. I LOVED it!" — Jessica Bull, author of Miss Austen Investigates

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063342200
ISBN-10: 0063342200
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: July 9th, 2024
Pages: 416
Language: English