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Sloane Hall

Sloane Hall

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In 1920s Hollywood, young John Doyle learns the craft of cinematography when a stupid mistake costs him his job. On a tip, he heads to Sloane Hall, the estate of a famous silent screen actress, Pauline Sloane, where he lands a position as chauffeur. Sloane Hall first offers him peace as he enjoys the bounty of the luxurious home, then unrest as its beautiful namesake

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In 1920s Hollywood, young John Doyle learns the craft of cinematography when a stupid mistake costs him his job. On a tip, he heads to Sloane Hall, the estate of a famous silent screen actress, Pauline Sloane, where he lands a position as chauffeur. Sloane Hall first offers him peace as he enjoys the bounty of the luxurious home, then unrest as its beautiful namesake returns and starts preparing for her first talking picture. Despite his best efforts to resist, John falls hopelessly in love with his employer. His future brightens, however, when she appears to return his affection, leading to plans for a secret wedding-until other awful secrets intrude, leading to heartbreak and separation. A story of obsession and forgiveness, Libby Sternberg's Sloane Hall was inspired by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

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"An original story with complex character development...(Sternberg) knows how to tell a story and she does it well....a refreshing tale." Carolyne Van Der Meer, Bronte Studies journal, September 2011

"Libby Sternberg's intelligent and intriguing Jane Eyre reimagining has achieved two of the most difficult goals in a novel: being a page turner and paying a worthy tribute to Charlotte Brontë's immortal story." -- THE BRONTE BLOG

"Sternberg never loses sight of the story she's re-telling, but this novel is definitely her own. Readers have things to figure out and look forward to. Her prose flows beautifully with vivid descriptions of people and places, bringing to life a Los Angeles of times gone by. Fans of historical fiction and Jane Eyre in particular will relish this novel, and readers who enjoy a love story should definitely pick this one up."-KATHERINE PETERSON, FRESH FICTION

"Admittedly inspired by Jane Eyre, Sloane Hall contains a similar plot with a few surprising twists. As two very troubled individuals try to convince each other of their love, destructive forces work to destroy that attraction. All the characters are well developed, interesting people driven by their desires....What makes Sloane Hall different and intriguing is the setting. The depictions of the movie business and of social life amongst movie elite during Prohibition effectively take the reader back to a free-wheeling time-well worth reading."-ROBIN LEE, ROMANCE REVIEWS TODAY"

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Karen Jensen
Inspired by Bronte's Jane Eyre (CreateSpace, 2010), Sloane Hall reverses roles and captures the transition of 1920s Hollywood from silent films to "talkies." John Doyle, a man haunted by his past, takes a position as a driver for the silent film star Pauline Sloane, who is about to make her debut in a speaking role. From the moment John meets Pauline, he is entranced by her beauty. Over time they develop an obsessive relationship, until he learns her crushing secrets on their wedding day. After he flees Sloane Hall, John spends some time with a minister and his daughter, who teach him about faith and forgiveness as he heals both his body and soul, not only from Pauline's secrets but also his own. In the end, the minister and his daughter leave for China while John returns to a burned-out shell of Sloane Hall—just as Jane Eyre returned to Mr. Rochester. Sloane Hall is an evocative retelling of Jane Eyre; readers will be hooked into the mysterious love story while learning interesting historical background on the beginning era of Hollywood. There is much insight into love, human nature, faith, friendship, and more. The perceptions of the characters, appropriate for their age, as well as the language, will make this a read for older teens. Fans of Jane Eyre and more classic literature will appreciate this story, and it would make a good comparison book discussion. Reviewer: Karen Jensen
Katherine Peterson
"Fans of historical fiction and Jane Eyre in particular will relish this novel, and readers who enjoy a love story should definitely pick this one up."
Robin Lee
... inspired by Jane Eyre, SLOANE HALL contains a similar plot with a few surprising twists. ....--well worth reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615858555
Publisher:
Istoria Books
Publication date:
09/06/2013
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Libby Sternberg is the author of numerous novels. Her first YA mystery was an Edgar nominee, and her romantic comedy Fire Me (written as Libby Malin) has been optioned for film. Although she originally studied voice at Peabody Conservatory, she ultimately followed her dream of becoming a writer and is now the editor-in-chief of the boutique publisher Istoria Books and a freelance copy editor for a major publisher. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1929 in Los Angeles, John Doyle becomes a camera operator who works both silent and talkie movies at Canfield Studios. However, a dumb thing he did costs him his job at the studio and a fight his room. . His camera mentor Leo Barkenstein gets him a job as a live-in chauffeur to silent film star Miss Sloane. John heads to SLOANE H LL. An alcoholic with a mercurial personality, Pauline Sloane is attracted to John. He reciprocates as she finds her vulnerability touching. However, he never loses sight that he is a servant and any future with Miss Sloane nonexistent beyond being her driver. Besides John wants back behind the camera while Julia the chef and Marta the housekeeper want to influence their relationship; her agent Robbie prefers torpedoing their affection.. John, filled with anger and loneliness, makes for an entertaining historical tale as he reacts rather than thinks. The rest of the cast are stereotypes of an age of transition in Hollywood to include a fading star, her loyal staff, her acrimonious agent and John's mentor. Fans will enjoy this strong look at Hollywood circa 1929. Harriet Klausner