The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood

The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood

by Martin Turnbull

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BN ID: 2940032949312
Publisher: Martin Turnbull
Publication date: 12/17/2011
Series: Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 39,431
File size: 734 KB

About the Author

Martin Turnbull has worked as a private tour guide showing both locals and out-of-towners the movie studios, Beverly Hills mansions, Hollywood hills vistas and where all the bodies are buried. For nine years, he has also volunteered as an historical walking tour docent with the Los Angeles Conservancy. He worked for a summer as a guide at the Warner Bros. movie studios in Burbank showing movie fans through the sound stages where Bogie and Bacall, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, and James Cagney created some of Hollywood’s classic motion pictures. 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 dusk of the studio system in the late 1950s–and has spent many, many a happy hour watching the likes of Garland, Gable, Crawford, Garbo, Grant, Miller, Kelly, Astaire, Rogers, Turner, Welles go through their paces. When he discovered the wonderful world of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs, his love of reading merged with his love of movies and his love of history to produce a three-headed hydra gobbling up everything in his path. Ever since then, he’s been on a mission to learn and share as much as he can about this unique time. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Martin moved to Los Angeles in the mid-90s.

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The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
Dennis_R More than 1 year ago
I just finished “The Garden on Sunset” and I am well into the second book in this exciting series "The Trouble with Scarlett". I loved every page. Having grown up in this area in the 50's, and with my work with the Los Angeles Conservancy it really came to life for me. I could picture every site the author mentioned. From the movie studios, to the Coconut Grove, from Downtown Los Angeles to riding the Red Car to Long Beach, every page is alive with the sights and sounds of Los Angeles and Hollywood in the early 1930's. Add into this a great story of three individuals trying their best to make it big in Hollywood while living at the Garden of Allah Apartments and encountering the likes of Joan Crawford, Tallulah Bankhead, the great Garbo, Ramon Navarro, George Cukor and the very mysterious Madame Alla Nazimova who one of our characters had a visit from during his childhood, and you have an exciting story of this wonderful and colorful by-gone era. So many wonderful memories were brought up while reading your book thanks to Mr. Turnbull's detailed research and colorful writing style. Anyone who enjoys old Hollywood and the stories it holds or anyone who just wants to read about what it was like here in California during the early days of the talkies and the glamorous like the studio system promised will enjoy this story. I am looking forward to more adventures with the three people we come to meet in "The Garden on Sunset".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love books that pique your interest enough for further research you will love this series. Every paragraph has a hollywood secret or historical factoid about the glory days of the film industry. The storyline is interesting and the characters likeable and real. I learned so many interesting facts about people and places from holkywood's golden age. I was on wikipedia and google 30 times to follow up on information threaded throughout storyline. A fun light read but with a tight plot and i cant wait to read the next in series!
msfanglet More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and a little scrambled just like the ages of the main characters. Its a fun, summer beach read. No complicated plot lines, no terribly naughty scenes and easy to like everyone in the book. I have to admit I kept waiting for something to happen, but it never quite did. The couple of great scenes were condensed so the drama was kind of lost. Not sure I liked it enough to pursue more about them. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hop on a bus to the land of stars and bars. The dream of hitting it big, your name in lights, fame, fortune and then what....the decline and fall. The fate of longevity eludes the young and hopeful until they meet their day of reckoning. Life is a vapor. Fame a ghost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up watching old movies and love them still. This book captures personalities and events from the golden age of films. It was such fun to read. The three main characters were charming and i hope they will continue to be part of the trilogy. If you enjoy old films, Hollywood history and engaging characters, you will love this book.
chiheatherlove More than 1 year ago
Great Glamorous Read! I read this one on the recommendation of a friend. What a fun era to read about - Gable, Crawford, Garbo is right! The story is told through the point of view of three friends on the cusp of the first "talkies" coming out in Hollywood and they all three chance upon each other in the Garden of Allah Hotel... flappers and the party are raging while the three friends try to make their way up the Hollywood ladders that are just within their grasp. Kathryn (LA native who grew up with a mother pushing her to become an actress) tries to make it as a reporter, Gwendolyn (Southern beauty avoiding booze after growing up suffering from her Mother's drinking problem) tries to trade on her good looks and become an actress and Marcus (McKeesport, PA State Swimming Champ thrown out of his boyhood home by his father) realizes he's a writer and searches to find himself. Who hasn't been drawn to this era of Hollywood Glamour? Looking forward to the next one that starts (hopefully with the same characters) as Gone With the Wind movie is the story on everyones' tongues!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the next 3 novels.
MimiKG More than 1 year ago
Did you ever read a book that held your interest through every page. This is one of those books for me. It wasn't a mystery, intrigue, romance, etc. It was just well written and brought me to a time in our history that was fascinating. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. The author made you feel as if you were there in the Garden! A real page turner. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book even though I'm not an old movie fan. The characters are well developed and it was fun read.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Reads like the script of a medicre B movie. There is no suspense or even a hint kf something unexpected. Even the passages from the characters is corny.
vikingkim More than 1 year ago
Swept into another time and place, oh how I wish I could have seen the old days of Hollywood. This series is as close as one can get, following three engaging characters that I want to continue knowing. Bravo, a great start to a terrific series!
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If you love the Golden Era of Hollywood, you'll find this book fascinating. Gwendolyn, Kathryn & Marcus will worm their way into your heart and leave you feeling a touch bereft when the book ends. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
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I loved this book as much on the 2nd read, as the 1st! (I rarely read a bk more than once.) Going to buy the next book in the series - - & every book by Martin Turnbull! Thank you for this wonderful read!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and entertaining. I am reading the last one now. They are all great!
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Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's really interesting and pulls you in. The more you read the more you want to know, so you have to keep reading.
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zoeCC More than 1 year ago
When you end a book with a sigh of disappointment that it's over, that's the sign of a good book and a clever author. I've read many books in a series, and while I may have enjoyed the book, I'm not often tempted to read the series. I got this book for free through BookBub, and enjoyed it so much I just purchased the other books in the series. If you're a fan of movies, or have an interest in Old Hollywood, make yourself comfortable; I think you'll enjoy this book.
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