Under a Texas Skyby Dorothy Garlock
Growing up poor and largely abandoned on the streets of 1920s Chicago, Anna Finnegan has struggled her entire life. Until a talent manager discovers her and brings her into the world of theater. Now years later she's about to start shooting her first movie. Arriving on location in Redstone, Texas, in 1932, Anna steps off the train and collides into Dalton Barnes.
Growing up poor and largely abandoned on the streets of 1920s Chicago, Anna Finnegan has struggled her entire life. Until a talent manager discovers her and brings her into the world of theater. Now years later she's about to start shooting her first movie. Arriving on location in Redstone, Texas, in 1932, Anna steps off the train and collides into Dalton Barnes. He's lived in Redstone all his life and hates how the big city out-of-towners are gawking at the small-town locals like him. It doesn't take long, though, for Anna and Dalton to discover fireworks of a different sort between them. But the movie is plagued by one trouble after another, including a fire that destroys an elaborate set and costumes ruined by huge splashes of paint. Who is sabotaging the film and why? To what lengths will they go? When Anna finds herself threatened, how will she and the love blossoming between her and Dalton survive?
There is nothing better than Dorothy Garlock at her best."Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author
Anna Finnegan is plucked from Depression-era obscurity to star in a famous producer's epic film. Her life is further turned upside down when she travels to Texas, faces a saboteur on set and meets the man of her dreams. Since her childhood in the Chicago slums, Anna has known she can't depend on anyone but herself. Running away from her abusive father and brother, she makes a living as a street entertainer then moves through the ranks to become a theater actress. On her first night as a leading lady, she is discovered by star producer Samuel Gillen, who is convinced she's the perfect soon-to-be star for his next film on location in Texas. Whisked away cross-country to the middle-of-nowhere West Texas, Anna faces hostility on set as well as a nameless villain who seems to be sabotaging the production. However, she also meets local blacksmith and hardscrabble loner Dalton Barnes, who is suspicious of the demanding Hollywood interlopers but still feels an intense if unwelcome connection to Anna. As the two grow closer, and the attacks against the movie grow more menacing, Dalton must keep his family's livelihood intact and his new love alive, despite the fact that her success could mean the end of their relationship. Garlock has delivered a novel that sounds great in synopsis but doesn't live up to its potential. The book is bogged down by too many plot elements that will leave readers shaking their heads, as well as a writing style that lacks punch. Tepid and disappointing.
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Dorothy Garlock is the author of over 50 novels that have sold over 15 million copies and are published in 15 languages. She lives in Iowa.
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I could not get into this book. For the amount of money it cost I was expecting a really good read. After finally finishing the book I wish I could return for a full refund. I will not buy anymore of Ms Garlock,s books because the last 3 or 4 books were not worth the money, but I just keep hoping they would improve, but I have finally given up
Very disappointed that I spent $30 on this book. Very predictable and not at all what I expected from Dorothy Garlock.
I have read every Dorothy Garlock book, and they are the best. However, this one was awful. Predictable, with an unsatisfying ending.
While this is better than "By Starlight", I was still left wanting more. Ms. Garlock did a good job of building the plot basics - most readers will be appropriately surprised by the twist - and the development of her main protagonists was better, it still felt a little off from her usual sparkling talent. Some of the minor characters that I would have enjoyed seeing some more of were left behind, and the villains felt cookie cutter. The ending left me disappointed. Turn to "Hope's Highway", "Mother Road", "The Listening Sky" for some true shining examples of Ms. Garlock's amazing writing!
Didn't like the book at all. I'm not sure if she has lost her touch or if she has someone else writing, but the last couple of books (including this one) aren't anywhere as good as her previous books. I'm not sure if I'll buy her next book.
Dorothy Garlock is paints an amazing textured world of the film industry in the 1930s. We are on location in a little Texas town where there is as much drama off set as one. Anne, our pull her self out of the gutter heroine, meets our blacksmith hero who has troubles of his own. Garlock's books are always poignant and richly detailed and this one is no different. If you what to be submerged into a unique historical moment, this is a great book for you. The romance here is compelling for as well. All the drama on the sides with villains and family takes away from the relationship a bit for me. The historical fiction is top notch. As a romance book, I am giving this book 3 stars. Its good but not great as historical fiction it deserves more. I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.