The Daughter Of Hollywood Royalty, Roxanne Granville Is Used To Getting What She Wants Even If She Has To Break The Rules But After A Falling Out With Her Grandfather, A Powerful Movie Mogul, She Has To Face Life On Her Own For The First Time.Roxanne Forges A Career Unique For Women In The 1950s, Becoming An Agent For Hungry Young Screenwriters She Struggles To Be Taken Seriously By The Men Who Rule Hollywood And Who Often Assume That Sexual Favors Are Just A Part Of Doing Business When She Sells A Script By A Blacklisted Writer Under The Name Of A Willing Front Man, Exiled Writers Seek Her Help Roxanne Wades Into A World Murky With Duplicity And Deception, And She Can T Afford Any Risks.Then She Meets Terrence Dexter, A Compelling African American Journalist Unlike Anyone She S Ever Known Roxanne Again Breaks The Rules, And Is Quickly Swept Up In A Passionate Relationship With Very Real Dangers That Could Destroy Everything She S Carefully Built.Roxanne Granville Is A Woman Who Bravely Defies Convention She Won T Let Men Make All The Rules, And Won T Let Skin Color Determine Whom She Can Love The Great Pretenders Is A Riveting, Emotional Novel That Resonates In Today S World, And Reminds Us That Some Things Are Worth Fighting For.


10 thoughts on “The Great Pretenders

  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    3.75 stars Me I m fit for nothing You re a girl You just need to get married Don t be stupid Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures.She s spent her life in the lap of luxury rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandparent s booming movie business.But with the death of her grandmother, and her grandfather marrying a woman half his age, Roxanne finds herself falling out with her once tight family Never forget that you are Roxanne Granville, named for the romantic heroine of a great play I forbid myself the luxury of tears. So she sets off on her own and soon finds that the expectations of women of that time were far below what she expected to find in the working world.So she decided to set off on her own Let me put it this way I didn t have to drop any name but my own Roxanne becomes a talent agent often funneling in disguised work of those accused of being communist in the Red Scare Come see me next week Do you mean it I ...


  2. Berit☀️✨ Berit☀️✨ says:

    an elegantly told exquisite tale of Old Hollywood and the girl who turned it on its head Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need and I need it now That was me with this book I was so invested in the story and these characters, I was seriously crushed when it was over Kalpakian completely transported me to 1950s Old Hollywood with her riveting words Roxanne is Hollywood royalty, growing up on the back lots of her grandfather s studio Raised by her grandparents she is devastated when her grandmother passes away and is angry with her grandfather for leaving her beloved grandmother for a much younger woman Not wanting to continue college and cut off sort of from her grandfather she finds herself living in a bungalow in Malibu Realizing she knows Hollywood better than most she decides to pursue a career as an agent After not being taken seriously and dealing with sexual harassment she decides to set out on her own A huge risk, but Roxanne is all about risk After a chance encounter or two Roxanne finds herself falling in love with Terrence an African American reporter BUT this is the 50s and multiracial relationships are a huge taboo even in liberal Hollywood Will Roxanne s risks ultimately pay off Will love conquer all or leave her heartbroken You are definitely going to need to read this book and find out the answers to these questions and so much Roxanne was so feisty, so fierce, and so ahead ...


  3. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Roxanne Granville transforms from spoiled little rich girl and finds a way of her own The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with her grandfather Now she s paying her own bills Roxanne becomes an agent for screenwriters, something quite different for women of that era She helps a blacklisted writer sell a script, and suddenly, her agency is in high demand Roxanne then meets Terrence Dexter, an African American journalist and breaks all the rules by falling in love with him This relationship could shut down her business Roxanne decides the rules she s going to follow The issues on her plate are not unlike the present seventy years later I loved watching her transformation from spoiled rich girl to formidable woman who takes stands for what she deems worthy, and she ...


  4. Mackenzie - PhDiva Books Mackenzie - PhDiva Books says:

    If you love a strong female lead and an old Hollywood setting, The Great Pretenders is a must read book Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers But Roxanne s life is not as easy as it seems She falls in love with a black man frowned upon in the time and setting where she lives And she breaks a few rules along the way to promote her writers A dazzling story about a fascinating, flawed, fierce female that I positively loved About the BookThe daughter of Hollywood royalty, Roxanne Granville is used to getting what she wants even if she has to break the rules.Roxanne forges a career unique for women in the 1950s, becoming an agent for screenwriters She struggles to be taken seriously by the men who rule Hollywood and who often assume that sexual favors are just a part of doing business When she sells a script by a blacklisted writer under the name of a willing front man, exiled writers seek her help.Then she meets Terrenc...


  5. Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews) Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews) says:

    Roxanne Granville was fortunate to be born into Hollywood Royalty as the granddaughter of a powerful studio mogul Her grandparents raised her and she spent her childhood mixing with film stars at the studio and in her home When Roxanne has a falling out with her grandfather, she decides that it is time to step out on her own She moves to a bungalow and uses her contacts to become an agent for writers.During the 1950s there was fear of being on the Hollywood Blacklist where your work would never be accepted Television was also becoming a threat to the movie industry, and the civil rights movement was gaining momentum.Roxanne s agency takes off when she sells a script from a blacklisted writer and others come forward seeking her assistance She knows the risk to her reputation if the truth were to be revealed but feels it is the right thing to do She also takes risks in her personal life when she secret...


  6. Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) says:

    There is so much history, so much content in The Great Pretenders that is truly enchanting and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort into getting so many world events and Hollywood events right It really is like taking a step back in time and experiencing it all for yourself through a different perspective A time when everything and anything and everyone was judged, tried and prosecuted for the color of their skin, where they lived, how they dressed, what they believed in, and how much money they had Rich in detail, family drama, a Hollywood atmosphere and all the things that go with them all, this was a read unlike any I ve read before Sometimes troubling, sometimes slow but al...


  7. Tammy Tammy says:

    I love historical fiction set in old Hollywood and couldn t wait to read The Great Pretenders Roxanne Granville is Hollywood royalty and born with a silver spoon In 1950 s Hollywood, the red scare is snowballing and many are blacklisted Roxanne starts her own writers agency and soon finds herself making decisions that could be career ending Not to mention that she fa...


  8. Holly B Holly B says:

    Review to come


  9. Renee Rosen Renee Rosen says:

    Review to come In the meantime, keep this one on your radar


  10. Jypsy Jypsy says:

    The Great Pretenders is a tale of Old Hollywood, specifically 1950 s era This was a time of complexity and fear The Red Scare and being Blacklisted were relevant topics in this era Still, other things were not addressed adequately, including segregation and inequality among others This story is about a woman with great Hollywood connections who decides to become a Hollywood agent instead of a wife and mother Then, to add controversy to her life, she falls in love with a black man Interracial affairs simply didn t happen and weren t allowed in the 1950 s This story is engaging and very informative about the movie business of the time period It s quite captivating with the one serious drawback of an overdramatic heroine I wanted to slap...