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Adriana Trigiani, the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker’s Wife, returns with her biggest and boldest novel yet—a hypnotic tale, based on a true story—that dazzles with the signature elements of her previous work—family ties, artistry, romance, adventure—and introduces an unforgettable new heroine: Loretta Young, an ambitious starlet st ...more
Hardcover, 447 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Harper
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Marji Morris This doesn't answer the question, but I had to comment. I read this book during the throes of the primaries in 2016. I got chills at the description…moreThis doesn't answer the question, but I had to comment. I read this book during the throes of the primaries in 2016. I got chills at the description of Mussolini and the "beware the clowns" quote. The parallels to current politicos are frightening.(less)
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RoseMary Achey
Nov 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
A vast departure from the warmth and authentic characters in Trigiani's previous novels. I found this book extremely dull and struggled to stay engaged.
Jeanette
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Disappointed in that the character Alda was not the core of this tale. Liking Trigiani's work and her more original plots, this highly fictionalized rendition of Loretta Young's life falls far short. Too many words, too few authentic emotive or associative links to the crux issues during that time, IMHO. Some of the under characters were completely flat and never began to come alive, not even after 100 pages of them. Like Alda's husband Luca and nearly every Catholic clergy person in the mix. Th ...more
Carol Brill
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kept me turning pages, and I'm torn about the rating, I'm a huge Adriana Trigiani fan. This wasn't my favorite of her many books, More a 3.5 for me. I remember Loretta Young, Clark Gable, and many of the other stars involved, but didn't know about the event that is at the center of this story. I'm intrigued about the research that must have gone into writing this and how much of the story is fiction vs. based on reported facts. Creating dialogue for characters who were real people fascinates me. ...more
Suze
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm really disappointed in this book from the woman who wrote 'The Shoemaker's Wife', which I loved. I felt as if I was reading a movie magazine, and had to force myself to finish it.

Too wordy, overloaded with detail (often repeated), and not as much depth as I prefer in a storyline. It made me sad, also, to read how unhappy the movie stars I admired were in real life. I had a crush on Clark Gable when I was just a little girl. Even then I thought he had sad eyes.

I hope the author's next book i
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Diane
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading Adriana Trigiani's newest novel All The Stars In The Heavens feels like watching a fascinating Turner Classic Movies documentary. I felt like putting on my best peignoir, slipping on my feathered mules, applying the reddest shade of lipstick, and mixing myself a martini garnished with olives as I dove into the story-behind-the-story of Loretta Young and Clark Gable's forbidden Hollywood romance while reclining on my bedroom chaise.

Loretta Young was a hardworking, well-known young actress
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
*3.5 stars
Hollywood of the bygone era is the principal subject of Adriana Trigiani’s newest book, a historical crossed with biographical fiction novel, titled All the Stars in the Heavens.

All the Stars in the Heavens focuses heavily on the life of Hollywood glamour girl and renowned actress Gretchen Young, known to many by her stage name, Loretta Young. It examines Loretta’s life in her catholic home, where she was raised with her sisters by her single parent mother. Loretta’s modest home life a
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Christine Roberts
I have never read anything by Adriana Trigiani before, but I read an excerpt from this book in a preview style galley for fall 2015 fiction, and was hooked. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Goodreads, and I am so glad.
"All the Stars in the Heavens" is about the golden age of Hollywood, the age of Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Spencer Tracy, and Loretta Young. Our protagonist is Loretta, who has been in "the business" since she was four. She seems to fall in love with her costars, and th
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Joan of Park
Oct 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I can sum this one up in one word: boring. Which is extremely disappointing because the last Trigiani novel I read, THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE, was spectacular. While Trigiani does have a couple of Italian characters and a brief scene in Italy, which is usually where and how her writing shines as she brings the old and intimate villages to life, for the most part, this book was flat and monotonous. Over and over again, we hear about Loretta's thoughts concerning Gable, her thoughts concerning her daug ...more
Sarah Beth
I received an advance reader's edition of this novel from HarperCollins.

This novel tells the fictional account of the relationship between actors Loretta Young and Clark Gable on the set of The Call of the Wild in 1935. Told largely through the perspective of Loretta and her secretary Alda, this novel portrays the world of Hollywood in its early years and imagines the behind the scenes romances that fans could only read about in tabloids.

I love the glamorous setting of this novel in the early y
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Trisha Smith
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

See my review and others here: http://onceuponatime-bookblog.blogspo...

I was first introduced to Adriana Trigiani a little over two years ago when I read The Shoemaker's Wife. I really enjoyed that book and I loved this one too. I was a bit spectacle to start it - it got somewhat mixed reviews from what I've seen and there has been a lot a negative feedback due to the fact that Loretta Young's daughter-in-law publicly claimed that the birth of Loretta's daughter, Judy Lewis, had been
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Kylie
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
At the end of the novel was a copyright disclaimer - that the book is a work of fiction and while many of the characters lived and worked in Hollywood, the storytelling around them in this novel is completely made up by the author.

And therein lies the problem.

If you are going to fictionalise the lives of real people, you need to make sure that they have been dead long enough that people are not going to feel uncomfortable, thinking about how this sort of book reads to the children of the people
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Pamela
This was a January bookclub pick, which gave members of our group much to talk about. A couple ladies enthusiastically liked everything about it. A couple more thought it good, but just marginally. The remainder, including myself, just couldn't warm up to the cast of characters; too superficially drawn with key events (true to their authentic lives) either glossed over or conveniently omitted and/or dramatically altered.

Two Stars, for me. Not Trigiani's best work, in my opinion.
Terri
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Review also found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is October 13th, 2015.

I have to admit that this story took me a long time to read. This is because I kept stopping to google the characters in the story. I have to be honest, the only one I had ever heard of was Clark Gable and that was only from one movie that to this day I don't believe I have eve
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Laurie Gold
Oct 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hist-fiction
The author likely researched and wrote this book without knowledge of the news stories that broke a couple of months ago. According to Young's daughter-in-law, they were watching a date rape segment on Larry King Live and when Young learned what that was, she allegedly exclaimed, "That's what happened with me and Clark." That this book was published shortly after the news came out ... and there's no reason not to believe Young's daughter-in-law ... makes it horribly timed and I honestly wish the ...more
Tracy
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like old Hollywood and liked the idea of reading about Loretta Young who I honestly knew nothing about. Come to find out she started in Hollywood as a four year old little girl and really never stopped! Then, the mystery of her having a child with Clark Gable and not telling the truth about it until she was elderly...all very interesting!

Often there was too much description and "internal thinking" on the part of the characters which had me skimming the middle of the book. I did like the story
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JoAnne Pulcino
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
ALL THE STARS IN HEAVEN

Adriana Trigiana

Ms. Trigiana has long been a favorite author and I’ve enjoyed so many of her books I won’t give up on her, but this was not her forte.

The author wrote a fairy tale version of the love affair of Clark Gable and Loretta Young and their child. Mr. Gable was notorious as a love them and leave them co star, and Ms. Young was obsessive about her virginal career and her Catholicism. Needless to say it was not a match made in heaven, but the novel makes you believe
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Stephanie
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Baby, It's Cold Outside: "All the Stars" in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

from the Militant Recommender Book review Blog:
http://militantrecommender.blogspot.com/

Adriana Trigiani's dishy, addictive new book, All the Stars in the Heavens, is a fictionalized look at one of Golden Age Hollywood's great (and sssshhhh... secretive!) love stories! The story of Loretta Young and Clark Gable. Anyone who grew up on the great films of that era in the movies or on TV or maybe on TCM will find this look in
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Laurel
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A beautifully researched and written historical fiction novel focusing on actress Loretta Young and her 1935 love affair with actor Clark Gable during the filming of the movie Call of the Wild. Trigiani's take on the famous "secret" affair (Gable was married at the time) and their child will be an eye opener for some.

Based on facts and including many Hollywood names from the Golden Age of film, readers will be swept up in the era and the lives of many of the famous and fabulous. The love of the
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
It's 1935 and it's the Golden Age of Hollywood. Loretta Young is a young actress living at home with her mother and sisters. She has already been in many successful movies and hires a new assistant named Alda. Alda has just left the St. Elizabeth's Infant Hospital where she assisted many unwed mothers, but has recently been let go, because the nun in charge felt she wasn't the best fit. Instead she set her up with a job as Loretta Young's secretary. It's a good fit, because Loretta is known to b ...more
Jenny Belk
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was interested in reading this new Adriana Trigiani book when I read the synopsis. Having read her books, I knew this would be a treat. It reads like a movie itself. It's based on the true story of Clark Gable and Loretta Young's tumultuous love affair, of which I knew nothing about. This books sizzles with glamour, romance, and heartache. It's the Golden Age in Hollywood and beautiful actresses compete for leading roles in blockbuster films among the picks- Loretta, Carole Lombard, Rosalind R ...more
Sterlingcindysu
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't know *anything* about Loretta Young and very little about Clark Gable so I think Trigiani did a great job in spinning a yarn about their friendship. If a writer's goal is to make a reader aware of a whole new world, then mission accomplished.

Of course Trigiani always has an Italian family (at least in the stories I've read) and this is no exception...but I wish she had just concentrated on the Hollywood stars. She would have stepped out of her comfort zone but I think the story was str
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Michelle
I've long been a fan of Adriana Trigiani and when one trade review compared my latest book to this one, naturally I had to pick it up! And I must say, I greatly appreciate the compliment. This book is about the affair between Loretta Young and Clark Gable and although it was on the longer side, I was immediately captivated and read it in one day. I liked the angle she took with telling this from the secretary's point of view. A fabulous read for historical fiction fans, especially those interest ...more
Raven Haired Girl
Oct 25, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2015
With the resent accusation Loretta Young made known I struggled with this book, my reading experience was blighted despite my best efforts. In light of the revelation made public, I am surprised Trigiani went ahead with this book, even more surprised it's still circulating. I feel for the family as I'm sure they question the reasoning and timing of Trigiani's version of events.

Trigiani rewinds the hands of time and takes the reader to the glamorous days of Hollywood along with the stars shining
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Laini
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this so much more than I did. Considering I write in the same genre, I was prepared to be taking notes on what I needed to do that maybe I wasn't already.

The first 1/3 I loved. Lots of great detail about old Hollywood and the stars within. But then cracks started to show.

I've never been a big Loretta Young fan anyway. From what I've read, she pushed her religion on everyone else (something I can't stand). This book makes her a bit more likable, but it wasn't very realistic to
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Eve
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amzn, advance
All the Stars in the Heavens is a wonderfully apt title for this sprawling novel set in 1930s Hollywood, with a cast of characters that include Clark Gable, David Niven, Spencer Tracy and the star of the novel – Loretta Young. I have been a fan since I watched an old video of The Crusades by Cecil B. DeMille in which she was just luminous, with her large, long-lashed eyes and sweet beauty. I watched a clip on Youtube recently and I had to cringe and laugh at it, except for Young – she was as exq ...more
Jean Cole
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-aty
Given the setting (the Golden Age of Hollywood) and the cast of characters (none other than Loretta Young, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and others) I was pretty disappointed. This is purported to be the story of the grand love affair between Ms. Young and Mr. Gable. A side story is that of Ms. Young's personal secretary, Alda, and the love of her life, Luca Chetta, a sought-after scene painter. I googled my way through this, trying to determine how much of the story is supported by fact. As it tur ...more
Victoria
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible -- I knew about the story of Loretta Young and Clark Gable but not in the colourful and vivid way it's told in this book. I also had no idea that the novel would cover as much ground as it does -- it moves from the 1930's right into the 1960's, with so many familiar names and personalities.
Yvonne
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a different type of book for me, but I really loved the story!
Vicki
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Got to confess that all I have read is the preview the author graciously shared with fans at the Gala Author Tea at ALA in San Francisco. Look forward to reading every page when it's published!

Adriana Trigiani, was the last and by far the funniest speaker at the GALA Author Tea at the ALA Conference in San Francisco.. She told us about producing a movie of her book, Big Stone Gap, which opens on October 9.

She gave us a “Special ALA Preview” of her upcoming book, All The Stars In The Heavens, a
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Jo Dervan
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loretta Young was a young starlet when the fictional biography began. Loretta had been in 50 films dating back to her first at the age of 4. She and her Mom and sisters and brother all lived together in Sunset House, an imposing house near Hollywood. Loretta's father had abandoned her mother when she was born and her stepfather had also left while she was a child.

So it is no surprise that a woman like Loretta, raised by her single mother, would take firm control of her career but also have so ma
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