Book Review: The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst


About the book

Family secrets. Forbidden love. And the true price of wealth.

Thomas is a small-town boy and when Lily invites him to a dinner party, he gains access to the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. As he enters a world of private jets and sprawling mansions, his life and career take off beyond his wildest dreams.

Then he meets Matilda Duplaine.

Beautiful and mysterious, Matilda has spent her entire life within the walls of her powerful father’s Bel-Air estate and Thomas is immediately entranced by her. But what starts as an enchanted romance soon threatens to destroy their lives and the lives of everyone around them.

My thoughts on the book

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is such an interesting read. Thomas Cleary finds himself catapulted into a world full of glamour and glitz, a world that he will never truly belong in.

I really liked Thomas as the protagonist of this novel. He adds a lot of depth and diversity to an otherwise superficial, high society crowd. Not that the Bel-Air elite characters weren’t interesting, they definitely were, but I very much enjoyed the contrast the author managed to achieve between these very different figures. 

Matilda was another intriguing character that left my mind reeling. Thomas’ and Matilda’s relationship is certainly interesting and intense and keeps the reader guessing for a little while.

I really loved the old classic Hollywood feel the whole setting encompassed. I definitely felt transported into a different time.

If you are a fan of The Great Gatsby and the likes, you will enjoy The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine. 

Thank you to Midas PR for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  1. October 27, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Ooh this book sounds intriguing, I love reading, it takes me ages to read a book as I read a little each night in bed. But I will add this to my list x

    • Heidi
      October 27, 2015 / 11:10 pm

      Enjoy! It really is brilliant. I usually stay up way too late to finish books 🙂

  2. October 31, 2015 / 10:34 am

    You just have to say those words (Classic Hollywood) and it conjures up a time and place Heidi.

    Great review.

    • Heidi
      November 2, 2015 / 12:56 pm

      Thanks Shaz. I loved the Hollywood feel of this book.

  3. November 2, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    I love this cover! Fab review Heidi, I love being transported to different times and places too 🙂 #TalkoftheTown

    • Heidi
      November 2, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks Kate! I really like the cover too – it definitely stands out from the crowd.

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