A Golden Life: A Novel (Paperback)

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A Golden Life: A Novel (Paperback)


Embark on a journey to 1930s California in Ginny Kubitz Moyer’s spellbinding historical novel in which a woman must choose between friendship and her own secrets.

It’s 1938, and twenty-five-year-old secretary Frances Healey is ready for a fresh start. Hoping to forget her painful past, she takes a job working for Hollywood producer Lawrence Merrill. She quickly becomes absorbed in VistaGlen Studios’s biggest project: a movie about Kitty Ridley, the legendary stage actress who disappeared from the public eye in 1895. The movie will be the making of Belinda Vail, a beautiful ingenue who is hungry for a breakout role—and also happens to be Mr. Merrill’s love interest.

But the real Miss Ridley has other ideas. Now ninety years old, she writes a scathing letter insisting the studio halt production of the film. Hoping to change her mind, Frances and Mr. Merrill embark on a trip to find the actress—only to land in a Victorian farmhouse in the Napa Valley. But as she learns the truth of Miss Ridley’s life, Frances finds herself confronting the very past she’s been trying to forget. And with the arrival of the ambitious Belinda, loyalties will be tested, bonds will be forged, and Frances will learn where true happiness lies. Set in Hollywood and the sun-drenched Napa countryside, A Golden Life explores friendship, forgiveness, and the power of honoring your own story.
Ginny Kubitz Moyer is a California native with a love of local history. She is the author of the novel The Seeing Garden (She Writes Press, 2023) as well as several works of spiritual nonfiction. A graduate of Pomona College and Stanford University, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two sons, and one rescue dog.

Product Details ISBN: 9781647427221
ISBN-10: 1647427223
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication Date: September 24th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English
“Step into the late 1930s epicenter of Hollywood’s Golden Age. . . . Moyer touches on larger life issues, including women’s limited choices and stereotypes and how society came to expect relationships to emulate the glittery romance Hollywood cinema created. Unputdownable!”
Francine Falk-Allen, author of A Wolff in the Family and Not a Poster Child

A Golden Life masterfully captures the Golden Age of Hollywood. The prose glimmers with tension and mystery, revealing the raw ambition and resilience that define a young, headstrong woman's journey through early adulthood. It’s a luminous tale that lingers, like the echo of applause after the final curtain falls.”
Joanne Howard, author of Sleeping in the Sun

“In this captivating novel, a young woman becomes the confidante to both the powerful and powerless of Old Hollywood—all while trying to outrun her own painful past. Ginny Kubitz Moyer beautifully renders an entire cast of complex and tender characters who remind us just how precarious and precious life can be. You’ll love it.” 
Katherine A. Sherbrooke, author of The Hidden Life of Aster Kelly

“Once I started Ginny Kubitz Moyer’s A Golden Life, I couldn’t put it down. A story about confronting the past and owning one’s story, this novel is filled with enchanting period details, memorable characters, and an ending you won’t see coming. Five gold stars for this truly entertaining read!” 
Susie Orman Schnall, author of Anna Bright Is Hiding Something and We Came Here to Shine

“Step into the lavish world of 1930s Hollywood in Ginny Kubitz Moyer's A Golden Life. A vibrant, captivating, and entertaining read!”
—  Ashley E. Sweeney, author of Eliza Waite

A Golden Life is a wonderful portrait of an independent woman in 1930s California that explores the ways in which women’s lives were constrained by the mores of the time. The settings are beautifully drawn and developed—special and loving attention is paid to the beauty of the natural world. Ginny Kubitz Moyer writes with quiet authority and strong prose, creating a novel that is hard to put down and characters that remain long after the book is read.” 
Laura Spence-Ash, author of Beyond That, the Sea