Book: All My Tomorrows by Colette L. Sauciercategories: Book, Pride and Prejudice, Romance, Jane Austen, Chicklit, Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Colette L. Saucierabout this book: For Alice McGillicutty – headwriter of the soap opera 'All My Tomorrows' – the past year has had enough drama. Her mother passed away, her last relationship ended in disaster, and now poor ratings are catapulting her long-running daytime drama toward cancellation. For comfort and creative inspiration, she begins reading 'The Edge of Darkness,' an old melodramatic paperback she found among her mother's belongings.
Enter movie star Peter Walsingham. The scandal that destroyed his marriage has now forced him onto the set of 'All My Tomorrows' in the unlikely role as savior, but his reputation as a womanizing Hollywood bad-boy accompanies him – along with his entourage. Alice hopes that the aggravation of dealing with this prima donna, who believes himself above soap operas and everyone associated with them, will ultimately be rewarded by keeping the show off the network chopping block.
When Peter takes an interest in Alice outside of the soundstage, she assumes he wants another notch on his bedpost and wills her pulse to stop racing. Although she cannot deny her attraction to his charisma and silver-screen good looks, Alice refuses to be counted amongst his sexual conquests. But Hollywood is known for its arts of illusion, and Alice begins to realize some things are not as they appear, and not all stories end with happily ever after.
This contemporary romance not only follows Alice and Peter as they wrestle with misunderstandings, pride, and prejudices, but also the trials and travails of Alexandra, the heroine of the absurdist novel 'The Edge of Darkness.' Full chapters of the book-within-the-book are included as Alice reads and allows that story to influence her own.
Though the plot of the primary novel is vaguely reminiscent of 'Pride and Prejudice,' Peter and Alice are no Darcy and Elizabeth but fully-formed characters from the twenty-first century. As one critic stated, "There are some nice deep emotional depths to this modern day 'Pride and Prejudice' which can often be missing from other modern adaptions, and although it has plenty of light, funny moments, it also draws you in to care for the characters. Once I had started reading, I found it very hard to put this book down."
The cover illustration of 'All My Tomorrows' is rich with symbolism – the fire in the background representing scenes from Alexandra's story, and the chessboard echoing Alice's belief that Peter tries to control the lives of others as if they were pawns in his game. Although a single wine glass sits on the table, the silhouette of another glass, unseen, casts a shadow of possibility.
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