True Grandeur: A Hollywood Tale by Cal R. Barnes

Maintaining a fever pitch of emotion throughout, debut novelist Cal R. Barnes invites us into the soul of a young and rising star.  Be prepared to be inspired.  Conrad Arlington, The Last True Artist, pursues the truth through art and love but is thwarted by the elusive Gracie Garrison.  Join him on Franklin Ave, in Los Angeles, as he writes screenplays and takes jaunts around Hollywood in his coupe.  His ideal, bohemian life takes a turn when Gracie auditions for his movie.  He’s mesmerized by her beauty and vulnerability.  They spend a fateful evening together and then… Gracie belongs more to the realm sought-after dreams than reality.  He hears gossip about her from friends but doesn’t believe it.  Perhaps the lies surrounding her are as much the truth as who she really is.  Perhaps her allure is that she can’t be possessed.  With her “don’t ask questions”, she represents the challenge of a lifetime to Arlington Family Pride, Conrad’s morals and his inquisitive mind.  The drama of this story is more in the exposition than in the action; parties that comprise most of the plot are extravagant background for Conrad’s equally robust inner turmoil.  Switching from third to first person narrating mid-way is a climactic moment.  Readers will want to write their own artistic journey after this tale.   author site


Author: marilivtollefson

I teach and play violin when not reading and reviewing books. Thanks to indie authors for opening my world and sharing theirs! Find my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, Midwest Book Review and BookPage, among others.

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