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A modern-day Gatsby tale of forbidden love, family secrets and the true price of wealth. The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is filled with mystery, intrigue and a touch of glamour making it the perfect summer read.
The story begins with a dinner party invitation.
When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man's eccentric daughter offers him entrée into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. A small-town boy with working-class roots, Thomas is a stranger in this opulent world of private jets and sprawling mansions. Then he meets Matilda Duplaine.
Matilda is a beautiful and mysterious young woman who has never left the lush Bel-Air estate where she was raised. Thomas is immediately entranced by the enigmatic girl and the two begin a secret love affair. But what starts as an enchanted romance soon unravels a web of secrets and lies that could destroy their lives - and the lives of everyone around them - forever.
Filled with unforgettable characters and charm, The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is a sparkling love letter to Los Angeles and a captivating journey beyond the golden gates of its most glamorous estates. Timeless, romantic and utterly absorbing, it is a mesmerising and poignant exploration of privilege, identify and the difficult choices we make in the pursuit of power.
Alex Brunkhorst is a novelist and a real estate agent specialising in multi-million dollar estates for wealthiest professionals in Los Angeles. She is also the founder of the popular luxury lifestyle site Bungalux.com. Alex is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in Los Angeles.