Book Review: The Hollywood Daughter

The Hollywood Daughter


Title – The Hollywood Daughter (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Kate Alcott (Website, Goodreads)

Published – March 7th 2017

Genre – Fiction; Historical Fiction

Summary – In 1950, Ingrid Bergman–already a major star after movies like Casablanca and Joan of Arc–has a baby out of wedlock with her Italian lover, film director Roberto Rossellini. Previously held up as an icon of purity, Bergman’s fall shocked her legions of American fans.

Growing up in Hollywood, Jessica Malloy watches as her PR executive father helps make Ingrid a star at Selznick Studio. Over years of fleeting interactions with the actress, Jesse comes to idolize Ingrid, who she considered not only the epitome of elegance and integrity, but also the picture-perfect mother, an area where her own difficult mom falls short.

In a heated era of McCarthyism and extreme censorship, Ingrid’s affair sets off an international scandal that robs seventeen-year-old Jesse of her childhood hero. When the stress placed on Jesse’s father begins to reveal hidden truths about the Malloy family, Jesse’s eyes are opened to the complex realities of life–and love.

Beautifully written and deeply moving, The Hollywood Daughter is an intimate novel of self-discovery that evokes a Hollywood sparkling with glamour and vivid drama.

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I picked up The Hollywood Daughter by accidentally *cough cough* looking at books in the new releases section of the library.


Reading the inside flap, I thought The Hollywood Daughter would be the perfect mix of Hollywood and scandal. Sorta like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Well, this book definitely wasn’t what I thought it would be. I misunderstood the description; I thought it followed Ingrid the actress. Instead The Hollywood Daughter followed Ingrid’s manager’s daughter.

Second oops.

Like I said, I really enjoy the actress / Hollywood / scandal theme. However I think this one (and Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) didn’t really have enough for me.

I’m not saying this was a bad book. All I am saying is that I went into the story expecting something a bit different.

The Hollywood Daughter definitely was heavy on the 1950’s theme of Christianity and communism…..most of which went over my head to be honest.

All that being said, I was intrigued enough to finish the whole book. It was alright.


Last Words:

Although I started the book thinking it was something different, The Hollywood Daughter held my attention enough for me to finish the book.

Not exactly a glowing review, but I credit most of that to me thinking it was going to be a lighter read.

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