While it is clear that Emma Straub did her research into the movie industry in the 20's, 30's, and 40's this book fell flat for me. I started off enjoying the book and loved hearing about Elsa as a child. I felt like Straub should have covered more of Elsa as a child. That was one of the highlights of the book for me. I didn't enjoy how the book jumped many years in between chapters. I would have rather read more about her childhood and early years in Hollywood than when she was older and trying to revive her career again. This book was good but there just wasn't a special spark there to make it great. I love old movies from the 30's and 40's and while this book tried to be a tribute to that time it didn't live up to them for me.I received this book from a Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway, that does not affect the content of my review in any way.