The Secret of the Belles

The Secret of the Belles

by Kathryn Witt


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Lanie Sullivan and Isabelle (Belle) Blakely never meet, but the two girls share a fascination for all things Gone With the Wind-especially Belle Watling, a character in the book, and Ona Munson, the actress who portrays Belle in the movie. Lanie meets Ona in 1939, during the three-day movie premiere in Atlanta, Georgia. When Lanie comes between Ona Munson and disaster, Ona rewards her with a gift-a keepsake originally given to the actress by the author of Gone With the Wind herself, Margaret Mitchell.

More than sixty years later, as she helps prepare a museum dedicated to Gone With the Wind for its Grand Opening, Belle comes upon letters written to
Ona Munson and feels an instant connection to their naive, star-struck author, Lanie Sullivan. As Belle digs deeper into the past through Lanie's letters, her connection grows even stronger- not to mention her curiosity at Lanie's references to a special gift. Margaret Mitchell died in 1949; Ona Munson in
1955. What about Lanie? Belle begins a quest to discover what the gift was, where it is-and what became of Lanie Sullivan.

Kathryn Witt's The Secret of the Belles captures the powerful spell Gone With the Wind casts over two young women generations apart. Her writing shows her love for the book and film as well as her careful research. This is a beautiful read, and another amazing tribute to the phenomenon that is Gone With the Wind.

-Cammie King Conlon, "Bonnie Blue Butler,"

Gone With the Wind

The Secret of the Belles is a MUST read for any fan of Gone With The Wind. As usual, Kathryn Witt weaves an interesting and suspenseful tale, making us ask along the way, "What is the gift and what did become of Lanie

-Mickey Kuhn, "Beau Wilkes,"

Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind fans will love The Secret of the Belles. It is so much fun to read. Kathryn Witt did a wonderful job with the story and characters. Any age will enjoy it, and once I started it, I couldn't put it down.

-Sally Tippett Rains, The Making of a Masterpiece,

the True Story of Margaret Mitchell and

Gone With The Wind

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781457529993
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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The Secret Of The Belles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
knahs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great novel that weaves actual events from the 1939 premiere of GWTW with current day events. Holds your interest - you can't put it down if you are a Windie!
Skip_Grant More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because it was an easy read. I have been to the Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum so it was fun to read a book involving a GWTW museum. The great thing about this book is it has the power to lead a new generation to Gone With The Wind. Many young people are not reading it or watching the move, but after reading The Secret Of The Belles, they will be so interested they'll check it out. Kathy Witt is a good writer and I recommend this book to all ages.