- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Mira - AU (20 May 2019)
- ISBN-10: 148925661X
- ISBN-13: 978-1489256614
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.4 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
The Cinema at Starlight Creek Paperback – 20 May 2019
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About the Author
Alli Sinclair, an adventurer at heart, has won multiple awards for her writing. She is Australian and has lived in Argentina, Peru and Canada, and has climbed some of the world's highest mountains, worked as a tour guide in South and Central America and has travelled the globe. She enjoys immersing herself in exotic destinations, cultures and languages but Australia has always been close to Alli's heart. Alli hosts retreats for writers and presents writing workshops around Australia, as well as working in film on international projects. She's a volunteer role model with Books in Homes and is an ambassador for the Fiji Book Drive. Alli's books explore history, culture, love and grief, and relationships between family, friends and lovers. She captures the romance and thrill of discovering old and new worlds, and loves taking readers on a journey of discovery.
Alli's website is. www.allisinclair.com.
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This is a story told from 2 points of views - and 2 different time periods. But the themes in both timelines are the same - strong women working in male dominated professions. Neither women is prepared to settle, believing that they are worth more and should have equal rights. Both are very good at what they do but as females they are dismissed as weaker than the men who preform the same roles. I love both Claire and Lena as characters. Worlds apart but so similar.
First of all there is the story told from Claire's point of view - in rural Queensland in 1994. Claire is working on a TV mini series and needs to convince the owner of the Starlight Creek cinema, Hattie Fitzpatrick and her great nephew :Luke Jackson to allow them to film inside the beautiful art deco building. The town do not like outsiders and her work is cut out for her. Starlight Creek is a beautiful small rural town surrounded by sugarcane and farming is what the town know. Hattie and Luke are very stubborn and Claire really has to work hard for what she wants. The gorgeous cinema is no longer used and would be perfect for the mini series.
Then we have movie star Lena Lee. She has been signed to a major studio in Hollywood but is struggling to be taken seriously as an actress and wants roles where women are seen as strong and capable. It is a difficult time in Hollywood with politics and censorship playing a big part in decisions - mostly made by the men. Male actors and even extras are being paid a lot more than the women and Lena wants equality. She puts her career on the line to try to get it as well. She is also having to hide her love affair with fellow actor Reeves Garrity. She should be happier - it is everything that she has ever wanted.
It is not clear how these 2 women relate to each other until much later in the story. It is a wonderful story that I highly recommend everybody read. This is not my usual genre, being a big reader to crime and thrillers, buut I am branching out and I am so glad that I did and that I found this book.
Released on Monday 20th May - go and get it!! It has a beautiful cover as well - what is not to love!!
Big thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Australia, HQ and Mira for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
Here we are following two timelines, Queensland in 1984 and 1950's Hollywood. In Queensland we have Claire, who is part of a production filming a mini-series in an old cinema in a country town, and in Hollywood Lena is a rising starlet in the movie world. We chop and change locations between the two many times (a few too many, it became a tad annoying) and though we could see the parallels between the two women's lives, it didn't really become apparent as to how the two storylines meshed until very close to the end.
Lovers of rural romance, fictional Hollywood lives and historical fiction will all like this book, however for me it wasn't a patch on the author's Under The Spanish Stars.
My thanks to Harlequin Australia for an uncorrected proof to read and review. The opinions are entirely my own.
I live in a small town, so I could understand all the issues Claire had coming into Starlight Creek - heck, I encountered most of them myself when I did the tree change a while back.
Claire and Lena's stories, though so different, are so similar. Both beautiful, strong women, tearing down walls to get to their dreams.
Told in 1950s Hollywood and 1990s small town, the stories of the lives and loves of 2 strong, smart, sassy women changing the world around them. And I couldn't help but adore both of them.
I wanted to find a time machine to go back to the days of the Hollywood starlets, and I wanted to hop in my car and drive to North Queensland to visit Starlight Creek
There is a bit of a twist that I kind of had an inkling about what might have been happeneing, but i wasn't sure if I was right or not. And I liked that I couldn't be certain.
Beautiful writing, wonderful imagery that drew me right into the story. I adored this story, and can't wait to see what Ms Sinclair brings us next.