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Solid, But Lacks Passion
Reviewed in Australia on 21 May 2019
I was excited to get a copy of this book, having loved a few of Alli Sinclair's previous novels. This one though, while very enjoyable, didn't quite measure up to her earlier books. I didn't feel the passion in this book as much as I had her others. Having said that The Cinema At Starlight Creek is still a solid effort, and the character of Hattie especially memorable.
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.