Brief Encounter at the Picture House by the Sea: Part One – Holly Hepburn

holly-hepeBook: 100 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (7th Feb 2017)

Book Description:

The little picture house by the sea is the Palace at Polwhipple – a lovely art deco cinema, nestled in front of azure Cornish seas. But it is long past its heyday now, and its only saving grace is Ferelli’s, the family run ice-cream concession in the foyer, which is widely known as the best ice cream for miles.

When Ferdie, the owner of Ferelli’s, falls ill, his granddaughter Gina drops everything to come and help out. But when she arrives she is dismayed by the state of the cinema, which she remembers fondly from summer holidays when she was little, and she is determined to do anything she can to help. Alongside her old friend Ben Pascoe, she sets about reviving the Palace to its former glory with a themed Brief Encounter night.

My Review:

I really enjoyed Holly’s first series of short novels – The Star & Sixpence series – and I was looking forward to her new books. What I love about releasing books this way is that they are bitesize and manageable so you can get one finished in an evening or an afternoon. What i dislike is I now have to wait until March for the next instalment! you tease Holly!!! haha!

The book was lovely, it had a lovely nostalgic feel to it and – much like the Star and Sixpence books – has family and the sense of community at it’s heart. I’ve read a lot of books and it’s hard to evoke that feeling so well done Holly for nailing it!

I can see this series has the beginnings of all that is good about female fiction – Romance, Family, Fun, Seaside….and ice cream!

I love that Max and Ben are opposites in every way – Max likes to take old things and tear them apart whereas Ben likes to hold on to what was dear in the past and make it better for the future – Prophecy for how the series will pan out? I hope so!

Roll on the end of March….

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