The Cinema at Starlight Creek by Alli Sinclair

Book blurb…

A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town.

How far would you go to follow your dream?

Queensland, 1994: When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she’s captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing her dreams-until now. She must gain permission to film at Australia’s most historically significant art deco cinema, located at Starlight Creek. But there is trouble ahead. The community is fractured and the cinema’s reclusive owner, Hattie Fitzpatrick, and her enigmatic great nephew, Luke Jackson, stand in her way, putting Claire’s career-launching project-and her heart-at risk.

Hollywood, 1950: Lena Lee has struggled to find the break that will catapult her into a star with influence. She longs for roles about strong, independent women but with Hollywood engulfed in politics and a censorship battle, Lena’s timing is wrong. Forced to keep her love affair with actor Reeves Garrity a secret, Lena puts her career on the line to fight for equality for women in an industry ruled by men. Her generous and caring nature steers her onto a treacherous path, leaving Lena questioning what she is willing to endure to get what she desires.

Can two women-decades apart-uncover lies and secrets to live the life they’ve dared to dream?

My thoughts…

I’m drawn to dual timeline stories, especially one with connecting threads that are not immediately obvious.

I know picking favourites is probably not okay, but I really, really enjoyed the Hollywood 1950 time period. This is unusual for me as I’m usually drawn to Australian landscapes and characters. Of course, a good portion of this novel is set in Queensland, in the current day, but (did I mention) I really, really loved Lena Lee (I even love the name) and I wanted more of her story.  A fabulous character!

This is just a personal opinion. Picking a favourite in no way affected the enjoyment of the story.

Thanks, Alli Sinclair, for giving me days of enjoyment.

This review is also published on Goodreads and Australian Womens Writers

Published by Harper Collins Publishers Australia

About Jeannette

I'm living the dream, reading my way around this country and living in a 5th wheeler caravan.
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