BRIEF ENCOUNTER AT THE PICTURE HOUSE BY THE SEA
Wednesday 29th March,2017
TITLE: BRIEFENCOUNTERS AT THE PICTURE HOUSE BY THE SEA.
AUTHOR: HOLLY HEPBURN
PUBLISHER:Simon & Schuster UK
PUBLICATION DATE: 7th February, 2017
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.
When I discovered a book based around Italian gelato, I just knew I had to read it, having an Italian Ice cream parlour called GO GELATO this is a subject very close to my heart and It was without any doubt going to Be right up my street, and something I could relate to.
This novella is part one of a series and I found it a very cosy, easy to read story full of seaside references, which I always find nostalgic and heartwarming! I absolutely loved the premise of the story, that centres around steam trains, gelato and a beautiful, old Art Deco cinema going to rack and ruin, the different threads were perfectly interwoven and I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. It’s easy to read and my favourite part was of course any gelato descriptions, reference to gelato flavours , sampling and making of gelato. For me there wasn’t quite enough, I thought there could have been a little more focus on this and descriptions that could have made our mouths water, but that’s just me! Those that were included were great! And knowing there are more books to come I am sure this thread will continue to run through so I look forward to reading parts 2 and 3 …
I am also excited to see how Gina breaths new life into the fading cinema, her first event wet down a storm and I love the idea of themed nights, costumes and cocktails and an old fashioned classic film to attract customers back in.
The book seems to focus on bringing old fashioned, traditional objects and recipes a twist and updating them without losing their original charm! For example using traditional gelato making recipes and techniques but trying more modern flavours, using modern ideas to rekindle the once vibrant cinema while keeping its original charm and Ben restoring the train station lovingly being respectful of original paint colours and fixtures… The total opposite of Ginas Boyfriend who tears old buildings down on a whim and is all about out with the old and in with the new- I think this is the authors way of telling us that Gina isn’t well suited to him or to London ?
Gina was a great down to earth, independent character who I could relate to, the author clearly hints her current boyfriend who she lives with in London is not going to be her happily ever after, so … In walks Ben an old childhood friend, all grown up and very attractive- so I can’t wait to see how their relationships develops!
This is a lovely, easy to read piece of escapism. Another perfect read to curl up and relax with after a stressful day, it’s light hearted, non taxing and will leave you feeling all warm and cuddly inside!
If you feel this sounds like your kind of read..
I can’t wait to read the next instalment…
PART 2 SINGING IN THE RAIN AT THE PICTURE HOUSE BY THE SEA
… Heres the back cover blurb to tempt you..
Gina has returned to her family in the picturesque Cornish town of Polwhipple, to help run the Italian family’s ice-cream business while her grandfather recovers from an accident.
Dismayed to find her old haunt from childhood visits to Polwhipple, the little picture house by the sea, in a state of disrepair, Gina is determined to help. Long past its heyday now, the little art deco cinema needs all the help it can get. With the help of her old friend Ben, Gina goes to the town’s committee to ask for funding to renovate the hearthstone of Polwhipple’s community. And what better way to prove the little picture house’s worth, than by throwing another fantastic themed screening…
But Ben’s activities are closely watched by the venomous Rose, who wants him all to herself. And how is it exactly that she knows Gina’s boyfriend Max… Download it now to find out!
PART 3 DIRTY DANCING AT THE PICTURE HOUSE BY THE SEA
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.
Gina is in Polwhipple to help her grandfather, the owner of Ferelli’s, and has taken charge. Now there is a ‘closed for refurbishment’ sign hanging in the window. But just because the picture house is closed, doesn’t mean there can’t be a movie screening… and there’s only one place for it! Download now to see how Gina pulls off her biggest event yet… and find out who will be the Johnny to her Baby…