Book Review: 'The Little Theatre on the Seafront' by Katie Ginger


Do you ever get that feeling when you meet someone and you immediately love them and then kind of envy them a little for being so cool? Well, that's how I felt upon meeting Katie Ginger. I met her last year at the Harpercollins Summer Party. She was so kind and sweet and effortlessly laid back and funny to talk to, I just kind of hovered by her side admiring her. (In a non creepy way, I promise...I hope.)


Today I couldn't be more thrilled to bring you my review for Katie's debut novel 'The Little Theatre on the Seafront'- Insert squeal of glee!

Blurb


When Lottie’s Gran dies she leaves one last request; save Greenley Theatre.

Faced with a decaying building, a mayor who most definitely isn’t on board with the project and a group of actors who just can’t get along, Lottie has her hands full, but with best friend Sid by her side she knows she can do it somehow.
But the arrival of Jeremy, a hotshot London developer who sweeps Lottie off her feet, complicates things. Suddenly Sid gets a new girlfriend, the Greenley Players fall apart, and that crumbling building? Well it crumbles a whole lot more. With no one to turn to, Lottie has to find the courage to save the day.
Will Lottie be able to save the theatre and also follow her heart?



My Review

Does jumping up and down, cuddling my Kindle and grinning from ear to ear count as a review?! Uh where do I start? I fell in love with Sid and Lottie instantly. From the first chapter I loved their chemistry and friendship and knew I was in for a treat. Also, I adored Katie's writing from the get go. Katie writes with such warmth and humour and I could feel every word. 

Lottie I thought was the coolest. I loved that she was laid back and had a big heart. I loved that she wasn't all that into fashion and she liked to be comfortable. I loved that she was a photographer and worked for the paper and I loved that she could hold her own and was quite independent, though she loved having Sid around and he helped her step out of her comfort zone and put her, sometimes, niggling nerves at bay. Furthermore, I adored her relationship with her Nan. It made me smile that she wanted to save the Theatre to make her Nan's dream come true. Grandparents are truly magic, so this part I really connected to and felt proud of Lottie that she was giving her Nan's request a go and how she persevered when it got tough. 

Sid I thought was awesome. I liked that he loved superheros and Star Wars and that he was grateful and content with his life working for the paper and living in his hometown that he loved so much. He too had a big heart. He was incredibly sweet in how he treated others and always wanted to do right by people. Him putting up with Selena, though a little naive, warmed my heart because he always seemed to want to care about people and thought it was him that was in the wrong all the time. It made me smile when he finally stood up for himself because he still managed to be so lovely and cute.

I very much enjoyed learning about the life behind the scenes of a Theatre. The cast of characters that make up The Greenley Players are a delightful, eclectic and unique bunch; it was so much fun being a part of them re-building the Theatre, putting on their first show, learning from their mistakes and how to put their differences aside and get along. 

I thoroughly enjoyed following Lottie and Sid's journey through their friendship to feeling more for each other. They were such a swoon worthy couple. 'The Little Theatre on the Seafront' was such a page turner, filled with characters that truly keep you invested. I liked Jeremy then didn't like Jeremy, but wanted to believe that he might possibly be a good guy, alas, you will have to read the book to find out what happens to Lottie's boyfriend. Is he good, bad, nice but just not meant to be? Selena, Sid's girlfriend, I was not a fan of and was rooting for Lottie the entire time, but I wanted to follow her journey and really see what was going on and what had her knickers in a twist.  

I'm extremely excited to see what Lottie does next with the Theatre and with Sid by her side and it just so happens that the sequel to this wonderful book 'Summer Season at the Seafront' is OUT TODAY!!!  I'm ready to dive in! :) 

Also, please join me in clapping and more jumping up and down and go and pre-order Katie's Christmas book 'Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage' now!! :) How cute is that title? I LOVE it!! 

Happy reading! 
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