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Janet’s first love arrives out of the blue after forty years. Those were simpler times for them both. Sunny childhood beach holidays, fish and chips and big copper pennies clunking into one armed bandits.
The Wells family has run the Cromer Pier Summertime Special Show for generations. But it’s now 2009 and the recession is biting hard. Owner Janet Wells and daughter Karen are facing an uncertain future. The show must go on, and Janet gambles on a fading talent show star. But both the star and the other cast members have their demons. This is a story of love, loyalty and luvvies. The road to Cromer Pier might be the end of their careers, or it might just be a new beginning.
The Wells family run the Cromer Pier theatre production of their Summertime Special but it is in danger because the recession means falling sales and shrinking budgets. Forced to tighten their belts, cut wages Janet Wells and her daughter Karen are unsure what the future holds for them all. Janet is the lynch pin for this story, the one around whom the events and story revolve. With the return of her first love, lots of new performers for the latest show and an avaricious real estate wanting the theatre the pier may soon be experiencing stormy seas, especially as the star act is someone who needs to develop her dancing skills to be able to perform as their headline act!
This is a story of a theatre and the people who bring it to life for their audiences. It is a delightful behind the scenes look, sharing all the hard work that goes into creating a winning production, especially with a limited budget. It is also a story of love past and present, chances, opportunities, growing, developing, resilience and surprises. There’s plenty of anxiety and turmoil in this story about the life journey undertaken by everyone involved the Cromer Pier production and this is a drama packed extended family saga that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
I am a 61 year old Accountant who semi-retired to explore my love of creative writing. In my career I held Board level jobs for over twenty five years, in private, public and third sector organisations. I was born in Coventry, a city then dominated by the car industry and high volume manufacturing. Jaguar, Triumph, Talbot, Rolls Royce, Courtaulds, Massey Ferguson were the major employers, to name but a few.
When I was nine year’s old I told my long suffering mother that as I liked English composition and drama I was going to be a Playwright. She told me that I should work hard at school and get a proper job. She was right of course.
I started as an Office Junior at Jaguar in 1973 at eleven pounds sixty four a week. I thus grew up in the strike torn, class divided seventies. My first career ended in 2015, when I semi retired as Director of Corporate services at Humberside Probation. My second career, as a Non Executive Director, is great as it has allowed me free time to travel and indulge my passion for writing, both in novels and for theatre.
The opportunity to rekindle my interest in writing came in 2009, when I wrote my first pantomime, Cinderella, for my home group, the Walkington Pantomime Players. I have now written eight. I love theatre, particularly musical theatre, and completed the Hull Truck Theatre Playwrite course in 2010. My first play, a comedy called He’s Behind You, had its first highly successful showing in January 2016, so I intend to move forward in all three creative areas.
Pen Pals was my first novel, but a second, The Road to Cromer Pier, will be released in the Summer of 2019.
I’m an old fashioned writer I guess. I want you to laugh and to cry. I want you to believe in my characters, and feel that my stories have a beginning, a middle, and a satisfactory ending.
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