The Starlight Diner Series (1) – Milkshakes and Heartbreaks at the Starlight Diner, Helen Cox.

The Starlight Diner Series (1) – Milkshakes and Heartbreaks at the Starlight Diner, Helen Cox.

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Genre:  Romance, women’s fiction


This was a great read for a debut book, a solid romance with a terrific backstory. Some wonderful characters too set in the 50’s style diner where Esther works. I novel I really enjoyed reading and I’ll happily look at whatever Helen writes next.

Some romances are good but without any kind of backstory holding them up, others have a good backstory but characters that just don’t work for me, this book though has both making it an interesting and engrossing read. I adored Esther and Jack, but then there were so many others to like, Angela, Bernie, Mona and Alan, Lucia, Wally/Walter(?) with his daily crossword….they all played a solid part in making this a well rounded story and not just one dimensional romance.


I love Esther’s sharp tongue and inner musings, and right from the start the mystery of her background was there…what had happened to her to transport her from the UK to a small but friendly US diner? Its tantalisingly dangled before the reader by way of things that scare her, give her flashbacks, her memories.

Then we meet Jack, and he’s such a wonderful man, just reaching success as an actor, a role he came to later than most and he’s not got the I-am-a-star mentality that pervades so many of his ilk. He’s a thoroughly nice man, and there’s something about Esther that calls to him, even though she uses her sharp tongue like a sword to try and cut him off and send him away. He’s persistent though and eventually wears her down. Can they find happiness? Just as its going well – then it isn’t, Esther’s secrets come out, dragged out a bit at a time, and just as they’ve weathered the first of those, then some dark days from Jack’s past come out – or at least what ought to be his past but isn’t!

Its heart-breaking at times, and so sad, but tempered with some wonderful humour, and the great characters that pop up throughout the novel. Its got some surprising twists and was a really fun read. Its not perfect, there were bits that felt a little slow, a little not-quite-right but its a terrific first novel and far better – for me- than many popular best sellers.
Stars: Five, a terrific debut novel

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher


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