After The Curtain Call, Nancy E. Polin, Elaine Radley
Nancy has teamed up with another author,Elaine Radley , for this book. I’d read a couple of Elaine’s stories so decided I’d like to review this one too.
Amy is a lovely lady, but with a troubled past she’s escaped from. She adores her son and is determined to keep him safe. She’s a stage actress, found her niche in a little rundown theatre, and made some great friends.
She’s settled – for now- but is always guarded, doesn’t date and doesn’t seem to actually put roots down where she lives, its as if its a holding place til she needs to run again. For now though she’s happy, ish….
Then the theatre owner brings in an investor, the place needs some serious money and he can provide it. Turns out the man investing is a film star, though Amy doesn’t do TV, films etc ( she sounds like me!) so when she meets him she’s no idea who he is. She’s scared though, she can feel the pull between them, and he has the potential to make her want to let her guard down and she won’t do that, determined to keep her son safe and her heart free.
Thomas isn’t put off easily though and wears her down in a nice way. Just when things are going well for them a danger from her past appears, and she’s torn, its why she hasn’t ever let herself get attached to people or places, before Thomas she’d just have moved, run again, start afresh, but life can’t be lived to the full that way.
She’s agonising over what’s best to do, her usual run and lose everything here she’s got, or stay and face up to the danger. Its a great read seeing what she ought to do – her head v what she wants to do – her heart. Its not a decision she can just sit on, either way she needs to be proactive.
Things get more intense, both her romance with Thomas and the dangers, and I enjoyed wondering whether she’d be scared away, and what Thomas would do if that happened, or whether she’d stay and how she would deal with the danger and her attraction to/relationship with Thomas.
It was an enjoyable read, easy to follow and quite light on the drama front, not a cant-stop-reading book, but one that’s a perfect escape for a fun holiday or relaxing read. I love drama, felt this was a bit lacking in it for me, but sometimes a more relaxing read is what you’re in the mood for and this is perfect for those times.
Stars: Four, a fun escapist read.
ARC supplied by author