Having dyslexia, I tend to avoid reading books, as if it was the plague. The Plague of Absolute Boredom. Confide to a seat, chunky paragraphs terrify me, words hula hoop, full stops pretend to save lives, and my brain ends up needing first aid. Okay…a bit dramatic I know… but in all seriousness, dyslexia doesn’t give you much confidence to approach the bookshelf, let alone read and blog about them…
What attracted me to The Little Theatre on the Seafront by Katie Ginger was…well the clue is in the title. Working for a theatre, I know too well the love, sacrifice, and pressure which regional theatres and their staff go through. So this book almost became my calling, and a challenge, to simply read and hopefully enjoy.
“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?”
Loving the wide open paragraphs and short chapters, The Little Theatre is the cutest and lightest read. Once you gain momentum and the storyline begins to get juicier, you’re determined to conquer every character. It is the perfect antidote for “destress me please”. Whether you’re in bed, chillaxing in the bath, on the commute (God save your soul) or sunbathing, The Little Theatre can provide you with such an enjoyable, easy-read breeze.
Focused on the blossoming romance between Lottie and Sid, we follow the sweetest toothache journey from best friends to lovers. Wanting to bash their heads together and liplock, there’s plenty of plot twists, diversions, and love blockers to doubt whether Sidlot (my new pairing name) will ever take flight.
Lottie’s independent woman stance was obviously a massive thumbs up. At times, she has total sass, a real “girl power” driving force to save Greenley Theatre from financial ruin and inject a younger attitude towards the Committee’s prehistoric views. Plus, her head gets turned by a trendy London developer Jeremy, who has pound signs, rather than love hearts, in his eyes. Obviously, Lottie’s heart continuously flutters for Sid, but it was her love for her nan which speaks volumes.
These tender moments between grandmother and granddaughter really triggered fond memories of my beloved nan. I hear ya, girl! Lottie finding peace at her nan’s grave became the turning point. Giving the plot a bit of a kick up the book spine, grief transformed into determination. Things began to get exciting and the temptation to flick to the ending increased.
It’s not all about the mushy love scenes, but the persistent battle to save Greenley Theatre. Lottie has a few obstacles in her way: the unsure committee, the dysfunctional Greenley players, and money bags Jeremy. Juggling all these dramas would bring anyone into a meltdown, but true friendship becomes Lottie’s pillar to keep going.
Katie Ginger writes beautifully too. No complex, unpronounceable words, just straight out of the heart and onto the page. No brain power required. There’s no overload of information or detailed “show off” descriptions, which can instantly be a turn-off. It is perfect, easy to follow, clean cut, making The Little Theatre a joy to read.
The Little Theatre pulls on the heartstrings for those who love reading drama, romance and theatre. Ending on the classic “Aww! That was cute”, I loved the book, often reading past midnight. At one point, I was hooked, wanting to sit with Lottie and Sid eating fish and chips on the pebbled beach. It shattered the illusion of “old” people running the roost and projected a refreshed backdrop for two young people to get it on FINALLY! Switching the dreams of retirement into the beginnings of young love, the novel really created a warming sense of the power of a struggling community.
Turning to the theatre as my salvation, I often relied upon the actors doing the reading job for me – transforming text into performance. Since reading The Little Theatre, it has brought me some hope and restored a sense of faith in exploring the literary world. To be honest, this experience has really surprised me on how much I could enjoy reading. Katie Ginger’s The Little Theatre on the Seafront is certainly a little reading gem – the very first book on my virtual bookshelf.
★★★★★ The beginner’s perfect reading gem. For those who admire theatre and a cute offstage romance. A love story with a purpose.
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