The Theatre of Dreams by guest author Rosie Travers
My friend and fellow author, Rosie Travers recently published her debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams through Crooked Cat Books. If you have not got your copy yet, she is here today to tell you more about it. Thank you for stopping by, Rosie. Over to you.
The Theatre of Dreams is a heartwarming story of new beginnings, with a dash of mystery and a sprinkling of romance. Set in the fictional south coast resort of Hookes Bay it stars an out of work actress, a devious octogenarian and a bankrupt architect, all united by their desire to restore a neglected seaside pavilion, but each with a very different motive.
The Theatre of Dreams was inspired by the historic Lee Tower entertainment complex which used to be situated on the sea front at Lee-on-the-Solent in my native Hampshire. The Art Deco buildings were demolished in 1971 and the site is now a car park. My attention was caught by a notice board commemorating the spot and the idea for a novel was born!
The Theatre of Dreams was published by Crooked Cat Books on 1 August 2018.
What Readers are saying about The Theatre of Dreams
“This book really was a true pleasure to read from first page to the last. I found myself so thoroughly invested in the lives of both Tara and Kitty I was sad to say goodbye to these ladies when the book ended. I challenge anyone to read this book and not become completely enthralled with these characters. The character development in this book was just simply stellar!”
“Refreshingly different, wonderful plot, kept me interested till the last page and hungry for more.”
“A cleverly crafted romantic mystery tale with well-rounded characters telling of, youth, old age life, death and several other murky ingredient in between.”
Musical theatre actress Tara is down on her luck and in desperate need of a job.
When terminally-ill octogenarian Kitty invites her to take over the running of her former dance academy in the old-fashioned resort of Hookes Bay, Tara thinks she’s found her guardian angel.
But it soon becomes very clear Kitty is being far from benevolent. Too late, Tara realises helping Kitty will signal the end of an already tarnished career, unless she can pull off the performance of a life-time.
I grew up in Southampton on the south coast of England and loved escaping into a good book from a very early age. As a teenager I scribbled numerous short stories and novels, none of which I was ever brave enough to show anyone. After working in local government for many years in 2009 I moved across the Atlantic to Southern California when my husband took up a three year dream overseas assignment. Life as an ex-pat wife wasn’t quite as glamorous and exciting as I first envisaged, so to fend off homesickness and culture shock I began a blog about our life in Los Angeles, which re-ignited my creative juices. When I returned to the UK I undertook a creative writing course, always intending to turn my US adventures into book, but it never happened. Instead I developed a talent for short stories, and boosted by a couple of competition wins, I then starting writing a novel.
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