The bit on the back:
When the residents of the Cornish seaside town of Trevay discover that their ramshackle but much-loved theatre is about to be taken over by a global coffee chain, Cafe au Lait, they are up in arms. It is up to Penny Leighton to come up with a plan to save it. Trevay soon finds itself at the centre of the universe when A-listers arrive to take part in a charity season at the theatre. The play throws out a chance to Jess Tate, girlfriend to TV heartthrob Ryan Roberts. His career is on the rise while hers remains resolutely in the doldrums. But when opportunity comes calling, it isn’t just her career prospects that are about to change…
I received this book as a gift from one of my closest friends and what an amazing gift it was. This is the first time I’ve read anything by Fern Britton but it definitely won’t be the last!
A Seaside Affair is set in a small town on the coast of Cornwall and centres around the Pavillion being taken over by a large coffee company chain, Cafe au Lait. From the word go, you really want this town to succeed in saving such a wonderful sounding theatre, somewhere that is a piece of their history. They pull out all the stops, call in a lot of favours and even put on a brilliant show to help save their beloved theatre. And who doesn’t love a story about people going up against a huge concern and giving them a run for their money?!
There are several characters in the book, which did take some getting my head around to remember who was who. Each character comes to life beautifully though and all manage to hold their own. I was gripped as soon as I met Brooke, one of the leading ladies, and together with Jess and Ollie, they were my favourite characters; each going through their own problems personally and professionally, but when they come together to help save The Pavillion, they make the book what it is. And of course, you can’t have the goody guys without having some juicy bad guys too, and surprisingly, some of these turn out to be the people closest to some of our lead characters.
The only negative I have about the book, and it shouldn’t really put you off, just something I found, was that some parts felt like they could have been cut when the characters were preparing for the show that they hoped would save the theatre. The drama surrounding their lives was brilliant, but the parts that had them preparing for the show could probably have been shorter for me.
A Seaside Affair is the perfect summer read, especially if you’re wanting to get lost somewhere on a rainy day. Trevay was somewhere that I could imagine visiting myself and when reading whilst looking out of my office window to a cold and miserable town, it became the ultimate escape!
Fern is now firmly on my radar and I can’t wait to read more.