Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for this delightful book- The Little Theatre on Halfpenny Lane by Clodagh Murphy.
The Little Theatre on Halfpenny Lane
Aoife and her sisters know exactly what to do when they inherit their Great-aunt Detta’s theatre on Halfpenny Lane:
- Restore the dilapidated building to its former glory.
- Perform together on its stage to packed houses and rapturous applause.
- Live happily ever after.
But they didn’t count on Detta leaving a share in the theatre to her godson, Jonathan. Now they’ll have to persuade him to buy into their vision of stardust and magic – or find the money to buy him out.
As they fight to save the theatre, Aoife also battles her growing feelings for Jonathan. Because she can’t let herself fall for the man who’s about to bring the curtain down on their dreams.
The little Theatre on Halfpenny Lane is a delightful, family-oriented story that is difficult not to fall in love with.
Aoife, Mimi, and Sive Carroll always knew their great aunt Detta was going to leave them the old theatre on Halfpenny Lane in her will. Aunt Detta, a talented actress herself, encouraged the girls to follow their dreams and passed on trade secrets, but she also kept changing her will, nothing serious, bits and bobs…When Aunt Detta’s will is read, the sisters find out that there is the fourth person their aunt left the theatre to- her godson Jonathan. While Aoife, Mimi, and Sive discover or rather come to terms with how much it would cost to breathe new life into the old place, Jonathan has more practical plans.
I love books about families in general and sisters in particular. Aoife took care of her younger sisters when they lost their parents in a car accident. Anyone who had to make sacrifices for one’s family would relate to this kind-hearted and responsible seventeen year old who tried to give her younger sisters as normal life as possible, taking care of their food, clothes, and extra classes. She even gave up her place in the Acting Academy to get a sensible job that would put bread on the table. But her sisters are grown-up now and Aoife is still stuck in the same life. I loved the development this sweet heroine goes through in the book and the last lines are a sheer perfection!
Anyone who loves theatre and/or has been involved in a theatrical production is going to appreciate the descriptions of the old theatre and its special atmosphere- the lights, the stage make-up, tiny changing rooms at the backstage- it’s all there! Add the bigger picture of Dublin itself and you have a perfect setting written with a lot of love and insider knowledge.
I hope this was just the first book and we’re going to get feisty Mimi and gentle Sive’s stories in the following books. Can’t wait to find out what life has in store for Carroll sisters and their little theatre.
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Clodagh Murphy lives in Dublin, Ireland. She has worked as a bar waitress, cleaner, secretary, editorial assistant, mystery shopper and movie extra. But she always dreamed of being an author, and after more jobs than she cares to (or can) remember, she now writes full-time. For more information about her books or to sign up to her newsletter, visit her website at http://clodaghmurphy.com/.
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