What brings Bonnie Brooks to The Starlight Diner? And why is she on the run?
As the front-woman in a band, Bonnie is used to being in the spotlight, but now she must hide in the shadows.
Bonnie only has one person who she can turn to: her friend Esther Knight, who waitresses at the Fifties-themed diner. There, retro songs play on the jukebox as fries and sundaes are served to satisfied customers. But where has Esther gone?
Alone in New York City, Bonnie breaks down in front of arrogant news reporter, and diner regular, Jimmy Boyle. Jimmy offers to help her. Can she trust him?
When the kindly owner of the Starlight Diner offers Bonnie work, and she meets charming security officer Nick Moloney, she dares to hope that her luck has changed. Is there a blossoming romance on the cards? And can Bonnie rebuild her life with the help of her Starlight Diner friends?
Secrets & Fries at the Starlight Diner was published on the 16th December 2016. Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the blog tour and providing me with my copy of the book for this review.
Secrets & Fries at the Starlight Diner is a brilliant combination of chick-lit and mystery. There are all the hallmarks of the building and maintenance of relationships as well as the mystery behind Bonnie’s arrival.
Secrets & Fries at the Starlight Diner opens with Bonnie’s arrival at the Starlight Diner where she is seeking out Esther, an old friend who she is hoping is going to provide her with a roof over her head for a few days. However Esther is actually in England and not returning until the next day. This leaves Bonnie in a predicament as she has hardly any money and no where to stay as such she’s weighing up the prospect of a night riding the subway.
It is clear from this initial introduction that Bonnie is running away from someone but we have no idea why.
I really liked Bonnie’s character from the outset, she’s ballsy but also vulnerable and in need of some help. She’s aware of the fact that she’s got herself into a bit of a pickle but is trying to get sorted whilst protecting those around her. Along the way we meet Jimmy, another character I liked although not sure I’m was supposed to at the start however I felt there was more to him than his frosty and cocky demeanour.
What I loved most about this book was its setting, I really want to visit the Starlight Diner and experience its retro feel. The descriptions of the decor and food were fabulous alongside all the music references – I felt like I was transported to a real 1950’s Diner!
This is a gorgeous read and I hope to return to the Starlight Diner again!
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Helen Cox is a book-devouring, photo-taking, film-obsessed novelist. If forced to choose one, Helen’s Mastermind specialism would be Grease 2. To this day, she still adheres to the Pink Lady pledge and when somebody asks her if she is a god she says ‘yes.’
After completing her MA in creative writing at the University of York St. John Helen found work writing for a range of magazines, websites and blogs as well as writing news and features for TV and radio. She has written three non-fiction books and founded independent film publication: New Empress Magazine. She currently lives in York and writes novels.