**BLOG BLITZ** Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox

24th November 2017

What the publisher says:

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?


What I say:

Bonnie arrives at the Starlight Diner in search of her friend Esther who she believes is the only person in the world who can, or is prepared to, help her.  Instead she finds the mysterious, and somewhat moody, diner regular Jimmy.  Despite herself she breaks down and finds herself staying overnight in his apartment where she discovers she is strangely drawn to this grumpy yet gorgeous man.

Esther returns and is somewhat shocked to see Bonnie again, and not only because in the time since they knew each other Bonnie has dyed her hair blue.  Here, the pace of the novel picks up and despite what you may think from the cover this actually is a very good drama with a smattering of romance thrown in just as a finishing touch.

The characters are likeable  and the story has enough twists and turns to keep you interested and indeed,  I read the whole book from start to finish in a couple of hours which is the sign of a good book in my eyes.   The setting was a new one for me too, based in what seemed to me to be an authentic American diner where the owner is stuck in the wrong decade and only allows music from back then.

Rating 4 out of 5

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