Friday, 24 November 2017

Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner Book Tour

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 And Fries At The Starlight Diner is my first read from Helen Cox and despite my initial disliking for one of the characters, I persisted and ended up really enjoying the book. First impressions don't always last I'm pleased to say. I won't say who I didn't like, you'll have to read it and see if you come to the same conclusion. 

From the off it becomes clear that there is a larger than life plot beginning to unravel when Bonnie's one time close friend, Esther, initially refuses to let her stay over. However, as the plot moves along the hatchet is buried as Esther welcomes Bonnie into her home when she sees how desperate she is. 

Not revealing the plot of Secrets And Fries At The Starlight Diner is incredibly difficult as I feel the strong urge to tell you how the plot develops. But standing by my own rules of not revealing any spoilers on Blooming Fiction I will zip it shut and just tell you a general few things about the book.

The setting and imagery is absolutely spot on, making it so easy to get in to the story itself and actually be there while the story happens. I've never been to a real American diner but I've been to some replicas and the descriptions in this book create the perfect picture of how I'd imagine the diner to look. Moving around from scene to scene the backdrops come clearly into view and the characters are just perfect in bringing the whole concept together. 

Although the story becomes a little much for me ( a bit too gangster in New York ) I really enjoyed following the story and found it easy to pick up again after rejoining the book. It wasn't a superglue novel but Secrets And Fries At The Starlight Diner has confirmed that this will probably not be the last read I have from Helen Cox.

About The Author

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.

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