Summer has been Lily McBride’s favorite time of year since she was a kid, because that’s when the Brookesville Playhouse opens its doors. Now that she’s an adult and works as their tech director, Lily wants more for her beloved Playhouse: a larger audience, a longer season, and exciting shows to draw new patrons.
This year, though, she also wants Genevieve Mason, a pretty starlet-in-the-making from the local university, recruited for the season’s tech crew. Genny throws her heart and soul into the place too, adding her own dreams of representation to the ‘must-have’ list, and using her sweet voice and surprising flare for pyrotechnics to draw the crowds in droves. They work so well together; it’s not long before their summer crush blossoms into a steamy affair.
Lily’s falling hard but always feels like Genny’s holding something back. And then there’s the dreaded Brookesville Arts Council–supposed to be a support system for all things cultural, instead dragging the Playhouse down with their old-fashioned stubbornness. There are a lot of hurdles to jump and egos to deflate before they can get what they want, both for the theater and from each other.
Review: I found this to be a rather interesting book. I haven’t read any other books by this author but, having disclosed that piece of information I found that although there were some issues I had with this book, it really had a nice storyline.
We all have that special place that as a kid for whatever reason we find solace in. For Lily it was the playhouse during the summer. But the small things that caught Lily’s attention as a child have now turned to bigger things…like not wanting the summer/season for the playhouse to end.
I liked that Ms. Hawthorne introduced a lot of characters but sometimes it is better to stick with a few then too many. I found myself getting rather overwhelmed at times because of the onslaught of characters that were paraded throughout the story at first.
Sometimes just a look is all that you need to meet or find that one person that you are attracted to. For Lily it was Genevieve or Genny for short. Genny had fallen in love with the playhouse just as Lily had. That look across the room connected these two not only for the love of the playhouse but also romantically. As the two worked for the greater good of the playhouse and things get heated as the town or rather the council drags their feet; their relationship becomes very emotional and intimate. Sometimes it would have been nice for a little more emotion outside of the bedroom getting rather steamy at times. But all in all it was good…
Another item that I had a bit of a problem with is that I like to be shown things instead of being told. Not much room to use your imagination. But this of course is just my opinion.
The entire entire premise of the story was fun and very entertaing. An easy read for one of those nights or days you just want something that is different and out of your comfort zone. So get to know Lily and Genny as they explore their relationship and she what happens as they join forces to help the local playhouse. Things tend to get hot in the relationship department so you might just need a nice cold drink as you settle in your comfy chair to see what happens.