The fictional rural town of Starlight Creek is the eponymous setting for the latest novel by much-loved Australian romance writer Alli Sinclair — and I’m delighted to be able to take part in an online reveal of it’s stunning cover.
You may recall I featured Alli as a guest on my Shelf Aware blog in 2017 (revisit her post here) and also helped to announce the release of her previous novel, Burning Fields, with a feature interview (here).
Alli’s new novel, The Cinema at Starlight Creek (Harper Collins), is due for release in May and now available to pre-order (see links below). Here’s a hint of what to expect:
“A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town.”
And here’s what the blurb tells us:
Queensland, 1994: When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she’s captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing her dreams – until now. She must gain permission to film at Australia’s most historically significant art deco cinema, located at Starlight Creek. But there is trouble ahead. The community is fractured and the cinema’s reclusive owner, Hattie Fitzpatrick, and her enigmatic great nephew, Luke Jackson, stand in her way, putting Claire’s career-launching project – and her heart – at risk.
Hollywood, 1950: Lena Lee has struggled to find the break that will catapult her into a star with influence. She longs for roles about strong, independent women but with Hollywood engulfed in politics and a censorship battle, Lena’s timing is wrong. Forced to keep her love affair with actor Reeves Garrity a secret, Lena puts her career on the line to fight for equality for women in an industry ruled by men. Her generous and caring nature steers her onto a treacherous path, leaving Lena questioning what she is willing to endure to get what she desires.
Can two women – decades apart – uncover lies and secrets to live the life they’ve dared to dream?
Alli describes herself as an adventurer at heart. She has lived in Argentina, Peru and Canada, and has climbed some of the world’s highest mountains, worked as a tour guide in South and Central America, and has travelled the globe. She enjoys immersing herself in exotic destinations, cultures and languages but Australia remains close to her heart.
Alli has won a number of awards for her writing, hosts ‘Writers at Sea’ retreats, and presents writing workshops around Australia, as well as working on international film projects. She’s a volunteer role model with Books in Homes and an ambassador for the Fiji Book Drive. Alli’s books explore history, culture, love and grief, and relationships between family, friends and lovers. She captures the romance and thrill of discovering old and new worlds, and loves taking readers on a journey of discovery.
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