Can a little Cornish village panto convince a troubled Hollywood heart throb to act again?
Oh no it won’t! At least that’s what Zach Broussard initially thinks when the eccentric Anna Teague tries to railroad him into helping out with her community pantomime production in the run-up to Christmas. Zach has his reasons for leaving Hollywood behind, and his retreat to the remote village of Polcarne in Cornwall signals the start of a new acting free life for him.
But when Zach meets Anna’s daughter, Rosey – an ex concert pianist who has swapped Mozart for panto tunes – he starts to wonder whether he could change his mind, and not just about acting.
If nothing else, will the residents of Polcarne ensure Zach has a Christmas he never forgets?
Oh yes they will!
Angela was born in St. Stephen, Cornwall, England. After completing her A-Levels she worked as a Naval Secretary. She met her husband, a US Naval Flight Officer while being based at a small NATO Headquarters on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark. They lived together in Denmark, Sicily, California, southern Maryland and London before settling in Franklin, Tennessee.
Angela took a creative writing course in 2000 and loved it so much that she has barely put her pen down since. She has had short stories and novels published in the US. Her novel Sugar & Spice, won Choc Lit’s Search for an American Star competition and was her UK debut.
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Another charming story from Angela Britnell
Rosey lives with her overbearing mother Anna in Polcarne.
Zach is an American actor from Tennessee who has come to Polcarne in order to escape his old life & get closure on his previous relationship.
They end up falling for each other but it’s not an easy relationship, and there’s the small matter of the village Panto to sort out.
Really enjoyed reading this book.
A lovely story of a star who secumbs to a local girl and a village panto. The characters are so well portrayed that you want to book tickets to see the panto yourself. I loved how Rosey and Zach’s romance slow burned to a very natural conclusion. The trials and tribulations of village life were also very well conveyed, nothing seemed over the top. To combine a good story with a romance is no easy task but Angela managed it well, I look forward to reading her next book.
I adored this novel. The author, Angela Britnell, never fails to put a smile on my face with her fabulous novels and fascinating characters.
Zach is a Hollywood heartthrob, but he has fled that life and his secrets. He thinks he has found the perfect escape in a small quiet Cornish village. However the larger than life local pantomime producer, Anna, disagrees with his choices, to the embarrassment of her daughter, Rosey. Throw in some colourful local characters and attempted sabotage and the result is a great story that you won’t want to put down. I loved this novel!
Receiving a new book by Angela Britnell the reader knows they’re in for a treat.
Zach Broussard has taken a long break from his Hollywood acting career and secluded himself in Polcarne where the residents leave him in peace and quiet. That’s until flamboyant Anna Teague takes advantage of Zach’s profession and coerces him into assisting in the production of the annual village pantomime. Refusing to take an acting part, he finally agrees to help backstage. As an American, Zach find British pantomime utterly confusing, the dame is played by a man and the principal boy played by a woman. Soon he becomes deeply involved with the Christmas production and after meeting Anna’s daughter, Rosey, he queries his past lifestyle and wonders how to make a drastic change.
Don’t read this only during the Christmas season.
Effortless reading with a satisfactory end.
Knowing this writer’s previous books, I settled in to enjoy and of course, I was not disappointed. I don’t know how these authors manage to come up with yet another story which contains fresh ideas, but is equally as enjoyable as their earlier books. I had a lovely time following the budding relationship between Rosey and Zeke, dodging the bumps and potholes along the way, and arriving with them at their HEA, so I can’t offer anything less than 5 stars and my recommendation as a good read.
I was sent this lighthearted Christmas story in exchange for an honest review and am happy to admit that this story is one that can be an enjoyable Christmas read; saying that, I feel it can actually be read at almost any time of the year.
The main characters, Rosy, Zach and Anna. Rosy’s mum all fit so well in this story about a small Cornish village panto that any reader would soon settle in to it. Each page makes you want to discover where the story is going, and whilst I found it predictable – well it is a Christmas story and they tend to be predictable, don’t they? – it never deterred me from enjoying the whole thing.
The story centres around the annual village panto that has become almost an obsession for Anna. Rosy, her daughter is in charge of the music – and as an ex concert pianist knows her onions. Zack, a Hollywood actor, staying in the village in need of a bit of R & R soon finds himself helping out.
The story really is a page turner and it will bring a smile to your face.