This is Book One in the Halfpenny Lane series.
Set in southern Ireland, it follows the story of three Carroll sisters – Aoife (27), Sive (22) and Mimi – who inherit a theatre on Halfpenny Lane in Dublin from their Great-Aunt Detta. It turns out that a share in the theatre was also left to Jonathan Hunt, Detta’s godson. The sisters are unhappy about this, as they have a vision of how to make the theatre a success and they hadn’t factored in anyone else being involved. But now they have to work with Jonathan and his plans for the theatre are very different…
I loved the sisters straight away, they have a great relationship. They are all very different characters, so it’s easy to get to know them. I loved the theme of the theatre too, it reminded me a bit of my favourite children’s book – Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – where one of the girls wants to be an actress and I noticed the sisters are mentioned as being fans of Noel’s books! I loved Mimi’s no-nonsense stance and dress sense. Aoife is more like me, but I felt she often kept her mouth shut when I might have said something!
In this novel, two of the sisters love acting, Aoife is more of a reluctant performer, being practical and realising someone needs a “proper job” in the household. But all the girls love the theatre that Detta built up and want to bring it back to its former glory. I enjoyed the romantic element too and felt it was a good balance of everything you want in a story.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more. It felt like something different with the theatrical aspect and I loved that. I also liked the setting of Dublin and other parts of Ireland because I have never been there, but felt the story brought those places to life.
The Little Theatre on Halfpenny Lane
Aoife and her sisters know exactly what to do when they inherit their Great-aunt Detta’s theatre on Halfpenny Lane:
- Restore the dilapidated building to its former glory.
- Perform together on its stage to packed houses and rapturous applause.
- Live happily ever after.
But they didn’t count on Detta leaving a share in the theatre to her godson, Jonathan. Now they’ll have to persuade him to buy into their vision of stardust and magic – or find the money to buy him out.
As they fight to save the theatre, Aoife also battles her growing feelings for Jonathan. Because she can’t let herself fall for the man who’s about to bring the curtain down on their dreams.
Author Bio –
Clodagh Murphy lives in Dublin, Ireland. She has worked as a bar waitress, cleaner, secretary, editorial assistant, mystery shopper and movie extra. But she always dreamed of being an author, and after more jobs than she cares to (or can) remember, she now writes full-time. For more information about her books or to sign up to her newsletter, visit her website at http://clodaghmurphy.com/.
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