#Bookreview Curtain Call by C.H. Clepitt @badgerswritetoo

Today I am writing a delayed publication day post for Curtain Call by C.H. Clepitt, which was published on 6th May 2018.

About the book

Curtain Call

C H Clepitt has a knack for creating real, relatable characters, who face adversity with humour and humanity, and Curtain Call is no exception.

When an assistant to the director role turns into P.A. to her favourite film star, Jen can’t believe her luck. Eleanor Francis is charming, kind and funny, but she has a secret, and when tragedy strikes, things threaten to unravel at an uncontrollable pace. Despite being out of her depth Jen has to adapt to her new role quickly, to protect Eleanor, with whom she is rapidly falling in love.

This is a sweet, understated story that will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. If you’ve enjoyed C H Clepitt’s other books then this is not to be missed.

My Review

I was lucky enough to have read this book when it was only a short story and then again once it has been expanded into this novella. When I read the original story I thought it was great but felt a bit rushed due to the word limit. Now it has been expanded the pace has slowed down and it is a much better story.

The story follows Jen as she starts her new job at a theatre. She thinks she is going to be working behind the scenes but when she turns up to work is thrown in at the deep end by being made to be the star actress’ PA and help her in whatever way she can. The trouble is the actress in question is one she loves and one of her films helped Jen come out to her family.

As the story progresses they fall in love, made tricky by the fact that the actress is having an affair with her agent and gets even trickier further on.

The story is very well written and flows nicely. Considering it is a novella it doesn’t feel rushed at all and I would love to read more about the two main characters in future books. I also feel that Claire deals with the issues in the book very delicately and I really enjoyed it.

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About the author

C H Clepitt has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of the West of England. As her Bachelor’s Degree was in Drama, and her Master’s Dissertation focused on little known 18th Century playwright Susannah Centlivre, Clepitt’s novels are extremely dialogue driven, and it has often been observed that they would translate well to the screen.

Since graduating in 2007, she gained experience in community and music journalism, before establishing satirical news website, Newsnibbles in 2010. In 2011 she published her book, A Reason to Stay, which follows the adventures of disillusioned retail manager, Stephen, as he is thrust into village life and the world of AmDram. Clepitt’s feminist fantasy, The Book of Abisan not only crosses worlds, but confuses genres, and has been described as a crime drama with magic. She has often said that she doesn’t like the way that choosing a genre forces you to put your book into a specific little box, and instead she prefers to distort the readers’ expectations and keep them guessing. Her 2016 work, I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse does just that, as just like the characters, the readers won’t know what’s going on in this laugh out loud satirical scifi.

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