A Little Christmas Panto
By Angela Britnell
It is nearing Christmas time and that means one thing – it’s Panto time. “Oh no it isn’t!” “Oh yes it is!” This will be sure to get you in the festive mood. Twinkle step down to the blurb and the review below. Thanks first to Rachel Random Resources for inviting me to review and for the publisher ChocLit UK for the book.
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!
This book is seasonal, sweet and theatrical. Set in Cornwall, it is just fun and has heart and warmth for this time of year… ‘On yes it does…’ okay, moving on. It is about community getting together and helping each other to try and put on one of those great and uniquely British stage theatre shows – the Pantomime.
The relationship between Rosey and Zach is lovely to read and see develop. There is also the concerns about how the Panto will go ahead and if Zach, who has left LA, will join in and act.
It being Christmas, it is joyous, but not all is straightforward as the Panto is thrown into doubt as an accident occurs. There is also a bit highlighting hard times around Christmas for some but also the resilience to enjoy the season anyway. To find out if they pull off the Panto you need to read the book.
So throw yourself into Christmas with A Little Christmas Panto. This was the first book I’ve read by this author and it hits the spot.