Book review: Alice in Theatreland by Julia Roberts

Alice in Theatreland

It’s 1976; a summer of soaring temperatures and hose-pipe bans, and the year nineteen-year-old Alice Abbott’s life changed irrevocably…
Alice’s childhood dream of seeing her name up in lights seems close to fulfilment when she attends an audition for a new West End show but first she must impress theatre impresario, Richard, a man with an unhealthy penchant for innocent young dancers.
Befriended by Gina, an experienced dancer who is determined to protect her new friend from the sleaze behind the glamour, and attracting attention from the male lead in the show, Peter, a former pop star who she’s had a crush on for years, Alice’s star seems to be ascending until she accepts Richard’s impromptu dinner invitation.
Alice’s apparent naivety places her in peril, but is she really as innocent as she appears or is she playing a dangerous game? And just how far will Richard go to protect his guilty secret?

My thoughts

This was a sweet little book, a nice little romance. It was written from the POV of many different people, which usually is an issue for me. Whether it is because I have a short attention span or I simply don’t care enough about people, but generally my attentions starts to wander when there’s too many POVs. Not with this book. Julia pulls off the many different POVs quite well and it really added depth to the story.

The trouble with Alice…

I didn’t really care that much for Alice, but that was not a criticism of the author. Alice was so naive and innocent, and at times I wanted to shake her to get a grip, but I think that was the intention of the author. Alice is naive, that was the whole point. And I needed to keep in mind that this is set in the seventies, although Julia Roberts does paint a perfect picture of the theatre world in the seventies. I really liked the interactions of the girls and of course Alice’s love interest.

Gina to the rescue

Gina, Alice’s friend, comes to her rescue in the book, but also comes to the reader’s rescue. She is by far the most interesting person in the book and definitely made the story worth reading for me. I kept wanting to know more about her!

In conclusion

I can recommend this book if you are looking for a sweet romance set in the seventies. There is no erotica in this book, but plenty of dilemmas and crises and, of course, a happy ending.

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