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A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town. How far would you go to follow your dream?

Queensland, 1994 When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she's captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 20th 2019 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
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Kylie D
I was excited to get a copy of this book, having loved a few of Alli Sinclair's previous novels. This one though, while very enjoyable, didn't quite measure up to her earlier books. I didn't feel the passion in this book as much as I had her others. Having said that The Cinema At Starlight Creek is still a solid effort, and the character of Hattie especially memorable.

Here we are following two timelines, Queensland in 1984 and 1950's Hollywood. In Queensland we have Claire, who is part of a
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Brenda
It was the 1950s when Lena Lee braved Hollywood as a naïve young woman, determined to make it in the big time. She could sing and act she just needed a chance. Signed by a big studio, her dreams looked like coming true. But with the censorship police cutting many scenes, and the expectation for the female actresses to be demure, innocent and well covered, and always looked after by a man, Lenas frustrations grew. Pretending to be someone she was not was what acting was all about but she drew ...more
Veronica ⭐️
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars
The Cinema at Starlight Creek has a dual time line narrative. Moving from 1950s Hollywood to 1994 and a small country town in northern Queenslands cane belt.

Claire is working on a min-series featuring art-deco architect Amelia Elliott. When her first cinema location falls through she arrives in the small, neglected town of Starlight Creek, the location of another Amelia Elliott designed cinema. The cinema is ideal but first she must get the
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Mandy White
Warning - I fear that this review may be a lot of gushing as I absolutely LOVED this book! I have not read anything by Alli Sinclair before and now I wonder why. This book has me absolutely captivated and I did not want it to end. I so looked forward to reading time to get lost in the lives of these wonderful characters. I am a lover of the classic films from Hollywood - Some Like it Hot and Breakfast at Tiffany's amongst my favourites and this book let me indulge in that love whilst reading. ...more
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Queensland, 1994: Claire is a location manager working on a TV miniseries when she's captivated by Starlight Creek. She needs permission to film at an art deco cinema in Starlight Creek but there's trouble; the cinema's reclusive owner, Hattie, and Hattie's enigmatic great nephew, Luke, stand in her way.
Hollywood, 1950: Lena has struggled to find the break that will
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4.5 stars
I remember when I first glimpsed the cover of Alli Sinclairs latest novel, The Cinema at Starlight Creek back in January this year, and it literally took my breath away. After months of impatiently waiting, I finally had the chance to sit back and allow Alli Sinclair to carry me away across two magnificent narratives. In The Cinema at Starlight Creek, the reader is transported to 1950s Hollywood with actress Lena Lee in charge, while in 1994,
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Claire
Dreams really can come true
What a wonderful story Alli Sinclair has created in The Cinema at Starlight Creek. At its heart this is a story about following your dreams and your heart. Its also about love, friendship, heartache, community and change and about having and being a voice for others. This is a story Ive been anticipating since I heard about it nearly 7 months ago. Its a dual timeline narrative, which is one of my favourite genres, blending historical with modern day stories. It has
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Helen
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can a small cinema in the country town of Starlight Creek get people opening up, can it bring people together not just a town but help people find love and above all find their dreams?

It is 1994 and Claire Montgomery arrives as location manager working on a TV mini -series she discovers a beautiful art deco cinema, and now she must convince the owner to let them film in this cinema, not an easy task when she comes up against the owners great nephew Luke, a heartfelt appeal by letter to the
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Sarah
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020, aty-52
3.5*, rounded down.
This book, published under the Harlequin imprint, juxtaposes two separate plot lines and time settings in alternating chapters, a familiar device which has perhaps become over-used in the women's literature market over the past few years. I generally find that I prefer one story over the other (usually the historical over the contemporary), but I'm pleased to report that Sinclair has created two equally engrossing tales in The Cinema at Starlight Creek. The first, set in
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Carolyn
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cinema At Starlight Creek by Alli Sinclair captures the beauty of a small town in north Queensland where sugar cane thrives and an art deco cinema comes to life.

Set in two different time-zones; Queensland 1990's and Hollywood 1950's we discover two different women Claire and Lena who although worlds apart try to live the life they've dared to dream.

Do you dare to follow your own dreams?

It's all about counting your blessings and following your dreams until they come true, no matter the
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Maya Linnell
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another ripper from Alli Sinclair. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this June release. Hollywood glamour, strong female leads, small town drama and characters with oh-so-sweet passion projects. Loved it! And that beautiful cover - a winning combination!
Michelle
A beautiful dual timeline narrative of love, loss and following your dreams.
Helen
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5* Great Reads & Tea Leaves Blog:


Looking at this stunning cover, I was eager to get into Allis latest tale - a dual time narrative (a fave here at GRTL) blending modern day and historical stories. The Cinema at Starlight Creek moves between 1950s Hollywood, to 1994 small town country living in the Queensland's sugarcane belt. There is much to love in both locations and both timelines.

What kind of world are we living in when people willingly buy into fairy tales that are totally
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Julie Garner
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fiction, romance
I received an ARC of this book.
Alli Sinclair is going from strength to strength with each new book she writes. This one is a beautiful story set in a tiny town in far North Queensland in the nineties and Hollywood during the fifties. My heart fell in love with Starlight Creek and would give anything to visit.
The author has once again focused on two strong women trying to live their dream life and tear down the walls that existed in their industries between men and women.
We start with a small
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Diane
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sinclair-alli
Loved this book by Alli Sinclair.
Monique Mulligan
The Cinema at Starlight Creek by Alli Sinclair is another dual timeline book that hooked me this month. Ive been a fan of Allis since her first book and Ive especially enjoyed her most recent books set in Australia. To me, shes also going from strength to strength. The Cinema at Starlight Creek is a story of choices, of hindrances, of dreams, secrets and lies. But above all, its about courage, as two women in two different times follow their dreams in the male-dominated film industry. In the ...more
Julie (HufflepuffGirl90)
This novel was lovely to read. I enjoyed learning about both Claire and Lena.
Ms Sinclair is a wonderful writer, able to weave an elaborate story of two strong and confident women who will stop at nothing to fulfil their dreams.

*i received this novel for free in exchange for my honest review.

Full review at:
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Jaylee Neal
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a month to finish this finally, but Alli did not disappoint me again with this all these characters were so believable and the plot was just incredible!
Sam Still Reading
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dual timeline stories
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: enjoyed Burning Fields
Alli Sinclairs latest novel, The Cinema at Starlight Creek, has an absolutely beautiful cover and the story inside is just as gorgeous. Tying together a story that goes beyond the glamour of Old Hollywood with life behind the scenes in the 1990s, its a read that is full of surprises.

In the 1990s, Claire Montgomery is a location manager for a television series. Her task is to find locations for a series about a female Art Deco architect in outback Queensland. Just when she thinks shes nailed it;
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Sharon
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, gifted
The Cinema at Starlight Creek is an easy-to-read exploration of women's experiences in the film industry in the 1950s and 1990s, with plenty of romance thrown in for good measure.

In 1994, in rural Queensland, aspiring documentary maker Claire Montgomery is tasked with finding a new set for their mini-series on an all-but forgotten Australian female architect. When she finds a cinema the architect designed at Starlight Creek, all her problems appear solved - until the owners refuse access. In
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Shreedevi Gurumurty
A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town. How far would you go to follow your dream?
In Northern Queensland 1994, Claire Montgomery is a location manager who arrives in rural Queensland to scout a potential cinema location to shoot a TV mini-series on an inspirational woman who launched the Art Deco movement in Australia, despite society stifling her dreams. Claire is captivated by the beauty of
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Susanne
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Both historical and present day stories melded wonderfully.
Highly recommended.
Theresa Smith
Review to come...
Chapter Ichi
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chapter by chapter, this novel drew me in further and further. The dual timeline structure was a harmonious blend of characters and settings.

I was immediately drawn into Lena's world, an actress struggling to make it big in Hollywood in the 1950s. Her big heart, empathy and down to earth manner sets her apart from the actresses who will sell their soul for their careers. Aren't these the characteristics we hope actresses and actors have?! As role models for the teenagers of today in many
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Jeannette
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book blurb...
A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town.
How far would you go to follow your dream?
Queensland, 1994: When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she's captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing
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Bree T
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a dual timeline story. I think ever since I read The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, theyve been one of my favourite things to settle in with. I love a historical narrative and appreciate the ways in which authors can blend these stories with those in the present. In this story, the present is not particularly present northern Queensland, 1994. Its funny, 1994 isnt that long ago really, in the grand scheme of things. But reading this book made me realise its a lifetime ago in terms of ...more
Shelagh
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cinema At Starlight Creek is my first Alli Sinclair book and what a fabulous introduction to this talented author it has been. This is a dual timeline story and for most of the book I wondered how the two stories were linked. Dont get me wrong - I was hooked from page one and eagerly lapped up both stories, but it took a while to see the links. Of course they were there and as with all good stories they came together very nicely at the end.
There was so much to like about this book. First of
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Janine
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Cinema at Starlight Creek is a wonderful dual narrative story from Alli Sinclair. There are two time periods here - a modern one set in a small town in Queensland and the other one set in Hollywood in the 1950's. Claire is on the lookout for a historical cinema as the setting for a mini-series about a famous female architect, she discovers the small town of Starlight Creek and there is a slightly dilapidated cinema that has not been used for years. On approaching the owner she is met with ...more
Patricia
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely lovely book - I have no idea why I haven't already reviewed this which I received from Beauty and Lace Book Club in July. It is told with two very different and distinctive timelines and you are never left wondering what is happening. For lots of the story you wonder how the timelines can be linked, as the reader is sure they must be, but that adds to the wonder of the book.Queensland, 1994 and Hollywood, 1950 are very different, especially the small town of Starlight Creek and the ...more
Dannielle Line
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Determined to succeed, location manager, Clair Montgomery works hard in the male-dominated film industry to fulfil her dreams. Shes learning all she can in hopes one day shell be able to film her own documentaries. Then shes be in control. She finds the perfect location for her current project, but she never dreamed the small country town, its people and its beauty would lay claim to her heart.

1950s actress, Lena Lee, is a woman before her time. Shes worked hard to overcome prejudice against her
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Alli Sinclair is an Australian multi-award winning author published who has lived in Argentina, Peru, and Canada. Shes climbed some of the worlds highest mountains and worked as a tour guide in South and Central America. Australia has always been close to Allis heart as she loves the diverse landscapes and the rich multicultural heritage of this wonderful land.

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