Monday, 3 September 2018

Curtain Call by C H Clepitt + #Giveaway

Curtain Call by C H Clepitt
Self published in the UK on the 6th May 2018.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository (unavailable)
Wordery (unavailable)
Amazon US / Amazon UK

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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. 

I've enjoyed reading several of C H Clepitt's novels and short stories over the past few years and feel that Curtain Call could be her best yet. I loved the theatrical setting and could identify with that pressurised environment from my own AmDram days!

Genuine dialogue is an important focal point in Clepitt's writing and I felt that her approach of driving both the narrative and the emotional atmosphere through conversation worked particularly well. There is only a relatively small cast of characters - so Curtain Call could make a great play! - and each has a strong distinctive voice. Without giving away the plot, we see the characters dealing with particularly intense emotional situations in an utterly believable way. I never found myself doubting why anyone chose their course of behaviour and was often willing Jen especially to be just a little bit braver! I liked how Clepitt wove in issues such as other people's assumptions about sexuality and made outside events more of a potential hazard to Jen and Eleanor's blossoming romance than their gender.

Curtain Call is a good 'slice of life' story with a strong sense of authenticity. I think readers who appreciated novels like Kathleen Jowitt's A Spoke In The Wheel would like this (and vice versa).

And now it's time for the Giveaway!

The prize is an ebook edition of Curtain Call by C H Clepitt, gifted to the winner via Smashwords.
Open internationally until midnight (UK time) on the 17th September 2018.

Entry is by way of the Gleam widget below. This giveaway is entirely my own and is not affiliated with either the author or Smashwords. I just really want more readers to be aware of this book!
(GDPR: Gleam will ask for your email address so that I am able to contact the winner. I will then need to tell Smashwords that winning email address so they can send out the book.)

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  1. Genuine dialogue is my nemesis. I find it so hard to achieve! Maybe because I'm shy and don't tlak to people much??!!! LOL and if you are telling the story and setting the atmosphere thought it you are my hero(ine)!

    1. There's definitely an art to writing convincing dialogue!

  2. I was just about to say what Daniela did. LOL. Love that the dialogue and setting were strong backdrop for the character and the relationships.

  3. ooo i love to read ^_^
    lucy beckett

  4. Congratulations to Adrian B on winning the Curtain Call giveaway!