Today I’m sharing my review for The Road to Cromer Pier by Martin Gore with thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite.
About the book
Janet’s first love arrives out of the blue after thirty years. Those were simpler times for them both. Sunny childhood beach holidays, fish and chips and big copper pennies clunking into one armed bandits.
The Wells family has run the Cromer Pier Summertime Special Show for generations. But it’s now 2009 and the recession is biting hard. Owner Janet Wells and daughter Karen are facing an uncertain future. The show must go on, and Janet gambles on a fading talent show star. But both the star and the other cast members have their demons. This is a story of love, loyalty and luvvies. The road to Cromer Pier might be the end of their careers, or it might just be a new beginning.
The Road to Cromer Pier is available to purchase now – Amazon
I really like the cover for this book, it’s quite simple but intriguing as is the description so I was really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it.
I started reading this book while sitting out in the sunshine one afternoon, thinking I’d get a few chapters in before tea time. I ended up reading nearly half the book before I realised the kids needed fed (sorry kids). It’s one of those books that you just fall into, it really draws you in with its beautiful descriptions of the Pier.
There are some wonderful characters within this story that really come to life and it was nice getting know them, both while working and through their personal lives. They just seemed to jump off the page and while I wasn’t reading I was thinking about them. I couldn’t wait to see how things worked out for them.
This is the first book I’ve read by the author and I really enjoyed it. It has a steady pace which I felt really did bring everything to life. It was easy to picture everything in my mind as I read along and I didn’t want it to end.
I’ll definitely be looking out for more from Martin Gore and will be recommending The Road to Cromer Pier.
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About the author
I am a 61 year old Accountant who semi-retired to explore my love of creative writing. In my career I held Board level jobs for over twenty five years, in private, public and third sector organisations. I was born in Coventry, a city then dominated by the car industry and high volume manufacturing. Jaguar, Triumph, Talbot, Rolls Royce, Courtaulds, Massey Ferguson were the major employers, to name but a few.
When I was nine year’s old I told my long suffering mother that as I liked English composition and drama I was going to be a Playwright. She told me that I should work hard at school and get a proper job. She was right of course.
I started as an Office Junior at Jaguar in 1973 at eleven pounds sixty four a week. I thus grew up in the strike torn, class divided seventies. My first career ended in 2015, when I semi retired as Director of Corporate services at Humberside Probation. My second career, as a Non Executive Director, is great as it has allowed me free time to travel and indulge my passion for writing, both in novels and for theatre.
The opportunity to rekindle my interest in writing came in 2009, when I wrote my first pantomime, Cinderella, for my home group, the Walkington Pantomime Players. I have now written eight. I love theatre, particularly musical theatre, and completed the Hull Truck Theatre Playwrite course in 2010. My first play, a comedy called He’s Behind You, had its first highly successful showing in January 2016, so I intend to move forward in all three creative areas.
Pen Pals was my first novel, but a second, The Road to Cromer Pier, will be released in the Summer of 2019.
I’m an old fashioned writer I guess. I want you to laugh and to cry. I want you to believe in my characters, and feel that my stories have a beginning, a middle, and a satisfactory ending.