Monday, December 9, 2013

Review of Theatricks by Eleanor Gwyn-Jones!

Title: Theatricks
Author: Eleanor Gwyn-Jones
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Age Group: 25 - 50
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Enna Petersen has never been good at making personal decisions, particularly when she has to choose between her passions. As a theater director, the stage is her world, the spotlight her vitamin D, the waft of greasepaint her oxygen. However, when her handsome American businessman boyfriend proposes and paints the picture of a luxurious life in Pennsylvania, she has to tear her heart in two and give up on her theatrical dreams.

But as she navigates the visa gauntlet at the US embassy in England, she meets Will, a charismatic, erudite actor who encourages her to not give up on her dilapidated and much beloved theater. She is torn, tormented by the thought that her departure will certainly lead to Ashtead Theatre’s demise, but she follows her heart, says goodbye to her homeland, and begins her new role as Cole’s fiancée in America.

However, homesickness soon strikes. Enna longs for the English countryside, her theater, and the passion that Will has inspired in her. After her American dreams fall apart, she is reunited with all three back in the UK, and with Will's help, she soon finds her theater more successful than she ever thought possible. She has everything she's ever wanted, including a gorgeous man in her bed to share it with, so why is it she can't stop thinking about Cole?

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I actually know what it's like to leave home and move to a different country.  Although for me it was from Canada to the United States.  Not as drastic as Enna, who moves from England to Pennsylvania with her fiancee Cole.  

She's torn, because she wants to move, but she also is sad to leave behind her family and friends in England. Also, she decides to leave behind the one thing she loves the most.  The Theater.  It doesn't help that when meets Will, he trys to make her see that her dreams about the theater are ones that she can one day grasp!  

After moving to the US with Cole, she's happy at first, but she misses her home terribly.  So much so, she decides to go back; thinking this is what she needs to be happy.  Again, she finds herself torn.  Did she make the right decision in coming back home and leaving Cole?  Was this the right path for her to take?  Only she can really decide that for herself.

This book is ultimatlely about choices and about whether she made the right ones for her life and for her happiness.  What she thinks she wants... can she be happy with it?  Or would her life be better if she kept it the way it was? Ultimately, she has to live with the consequences of those choices.  

I really enjoyed this book, as it made me think about when I first moved with my fiancee, now husband.  It is scary moving to a new country.   I know that I only moved a couple of hours from home, but there are things that I had to get used to here that are so much different then home. I loved how Enna was willing to fight for her dreams and ultimately her happiness.  

About the Author

Eleanor Gwyn-Jones lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but originally hails from Surrey, England. Huzzah! She studied biology at Southampton University before taking to the stage as an actress, agent and administrator of a touring theatre company. She performed in theatres, studios, schools and festivals across the British Isles before moving to the States. It was whilst visa-dangling and unable to take on acting work that she started to write and decided she far preferred it to anything else in the world! In 2008, Eleanor started her own ‘at home’ business to afford her more time to be with her ‘book babies.’ Now she spends her time writing by day and teaching ladies to look fabulous at night. She is a travel junkie—it’s research, darling, research!—a gourmand, a yogi, a sometime blogger and she adores her family and friends beyond all measure. She is currently putting the finishing key strokes to the sequel to Theatricks, due for release in 2014.

If she weren’t writing, she’d like to think you’d find her in Downton, The Paradise, or having a goblet of wine with Tyrion in King’s Landing.

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