Samantha Smith is the most unlikely heroine. She’s the younger of two sisters but while Cleo is vivacious and outgoing Sam is a lover of routine, of old black and white movies and is happiest with her nose buried in a book. Her life revolves her job as box office assistant at the Civic Centre where like many small local theatres she is a jack of all trades selling tickets, ordering (and over ordering!) ice creams and selling programmes and confectionary at the shows.
The latest show at the Civic Centre is an ice dancing show called Skating on Broadway. When Sam comes face to face with celebrity skater Jimmy Lloyd she finds herself immediately attracted to him and struggles with embarrassment, panic attacks and shyness. She’s not known for her prowess with the opposite sex and now that it means something to her it makes it even harder. Jimmy has a few issues himself but sees something in Sam that makes her really hard to set aside.
Having been a customer at many a small theatre in our capital and around the country I found myself reminiscing about past visits and the amazing staff that keep them going. This book is a joyous recreation of a small business at the heart of its community that finds itself under threat because of a withdrawal of funding. Sound familiar? It is the plight of small theatres all over the world.
This reprint by Aria brings One Night on Ice to a brand new audience and will delight and entertain readers.
Supplied by Net Galley and Aria in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: Dec 5 2019. 370 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.