Sunday, 30 June 2019

Blog Tour & Book Review ~ The Road to Cromer Pier by Martin Gore

Today, I am happy to be part of Martin Gore's blog tour for his new book The Road to Cromer Pier, thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources Book Tours ..... check out my review below

Janet’s first love arrives out of the blue after forty 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

Cromer, a small seaside town in Norfolk, on the South East coast of England, is the setting for Martin Gore's second novel The Road to Cromer Pier.

The year is 2008 and the recession has hit that autumn, hotels are closing down in the town, Janet Wells, Proprieter of the Cromer Pier Theatre needs to cut the costs down over the winter but when the bank pulls the plug on them, she's devastated and doesn't know how she's going to tell the cast and crew.

The recession is hitting everyone except local businessman, Lionel Pemrose, he's ruthless, vindictive and a bully ....... and he's had his eye on the Theatre for a long time as he has big plans for it but, up till now, it's not been for sale and there's no love lost between him and Janet.

As Lionel's planning to turn the end of the pier Theatre into a Bingo Hall, we meet an assortment of characters, including Janet's first love, Paul, now a football manager who's had his worst day ever and has run away to his childhood seaside town to lay low for a while;  there's Les, an ageing comedian who's best days are behind him;  Cyril, the Punch & Judy man;  Lech, a Polish magician and also singer Lauren who came second in a TV talent show and who is headlining the Cromer Pier Summertime Special Show.

There are many more entertaining characters who all contribute to this lovely story, full of warmth and humour, it depicts how these end of pier theatres struggle to survive in a competitive industry, how friendships are formed and lives are changed, and it was a pleasure to read this engaging tale.

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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.
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