Book Review: The Picture House By The Sea By Holly Hepburn


The picture house by the sea is the Palace at Polwhipple – a lovely art deco cinema, nestled in front of azure Cornish seas. But it is long past its heyday now, and its only saving grace is Ferrelli’s, the family run ice-cream concession in the foyer, which is widely known as the best ice-cream for miles.

So when Ferdie, the owner of Ferelli’s, breaks his leg, his granddaughter Gina drops everything to come and help out. But when she arrives she is dismayed by the state of the cinema, which she remembers fondly from summer holidays when she was little, and she is determined to give it the makeover it deserves. Along with local renovation expert Ben, she sets about reviving the Palace to its former glory.
But the cinema needs more than a lick of paint. Its very future is under threat from a developer with greed in his eyes. Can Gina save the place before it is too late?


Hepburn is now a favourite author of mine.

Beautiful beach coast reads that has you engrossed throughout. I really did not want this to end but at the same time I kept finding myself reading little snippets to get lost in this fabulous world.

So, the main character Gina. Her grandfather has this cute ice-cream parlour in a beach-side coast. After an incident with him, she has to travel from her current home in London, back to Cornwall to help out, leaving behind her boyfriend.

She slowly begins to re-fall-in-love with her surroundings. The beautiful cliff paths at her doorstep. Plus, the friendliness of everyone and the closeness of the few shops. It’s good to be within close proximity when it really is a small town where it is quiet enough. You wouldn’t want to be surrounded by too much noise of a City of any size, that would be mental.

She finds her close friend from when she was a teenager and things begin to grow there again. I really enjoyed the side characters appearances too such as Carrie and her cute vintage style shop. The friendships between them and watching Gina evolve and eventually come to understand that she belongs at her real home.

Cute perfect beach side coast reads. Plus, excellent choices in films. I really enjoyed the conversations over each film.

5/5 Stars

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