Friday, April 12, 2019

"Stagestruck" by Emily Thomas

About this book:

  “Anne is thrilled when her old high school friend Tami Bates returns to Blue Hill for a visit. Tami is a theater producer's assistant in London, and she has an intriguing mystery for Anne. In the pocket of a costume she purchased at an auction, Tami found a note that mentions the legendary missing play by Hugh Bettridge, a famous playwright. The note is signed by Edie Summers and indicates Anne's aunt had the missing play. Anne hasn't come across the script, but she agrees to look for it. She quickly learns several other people are also searching for the valuable manuscript and are willing to go to great lengths to get it.
  Meanwhile, the local drama society is putting on a play to raise money for a new roof for the theater. Ben and Liddie eagerly join the cast, and Anne reluctantly agrees to take over a small role when the original actress is injured. The only problem is her character is supposed to kiss Alex's character! Can Anne get over her jitters so that the show can go on?”

Series: Book #14 in the “Secrets of the Blue Hilly Library” series. Reviews of #1 Here, #2 Here, #3 Here, #4 Here, #5 Here, #6 Here, #7 Here, #8 Here, #9 Here, #10 Here, #11 Here, #12 Here, and #13 Here!

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are read & quoted; Bible reading; Prayers & Blessings over food; Church going, Hymns, & Sermons; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, services, sermons, & a reverend; Mentions of Sunday school & Church youth group plays; A few mentions of Bible reading & those in the Bible; A couple mentions of Thanking God; A couple mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of hymns; A couple mentions of being blessed; A couple mentions of Easter; A mention of a chapel choir.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, an ‘idiot’, a ‘screw up’, two ‘shut up’s, and three ‘stupid’s; Some eye rolling; Mentions of stealing; Mentions of a boy hitting another boy; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of fires, jail, & deaths; A few mentions of drunk driving & a death; A few mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of an abusive boyfriend & him killing another man; A couple mentions of throwing up; A mention of a war; A mention of another car accident & death; A mention of a historical serial killer; A mention of a guillotine; A mention of a divorce;
             *Note: Mentions of authors, books, plays, & an actress; A couple mentions of car brands; A couple mentions of social media platforms; A mention of someone being zombie-like (tired).

Sexual Content- a cheek kiss and five barely-above-not-detailed kisses (for a play); Mentions of kisses, kissing, & a kiss scene in a play; Mentions of a high school sweetheart, dating, boyfriends, & exes; Mentions of flirting, flirts, & jealousy.

-Anne Gibson, age 34
                                P.O.V. of Anne
                                                        266 pages

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My personal Rating-
Since these books are written by many different authors (Emily Thomas is a pen name) around the same time, I did notice a couple inconsistencies in this book following the prior book. But, oh, boy! Wouldn’t I love to explore Aunt Edie’s attic! I did get lost a few times when all the play stuff and names were being mentioned as that’s not really my thing. It was an interesting mystery, though.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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