Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Starlite Drive-In
I wasn't there when they dug up the bones at the old drive-in theater, but I heard about them within the hour. In a small town, world travels like heat lightning across a parched summer sky. Irma Schmidt phoned Aunt Bliss and delivered the news with such volume that her voice carried across the kitchen to where I was sitting.
After hanging up the receiver, Aunt Bliss peered at me through her thick bifocals. "With all those farms around there, they could be the bones of some animal."
I picked up the coffee mug, drained it, then set it on the worn Formica table. "They could be."
Pursing her lips, she stared hard at me. "I know what you're thinking, but more than one person disappeared that summer."
"Yes," I said reflectively, "that's true." But my heart was beating faster. (pg 1).
And so begins the story of The Starlite Drive-In by Marjorie Reynolds. Called Anne Benton knows the identity of the victim who mysteriously disappeared thirty-six years ago. In sweltering summer of 1956, when a handsome drifter named Charlie Memphis arrives at the Starlite to help Callie Anne's injured father run the theater. Both she and her mother, Teal, fall for Memphis's rugged style and gentlemanly manners, but Callie Anne's father - bitter in his role as caretaker for the rural drive-in and his agoraphobic wife - doesn't like the drifter's increasing interest in Teal.
A disastrous turn of events change their lives forever, and it's up to the grown up Callie Ann to unlock the secrets of the decades-old mystery.
I received The Starlite Drive-In compliments of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. In my own personal childhood memories I can still picture the sights and sounds of those long-forgotten classic drive-in theaters and Marjorie Reynolds does such an exceptional job at bringing the reader back to a much simpler time as we journey along with Callie Anne's memory of what happened so long ago. I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to read more from Marjorie Reynolds. Her writing style flows so well that it takes the readers back in time and you actually become part of the story, which I love. For that reason I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars!
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