Book Review, Giveaway: Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox 6



Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner

by Helen Cox



Amazon US / UK


What brings Bonnie Brooks to The Starlight Diner? And why is she on the run?

As the front-woman in a band, Bonnie is used to being in the spotlight, but now she must hide in the shadows.

Bonnie only has one person who she can turn to: her friend Esther Knight, who waitresses at the Fifties-themed diner. There, retro songs play on the jukebox as fries and sundaes are served to satisfied customers. But where has Esther gone?

Alone in New York City, Bonnie breaks down in front of the arrogant news reporter, and diner regular, Jimmy Boyle. Jimmy offers to help her. Can she trust him?

When the kindly owner of the Starlight Diner offers Bonnie work, and she meets charming security officer Nick Moloney, she dares to hope that her luck has changed. Is there a blossoming romance on the cards? And can Bonnie rebuild her life with the help of her Starlight Diner friends?


My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:


Penny Lanes was a colourful place: every available wall was painted with bright blue, pink and white stripes and the place smelled, as almost all bowling alleys do, of stale beer and feet.


A more suspicious woman would think he was cheatin’. Course, he knows there’d be nothing left of him if he did that to me. His only mistress is his paperwork.’


He was wide around the waist and fairly short and stubby for a man with the amount of power I knew he had. But wasn’t that always the way? The smallest dogs always yapped the loudest, and were the breeds most eager to bite.


My Review:


I enjoyed the premise of this book and the author’s engaging storylines piqued my interest while her colorful characters continued to entertain and delight. The story continued from the end of the previous book with the same characters as well as some new arrivals with story threads of intrigue, mystery, romance, family drama, heart-squeezes, and levity. I always revel and take pleasure in a previously villainous character being redeemed and found a hero – go Jimmy Boyle. And although it was a small flaw in the total scheme of things, I struggled more than a bit with the inconsistency of an intelligent and educated lawyer turned journalist having rather atrocious grammar.


About Helen Cox

Helen Cox is a book-devouring, photo-taking, film-obsessed novelist. If forced to choose one, Helen’s Mastermind specialism would be Grease 2. To this day, she still adheres to the Pink Lady pledge and when somebody asks her if she is a god she says ‘yes.’

After completing her MA in creative writing at the University of York St. John Helen found work writing for a range of magazines, websites and blogs as well as writing news and features for TV and radio. She has written three non-fiction books and founded independent film publication: New Empress Magazine. She currently lives in York and writes novels.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review, Giveaway: Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox

  1. Reply Megan @ Ginger Mom Nov 24,2017 7:14 pm

    Well, bought another book 🙂 This one looks just as good as the milkshake one 🙂

  2. Reply oberoiravmeet Nov 25,2017 10:11 pm

    You had me at the title if the book!
    I feel like this wuld make the perfect vacation read.

  3. Reply oberoiravmeet Nov 25,2017 10:12 pm


  4. Reply theabominablebookgirl Nov 26,2017 5:55 am

    This is why reading is your friend. Before getting to the synopsis and tour review, I was looking at the cover and repeating to myself “Isn’t this a sequel of the first book?” Then I found the sense to read. Aside from the journalist part that bugged you, how did this book compare to the first?

    • Reply Empress DJ Nov 26,2017 8:53 pm

      I liked them both evenly but for different elements. The first one was more angsty with family drama and a sweet love story, the second one had a suspense element to it and more humor.

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