Book Review: Milkshakes and Heartbreaks at the Starlight Diner  (The Starlight Diner Series #1) by Helen Cox  5

Milkshakes and Heartbreaks at the Starlight Diner

(The Starlight Diner Series #1)

by Helen Cox




A witty, romantic, New York-inspired novel.

Next time you’re in New York, take a turn off-Broadway onto East Houston Street. There, you’ll see it: The Starlight Diner. A retro eatery curious enough to delight tourists and locals alike. Fifties tunes stream out of the jukebox long into the night, and it serves the tastiest milkshakes in the five boroughs.

Esther Knight waitresses at The Starlight Diner. She’s sharp, sarcastic, and she’s hiding something. Nobody at the diner knows why she left London for New York – or why she repeatedly resists the charms of their newest regular, actor Jack Faber.

Esther is desperate to start a new life in the land of the free, but despite the warm welcome from the close-knit diner crowd, something from her past is holding her back. Can she ever learn to love and live again?


My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:


Alan glanced over to the kitchen. There was something adorable about the fact he looked down the barrel of a gun without a second thought but was scared of his wife who was a mere two inches taller than my modest five foot three stature.


Mona was always wise at just the right moment. It was infuriating.


Forgetting was never an option. But it happened. I’ve accepted that. What he did. And that’s a lot harder than forgetting.


I can handle myself in extreme situations… I’ve seen Die Hard. Twice


My Review:


There were more heartaches than milkshakes in this rather angsty tale, although dry British humor was also occasionally on the menu via insightful observations and colorful descriptions. Despite the New York setting of the diner, the writing was distinctly British with both main characters being recent Brit transplants to New York. I enjoyed the quirkiness of the diner patrons as well as the entertaining and interesting twists and turns in the plot lines. I also relished the sweet and supportive interactions of the peculiar and uniquely crusty characters as well as the tender blossoming relationship between the anxious Esther and the sexy and intriguing Jack. However, as I am no fan of angst I had a bit of difficulty appreciating Esther as she was such a brittle and stubborn character and her self-loathing and fretful inner musings grated on my patience and grew increasingly tiresome, but I am happy to report that she snapped out of it in time to deliver that highly desired HEA.


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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5 thoughts on “Book Review: Milkshakes and Heartbreaks at the Starlight Diner  (The Starlight Diner Series #1) by Helen Cox 

  1. Reply Megan @ Ginger Mom Nov 24,2017 3:28 pm

    Sounds incredible! I read the synopsis and (sorry to say) I hit buy on Amazon before even getting to your review. But then I came back and, as always, adored your review 🙂 I am eager to see how this one pans out!

  2. Reply Megan | Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest Nov 24,2017 3:55 pm

    Let’s try it this way 🙂 Can’t wait to read this one. I went and picked up a copy. Love your reviews, as always!

  3. Reply Swibells Nov 25,2017 9:13 pm

    Sounds really awesome! Loved your review! 🙂

  4. Reply oberoiravmeet Nov 25,2017 10:13 pm

    Need these books in my life.

  5. Reply theabominablebookgirl Nov 26,2017 5:51 am

    I love this review! A little angst is fun for me…but only a little. If I have to sit through loads and I reach a HEA then it is worth it. I also enjoy dry humor.

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