About Hattie Holden Edmonds
Hattie Holden Edmonds was the in-house writer at Comic Relief for three years, working on projects with amongst others, Richard Curtis, Sacha Baron Cohen and Armando Iannucci. Before that she was a music journalist for the German music magazine Bravo. Cinema Lumière is her debut novel. She also writes a weekly blog for the Huffington Post on all things bookish. Check her website at http://www.hattieholdenedmonds.com/
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Review by Suze
Hannah works for a magazine she isn't interested in. The only thing she likes about her job is her shy new colleague Ian. They get along well and they love going out for lunch together. After a bad relationship Hannah finally might be ready to date again and Joe could be the man for her, but Hannah has a past that's bothering her and it's hard for her to open up to someone. She finds solace with her friend Victor in Cinema Lumière, a small cinema that shows unique films. Hannah is being shown the movie of her own life. It scares Hannah, but Victor is determined, she has to come back for more. Will she eventually get her life under control again and will Victor's movies help her to make sense of her situation and to take some much needed steps in the right direction?
Cinema Lumière is a beautiful story about old movies, love, friendship, traumatic experiences, happiness and loneliness. Victor is an enigmatic and charismatic man and I immediately loved his personality. He's the kindest man there is and I loved the descriptions of his movies. The idea of a personal cinema is wonderful and I enjoyed reading about his magical theater. Hannah has some problems she doesn't deal with and by trying to push them away she allows them to get bigger. She's been hurt and therefore she also hurts others, mostly unintentionally and always with great regret. I could almost feel her pain and I was sad about her wasted talents and her lost sparkle. She's a wonderful woman and she deserves to have a life. I liked how Hattie Holden Edmonds combines the story about love and friendship in Hannah's life with gorgeous movie descriptions and a cinema with allure.
Hattie Holden Edmonds writes beautifully and I love her creative ideas. Victor is a Frenchman, which gives him something extra mysterious. I liked that Hannah forms bonds with people in all kinds of age categories. There are three important men in her life, Victor, Ian and Joe and they each play a very different part in the story. I found them equally interesting and enjoyed reading about the connection they have with Hannah. Hattie Holden Edmonds's vivid descriptions of their personalities make them come to life really well.
Cinema Lumière has a fantastic surprising ending. I read it with tears in my eyes and it feels like getting a huge gift when a great story has such a stunning and fitting conclusion. It made me fall in love with this book even more. The idea of an old-fashioned cinema is romantic and I loved the atmosphere of the story. Hattie Holden Edmonds describes all of Hannah's senses, she uses the way she feels, sees, tastes and touches to tell her story, which is a fascinating angle. She also pays special attention to details that matter, like the behavior of Hannah's adorable dog. Cinema Lumière is an amazing book, it's a story that gripped me from the start and I enjoyed every single sentence.
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