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The story opens with Rosie, the main character, working in a hotel in New York and falling for one of her guests, Chuck. We then move forward a number of years and Rosie is back in her home town, living with her mum and dad, single and is now working at a Victorian seafront hotel, one that has seen better days.
The hotel has a mixture of guests and long term residents. The Colonel who owns the place is offered a large sum of money to sell it to an American hotel chain, an offer too good to turn down, much to the shock and disappointment of the staff and residents, especially Rosie.
With their lavish, outlandish ideas, Rosie is unimpressed with the changes the Americans are making, and will try anything she can to stop the place from being ruined and her friends and residents being turfed out of their homes. But there is one man standing in her way, Rory, the transition manager who has been sent to make sure everything runs smoothly.
How will the two work together? Are they really both at the opposite end of the scales when it comes to the hotel? What will the future hold for them both?
The plot is set in two timelines, which changes at various times throughout the book. New York and Rosie’s relationship with Chuck, and Scarborough and her trying to save a quintessentially British hotel from being turned into something more fitting stateside.
There are a great mixture of very different characters, that works perfectly together, some that you will love getting to know, others not quite so much. Rosie is a lovely young woman, head strong, and pragmatic (most of the time). She is very caring, and this is one of the reasons she needs to fight for her hotel.
There is a lot of humour, sarcasm, and witty moments, alongside some very heartwarming scenes too. The book doesn’t have any shocking twists and turns. It reads as a pure chick-lit, one that will absorb you and hold your attention until the very end. It would be the perfect book to lie in the sun with and drift into someone else’s life – Rosie’s.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Now on to the specifics of this book. This heroine is not my favorite. I really wanted to shake her until her teeth rattled to knock some sense into her. I loved Rory, Digby, Peter, Barry, and the rest of the residents of Scarborough enough to put up with her. That changed in one fell swoop when she got her revenge (I won’t go into details because I don’t do spoilers). Then it transformed into a “you go girl!” feeling. I ended up liking her enough at the end that I hope there will be another story about this cast of characters.
I got frustrated with Rosie but the plot moved quickly enough that I was able to keep reading and, most importantly, wanting to read just to find out what was going to happen next. There were some interesting quirks and some twists I didn’t see coming. I liked the ending. It wasn’t what I had imagined along the way at all. That made it even better. I hope you love this book as much as I did.
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