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From the first page, I was drawn into the atypical life of Felicity (known as Fliss) Everdene. As a glob-trotting executive for her family's hotel empire, one would think Fliss would be a spoiled rich girl. Instead, she is down-to-earth and unafraid of hard work. This comes in handy when she sets out to help a family friend. Jilly Cross, the friend, is struggling to save her family's small hotel in the beautiful Lake District. No big chain here, the Cross Hotel is facing failure if Fliss can't help turn it around. Unfortunately, Jilly's son Patrick seems bent on rejecting Fliss's help.
Between staffing issues, Patrick's grumpiness, and those dreaded puce curtains, can Fliss work the miracle needed at the Cross Hotel? I thoroughly enjoyed following along on Fliss's adventures, and look forward to more from Ms. Fairfax!
This book was always going to be a hit with me really. The Hotel Inspector is one of my (guilty secret) favourite programmes on TV, I’ve holidayed in the Lake District so many times, and I was really in the mood for a more gentle and uplifting read.
Emmswater might be fictional, but it’s just perfectly drawn – I’m always a fan of location, and from the first glimpse of the lake as Felicity’s car struggled up the hills and she came across a glowering Patrick for the first time, I was totally transported. And if you’ve ever stayed in the Lakes, you’ve probably come across hotels like the Cross Hotel – a little stuck in time, a bit worn at the edges, the smell of roast dinners. Arriving to help out a friend of her mother – although some may expect a whole other agenda from a key member of the Everdene hotel chain – I loved the way her warmth and sparkle won everyone over and had them looking forward to a future that they doubted would ever come to pass.
This is a simply wonderful story about love and loss, moving on, and the importance of family – a thoroughly enjoyable read, as everyone pulls together to turn around the hotel’s fortunes and bring some happiness into a world that had turned a little grey. It’s not all sunshine – there’s greed and villainy too, and much sadness in the background of a few of the beautifully drawn characters. But every time Felicity appears, she brings a smile to your face – even an even bigger smile to the face of Patrick. The characters are all superbly drawn, and not just the key ones – I loved the aggressive friends of absent barmaid Pauline, the suspicious fishmonger, and Willy the policeman too. And the central love story? Totally believable, beautifully developed, and tugs at your heart.
I’m just sorry it’s taken me so long to try Helena Fairfax’s writing – I so enjoyed this one.
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I really liked Fliss. She’s eccentric, quirky and had a one-eyed stuffed giraffe (not a real one), so what’s not...Read more