The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publishing Date: 18th August 2017
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review!
Number of pages: 228
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Wriggle your toes in the sand and feel the warm breeze on your face when you check into the hotel that’s full of dreams…
Three years after ditching her career in New York City, Rosie never thought she’d still be managing the quaint faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown.
What’s worse, the hotel’s new owners are turning it into a copy of their Florida properties. Flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s residents stand in the way of the developers’ plans. The hotel is both their home and their family.
That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce the changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side, even though it’s the chance to finally restart her career. Rory might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends.
How can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s?
THIS IS A STANDALONE NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE CARLTON SQUARE SERIES, WITH A WHOLE NEW CAST OF CHARACTERS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH!
“The Big Dreams Beach Hotel” is Lilly Bartlett’s completely new stand – alone novel. Really, she writes so quickly that I am loosing my bearings, however even with the quantity the books don’t lose their quality, so no matter how many, dear Lilly, keep them coming. This novel introduces us to a group of eccentric, eclectic and totally hilarious characters, showing the real meaning of friendship and real priorities.
The eccentric characters include a narcoleptic children’s entertainer with a basset hound, one 60s singer still trying to make it big, an ex – army chef who has to switch from his comfort food into creating froth out of thin air and 6 – gangs – menu, a surfer or a man with coloured hair trying to bring flamingos and pink from sunny America to rainy Scarborough. Brilliant, no?
At the beginning, it took me some time to get into this book – no particular reason, just because. Maybe because the switches between Rosie being in New York and then suddenly managing a hotel in the rural England took me a little by surprise and I wasn’t sure on which part is the story going to concentrate. Here we get to know about Rosie’s budding and promising affair and heart – break and I must admit, guys, that the more we got to know her, the more I liked her, especially her banter, absolutely humorous observations and big heart.
I loved the interaction between Rosie and Rory (Rory was great, and he so easily and quickly just slotted into the story, the pages and among the characters. He was supportive and considerate, and he knew what’s important) – their banter was brilliant, full of honesty, real emotions and it just sounded so real and genuine. I so adored the fact that those two just spoke with each other, they discussed their issues not jumping to conclusion or getting offended, waiting for the other to guess what’s bothering them – it was so mature, so genuine, so different and such a breath of fresh air after all this running away and misunderstandings in so many books.
“The Big Dreams Beach Hotel” was a novel full of clashing cultures, ideas, characters, and sometimes they all sounded too exaggerated but somehow it just did work. It is not only a story about managing a hotel but it also introduces are to stories of Rosie and the residents of the hotel. I loved the idea of this hotel – the old one, I mean, where everybody was like family to each other, they knew each other inside out, took part in the events run for the people and not for profit. However, this all is about to change, as The Colonel announces the hotel is sold, and the new owners are even more eccentric than the hotel’s residents and communicate mostly via Skype, sitting cross – legged on their desks. Phew.
I really don’t know how to put it into words, but this book was so lightly written, so easy to read, the banter and the ridiculous ideas made you laugh with disbelief but in a good way and this overdoing, this ridiculousness and exaggeration just worked perfectly in this story. It was a lovely, quirky and sharp novel with the right amount of sadness, important issues that will touch your heart, and humour. It was not too overdone, too over – heavy, I hope you know what I mean. Altogether, it was a lovely, warm story about friendship, setting your priorities right, not being afraid of dreaming big, about standing together in difficult times and not giving up, full of giggles and full of embarrassing moments – a perfect summer read. Recommended!