Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello
The Moonlight Hotel sits on the shore of England’s best-loved lake, Windermere, exuding vintage glamour.
Lauren loves the hotel, for hidden inside its faded walls is the key to her most precious memories. So, along with her best friends, Cate and Emily, she signs up to a new dance class in its gorgeous ballroom. They aren’t going for the men, they’re going for a laugh – although a little romance wouldn’t hurt . . .
But then a chain of events off the dance floor puts their friendship to the ultimate test, and makes Lauren question everything she holds dear.
Put on your dancing shoes and escape to The Moonlight Hotel, for Jane’s funniest and most poignant novel yet…
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My honest thoughts on this book:
Ever year I look forward to getting my hands on another of Jane Costello's books and every year I am so excited when its arrives because I know I will spend a few happy hours immerse in Jane's uniquely witty/ hilarious writing world.
This year I had the pleasure of visiting The Moonlight Hotel set in a tranquil and pictures area of Lake Windemere. There I found a story about one young teacher called Lauren Scott who has been smitten (unfortunately, I would say!) with her colleague Edwin for some time now and it seemed she has developed an unhealthy obsession with Edwin and put him on a love pedestal. While Lauren pines of the man of her dreams she is also a devoted friend to Cate and Emily. The three girls are great friends, supporting each other in happy and hard times.
Lauren, Cate, and Emily join a sizzling class of salsa dancing at the Moonlight Hotel, and they all get to know a fabulous gang of people who also came to learn to dance for all sorts of various reasons.
The Moonlight Hotel holds so many precious and personal memories for Lauren and when she discovers that one of her salsa chums Joe, is the new owner of the slightly derelict hotel she is horrified what that means for the future of the hotel.
As with every of Jane's books, we get to experience a funny side of the story as well as a more serious side. I literary laugh my socks off on every second page as Lauren gets herself into quite a few hilarious situations, but I also got slightly frustrated with Lauren's obsession with Edwin because I could clearly see that Edwin was very slow in reciprocating some of Lauren's advances, and maybe he was just not into her. But there is someone who can't take their eyes of Lauren, and when Lauren wakes up from her Edwin induced coma she discovers there is more to Mr. Joe that meets the eye! I also could not believe how Cate coped with her horrid situations and what it took for her to finally deal with her ex-boyfriends Robby (I am still shaking with fury here)!
The Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel definitely gets my 5 sparkly words from me. The book is engaging peppers with witty/ hilarious dialogs. It has a fantastic bunch of complex characters that live in a tranquil setting, and it covers up-to-date topics!
I am highly recommending this book!
Happy Reading! xo
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