January is always a dull month following the high of Christmas, so I picked up Queenie Marine’s Paradise Hotel as I was looking for a book full of feeling after reading Ruth Hogan’s previous books.
Tilda is in the process of sorting through her Mum’s belongings and this story navigates the difficulties of their relationship from when Tilly was a young age and how she embarks on a journey of discovery when she finds her mother’s diaries.
I really enjoyed this book it was full of diverse and wonderful characters some of which were alive and influencing Tilda and some of which were there in spirit. I loved that this book was full of surprises and it dealt with a lot of emotive issues in a society where being different wasn’t accepted.
A wonderful read to start 2019 and I can’t wait to follow this books success throughout the year!
Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone’s Magnificent Paradise Hotel with its endearing and loving family of misfits – staff and guests alike.
But Tilly’s childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she’d ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning. Now, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother’s unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unraveling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel and discovers that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all … Mothers and daughters … their story can be complicated … it can also turn out to have a happy ending.