GENRE: Women’s Fiction / Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Piping Plover Press
RELEASE DATE: June 8, 2021
Secrets and lies…at Nantucket’s most exclusive and glamorous, family-owned hotel.
The Whitley is Nantucket’s most exclusive waterfront hotel–a sprawling collection of pristine white cottages and an elegant main building on a long stretch of private, white sandy beach.
It’s a family owned business–brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, all work there in various capacities.
Paula is happy in her back office accounting position. But changes are in store when her grandfather promotes her and fires her cousin–who then blames Paula.
Meanwhile, a blond romantic comedy superstar is hiding out at The Hotel for a few months. She meets Paula’s brother, a chef–who has no idea who she is–and she likes it that way.
Paula’s grandfather also hires a consultant to help her settle into her new role. But she isn’t sure what to think of David, who grew up on Nantucket but now lives in Manhattan.
He’s a brilliant consultant and will be assessing Paula’s suitability for the role. He’s also home for another reason, a difficult family issue that makes Manhattan seem very far away.
A new family saga from the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller author of The Nantucket Inn and The Restaurant.
The Hotel is my first read by Pamela Kelley, and I was immediately drawn to the Nantucket setting & the author’s clear love for it. I’m not a beachy person, per se, but I do love the rockier east coast and could happily vacation there. If I could afford to stay at a luxury hotel like The Whitley, even better.
From the description, I expected a bit more drama to this family saga but it’s overall a fairly light read that manages the drama well. Families who work together are bound to have a different sort of tension than families who have separate career paths, and The Hotel highlights this nicely. The Whitleys are a family that care about each other, ultimately, and that goes a long way in keeping the angst relatively minor. So, if you just can’t handle a lot of conflict in your reading right now, this novel is a good compromise. Just enough to keep the plot interesting but not enough to weigh you down.
Some light romance is also on tap in this story, and I confess that I wish it played a larger role overall (because when do I not? lol). The various couples that we follow in The Hotel universe will engage your attention for sure, and you’ll be invested in discovering how it all plays out for each of them. But I didn’t really feel any sparks between the blurb’s “main” couple – Paula and David – until the end, and even then it was just the barest hint of chemistry. Nick & Bella and Andrea & the guy she ends up with (no spoilers!) definitely had more of that ‘zing’ I missed in Paula & David, but mostly the light romance threads served to add layers to the characters as part of the novel’s bigger picture.
Bottom Line: The Hotel by Pamela Kelley is a lovely summer read with a great setting and intriguing characters. Family dynamics are at the forefront, to be sure, but there’s also a significant theme of finding the place where your heart and your talents collide – and embracing it with both. Mouthwatering food, relaxing environments, and a bit of drama and romance for good measure round out the writing, and you may find yourself researching trips to Nantucket by the time it’s over.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 3.5 stars / enjoyed it!
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Pamela M. Kelley is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of women’s fiction, family sagas, and suspense. Readers often describe her books as feel-good reads with people you’d want as friends.
She lives in a historic seaside town near Cape Cod and just south of Boston. She has always been an avid reader of women’s fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers and cook books. There’s also a good chance you might get hungry when you read her books as she is a foodie, and occasionally shares a recipe or two.
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