Thank You very much to the publisher – Two Roads for the review copy.
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release date: 07 02 2019
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £10.49 (GBP)
Kindle $5.21 (USD)/ Hardback $21.40 (USD)
Pages: ~ 336
My rating: 9/10
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What I learned from this book: Mother’s have to make horrible decisions sometimes for their children’s sake.
Description of the book: 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.
Many years later, 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 unravelling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel, only to discover that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all…
Mothers and daughters… their story can be complicated … but it can also turn out to have a happy ending.
How this book made me feel: What a beautiful book it was… I am very guilty for not starting from the first book by this author, she is truly exceptional!
The protagonist in this book was Tilda/Tilly, and she is sharing her life story. The story keeps switching between present and past, Tilly is sharing her life story from when she was little, and Tilda is sharing the events happening now. I really loved this kind of storytelling, the same person, but perspectives completely different and unique. Tilly is absolutely adorable and very grown up for her age. I loved everything about her, she is a funny, playful, smart and very extraordinary little girl. Tilda, on the other hand, was a very strange persona, who sounds very messed up and weird. My least favourite character would be the mother, I honestly didn’t understand the reasoning for what she was doing, it just didn’t make sense to me.
The narrative is carrying two different stories, but they are very entwined with each other. Tilda’s relationship with her mother is very complex, she can’t understand why her mother done some of the things in the past, so when she finds out, it leaves her gobsmacked. It is a very painful and emotional story to read, it shows how misunderstood people and their actions can affect you for the rest of your life. I really loved this constant suspense, I was dying to find out more about Tilly’s mother, and the author was very creatively teasing me all the time. 😀 This novel carries a great variety of characters, who are very intriguing, and Tilly’s gift makes the whole book very mysterious. 🙂
The writing style of this novel felt like a hug, it feels very comforting, snugly and absorbing. The language is easy to read, but it got me thinking because some things were a little confusing. 🙂 The one thing that didn’t really leave me happy was chapter length and paragraph size. I know it is silly, but I normally read on my commute, so I prefer shorter chapters and paragraphs, it is easier to follow later on. The ending was very well thought through and rounded the story well, but I think it was very unfair and cruel.
To conclude, it is a very well written novel, filled with difficult relationships, very unique characters and layered plot. I really enjoyed different storylines as well as unexpected turns and twists. I am definitely in love with Ruth Hogan’s writing, and will definitely be going to read her previous novels. So, please, do give this book a go, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank you for your time, 🙂
About the author: Ruth Hogan is the author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes. A word-of-mouth hit and Sunday Times bestseller with more than 800,000 copies sold, The Keeper of Lost Things was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and a WHSmith Travel ‘Fresh Talent’ selection and is currently being published in over 30 countries around the world. Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel is her third novel. She lives in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and her long-suffering husband.
Website: ruthhogan.co.uk / Instagram: instagram.com/ruthmariehogan / Twitter: twitter.com/ruthmariehogan / Facebook: facebook.com/ruthmariehogan
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