Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Book Review - Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello

Amazon UK
Title: Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel
Author: Jane Costello
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied review copy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Publication Date: 24th March 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Learn to dance at The Moonlight Hotel, in the most romantic place in Britain…Beginners and singles welcome. 

The Moonlight Hotel sits on the shore of England’s best-loved lake, Windermere, exuding vintage glamour. And in its ballroom weekly dance classes promise evenings filled with music, friends and fancy(ish) footwork.

When Lauren agrees to sign up, it’s because she loves the building so much; it holds the key to her most precious childhood memories and she always dreamed of dancing the night away under its roof. Even her newly single friends Cate and Emily aren’t going for the men, they’re going for the fun – although a little romance wouldn’t hurt …

Then comes the news that the hotel has been sold to a faceless budget chain, which has devastating plans in store. And the revelation that marks the start of a chain of events – both on and off the dance floor – that puts the strength of their friendship to the ultimate test …

Put on your dancing shoes and escape to The Moonlight Hotel with Jane Costello, in her funniest, most uplifting and drama-packed novel yet. 

I've always been a fan of Jane Costello's books, and ever since seeing Summer Nights and the Moonlight Hotel announced, and the glorious cover reveal, my anticipation of reading it had been increasing, and I have to say I was not disappointed. Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel is a delight to read and has many surprising twists and turns as the three friend Lauren, Cate and Emily all try to find true love. 

Lauren is madly in love with fellow teacher, Edwin and when he breaks up with his girlfriend, and then announces he is moving to Singapore, Lauren realises she may have to finally make her move if she is to stand a chance. Lauren has also always wanted to visit Australia and is trying her hardest to save up for her trip of a lifetime. 

Her best friends Cate and Emily are both single and decide that the three of them should join a salsa class at the Moonlight Hotel, mainly for fun but if they happen to meet men then its a bonus. However the Moonlight Hotel has seen better days and then the hotel is sold and closed for renovations, and Lauren isn't too pleased with the new bosses plans for the hotel. 

The salsa classes become a big part of the girls social lives, and we meet all manner of colourful characters who are all learning to dance for various reasons. 

Keep you eyes open for the complete villain of the book Cate's ex boyfriend, as he really is a nasty piece of work, and I couldn't help but feel incredibly sorry for Cate at points. There are also some very sweet scenes in the classroom where Lauren is teaching, and I think one of the children found his way into my heart. 

I was engrossed in this book right from the first few pages, as Jane Costello tells her story in an easy to follow manner, and even with a large amount of characters, due to it all being from Lauren's viewpoint, I wasn't confused at all, which can sometimes happen in books such as this. 

Overall I loved every second of Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel, and there are some fabulous romantic gestures to look out for. 

Thank you to SJV and Simon & Schuster for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

1 comment:

  1. Awww, this sounds lovely! Fab review, Jane! Thanks for sharing, Rachel! :) xx


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