Honeymoon Hotelby Hester Browne
A charming novel in the vein of The Wedding Planner featuring an ambitious and by-the-books event planner who finds herself at odds with her new assistant, who happens to be the son of her boss, on the eve of the biggest wedding of her career—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Runaway Princess and the Little Lady Agency series.
The Bonneville Hotel is the best-kept secret in London: its elegant rooms and discreet wood-paneled cocktail lounge were the home-away-from-home for royalty and movie stars alike during the golden age of glamour. Recent years haven’t been kind, but thanks to events manager Rosie, it’s reclaiming some of its old cachet as a wish list wedding venue. While Rosie’s weddings are the ultimate in romance, Rosie herself isn’t; her focus is fixed firmly on the details, not on the dramas. She lives with a professionally furious food critic and works tirelessly toward that coveted promotion. But when the hotel owner appoints his eccentric son Joe to help run Rosie’s department, she’s suddenly butting heads with the free spirit whose predilection for the unconventional threatens to unravel her picture-perfect plans for the most elaborate—not to mention high-profile—wedding the hotel has ever seen, a wedding that could make or break not only the hotel’s reputation, but also Rosie’s career.
From the author whose books are described as “deliciously addictive” (Cosmopolitan), Honeymoon Hotel will reaffirm your belief in happily ever after.
Rosie McDonald is an event planner at London's historic Bonneville Hotel. Her dream is to restore the Bonneville to its glory days as the perfect destination for the complete wedding and honeymoon package and take on the job of hotel manager while she's at it. Into Rosie's workaholic schedule drops her boss's prodigal son, Joe, who has spent the last few years as a beach bum in America. Joe is now job shadowing, with everyone certain he is being groomed for Rosie's coveted role. His free-spirited attitude and disdain for the trappings of wedding etiquette irritate her immediately: it's a classic romantic mismatch. Even though Rosie is in a terrible relationship with a petulant food critic at the beginning of the book, it's clear in which direction this love story is heading. VERDICT A light, enjoyable read with enough depth to engage the discriminating reader. Browne (The Runaway Princess; the "Little Lady Agency" series) imbues her slightly stock characters with liveliness and personality. Heaps of wedding details and a wonderfully envisaged hotel setting combine in this charming tale of a hard-working young woman who finally achieves her goals despite herself.—Melanie Kindrachuk, Stratford P.L., Ont.
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Meet the Author
Hester Browne is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Little Lady Agency in the Big Apple, The Finishing Touches, and Swept Off Her Feet. She lives in London and Herefordshire with her two Basset hounds Violet and Bonham.
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Thanks to NetGalley, this long-time fan of Hester Browne's writing was able to review an advance reading copy of Honeymoon Hotel, and I declare it a home-run. While readers might be able to figure out who becomes a couple and who splits up long before the end of the book, the journey that Ms. Browne takes us on is delightful. Jilted-at-the-alter Rosie MacDonald is an event planner extraordinaire at the historic, exclusive Bonneville Hotel in London. She plans fabulous, dream weddings with the aid of a crack staff until the boss' son, Joe, is thrown into the mix as her assistant so that he can learn the hotel trade. Their radically different approaches to life and views on events makes for many missteps in the event calendar and questions about life choices. Joe's mysterious arrival has Rosie worried about the promotion she is angling for and has the rest of the female staff falling over themselves to laugh at his jokes. All the characters are charming and quirky in their own way. Some you'll love. Some you'll hate. Ms. Browne's sense of humor comes out often in the her characters' snappy banter and situational comedy. The wedding mishaps are quite humorous, and I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. Honeymoon Hotel, along with Ms. Browne's previous novels, has just the right balance of romance, humor, angst and mayhem. If you haven't discovered her yet, give Hester Browne's Honeymoon Hotel a read; I'm sure you'll be hooked by this sassy, fun book.
A Book Club recommendation. This is a easy read if you have a free week end. I enjoyed the book and am lending it to a friend
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