Bittersweet Legacy: Lorette and the Wild Thyme Hotel

Bittersweet Legacy: Lorette and the Wild Thyme Hotel

by Blushing Books, Georgia Harries

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Bittersweet Legacy: Lorette and the Wild Thyme Hotel by Blushing Books, Georgia Harries

England, in the aftermath of WWII. Times are tough. But in challenge comes remarkable opportunity for 19 year old Lorette. Heartbroken and abandoned by G.I. lover Henry, life in London has been cruel drudgery when out of the blue, she inherits her great-aunt's countryhouse hotel. Leaving the grim eastend, she sets up home in The Wild Thyme.

Energetic, clever and beautiful, Lorette intends to make a great success of the old hotel and immediately sets out to restore it to its former glory. But her lavish ideas for refurbishment are met with disapproval by Walter, the caretaker.

The ageing man has no time for emancipated city girls, and believes there's only one way to deal with headstrong disobedience. When Lorette stands up to Old Walter and the local vicar, she soon finds herself unable to sit down. Horrified by her first spanking, she grows ever more determined to have her own way. And despite their misgivings, the villagers soon learn that she is more than capable.

When the stunning heiress meets local lad Ben Markham, she is swept off her feet. The gentle hard- working handyman falls deeply in love with her too. Together, their plans for The Wild Thyme grow ever more ambitious. But when sparks fly, Lorette finds out that it's not only the older men of the village who believe in chastising errant females. Unprepared for a trip across Ben's knee, she finds to her surprise that the experience draws them closer together.

Uncovering a sinister secret in the hotel cellars, they embark on a mission to track down a young Italian POW who hid out in The Wild Thyme during the War. Painful memories begin to fade, and Lorette plans a grand opening party and a thrilling future with Ben. Then an unexpected knock at the door one day, throws her world asunder.

Will the ambitious beauty confront her latest challenge in the usual fiery fashion? And in the wild, secluded herb gardens of her beloved hotel, just what pleasures are there to be explored?

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BN ID: 2940149469956
Publisher: Blushing Books Publications
Publication date: 05/23/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 818 KB

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Bittersweet Legacy: Lorette and the Wild Thyme Hotel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Redrabbitt More than 1 year ago
This story takes place after  World War II ended in England.  With a 19-year-old, Lorette Gilday, who had lost both her parents and had been on her on since she was 17.  She worked during the war in London and had a 6 week affair with Henry, an American soldier who then just disappeared. Word came that her great aunt had died and left her money and property to Lorette, which including a motel called The Wild Thyme.  Lorette leaves England to move to The Wild Thyme which has fallen in disarray during the war.  She is determined to restore it to its grandeur and it takes a bit to get the locals on board. A neighbor, Ben Markham, helps but not before he ends up taking Lorette in hand or should I say over the knee for her rude behavior.  This story was well written, the description helped the reader see through the eyes of the author. Not to really nit-pic, but in the description it mentions Jake Elliott, and this story does not have a Jake Elliott, it has Ben Markham.  But at one point in the story, during the time they are in her bedroom, she calls him Mr. Elliott.  I believe the author changed names for this character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the descriptive way the writer drew me into the story. I could picture in my head everything she wanted me to see regarding  the hotel. The plot was similar to other stories, yet unique in its own way. The characters were wonderfully created. Again, I could very  much picture Lorette with her driven, stylish self and Ben (her polar opposite), casual and quietly confident. I felt like the spankings  were a little harsh for the crimes, however, spankings are spankings and are the reason why we read these stories now isn't it?  lol    Very good, all in all. Enjoyed it immensely!
MarybethR More than 1 year ago
Lorette is a young lady living in England right after the war. She has inherited money and a hotel from her great-aunt. Lorette has fond memories of the hotel and wants to restore it to how it was before the war. She goes to the hotel and meets up with Walter Mountford. He has been the caretaker for the hotel for many years. Of course, he doesn’t care for Lorette’s plans and he definitely disapproves of Lorette herself. Then, Lorette meets Ben Markham. One of the first things Ben does when he meets her is to spank her for being cheeky to the minister. She is outraged by the spanking, but surprises herself to find she has feelings for Ben. She makes Ben her foreman of the repairs to the hotel. The rest of the story continues on with their relationship and the remodeling of the hotel. I really enjoiyed this story. Another book I stayed up way too late to finish. There are some very strict spankings in this story. But, most of the story is about the relationship between Lorette and Ben and how Lorette becomes part of the town.
TabithaBlack More than 1 year ago
Lorette is still very young when she inherits a once-great hotel in rural England, but her experiences during the recent WWII years have formed her into a mature and headstrong young woman who is determined to restore the Wild Thyme Hotel to its former glory. Unfortunately for her, the hotel's caretakers and other villagers are still fairly old-fashioned when it comes to young ladies, believing that the best way to keep them in check is by giving them a soundly spanked bottom. And when she meets the handsome Ben, she soon discovers that he shares the locals' values. This book is very well written and I especially enjoyed the location descriptions - they made me homesick for England myself - which is why I believe it's worthy of a 5 star rating. All the characters are developed, including the secondary ones, which is also something I enjoyed, and the post WWII setting gave the book additional depth. If you like sweet dd romance with some sexual elements but nothing overly explicit or harsh, I would highly recommend this book.