A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies

A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies

by Ellen Cooney
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A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies by Ellen Cooney

Charlotte Heath, a lively, independent redhead of humble beginnings, is married to the scion of the powerful Heath family. When, on her first outing after a long illness, she spies her husband, Hays, bending to kiss another woman in the village square, impulsive Charlotte heads her horses straight out of town. Upon arriving at The Beechmont Hotel, Charlotte makes a shocking discovery: The classy Beechmont is a rather unique institution where a different kind of hospitality awaits the all-female clientele. Seductive and high-spirited, A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies is an unforgettable novel of one woman’s journey to self-enlightenment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307279743
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/23/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 634 KB

About the Author

Ellen Cooney is the author of five previous novels, most recently Gun Ball Hill, a story rooted in the unrest in the American Colonies just before the Revolutionary War. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Story, and The New England Review, among many other publications. She has taught creative writing at MIT, Boston College, and Harvard University. She lives in Phippsburg, Maine.

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Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of a women who was told to be weak and found the strength to become her own women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book. It is suprising to see others didn't.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the story but it left me curios as to what will happend to her and if she recovered from her sickness? would their be a sequal to this story since the ending was unresolved,,'to me'
harstan More than 1 year ago
She thought she was Cinderella when she married the son of a wealthy family. However, Charlotte hates where she lives, her husband¿s family mansion where his relatives are everywhere criticizing everything she does. Already in disfavor with her in-laws for not producing the next generation, Charlotte becomes so ill she is unable to leave her room for almost a year. When she finally leaves, she finds her husband enjoying the pleasures of a woman. --- Unhappy and disappointed in his betrayal, Charlotte has no place to go in puritanical 1900 Massachusetts except to see former family cook Mrs. Petty, who now works in Boston¿s Beechmont, A PRIVATE HOTEL FOR GENTLE LADIES. With no options, Charlotte stays there. Eventually she realizes that this is no hotel or shelter for single women, but a place where males of all ages and shapes visit the female guests to pleasure them. However she wonders if she can be one of them as she reflects on her childhood and with her husband and his family. --- Ellen Cooney paints an astute historical character study driven by Charlotte who breaks out of her web as she becomes aware that her past, her in-laws, a betrayal, and her illness (polio) does not prevent her from becoming a desirable woman. The story line looks deep into the present and past of Charlotte, enabling the audience to understand how the child makes the adult especially her inhibitions and doubts however these passages also abruptly occur disjointing the otherwise keen story line somewhat. Still readers will find A PRIVATE HOTEL FOR GENTLE WOMEN an appealing discerning period piece. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
To escape from a home filled with wealthy in-laws who scorn her, Charlotte seeks refuge in a Boston Hotel. Cooney describes both the home she leaves, and the hotel in detail. . . tho Charlotte herself is fuzzily drawn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shallow characters. Boring dialogue. Charlotte is a 30ish adolescent. Very disappointing.