Book Review: The Hotel on the Riviera by Carol Kirkwood #hotelontheriviera @carolkirkwood @fictionpubteam @HarperFiction @RandomTTours

Synopsis

Heiress Ariana Theodosis wanted everything that Hollywood had to offer, took it all, and is now paying the price. When she inherits a hotel on the beautiful French Riviera, she hopes it’s a chance to start again.

Elizabeth and Robert Chappell were Hollywood’s fiery English golden couple. Their legendary breakups and passionate make-ups were tabloid gold, but now they are headed for divorce. Will they say their last goodbyes by the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean?

Madame du Lac has watched the rich and famous pass through the faded doors of the Hotel du Soleil for over four decades, and has kept its secrets too. As the past catches up with her, is it time to break her silence, or are some things best left buried…?

My Review

When we meet Greek heiress Ariana Theodosis she is arriving in Ithos, Greece to see her ailing grandmother. After her grandmother passes it comes to light that she owned Hotel du Soleil, on the French Riviera which she bequeathed to Ariana. Ariana has been living in LA trying to make it as an actress but has done more partying than acting roles. She sees managing and taking responsibility of the Hotel as a way to prove herself to her father. However, what she doesn’t expect is to meet the hotels current occupants. Gabriel grew up at the Hotel and considers it his home and his father’s legacy. As far as he is concerned it belongs to his family and his mother Madame du Lac so he isn’t prepared for Ariana’s revelation that she is now the owner. How are Ariana’s grandmother and Gabriel’s mother connected? How did Ariana’s grandmother come to own the hotel? What secrets is Madame du Lac hiding from Gabriel?

First I have to say that I loved the prologue of this book. It set the scene perfectly for what was to come and it was like being transported into an old Hollywood movie. I really enjoyed the storyline and meeting all the characters. What drew me to the story was the mystery element about the Hotel and how Ariana’s grandmother was the owner but no one including her own son knew this. I loved the first meeting between Gabriel and Ariana when Ariana made it clear that she wasn’t going to back down or give up her inheritance. At the same time their attraction to each other was evident from the outset. As a main character I did like Ariana. At the start she did live up to her label of spoilt heiress but by the end of the book she was a completely different character. Inheriting the Hotel had made her grow up, face her responsibilities and show that she was never destined to be an actress but a business woman. The description of the Hotel was just perfect. Although a little run down it had this shabby chic element to it which I loved. After a long day at work I looked forward to reading this book and escaping to the French Riviera and escaping to the Hotel du Soleil.

A story filled with glitz, glamour and secrets!

Author Bio

Carol Kirkwood is one of the BBC’s most loved TV presenters, best known for presenting the weather. She lights up viewers’ homes every day, appearing on programmes such as BBC Breakfast, Strictly Come Dancing, Wimbledon Tennis Fortnight, and Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
She is hugely popular with fans and Carol frequently trends on Twitter. Beyond the television screen, she can often be found ensconced in a book, singing, dancing, and driving fast cars.

Her debut novel, Under A Greek Moon, captured the hearts of the nation and stormed into the Sunday Times bestseller list, debuting at no 2.

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