Book Review: The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett

Three years after ditching her career in New York City, Rosie never thought she’d still be managing the quaint faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown.

What’s worse, the hotel’s new owners are turning it into a copy of their Florida properties. Flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s residents stand in the way of the developers’ plans. The hotel is both their home and their family.

That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce the changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side, even though it’s the chance to finally restart her career. Rory might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends.

How can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s?

What I Thought:
The Big Dreams Beach Hotel came along at just the right time for me, as I read it on my summer holidays and it was perfect for that! Light, funny and with a cast of loveable characters, it was easy to dip in and out of without losing the threads of the story and it was a genuinely heartwarming read.

This is definitely a character-driven novel, with most of the humour and the more touching moments coming from the motley crew living in the hotel, and their interactions with each other. Rosie is the only character to whom a huge life-change happens and this part of the book is paced really well, as we learn why Rosie has run away from her high-flying career in the US.

It seems a peculiarly English thing to always root for the underdog, and this novel captures this perfectly, as we hope for the best for the hotel and that the new owners don’t succeed in turning into a flamingo-pink tropical nightmare – but there I shall stop as I don’t want to give away any more details!

A great summer read – or a read to cheer up a dreary day like the one I can see out of my window – Lilly Bartlett is definitely an author I’d look for again.

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel is published in ebook by Harper Impulse.

Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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