Today I’m reviewing The Big Dreams Beach Hotel. It’s the fantastic new novel from one of my favourite romcom authors, Lilly Bartlett.
Disclosure: I received a copy of The Big Dreams Beach Hotel for review. The opinions below are my own and unbiased.
In the first chapter of The Big Dreams Beach Hotel, Rosie is living her dream. She is living in one of the biggest, brightest cities in the world, and working in the hotel industry that she studied at university. And she not only has a fantastic (platonic) male friend at her side, but a gorgeous American client appears to be attracted to her as well.
Click here to read Chapter One of The Big Dreams Beach Hotel.
But by the start of chapter two, it’s three years later and Rosie is no longer in her dream job. She is working in a hotel in Scarborough, and living at her parents’ house while they are in France. There’s no more glitzy, glamorous parties. Most of the guests at the hotel are long term residents, housed there by the local council. And it’s about to get worse, because the hotel has been sold to a pair of brash American brothers. So it’s out with the vintage fabrics and antique furniture, and in with gaudy uniforms and flamingo patterned cushions.
Can Rosie and transition manager Rory keep the residents and the new owners happy? And what on earth happened to make Rosie quit her dream job in NYC?
The Big Dreams Beach Hotel is the new release from one of my favourite rom-com authors, Lilly Bartlett. I’ve recently reviewed Lilly’s first two books, The Big Little Wedding on Carlton Square and The Second Chance Cafe on Carlton Square. But this is a standalone novel with a brand new set of characters. So you don’t need to have read the other books to enjoy this one. That said, I highly recommend that you do read them!
The Big Dreams Beach Hotel is a really fun novel that I enjoyed hugely. It alternates between the New York and Scarborough settings, and this allows Lilly Bartlett to develop two very different but interlinked stories. In New York, a bright and breezy Rosie is enjoying all that the city has to offer and is open to a new romance with her American hunk, Chuck. Meanwhile 3 years in the future, the Scarborough version of Rosie is more guarded, less optimistic. And she’s desperately trying to keep Rory at arms’ length, despite his best efforts.
As usual, Lilly Bartlett has packed her novel full of memorable characters. In Scarborough there’s Peter the narcoleptic singer with his service dog Barry, 1960s diva Lill and Miracle, whose dresses are as colourful as her personality. The hotel’s new owners are American brothers Curtis and PK Philansky. Curtis is an fifty-something surfer dude and PK bears a resemblance to a certain reality star turned politician. Meanwhile in New York there’s handsome, romantic Chuck, who is just too good to be true. And Rosie herself is a character who I warmed to immediately.
I expected to love The Big Dreams Beach Hotel, because I’ve enjoyed everything else by this author. And it didn’t let me down. The first chapter reeled me in, and then the shock of Rosie’s fall from grace kept me turning the pages. When I finally found out what happened in New York, my jaw literally dropped. It’s a painful scene to read, but Lilly Bartlett skilfully manages to resolve the scenario. And Rosie finally gets the happy ending that I hoped for.
If you love romantic comedy novels, then I highly recommend The Big Dreams Beach Hotel. And if you’re heading off on holiday, then this is the perfect read for the beach or pool.
A heartwarming, cosy romance from Sunday Times bestselling author Michele Gorman, now writing as Lilly Bartlett
This is a brand new standalone novel from the author of the Carlton Square series with a whole new cast of characters to fall in love with!
Wriggle your toes in the sand and feel the warm breeze on your face when you check into the hotel that’s full of dreams…
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?
Another winning novel from Lilly Barlett, I enjoyed this from start to finish: 8.5/10