Lucy Checks In: A Novel by Dee Ernst
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
No. of Pages: 277
Date of US Publication: 16 August, 2022
My Rating: 3 Stars
I loved that the main character was a middle aged woman seeking a fresh start.
I found this second chance story charming, refreshing, and welcome. The characters were all well fleshed and this read smoothly.
One thing I didn’t love, because I feel it’s misleading, is to brand this solely as a romance; it’s more women’s fiction. This wasn’t a detractor for me, but I can see how it would be an issue for someone choosing to read this based on the “romance” aspect.
I really did enjoy this one and feel it would pair nicely with summer reading near the beach or a pool.And maybe a nice glass of something chilled too.
eARC kindly provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.
Dee Ernst's Lucy Checks In is a delightful work of romantic comedy about a disgraced hotel manager who travels to Rennes to rebuild a hotel and her own life in the process.
Lucia Giannetti needs a fresh start. Once the hotel manager of a glamorous NYC hotel and intimately involved with the hotel’s owner, Lucy had her entire future planned out. But when the owner disappears, taking millions of dollars with him, Lucy's life as she knows it falls apart.
Two years later, forty-nine years old and unemployed, Lucy takes a job in Rennes, France to manage the Hotel Paradis. She pictures fur quilts and extravagant chandeliers, but what she finds is wildly different. Lucy is now in charge of turning the run-down, but charming hotel into a bustling tourist attraction. Between painting rooms, building a website, and getting to know Bing, the irritatingly attractive artist, Lucy finds an unexpected home. But can she succeed in bringing the Hotel Paradis to its former glory?
Witty and heartfelt, Lucy Checks In is an inspiring and feel-good novel about reclaiming your life, finding love, and creating a home in places you never thought possible.
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