The Hotel on the Riviera
by Carol Kirkwood
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Pub Date 21 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 11 Aug 2022
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, HarperCollins
By the sapphire blue waters of the French Riviera, a decades-long secret is about to be revealed…
Wayward Greek heiress, Ariana Theodosis, inherits the Hotel du Soleil as part of a mysterious legacy. Captivated by its faded glamour, she hopes it offers her the chance to start again.
Hotelier Gabriel du Lac’s family have owned the hotel for decades – and he has no intention of giving it up for a beautiful stranger.
Madame du Lac has watched the rich and famous pass through the doors of the hotel for almost half a century, and she has kept its secrets too.
As the past finally catches up with them all, will this summer reveal a forgotten secret, and change their lives forever…?
Praise for Carol Kirkwood:
‘Deliciously escapist’ Cathy Kelly
‘Sizzles with secrets and passion’ Jo Thomas
‘A real treat – marvellous!’ Anton du Beke
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Gorgeous setting and descriptions allowed me to drift off and imagine myself there. Characters all really well written. All around a fab read. Thankyou
What a fantastic second book from Carol Kirkwood, it had me hooked straight away, glamour, family secrets and romance. The book kept fast paced to the end with lots of twists and turns
A delightful escape from all the awfulness of the World right now & a great Holiday Book for many & also a good Book to read if you have to Commute to work by Train or Bus. Full of plots & twists between the central characters as secrets hidden from all their past come to affect their present lives & future ones . #NetGalley , #GoodReads, # Harpercollins.co.uk, #FB, #Instagram, #Amazon.co.uk, #<img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/358a5cecda71b11036ec19d9f7bf5c96d13e2c55" width="80" height="80" alt="100 Book Reviews" title="100 Book Reviews"/>, #<img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/ef856e6ce35e6d2d729539aa1808a5fb4326a415" width="80" height="80" alt="Reviews Published" title="Reviews Published"/>, #<img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/aa60c7e77cc330186f26ea1f647542df8af8326a" width="80" height="80" alt="Professional Reader" title="Professional Reader"/>
Having enjoyed Carol Kirkwood’s previous book, I hoped for another good read and wasn’t disappointed. As soon as you open the first page, you know this will be an entertaining, intriguing story. Ariana has inherited Hotel du Soleil, in Cannes, left to her by her nana. Once a top hotel, visited by the rich and famous, now neglected and faded.
The characters are fiery and complex, each determined that the hotel belongs to them. Ariana has been living a rich girls’ jet-set lifestyle, glamour, parties, but feels that bringing the hotel back to its former glory is a worthwhile mission. However, Gabriel is convinced that the hotel belongs to him as it had formerly belonged to his father, and is determined to fight for it. They are reluctantly drawn to each other, and the chemistry sizzles as old family secrets are explored.
There are also sub plots with Robert and Elizabeth – two A list celebrities, whose marriage is rapidly disintegrating, and Elise, hoping to gain a worthwhile job so she can provide for her daughter.
I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters which brought them alive as the story unfolded. Carol Kirkwood’s vivid descriptions of beautiful Cannes, the music festivals and events made you feel you were there. But there is a darker side underlying the glamour, which brings a hint of danger to the plot.
This is an entertaining, engrossing Summer read, and Carol Kirkwood is becoming one of my favourite authors.
I can’t remember the last time I was so enthralled with a story that I actually wanted to peek at the end to see the plot twist. Of course I didn’t, I never would. There were so many secrets, and I was desperate to know them, so much so that I binge read to the end (who needs sleep anyway?). I was addicted. I adored Gabriel du Lac, he was the perfect take charge alpha CEO, owning successful hotels all over the world. Then there’s the Hotel du Soleil, the centre of this story - it was supposed to be owned by his family, but it appears that Ariana Theodosis is actually the rightful owner. No-one appears to know how that came about. Herein starts a love hate relationship between Gabriel and Ariana (daughter of Demetrius from Under a Greek Moon). Lots of glamour and name dropping being that the hotel, and the story is based in Cannes during the Film festival, and their are many links to the film industry. Such a wonderfully written story, a highly entertaining and addictive read, full of drama, romance and intrigue. I loved it. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is my honest review.
Beautiful setting, deftly outlined characters and a family mystery that keeps you guessing right till the end. The Hotel on the Riviera is a deftly written book that's fun and frothy enough to be the perfect summer read and beautifully crafted in a way that stayed with me long after the last page was turned. I now want to read Carol's first book as well!
I love Carol Kirkwood's writing. Under a Greek Moon was very enjoyable and so is The Hotel on the Riviera. You feel as though you're living amongst all the characters in glamorous Cannes. Ariana's brilliant, so determined to make her own way in the world despite her father's vast wealth. She makes some dodgy decisions in her love life and you just hope she'll find someone to make her truly happy and that she makes a success of the rundown hotel she inherits. A great escapist read.
Review of The Hotel on the Riviera by Carol Kirkwood
I was very excited to get a copy of this new book to read, after thoroughly enjoying the authors last book. The story itself is very well written, full of passion, mystery and well buried secrets. A very good book with a really decent meaningful story to boot. Great characters set in a stunning locations. Perfect for your summer read. Recommended.
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