Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel – Jane Costello


Paperback: 496 pages

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster (10th March 2016)

Book Description:

‘LEARN TO SALSA DANCE,’ the card in the shop window read. ‘Experience the red-hot vibes of Latin America right here in the Lake District. Beginners and singles welcome.’

Lauren Scott lives in ‘The most romantic place in Britain’, but her love life is about as successful as her mountain climbing skills. The man she’s obsessed over for two years has proposed to someone else – and her only solution is to save up for six months to go travelling, so she never has to set eyes on him again.

But when her friends sign her up for a dance class – in the same historic hotel where her beloved dad worked and her most precious childhood memories were formed – Lauren makes a horrifying discovery. It’s been sold to a faceless budget chain, which has depressing plans in store. Worse, the entrepreneur behind it all turns out to be among a group of guys her friend Cate roped in to join the very same salsa class they’ve signed up for….

Jane Costello’s funniest book yet – a story of love, friendship and some serious hip action . . . Get in the mood to mambo!

My Review:

I received this book from the publisher as a pre-release review copy (thanks Emma at Simon & Schuster) and I could not wait to read it.

I met Jane last year at the Spring Bloggers event and I love her writing style. I have only managed to read a few of her books so far but my mission, when I have finished my degree, is to read them all!

This book had everything you could want from Women’s fiction. It draws you in, spins you around and then spits you out wanting more! Perfect!

I love books that grab you without you realising they have you in a tight hold and this book is certainly one of those. Having read some Uni books in the last few weeks where I have been counting down the pages, this book was a welcome relief. I did find myself looking “how many pages” at the end but it was for 2 reasons:

1. To see if I could finish it before bed and

2. I couldn’t work out how the story would get finished!

Lauren is a lovable heroine and she tells the story. She reminded me a little of Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series as she gets herself into situations through not knowing the full picture or making assumptions! Her 2 best friends Emily & Cate are brilliant too. I think we’ve all been Cate at some point (although maybe not to the exact extent as is in the book *googles self*) and we all have a friend like Emily.

I have to confess, the story was not what I expected – I guess we all make assumptions when we read a book blurb about what is in store! The story doesn’t even revolve too much around the Moonlight Hotel – It is important but it isn’t a central location if that makes sense? Most of the action happens away from the hotel.

Having many teachers in my family, and being involved with a first school for the last 10 years (and having a 7yr old) the interactions with the children at Lauren’s school really made me chuckle – they are so true! I too have had conversations with my own children about whether “twit” or “bellend” are swear words! I also found the thread of the story about Tom really heartbreaking and very sensitively dealt with.

The “Edwin” part of the plot also made me laugh a lot. I guess, again, it’s a situation we have all found ourselves in one way or another – I’ll leave it to you to guess which part of the “situation” I mean but the “Tiger” part definitely rings true! hahaha!

I really hope we see another book with these characters, maybe even a novella, as I really want to catch up with them in 12months – I expect there would be a wedding at the hotel, a baby and hopefully some travelling! Please Please Jane, write a follow up!! Or make it part one of a series!!

I would definitely recommend this book and I can’t wait to see what Jane writes next!


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