Learn to dance at the Moonlight Hotel, in the most romantic place in Britain...
Beginners and singles welcome...
The Moonlight Hotel sits on the shore of England's best loved lake, Windermere, exuding vintage glamour. And in its ballroom weekly dance classes promise evenings filled with music, friends and fancy(ish) footwork.
When Lauren agrees to sign up, it's because she loves the building so much; it holds the key to her most precious childhood memories and she always dreamed of dancing the night away under its roof. Even her newly single friends Cate and Emily aren't going for the men, they're going for the fun - although a little romance wouldn't hurt...
Then comes the news that the hotel has been sold to a faceless budget chain, which has devastating plans in store. And the revelation that marks the start of a chain of events - both on and off the dance floor - that puts the strength of their friendship to the ultimate test...
Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel was quite frankly a delight of a read.
Jane Costello's easy, feel good and humorous way of writing made this the perfect book for me to take on a road trip as I was able to pick it up and put it down as and when needed without forgetting what I'd just read and needing to re-read paragraphs!
The book is told from the prospective of Lauren, whom is the main character, as she and her two best friends embark on their first night at a Salsa class.
As the weeks progress we learn all about Lauren and her long standing crush on her fellow teacher, Edwin, and her quest to make her feelings known to him after he ends his relationship.
We also discover Lauren's connection to the Moonlight Hotel so it is quite understandable her reaction to the news that it has been sold to a budget chain. However not all is as it seems as the new owner, Joe, joins one of the Salsa classes along with his friend, Will.
Whilst Lauren is trying to work her magic on Edwin, Joe and Will get closer to Emily and Cate respectively but as the weeks press on and Lauren dances more and more with Joe her feelings become confused towards Edwin.
Although the book had a very easy going feel to it, there were many twists and turns within the story and as I read each page and turned to the next, I was often left wondering, surprised and sometimes with certain parts of some story lines, shocked!
Despite Lauren, her story, background and connection to the Moonlight Hotel being the main focus of the book, Cate and Emily are heavily featured and each have their own stories to tell which kept the plot fresh and exciting as well as putting the girls' friendships to the test.
There were some brilliant laugh out loud moments and fabulous one liners in Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel but equally I found some emotional, touching moments too which all all the makings of a perfect pool side read especially alongside the picturesque setting of the Lake District - one of my favourite UK settings!
I would like to thank Sara-Jade Virtue at Books and the City and Simon & Schuster for an advanced proof copy of
Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel.