Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello


Lauren is a primary school teacher living in the lake district; her father was the General Manager of one of the oldest hotels in the lake district, the Moonlight Hotel, and she loves it’s old fashioned charm even though, objectively it’s looking a bit worse for wear.

Lauren’s friends Cate and Emily drag her to a salsa class held at the Moonlight Hotel, promising that there will be lots of eligible single men. Lauren reluctantly goes along despite the fact that she is madly in love with her colleague Edwin, who happens to be engaged to his perfect woman.

Cate and Emily partner up with two rugged climbers Will and Joe (lucky them) whilst Lauren has the dubious honour of dancing with the teacher. At the class Lauren learns that her beloved Moonlight Hotel has been purchased by a budget hotel chain, and that the place she holds dear is likely to change forever.

Jane Costello books are always charming, heartfelt and laugh out loud funny.  There were a few times I burst out laughing on the train yesterday, to the displeasure of the people sat next to me. There is a story about cat food that made me chuckle .

On a serious note, one of the characters is the victim of revenge porn,  and the impact to both her work and relationships is quite upsetting.

Overall I really enjoyed this book; as usual with a Jane Costello novel the characters were relatable and the plot believable.  It was apparent to me from the start who the romantic lead was and who the distraction was, and sometimes I just wanted to shout at the characters to actually just talk to people and say what they mean. Chick lit plots seem to rely upon misunderstandings a d miscommunication, which really wind me up sometimes, but I’m from Yorkshire and am apparently quite blunt so that may just be me.

If you are looking for a summer/ holiday read I would highly recommend this book.

Let me know if you have read this book or any other Jane Costello books in the comments below.


Stephani Xxx


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