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Hotel Laguna

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book. I really enjoyed it! I love anything WWII related so I fell into this story easily and it was a quick read for me.  Hazel was a good character to follow and I enjoyed the setting which was so different than most novels focused on this time period. . The author did a wonderful job making me as a reader feel like I was in another time and it makes me want to travel to present day as well as back in time to post WWII Laguna Beach.!
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I really loved Montauk by this author so I knew I had to read this one. Overall, this was an enjoyable read. On the lighter side for a WW2 historical fiction book. 

Hazel Francis is from Wichita Kansas and decides to head off to California during WW2 to join other women in the workforce while the men are away at war. When the men return, she must find work, and decides to stay in Laguna Beach,California. I enjoyed following Hazel as she navigated her life. I really thought the author did a fantastic job describing the setting of Laguna Beach and I truly felt transported. The plot was interesting and I enjoyed the characters as well. A nice story.  This would make a great beach read. 

Out June 20.
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own. I will post my review on Goodreads, Bookbub, and Amazon after it publishes.
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Quick, fast read. Unique setting and plot for WW2 fiction. I did enjoy the story and for the most part it kept me reading. Did lag a little bit toward the end. Characters were likeable but a little poorly developed. I did enjoy it and would recommend I’d someone is looking for a light easy read.
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I enjoyed this book. I was intrigued by the storyline and found myself unable to put this book down once I got into the story. I loved the light romance and the growth of the characters in the story.
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Hotel Laguna is a fabulous story about a young girl, Hazel who moved to California during WWII to work on airplanes during the war. Oh how I loved Hazel and how she went after what she wanted and she would not take no for an answer! After the war was over, they did away with her job so she found a job with an older man who was a famous painter and he made her his assistant. I loved everything about this historical fiction!!! This is a favorite of 2023 and I look forward to more books by this author. She’s fantastic! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review. To be published June 2023. Highly recommend!
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Laguna Beach, CA 1942. Nicola Harrison sets the scene of this fun beach read by using vivid imagery. 
It’s right after WW2 ends and the country is feeling a major transition as everyone struggles to return to their old roles, or find new ones. We follow the young woman character, Hazel, as she learns who she wants to be. Along the way, she becomes the assistant to a famous local painter. 
The descriptions of the scenes and paintings make you feel as if you are there. It is easy to picture peaceful Laguna Beach in 1942 and it is almost as if we are watching Hanson Radcliff paint his pictures ourselves. 
I highly recommend this book along with other books written by Nicola Harrison. 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Nicola Harrison for the ARC.
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Hotel 🏨 Laguna by Nicola Harrison is an amazing historical story about love, learning a new job after the war and mystery. Read the story you will love it.
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I loved The Show Girl by Harrison, so I had to jump at the opportunity to read her newest upcoming title and it didn't disappoint.

Hotel Laguna by Nicola Harrison has written a beautiful, detailed novel that I found so hard to get away from. 
The setting of Laguna Beach, California and the time period was described so beautifully.
The pages just come to life with her amazig characters and brilliant storytelling. 
Hazel, I loved her. She is strong, independent and determined. 
The descriptions of the WWII in 1942 was fascinating and intriguing. 
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and enjoyed taking this journey into another world. 

"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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I thought this was a really good book. I do think there were parts that didn’t add anything to the plot. But over all I really good historical fiction novel.
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Hotel Laguna is the story of Hazel Francis, a young woman from Wichita, Kansas. Longing for a change in her current situation, Hazel takes a chance and sets out for California to take her place among other women working in an airplane factory during WWII. Once the men return home, and their jobs are returned to them, Hazel again sets out to find her way, with only herself to count on. Hotel Laguna is a great story of perseverance, friendship, and determination. The way Nicola Harrison balances a historical fiction story while making her characters feel understood and relevant in current times is one of the reasons she is a favorite author of mine. Hazel is a young woman finding her way in often uncertain situations, and her flawed history to me is a reason to fall in love with her story. The beautiful setting of Laguna Beach, California, a mix of friendship, romance, and deceit are just a few more reasons I very much enjoyed this book. This is a perfect mix of historical fiction and a light beach read, and I loved it.  Thank you to Net Galley and St Martin's Press for an advanced copy of this book which is set to be released June 20th 2023, all opinions are my own.
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Hotel Laguna by Nicola Harrison is a great historical fiction that takes us to post-WWII in California.

I really enjoyed being transported to another place and time within history. Visiting California (Laguna) in the immediate post-war years was a treat. This is a locale and a time period that really could be explored more.

The author did a great job immersing the reader into the environment, the social attitudes, and the surroundings. 

Hazel Francis was a joy to follow. Being a midwest transport to the west coast, and seeing her navigate society, the times, and trying to find and balance her hopes, dreams, and her heart amongst the obstacles was the best part of the book. 

It was well done.

5/5 stars

Thank you NG and St Martins Press for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 6/20/23.
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I have enjoyed Harrison’s earlier novels, but I found this a bit thinner than the others. The plot centers around Hazel, a woman who escapes her Kansas roots and fiancée during WW II to find a future in California. As tge daughter of a Norden Bombsite worker, I was fascinated by Hazel’s job building planes. I also was interested in the difficulties faced by single women when the soldiers returned. 

After the  war Hazel drifts to the art colony of Laguna Beach where she becomes an assistant to an eccentric artist. She finds a place in the community and makes friends. The author filled this part of the book with too much information about artists and events, that don’t move the plot along. 

I felt this devolved into a simplistic romance at the end. Too many happy coincidences. 

This is a nice, enjoyable read, but not the great novel that Harrison produced in the past.  

Thank you Netgalley for this ARC from a favorite author.
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I really enjoyed getting to know Hazel Francis as a main character, and she worked well in the time period that was created. The story was what I was hoping for from the description and I was invested in what was happening. The rest of the cast was really well done and I enjoyed what was happening. Nicola Harrison has a great writing style and I enjoyed reading this.

"Ah, it feels good, doesn’t it?” Hanson said rolling the window down a few inches and jolting me out of my thoughts. “Out on the open road.” We drove along the coast, out of Laguna and through neighboring towns. “I was right down there on that beach,” he tapped out at the window, “some twenty years ago, the day Duke Khanamoku and his famous Hollywood friends and surfers saved eight lives from a fishing boat.”
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I adored this book! Such a beautiful story. I didn’t want to put this one down. I finished in about a day. Hazel was such a sweet character to follow. The author did a wonderful job making me as a reader truly feel like I was in another time. I want to travel back in time to post WWII Laguna Beach! Thank you to NetGalley for the early copy.
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