Lucy Checks In
by Dee Ernst
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Pub Date 16 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 30 Aug 2022
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin
Dee Ernst's Lucy Checks In is a delightful work of romantic comedy about a disgraced hotel manager who travels to Rennes to rebuild a hotel and her own life in the process.
Lucia Giannetti needs a fresh start. Once the hotel manager of a glamorous NYC hotel and intimately involved with the hotel’s owner, Lucy had her entire future planned out. But when the owner disappears, taking millions of dollars with him, Lucy's life as she knows it falls apart.
Two years later, forty-nine years old and unemployed, Lucy takes a job in Rennes, France to manage the Hotel Paradis. She pictures fur quilts and extravagant chandeliers, but what she finds is wildly different. Lucy is now in charge of turning the run-down, but charming hotel into a bustling tourist attraction. Between painting rooms, building a website, and getting to know Bing, the irritatingly attractive artist, Lucy finds an unexpected home. But can she succeed in bringing the Hotel Paradis to its former glory?
Witty and heartfelt, Lucy Checks In is an inspiring and feel-good novel about reclaiming your life, finding love, and creating a home in places you never thought possible.
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Outside of her control Lucy loses her highly respected position at a 5 star hotel in NYC, is blackballed in the industry, spends a few years back living with her parents and finally gets an opportunity at running a boutique hotel outside Paris. Little does she know her fantasies are so far from the truth when she lands in France.
Lucy and her new cohorts work hard to create a wonderful hotel and bring back a belief in love, dreams and a fulfilling honest life. Family is what you make it.
Loved the way this book was written, fabulous story, clever cast of characters, incredible descriptions of the town, markets,food and wine! Took me back to wandering different areas of France.
Wouldn’t really call it a romantic comedy, but who cares it was “incroyable”!
I received a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions in this review are my own. Thank you St Martins Press.
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press!
Okay but I'm obsessed with this book. I really love that it is a woman who is rebuilding her life at 49. I love the aspects that remind me of Under The Tuscan Sun (can Dianne Lane play Lucy in the movie pls?!). This book. I'm telling you is a great holiday read or if you're not ready to travel yet, let this book take you to France.
While there, Lucy is tasked with fixing up an old rundown hotel after being in the luxury upscale hotel market in New York. This book. I have nothing but good things to say about it. Definitely a must-read!
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC! Here is my honest review.
I read the premise of this book and I was hooked, a woman who has her life fall apart because of a man (hey we've all been there!) and has to start over, and gets to do so in France? Yes please! I loved that Lucy was 49 years old, and that she and her love interest were not perfect. I enjoyed the process of working to make the hotel back to its former glory and the characters that lie within its walls. Lucy had to deal with a lot but I think she truly found herself in France.
I found this one a bit slow to get into at first, but then I didn't want to put it down, I enjoyed the ending, but Ernst left me wanting more, perhaps this could be a series?? Overall, 4/5 stars.
A charming entry in the “woman of a certain age finds a new life in a foreign country” genre. Lucy is a lovely main character who is capable, pleasant, and complex and her journey is back to confidence and love is worth the read.
Dee Ernst is a master of writing stories about mature ladies looking to start over. Lucy was funny, likable, and this story takes readers on a trip to Paris where you root for Lucy and hope for her to find love. Check this out if you were a fan of Maggie Finds Her Muse. I received a free copy on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lucy Checks In was a joy to read. It’s the sweet story of a woman who has had the rug pulled out from under her who then starts over to create the life she was meant to have. Lucy moves from the States to France when she lands a job as general manager of an old shuttered family hotel. She thinks her job is to oversee a renovation crew to bring the hotel back to life but it turns out she, along with a group of family friends of the owner are the renovation crew. And it’s the type of renovation we can only dream of in our supply chain plagued days. The author has such a way with words…I wanted to live Lucy's life. To be in the rooms and gardens she describes. To eat the food and walk the streets of the historic French town. This book reminded me of a Rosamund Pilcher book in all the best ways.
I loved this book for its charming setting--a 1700s chateau in France's Brittany region--its older (middle-aged) heroine, and a diverse group of hotel residents that come together to help the protagonist turn her life around.
Lucy had found success as the manager of a luxury hotel in New York City and a loving relationship with its owner. But she was blindsided along with other hotel employees and investors when her lover absconded with millions of dollars, leaving her behind to fight a 2-year legal battle that exonerated her but took most of her life savings and ruined her professional reputation. The only job she can find is at the Hotel Paradis in the aforementioned French chateau, and it it not at all what she had envisioned. The hotel is in ruins, hosting only six permanent residents, and her job is to restore it by tourist season to a potentially successful business.
It didn't take long for me to be all-in on the delightful story and eccentric characters, not to mention a very slow-burning romance with a man who has to learn not to be obnoxious. The writing is sharp and the plot is engrossing and uplifting.
My thanks to NetGalley and Sr. Martin's Press for affording me the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.
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