All Change at the Beach Hotel
A heartwarming and romantic World War One saga
by Francesca Capaldi
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Pub Date 20 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 21 Jun 2023
Can she choose between her duty and her heart?
While World War One changes the country beyond measure, with food becoming scarce and Britain’s young men being called up to foreign battlefields, it is harder than ever to keep the grand Beach Hotel in Littlehampton running smoothly.
Waitress Lili Probert, a young woman who escaped her demanding family in Wales in search of a new life in Sussex, has seen her hard work rewarded at the Beach Hotel, but hides heartbreak behind her sunny personality. Her sweetheart, Norman, is missing in action and has been presumed dead, but she cannot give up hope that he may be found.
But when she meets injured soldier Rhodri, a fellow Welshman now living near Littlehampton, she fights hard to ignore her growing attraction for him, torn between her feelings for him and her loyalty to the man she thought she’d spend her life with.
But her emotions run ever higher when she suddenly receives a call from home; her mother is gravely ill and Lili is needed for her care. Returning to Wales, Lili must make a difficult choice. Follow her dreams and make her own life, or return to the place she tried so hard to escape?
Torn between her duty and her heart, Lili faces her own battle far from the conflicts in Europe…
An emotional, gripping and heart-tugging romantic World War One saga that fans of Annemarie Brear, Pam Weaver and Rosie James will adore.
Readers are loving their stay at the Beach Hotel:
‘Brilliant storyline, brilliant book. Couldn’t put it down. Family saga at its best’⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review
‘I loved this enchanting read…could not put it down…’⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review
‘Well, what a start to a new series! There are many secrets to be uncovered…I loved this book.’⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review
‘Charming…this book felt like an escape…The story was heartwarming’⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this book…I’m glad there is more to come from the Beach Hotel.’⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review
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Average rating from 9 members
What a delight! The second in the hotel series proved equally as enjoyable as the first.
This time the book centres on Lili Probert who comes from a large welsh family who didn’t take kindly to her moving away to work at the Beach Hotel in Littlehampton. Lili is a popular member of staff with patrons and her colleagues. She gets some bad news regarding her sweetheart Norman who is fighting on the front.
Mrs Bygrove decides to put on a concert to raise funds for the war, Lili is secret delightedly to be asked to sing at it. This brings her to the attention of a certain corporal.
When Lili is called back home due to her mother having shingles she is downhearted to find that her siblings think she should stay at home to help her mother. Will aunt Megan come to her aid?
There are some lovely twists along the way. I loved the descriptions of some of the characters like bumptious Mr Bygrove.
I actually found myself getting really annoyed, so good were the descriptions of Cary’s.
Needless to say. I loved it, Look forward to the next one.
Firstly thank you Netgalley for this Arc
Family saga at its best brilliant first book in this series
The second book in the series and a great follow up following the story of Lili s young girl from wales, who has left the family home to carve out a new life, things don’t go quite to plan for lili and she has to make a choice of staying or returning to her family home. Another great family saga from Francesca Capaldi.
I really enjoyed this book.
The story was a bit slow in places but it was like looking into someone's life from a friends view.
I'm so glad Mr bygrove was enlisted as hopefully it will knock the chip off his shoulder.
I'm glad it had a good ending as I'm a sucker for a happy ending
I hope there is going to be more in this series
A second visit to the Beach Hotel and its staff, where the war is taking its toll on the employees, with enlistments, losses and, for Lili, the news that her sweetheart is missing in action. But Lili is torn when she meets a new man who she is sure she could love if only things were different...The day to day life of the hotel is told well, from the point of view of the staff, and who could fail to dislike the odious manager Mr Bygrove. I hope he gets his comeuppance when book three comes out!
This book was enthralling from the start. Lils story hooks you from the start and I almost felt I was her..
The author brings tiny details to life and you feel the excitement and heartache as you turn the pages.
An excellent unputdownable read from start to finish.. Simply brilliant!