The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett #BookReview @MicheleGormanUK

Book blurb…

This is a brand new standalone novel from the author of the Carlton Square series with a whole new cast of characters to fall in love with!

Wriggle your toes in the sand and feel the warm breeze on your face when you check into the hotel that’s full of dreams…

Three years after ditching her career in New York City, Rosie never thought she’d still be managing the quaint faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown.

What’s worse, the hotel’s new owners are turning it into a copy of their Florida properties. Flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s residents stand in the way of the developers’ plans. The hotel is both their home and their family.

That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce the changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side, even though it’s the chance to finally restart her career. Rory might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends.

How can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s?

My review…

This is my first ever Lilly Bartlett but thankfully not my last! I now know who to turn to when I want a slice of home grown love and laughter all wrapped up in a cute cover! Lilly Bartlett writes with charm, drawing her reader in from the first few pages and introducing them to some lovable rogues and quirky characters.

I loved Rosie from when I first met her, living the dream in New York and working at a fabulous hotel alongside her friend Digby. But things are about to change when Rosie meets Chuck who has come to the hotel to book an event for the company he works for. We then fast forward to Rosie, who is now working at a quaint little seaside hotel in Scarborough. Whilst she is obviously a much loved member of the team, I was a little bit shocked to see how much she had changed since New York! What happened to send her scurrying back to The UK? Well, you will have to wait unfortunately, as Rosie takes her time showing us flashbacks to her life in New York. But when she does prepare for some major shocks and feelings of exasperation!

The hotel in Scarborough is the scene of some very funny encounters with both the staff and the quirky residents who live there. Chef in particular kept a huge smile plastered to my face with his idiosyncrasies and his very understandable rants-especially about chocolate!! But it was heart warming to watch Rosie with Rory as they start to work together against the new owners of the hotel who seemed determined to put their own mark on the traditional seaside resort.

This would make a fabulous beach read. It’s a fun, fondant-sweet, dream of a plot but with a melancholic edge to tug at your heartstrings. A cast of memorable characters kept me captivated throughout until that gorgeous ending which was pretty near perfect. Recommended by me!

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel is available to purchase now from Amazon UK.

Meet the author…


Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters. Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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