FELICITY AT THE CROSS HOTEL, BY HELENA FAIRFAX
PUBLICATION: JULY 7, 2017
About the book:
A quaint hotel in the Lake District. The Cross Hotel is the perfect getaway. Or is it?
Felicity Everdene needs a break from the family business. Driving through the Lake District to the Cross Hotel, past the shining lake and the mountains, everything seems perfect. But Felicity soon discovers all is not well at the Cross Hotel …
Patrick Cross left the village of Emmside years ago never intending to return, but his father has left him the family’s hotel in his will, and now he’s forced to come back. With a missing barmaid, a grumpy chef, and the hotel losing money, the arrival of Felicity Everdene from the notorious Everdene family only adds to Patrick’s troubles.
With so much to overcome, can Felicity and Patrick bring happiness to the Cross Hotel … and find happiness for themselves?
I didn’t realize until yesterday that I was reviewing two books this week with the main character named Felicity! However, Felicity at The Cross Hotel is on the opposite side of the spectrum from the Felicity I mentioned yesterday!
Felicity Everdene is part of a huge family hotel business, goes by Fliss, and drives an old beat up car she calls Agnetha. Needing a break from tensions with her father regarding their business practices, Fliss heads to Emmside to work at The Cross Hotel, owned by a family that is close friends with her mother. Fliss first meets Patrick Cross, whom his late father left The Cross Hotel to and then meets Jilly Cross. Along with them are other wonderful characters employed at the hotel, especially sommelier, Johnny. Fliss finds a sad and worn out hotel, with the owners and employees not much better. But her contagious cheerfulness and ideas for turning things around, soon start to run off on everyone around her.
Fliss is an extraordinary character in that she is almost always happy and positive. Patrick is resentful and stressed over his father leaving the hotel to him since he happily runs a diving business in the Caribbean and he discovers the hotel is in financial trouble. Patrick’s mom Jilly is mourning her husband and also under a huge amount of stress regarding the hotel. Patrick obviously finds Fliss annoying at times since their personalities are so different, but even he can’t maintain his cold, sad persona all of the time.
I loved Fliss’ personality, drive, and creativity. She headed to Emmside expecting to be in charge of this beautiful and successful hotel but found the opposite. Still, she maintained her positivity and her character was truly inspirational as far as making the best of things. As much as I loved this story and the characters, I have to say that I didn’t finish the novel feeling that I really knew them. Bits and pieces of everyone’s lives were shared, but I don’t think that the characters were developed as much as they could have been.
Various conflicts were weaved into the plot, but the novel left me feeling happy and upbeat about the world! This isn’t a complex look into someone’s life but just a pleasant story about making the best of things and the power of positivity!
*Many thanks to the author for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!