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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Book Review: Felicity at the Cross Hotel by Helena Fairfax

Felicity at the Cross Hotel by Helena Fairfax book cover

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?

Felicity at the Cross Hotel is an enjoyable read and would make the perfect accompaniment to a summer's evening!

The main character is Fliss (Felicity) - a perpetual chatterbox who is always wearing a big smile and a pair of expensive heels wherever she goes. Fliss is quite an eccentric character, but her personality quirks make her endearing and relatable despite her wealth and privileged background. She arrives at the Cross Hotel in the Lake District and bumps straight into Patrick Cross, owner of the hotel and a man with a tragic story and plenty of personal demons to face.

Fliss and Patrick's lives become increasingly intertwined as the story progresses, each learning more about the other and delving into the difficulties of their past. Disagreements and heated discussions aside, the two make a good team and it isn't long before the fortunes of the Cross Hotel seem to be turning around thanks to Patrick's practical nature and Fliss' innovative ideas. Together, it seems that they can do anything - but of course, things are never that simple.

Set amongst the gorgeous scenery of the Lake District, it's easy to picture the village and Emmswater, not to mention the picturesque Cross Hotel nestled into the fellside. With such beautiful scenery around them, is it any wonder romance is in the air? And as the story progresses, will Fliss and Patrick manage to find their happily ever after?

The story is sweet and perfectly balances romance and light-hearted humour with deeper, more serious moments. It's a well-paced read but a book that you could easily devour in an evening - or an afternoon by the pool in the sun! 

Rating: 3 stars 

Felicity at the Cross Hotel is available to buy now.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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