Book Review – The Honeymoon Hotel


Hope you’ve all been well, we’ve been busy here meeting lots of brides to be and their excitable wedding parties. The wedding season seems to be slowing down after a frenetic few weeks so we can all take a breath!

I thought I’d do a book review this week. A lot of people will be thinking about honeymoons or holidays right now as the nights draw in and thoughts stray to warmer climes, so here’s a book I read recently that will be the perfect accompaniment to a sun lounger and a chilled beverage when the sunshine makes a reappearance.

The Honeymoon Hotel by Hester Browne is a great read if you are looking for escapism and especially if you are honeymooning yourself and are not quite ready to remove yourself from the wedding planning bubble.

Rosie is the Events Manager at the chic upmarket Bonneville Hotel in Mayfair. It’s trying to reclaim its spot as the ultimate romantic destination for a wedding in London. While the hotel oozes love and passion, Rosie herself doesn’t. She is practical and organised and makes sure the weddings she plans run to clockwork and to her own perfect exacting standards.

Rosie has her eye on the prize, organising a fabulous wedding for a top secret celebrity couple to launch the Bonneville into the stratosphere, what she hadn’t accounted for was a spanner in the works by the name of Joe. Joe is her boss’s son and heir apparent to the hotel. Joe’s arrival brings chaos and has Rosie fearing, not only for the wedding of the year but for her whole career.

Rosie is really likable character, as you read on you discover the reason why she is so stoic and matter of fact. Anyone who has experienced a bad break-up that came totally out of the blue will completely sympathise. But her life experience has led to her having a very sharp wit and acerbic tongue, which will make you laugh.

As you read about the various weddings that occur in the hotel, you can imagine the sophisticated venue, the old style charm and glamour and you can really picture yourself there. One of my favourite parts was when they were doing a patisserie tasting – it made my mouth water and sent me off searching for something sweet and delicious.

The cast of characters is wide and varied, ranging from Joe who is moody and brooding, to Dominic – Rosie’s boyfriend who seems to have an issue with commitment but will happily use Rosie’s witty one liners in his restaurant reviews without giving her due credit.

The book has a tried and tested plot, but the difference is the way it’s written. It keeps you interested and you never feel like it’s repetitive. This isn’t the first Hester Browne book I’ve read and she hasn’t disappointed yet.

If weddings are all you can think about then this is the book for you. It’s funny, touching and easy to get lost in. If you are honeymooning then it will help you stay in that ‘Just Married’ moment for a little while longer and if you are about to get married it will heighten your excitement for your big day and you will be wishing the days away till you say ‘I Do’!

Brilliant read. 4 out of 5 stars.

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