‘Welcome to the Hope Street Hotel – where you check in married, and check out single.’Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she’s finding it hard to move forward. That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she’s starting to put her life back together, and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss is breathing down her neck, things are looking good.But what goes on in the Hope Street Hotel is a far cry from anything she’s ever dealt with before. This is a pioneering ‘divorce hotel’ designed to make every aspect of breaking up efficient and pain-free. In one single weekend, Chloe’s team promises to take care of everything – legal, technical, emotional – and guests check out carefree and single.No one is better qualified than Chloe to understand what couples need when their relationship is at breaking point, but she soon finds herself having to tackle the heartbreak she’s tried to bury. In particular three couples need her help – Jo and Dave, Lucy and Andrew, and Kirk and Dawn – and the opening weekend is full of revelation, trouble, memories happy and sad, facts that need facing, and some very big surprises.It’s time to move on. And it soon becomes clear that some endings are, in fact, very exciting new beginnings …
I'm delighted to be today's host on the Blog Tour for Love Me or Leave Me by Claudia Caroll which was published by Avon as an ebook on 11 September 2014, the paperback will be released on 23 October 2014.
Love Me or Leave Me was a great surprise to me. I had expected a story of bitterness and bitching, as the story is set in a 'divorce' hotel, but instead it's a novel full of wonderfully warm characters, each with a great back story. It's one of those reads that becomes quite addictive; where you say to yourself 'oh just one more page', until before you know it you've read through to the end!
Chloe fled Dublin two years ago, she left her job and her home and took her shattered heart to London. Chloe had been dumped at the alter, in full view of her friends, her family and her work colleagues.
When Chloe is offered the job as General Manager of the Hope Street Hotel, back in Dublin, she
knows that she is perfect for the job. Hope Street Hotel is going to be a divorce hotel, the guests will be couples who are about to divorce. The hotel will be five star luxury, with professional services from lawyers, mediator and estate agents coming as part of the package. Hope Street Hotel will facilitate civilised divorces in luxury surroundings.
The story follows Chloe and three of the couples who stay at Hope Street on the opening weekend. Claudia Carroll has expertly given each couple's back story, starting with their individual wedding invitations which reveal so much about each of the couples.
Expect the unexpected, this is a quirky story with a unique setting. It's not full of hate and bitterness, nor is it overly sentimental. It exposes the faults of these couples and delves into their reasons for being at Hope Street. There is humour, there are mishaps and misunderstandings and there is hope.
I enjoyed this well written story very much, the characters are fabulous and the hotel is wonderfully described.
Claudia Carroll is a full time Sunday Times bestselling author and has sold over 670,000 copies of her paperbacks alone. Her previous book, 'Me and You' was shortlisted for the Bord Gais Popular Choice Irish Book Award in 2013. She was born in Dublin where she still lives.
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