What They Say
The Moonlight Hotel sits on the shore of England’s best-loved lake, Windermere, exuding vintage glamour. And in its ballroom weekly dance classes promise evenings filled with music, friends and fancy(ish) footwork.
When Lauren agrees to sign up, it’s because she loves the building so much; it holds the key to her most precious childhood memories and she always dreamed of dancing the night away under its roof. Even her newly single friends Cate and Emily aren’t going for the men, they’re going for the fun – although a little romance wouldn’t hurt …
Then comes the news that the hotel has been sold to a faceless budget chain, which has devastating plans in store. And the revelation that marks the start of a chain of events – both on and off the dance floor – that puts the strength of their friendship to the ultimate test …
I love lasses in books you feel like you can be friends with. Jane writes her female characters so well, you really do want to be friends with them, and Lauren is no exception, nor are her friends Emily and Cate. But I will say that, throughout the novel, their friendship is more that pushed to the limit by one thing or another, and the crises the girls go through could fill a whole series of books, and they mostly made me feel sad, especially what happens to poor Cate. I wouldn't even wish that on my worst enemy, if I had one, it's THAT awful. But Lauren was amazing, I love that she was a school teacher, and a school teacher who genuinely loved the kids she taught, it was amazing. And I loved the salsa classes, I have no rhythm, and two left feet, but I love to hear about dancing and the salsa classes sounded like so much fun!
There weren't many negatives in the novel. I do admit to being a tad annoyed at Lauren. She harps on, and on, and on, and on, and on some more about Edwin, and it was the least satisfying thing, ever. I mean he's called EDWIN for the love of Paul Hollywood. It would be sacrilege for a book to end with the lass going with a lad called Edwin. That is just not a hot name. Joe, on the other hand... I liked Joe. Joe is a good name. I loved Joe, let's be honest. Sigh. A man who can salsa dance - lovely.
I really enjoyed Summer at the Moonlight Hotel. It was a quick, fast-paced read, with typical Jane Costello humour and pop culture marks aplenty. Kudos to getting the Duncan from Blue line in, I love blasts from the past like that, although I preferred Lee, to be honest. Jane is such a good writer, reading her books are always such a pleasure and I wish she'd write quicker, because I'm already anxious for book ten. And one last thing, the setting was amazing. It's set in the Lakes, which sounds like an utterly amazing place to live!