Just sit back in the sun, relax and let this little romance consume you! One of my favourite tarts of all! Bit by bit, these two get to know each other and between puce coloured curtains and family and staff members who all seem to have their issues, they survive to the end of the book with their sanity mostly, lol intact! I would recommend this book to those who love romantic stories. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, gas mark 4. This is definitely one I recommend if you fancy an overall feel-good romance. With so much to overcome, can Felicity and Patrick bring happiness to the Cross Hotel … and find happiness for themselves? Whilst driving to the lakes her faithful car breaks down and Patrick Cross comes to the rescue. The scenery was spot on.
Driving through the Lake District to the Cross Hotel, past the shining lake and the mountains, everything seems perfect. Patrick is initially not so likeable but he soon begins to grow on you on This story is everything you'd want from a holiday read - it's fun, lighthearted, comic and romantic, all rolled into one. Judy has recently lost her husband and Felicity needed a break from her job after she fell out with her father over how to deal with a takeover. Thanks very much for dropping in, and for your comment. I even based my fictional head waiter — Johnny — on an Italian waiter in my hotel called Gionni.
Helena Fairfax explores parental relationships, grief, friendship, guilt, rivalry and our treatment of those who are different, as natural parts of her story so that there is much to ponder as well as to entertain. It seems neither of them can manage a conversation without pissing the other off. As a favour to her Mum, who is firm friends with Patrick Mum, Felicity moves to the Lake District to give them a hand running Cross Hotel. Why do you think that happened? Driving through the Lake District to the Cross Hotel, past the shining lake and the mountains, everything seems perfect. The Lake District is the perfect getaway. She is saved from a battle with her father when her mother asks her to help out an old friend whose lake District hotel is on its last legs and needs some expertise. The stories are a mixture of historical and contemporary, and my story is set in Edwardian times — a time when women had no vote and very few rights.
With so much to overcome, can Felicity and Patrick bring happiness to the Cross Hotel … and find happiness for themselves? What a super story this is. She made a wonderful comment that in one of the biggest metoo romances of all time, a vulnerable woman goes to work for a powerful man. I enjoyed reading about the relationship between Patrick and Fliss, I really liked the fact he was Felicity at the Cross Hotel was a great read. Like I think the office romance will always endure in some form or other. She's grown used to the cold now, and these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England, right next door to the windswept Yorkshire moors.
With so much to overcome, can Felicity and Patrick bring happiness to the Cross Hotel … and find happiness for themselves? Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog, Emma. Fairfax will brighten your day any time of the year. Although we can venture further afield next time, this visit was all about seeing us, the new house, family and easy to reach places of interest. The Cross Hotel is the perfect getaway. The hotel she stays in is owned by Jilly whose husband is dead and their son is living in the abroad and isn't really that interested in running the family hotel. I honestly couldn't describe it any better.
I honestly couldn't describe it any better. Far from being submissive males, these two were teammates for their heroines. Overall, a very good read. The author has captured the very essence of the Lake District's special characteristics and has interwoven a delightful story of love and loss and of the importance of family commitments. That the Cross Hotel is struggling is evident in its shabby decor and in its dejected air of just about managing to survive in a competitive business world. Spoon into the pastry cases and bake for 35—40 minutes until risen, golden and firm. I hadn't heard of his author before but will be looking out for more of her titles.
I thought it was going to be a totally light-hearted read and, while it was one of those books that I found genuinely quite restful to read I needed a beach really! And when he meets Fliss, she is the last thing he needs. There are some weighty themes behind what it a gorgeous, gentle romance. Arriving to help out a friend of her mother — although some may expect a whole other agenda from a key member of the Everdene hotel chain — I loved the way her warmth and sparkle won everyone over and had them looking forward to a future that they doubted would ever come to pass. This story is set in a part of the world very close to me as I spent many childhood holidays there. There is no way on earth I would ever jump out of a plane, no matter how much the story depended on it. Where have the years gone? Everyone in a hotel has a story to tell and no matter what their background they are all forced to interact with one another - from the barmaid like me to the billionaire who drinks champagne for breakfast and leaves enormous tips in dollars. I found this book was so satisfying.
This was a very enjoyable and easy read. Here is a crime plot and you can have this one for free! I really liked Felicity, she reminded me of a young Alex Polizzi and I love watching the Hotel Inspector. Felicity is not such a Pollyanna you tire of her character. Today is release day for my feel good romance,. The Lake District is the perfect getaway. I'm so concerned with taking photos of the scenery and so on that I tend to forget to take more of the people. Felicity really isn't there to take over the hotel for her family but trying to convince the hotel employees of this proves to be difficult and yet, Felicity's warm nature and expertise soon starts to win over people's affections.
The book cover is correct. Driving through the Lake District to the Cross Hotel, past the shining lake and the mountains, everything seems perfect. Beat together the curd cheese and butter. Well aware of the rumours about how her father runs his business, he assumes that she is cut from the same cloth. But like the lake itself, it hid a wealth of tragedy beneath its calm surface. I loved how all the characters had a distinct personality and we did see some of the stories behind some of these loveable characters.
She posts interesting content and often prompts me to think about my reading experiences! I enjoyed reading about the setting for this book, The Lake District is a place on my bucket list of travels. Have you ever tried Maids of Honour? The hotel's owner is Patrick Cross, an on hiatus Dominican Dive business owner who is dealing with his father's sudden death, his inheritance and his ghosts. It's also one of the best times to get organised - making plans and trying new hobbies perhaps. Instead the author balances her light-hearted joyful personality with problems that could ruin anyone's day, even Felicity. Patrick Cross never thought he would return to the little village where he grew up but when his father leaves him the family hotel after his death, Patrick finds himself thrust back into the village limelight. This was a lovely read, would be perfect if you are relaxing on holidays or even as I did, read whilst snuggled up under the doona in the middle of winter : This is not some fluffy bit of chick lit, however, because although there is a lovely bit of romance in the book, there is plenty of depth as well. The divers also went into great detail about their procedures for an emergency, and explained exactly what they could see beneath the surface of Ullswater.