Hotel Portofino

Hotel Portofino by J.P. O'Connell– 4/5 Stars

Read this if you:

· need a European escape
· enjoy an ensemble cast
· would do anything to accomplish your goals


Bella Ainsworth has convinced her husband to leave London by buying a hotel in Portofino. With the hotel opening comes high-class guests as well as mounting problems including a corrupt politician. While Bella tries to keep her marriage afloat and bring happiness to her children who are just getting over the horrors of the Great War, she’s also stuck trying to keep all of her guests happy and her new business profitable.

My Thoughts on the Book:

This book was the best escape to the Italian Riviera! There are a ton of characters introduced fairly quickly at the beginning of this book, which at first seemed overwhelming. All of them are so unique and interesting that it wasn’t difficult to keep track of them at all throughout the book, and they each brought a very different piece to the Hotel’s puzzle.
This book is character-driven but moves along like one with a developing plot. I found myself looking forward to picking this one up to find out how things were going to turn out for Bella and her hotel guests. This story had all of the drama I was looking for, the most incredible setting, and was full of witty humour, I was hooked from start to finish!
This book is out today – highly recommend if you need an escape from the dreariness of winter!

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