Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
When Ann Rutherford's husband dumps her for the bimbo in his office, unfairly leaving her without a home or a job, she reluctantly joins forces with Rhonda DelMonte to convert Rhonda's Florida seaside estate into the small upscale hotel it once was. Ann, quiet and reserved, is no match for brash, bossy Rhonda, who left the family's New Jersey butcher business after she won the Florida lottery. Amid their struggles to succeed, "The Sins of the Children", a soap opera, films a number of episodes at the hotel and things get complicated in unexpected ways when Ann falls for Vaughn Sanders, the star of the show.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 10 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 22, 2016|
|Publisher||Wild Quail Publishing|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #49,263 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,098 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,907 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#13,782 in Contemporary Women Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2020
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I was drawn in by the concept of this book. I always loved the idea of opening my own inn and love the idea of two divorced women going into business together making a fresh start. I expected a story of two finding healing, reinventing themselves, and of course finding new love along the way. You sort of get that but in a rushed and poorly executed way. The journey of the two female leads is a frustrating one. Several times I wanted to reach into the book and shake these women. They weren't acting like grown women with some years under their belt, but teenagers.
The lead Ann is supposed to be smart business woman that made her ex-husbands business so successful, but somehow her ex can't follow a divorce settlement? The whole divorce process seemed unrealistic. I also realize starting a new business is financially stressful and their are lots of concerns. However, I felt like we had to hear about her financial concerns way too often. Its realistic to mention it, but not every chapter.
Even the scene were a guest died. I think it was to be humorous as it was an older man clearly at the hotel with a young mistress. It was neither funny nor sad, and not sure why pages were wasted on it. I would have rather had more time spent on the love stories.
The romance between Vaugh and Ann felt unrealistic and rushed. They had some lunches together, shared a moment, and then were in love. It felt to cheesy (and this from someone who enjoy's Hallmark movies). Almost like a teenager wrote it. I was hoping for a more meaningful connection between the two who both had pasts they were trying to get over. Writing they shared a deep and meaningful bond doesn't make it real, the characters needed more time to develop. That is the major issue with this book, not enough character development to get to the end result. Its a series why not take your time?
Then it seemed like things just happened for the sake of happening. I think the author was trying to make a point that things can happen running a hotel, and that is true but not in this way. Guest rushed to the hospital, someone from the past dying of cancer, and big storms. It was too much and felt like it was added just to try and ad some interest to the story but fell short.
So much I think was added to create emotion but didn't work because again the characters were not properly developed. The one chapter some of the staff were injured in a car accident. I think it was to be all sad that they were injured, but the impact fell short because I felt like I hardly knew them. Since this is a series, maybe something like that would have suited better in a later book.
Note sure I will read the other books. I read their synopsis and seems good enough for me to know what will happen. Again not a bad book with some good moments, but overall disappointing execution. Its hard to connect with the main characters.
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If your looking for a story which weaves together the trials of a middle aged woman who's daughter is back and forth from college and is wondering where her life is going now she has lost her house, her marriage and her plans for the future then give this a go! Well written and I'm buying book two now! Cannot wait to see what else happens at the Beach House hotel!
Each have their own baggage with ex-husband difficulties and hopes for romance which provides the base for dozens of sub-stories. Nothing is of substance and as expected from a ‘chic-lit’ there is love and happiness, plus there are conundrums, yet always a sense of relief as problems are resolved and futures look bright. All gets a bit tedious, but the book is light-hearted with a nice degree of humour. It’s ideal for holiday reading on the beach but ‘Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel’ is only average – hence 3-star rating.
These ladies struggle to prove to their community that their hotel will benefit the environment and be good for local economy.
The fight to prove the hotel and these ladies romantic attachments make a lovely story with a happy ending
I would recommend this book.