Elizabeth Adler has traveled the world and lived in exotic places with her loving husband. She excels in bringing alive enchanting places most people can only dream of visiting. Add an interesting cast of characters and an element of mystery and romance and you have an irresistible combination. The Hotel Riviera is situated near the glitzy world of St.Tropez, where the uber rich dock their yachts and gamble away millions in the casinos of Monte Carlo.
Lola is the American chef and owner of the Hotel Riviera. Her husband is missing in action, and she is left to fend with a bunch of guests. People are knocking on her door, asking for money owed to them by her husband. And the police suspect her of foul play. Jack Ferrar is a nomadic sailor who lives on his boat and stumbles onto the Hotel Riviera for a meal. There is instant attraction between him and Lola. There is an interesting cast of characters living in the hotel and each has their own story. Jack decides to stand by Lola and protect her until the mystery around her husband is solved.
The main story is good, and the guests in the hotel are also interesting. But what attracted me was the Hotel Riviera itself, an idyllic retreat in the South of France. Just the idea of a small, cosy hotel with a chef tucked away near the French Riviera, with the sea breezes and the shining sun, fresh and simple food – frankly I enjoyed the setting more than the story itself. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the story. The combination of these two is why I read and love books by Elizabeth Adler. And I totally, completely recommend this one.
Here’s hoping a Kindle edition is released soon.