After just finishing reading a fairly dark and depressing novel, I scoured my shelves looking for something uplifting and heartwarming to put me in a more positive frame of mind. My finger stopped at Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello. Just the title alone promises warmth, romance and happiness, just what the doctor ordered !
The Moonlight Hotel is a once beautiful but now rather rundown building on the shores of Lake Windermere, a very special place to Lauren in particular, because it holds special childhood memories of her father before he died. It is also the venue for a ballroom dancing class – think Strictly Come Dancing without the cutting remarks from the judges - where Lauren and two of her young, free and single friends decide to head to check out the talent, more in terms of latin lover status than nifty footwork, if they're honest !
As you'd expect in a work of chicklit, there are plenty of heartwarming romantic adventures and also some smile-inducing misadventures, but the book also looks at the darker side of relationships, in particular revenge porn and its chilling consequences. The girls are all believable and likeable, despite being (or perhaps precisely because they are) imperfect, at times making dubious decisions and life choices, just like we all do !
It's perfect if you want a feel-good read that is by turns funny and poignant, especially if you're missing your Saturday nights in front of the telly watching Strictly !
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £7.99
Disclosure : I received a copy of the book in order to write an honest review.