“This wonderful story is told alternately from the point of view of a young child, Tilly, and from the point of view of her adult self, Tilda. Tilly, who may or may not see ghosts, introduces a mixed bag of mostly lovable characters and asks a whole lot of questions. Did her mother kill her father and abandon her? Who is the man in the black hat? Why couldn’t she stay with Queenie? After her mother’s death, Tilda returns to Queenie’s Paradise Hotel and mysteries are revealed as Tilda explores her mother’s diaries, filling in the empty spaces in her past. Jane Collingwood effortlessly and believably narrates both Tilly’s delightfully honest, and often humorous childish voice and Tilda’s angst-ridden adult voice. I highly recommend this book!”
Becky, Rediscovered Books
From the wildly popular bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things comes a surprising and uplifting story about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, and the magic of chosen family.
Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who loved fizzy drinks, naughty words, and liked playing with ghosts and matches. When her beloved father suddenly disappeared, she and her fragile, difficult mother moved into Queenie Malone’s magnificent Paradise Hotel in Brighton, with its endearing and loving family of misfits—including the exuberant and compassionate Queenie herself. But then Tilly was dealt another shattering blow when her mother sent her off to boarding school with little explanation and no warning, and she lost her beloved chosen family.
Now an adult, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother’s unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only true friend is her dog, Eli. When her estranged mother dies, Tilda returns to Brighton and the home she loved best. With the help of the still-dazzling Queenie, she sets about unraveling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel, only to discover that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all…and that it’s never too late to write your own happy ending.
With Ruth Hogan’s trademark quirky, clever, and life-affirming characters, Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel will dazzle readers and mesmerize them until they reach the surprising twist at the end.