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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheBelleHotel by Craig Melvin (@ccmelvin) @unbounders @AnneCater

Third blog tour of the day is for ‘The Belle Hotel’ by Craig Melvin. Many thanks (once again) to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Unbounders for the review copy. Here is my review:

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13 October 2008. Welcome to the worst day of Chef Charlie Sheridan’s life, the day he’s about to lose his two great loves: his childhood sweetheart, Lulu, and the legendary Brighton hotel his grandfather, Franco Sheridan, opened in 1973.

This is the story of the Belle Hotel, one that spans the course of four decades – from the training of a young chef in the 1970s and 80s, through the hedonistic 90s, up to the credit crunch of the noughties – and leads us right back to Charlie’s present-day suffering.

In this bittersweet and salty tale, our two Michelin star-crossed lovers navigate their seaside hangout for actors, artists and rock stars; the lure of the great restaurants of London; and the devastating effects of three generations of family secrets.

What does TWG think?

‘The Belle Hotel’….what a BRILLIANT name for a hotel! I guess I would say that seeing as my daughter’s nickname is indeed, Belle, but still!

This book is one unique story, one which I suggest you read after stuffing your face otherwise you would end up with a stomach making some rather unsavoury noises. If you haven’t guessed already, ‘The Belle Hotel’ is a story which contains a lot of food (and a lot of swearing). Think early Gordon Ramsay….although his name does crop up once or twice throughout the book though, as do many other chefs!

Charlie Sheridan has stuffed up big time. The hotel which had been in his family for many years, was about to be sold from under his very feet. How did it get to that stage? Well, seeing as the storyline delves into the past of the hotel and how it became what it was, the author gives us readers front row seats to Charlie’s demise…or close demise that is.

‘The Belle Hotel’ may contain a lot of recipes, but it also contains a lot of heartbreak over the years for all members of Charlie’s family. Don’t get me wrong, some of those family members bring on a few troubles themselves, but overall a lot of ‘The Belle Hotel’s past makes for quite a tough to swallow read.

I actually really enjoyed the uniqueness of the storyline! I ended up switching from laughing out loud to frowning, in a matter of minutes, more than once. I felt the emotion through the authors words, and I also felt his knowledge of food filter through the entire book. Let’s just say that good ol’ beans on toast doesn’t make the menu!

‘The Belle Hotel’ is a poignant novel which takes readers on a journey through heartbreak, humour, and multiple hangovers. I enjoyed delving into the past of the hotel, and I enjoyed watching Charlie’s journey from little boy to chef.

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