SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROMANTIC NOVELISTS' ASSOCIATION AWARD
PICKED FOR WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2020
A PRIMA BOOK OF THE YEAR
An uplifting novel of mothers and daughters, secrets and the astonishing power of friendship, from the wildly popular bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things.
'As lovely as a burst of bright bluebells' Sunday Express 'Technicolour' Daily Mail
'A moving exploration of the complex relationship between mothers and daughters' Observer
'A poignant tale of love and family' Good Housekeeping
'Enchanting . . . divine' Prima 'Beautifully written - astute and funny' Daily Express
'This book really shines . . . laugh-out-loud funny' Stylist
Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone's magnificent Paradise Hotel with its endearing and loving family of misfits. But Tilly's childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she'd ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning.
Now an adult, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother's unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda returns to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unravelling 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 ...
Mothers and daughters ... their story can be complicated ... but it can also turn out to have a happy ending.
'A tender tale' Woman & Home
'Absorbing, tender and heartfelt' Mike Gayle, author of The Man I Think I Know
'Her best novel yet' Hannah Beckerman, author of If Only I Could Tell You
'Exuberant and full of zest' Nina Pottell
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.