Welcome to the Hummingbird Hotel!
When florist-to-the-stars Abbie Coleman catches a glimpse of her boyfriend through the window of Tiffany’s, she couldn’t be more excited. Keen to share her happiness, she organises a huge surprise party for all their family and friends… except things don’t quite work out as she expected, and instead of planning a flower-filled wedding, she finds herself single, and fired from a job she loves.
Desperate to escape her heartbreak, she jets off to her aunt’s quirky Hummingbird Hotel on the gorgeous island of Corfu. Little did she know that instead of spending her time lounging by the pool, drinking cocktails, and soaking up the sun, she’d be stepping into the role of the island’s newest hotelier.
The arrival of unexpected guests sends Abbie into a tailspin of panic, and she’s forced to turn to snippy, but charismatic, vineyard owner-turned-chef, Nikos Angelopoulos, for help. Why does the kitchen fill with smoke whenever she makes coffee? Why is there a naked man swimming in the pool? And why do the hotel’s toiletries turn their guests’ hair pink?
Despite all the chaos, the Hummingbird Hotel works its magic on Abbie, and she finds herself with a decision to make. Will she return home to the drizzly grey skies of London? Or will she take a leap of faith and embrace the new opportunities that little corner of paradise has to offer, and maybe, just maybe, discover a sprinkle of romance along the way?
When Abbie spots her boyfriend through the window of Tiffany’s her heart soars as she believes she is about to be proposed to by the man she loves, so imagine her disappointment – not to mention the sheer heartache – when she finds herself with no ring on her finger and single.
Desperate to escape all of the pitying looks and the constant reminders of her failed relationship, Abbie packs her bags and sets of to Corfu to stay with her Aunt in the Hummingbird Hotel. However, the break is far from relaxing, and rather than curling up beside the pool and licking her wounds she instead finds herself being swept into the role of hotelier.
Rather than being a welcome distraction, Abbie finds herself overwhelmed by some of the guests and their needs, and it is chef Nikos who she turns to for help. An unlikely connection begins to form between them as they try and help the Hummingbird Hotel truly thrive. It doesn’t take long for the hotel to really work it’s magic on her, and before long she has to decide whether she is willing to take a huge leap of faith and embrace life in Corfu, or return to the chaotic life she has left behind her.
This is one of those stories you happily lose yourself within as soon as you begin reading. Daisy James has such a lovely writing style that really allows you to feel as though you are walking through the scenic island alongside them. The way in which The Humming Bird Hotel is brought to life is remarkable and you get a real sense of how magical the place really is. The characters are intriguing and realistic, each of them adding something new to the story. Another absolutely gorgeous read by the wonderful Daisy James.
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About the Author
Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations – the Caribbean, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence – so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.
When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.
*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Daisy James for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*