The Second Chance Hotel
Amelia Lang’s life is kind of a mess. She’s stuck living at home with her narcissistic mother. Her tech bro ex-boyfriend deliberately sabotages her at work, and she gets fired after throwing a mug at his head (it’s okay! She missed.) Then she has a major falling out with her best friend. So Amelia does what Amelia does best: She runs away.
After traveling around Europe for three months, she settles on a small Greek island to reset her life and figure out what’s next. But after too much retsina, she gets tricked into marrying James, another guest at the hotel, who is perfectly nice—but perfectly boring. To top it off, they are gifted the very hotel they’re staying in—a hotel they don’t want that is in desperate need of some TLC. They agree to keep the hotel open through the busy summer season for the sake of the island’s quirky but well-meaning residents, after which Amelia plans to return home to start rebuilding her disastrous life.
Amelia and James must work together to determine how to get out of their situation—easier said than done for Amelia, who’s started to feel a strong spark of attraction for James. But Amelia is sure her real life is waiting for her back in San Francisco. Is it time for Amelia to return home or could this be the second chance at a new life she didn’t know she wanted?
Hello Book friends!
Today I’m reviewing The Second Chance Hotel by Sierra Godfrey. In this contemporary romance, we follow Amelia Lang, a thirty-something year old woman in a tech job in the heart of San Francisco, whose life quickly turns from bad to worse. She escapes the mess she’s landed in, traveling all over Europe, searching for a new start, or a second chance.
Now, let’s chat about the book itself.
First, we have to acknowledge the opening of The Last Chance Hotel. I was completely hooked! When your MC is throwing their mug across the room, during a quarterly meeting, at their ex-boyfriends head, you know you’re in for a good ride. And in all honestly, after the first chapter, readers can sympathize with Amelia’s decision to flee the country.
After that quick jarring opening, which grabs your attention and keeps you glued to each page, it slowly peters out. Up until she gets to Greece that is…
A Few More Thoughts
Once Amelia lands in Greece we are transported into a new world filled with food, a gorgeous view that readers will long to visit. The quirky loveable side characters who, mostly have good intentions, want to keep the hotel that Amelia is staying at, out of the hands of corporations, are fantastic.
My last concern was the accidental marriage between Amelia and James. It seemed a little far-fetched. And too, that they also inherit the hotel, as guests no less, kind of stretched my suspended disbelief.
However, it’s how Amelia and James team up to try and make it work that makes this a more enjoyable read. It is delightful to see how they come together, even though there’s a bit of uncertainty where their feelings are concerned, to make running the hotel a success.
Romance readers will long for the setting (I’m tempted to book a trip to Greece) and will enjoy the journey of two people finding a place for themselves and each other.
Happy Reading ~ Cece
RATING: – Satisfyingly Inked
About the Author
Sierra Godfrey is a tech editor by day who loves writing stories about complex relationships. She lives in the foggy wastelands of the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, sons, and a bevy of animals, all of which seemed like a good idea at the time.
|Source & Format
|Review Posted Online
|NetGalley, Digital ARC
|January 13, 2024
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