Lucy Checks In

St. Martin’s Griffin. Aug. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781250844583. pap. $16.99. F
Lucy Giannetti desperately needs a new start. The man she considered the love of her life is being sought for embezzlement, and she’s suspected as a coconspirator. Her job managing an upscale New York hotel, her penthouse apartment, and her boyfriend are all gone. When she’s offered the chance to manage a boutique hotel in Rennes, France, right outside of Paris, she jumps at the opportunity. But her visions of a lovely countryside chateau quickly fade when Lucy first sees the Hotel Paradis. The hotel is in dire disrepair and is home to a collection of full-time tenants. Even worse, Lucy is expected to turn it into a thriving tourist mecca for Americans and she must do the handiwork herself. As she labors painting rooms, building a website with no money, and dealing with hotel mishaps, Lucy begins to see new possibilities for her career and perhaps for love.
VERDICT Ernst (Maggie Finds Her Muse) crafts a novel of starting over and finding family that is filled with humor and a cast of wonderful characters. The enticing setting will have readers longing for a trip to France.
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