Today we have our review for Hotel on Shadow Lake written by Daniela Tully. A historical fiction novel with heavy accents of loss, love and family.
When Maya was a girl, her grandmother was everything to her: teller of magical fairy tales, surrogate mother, best friend. Then her grandmother disappeared without a trace, leaving Maya with only questions to fill the void.
Twenty-seven years later, her grandmother’s body is found in a place she had no connection to.
Desperate for answers, Maya begins to unravel secrets that go back decades, from 1910s New York to 1930s Germany and beyond. But when she begins to find herself spinning her own lies in order to uncover what happened, she must decide whether her life and a chance at love, are worth risking for the truth.
When I received my ARC copy it was quite daunting as it only had a bright white cover with a bold black font. It gave me no hint of what I might expect. I have to be honest I was not over enthused to dive in. I was a fool and the saying ‘never judge a book by its cover’ couldn’t have been truer in this case. I have to say I do love the finished cover, it is beautiful with the shades of green and the hint of photographs in the background. I can’t wait to see one in person.
The book flip-flops between Grandmother and Grandaughter. I loved Martha’s heartbreaking story. Her harrowing journey of life is at times upsetting to read. But you do so through tears. I felt an incredible connection to her. Fast forward to Maya, I had the opposite connection with her. I found her to be somewhat spoiled and naive. So having the two varying opinions or feelings for these characters added even more depth to the story for me. Was it how I was meant to feel or just a coincidence?
I often find books featuring a lot of history can sometimes be fact heavy and I get overwhelmed. This was most definitely not the case. The history is a backdrop against the life of Martha and Maya. I was eager to read so much more about Martha, I didn’t want it to end.
This book has raced to my top reads of 2018 and it’s only February! I’m sorry I couldn’t do a nice Bookstagram photo but my wee ARC copy isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing to the eye. But it’s content is priceless and I will cherish it dearly.
So order your copy today and put aside a few hours to dive into the lives of Martha and Maya and learn the lesson that every action always has a reaction.
A five star read, a book with an emotional punch and real heart.
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