From the bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes – an uplifting novel of mothers and daughters, families and secrets and the astonishing power of friendship.
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 – staff and guests alike. 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, 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 goes back 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.
Tilda has returned to her mother’s house after her mother had died. While her relationship with her mother was ‘difficult ‘, this is a very emotional time for Tilda.
The story is told from two perspectives, that of the young Tilly and as Tilda as an adult.
Tilly and her mother find them selves living at the Paradise Hotel and thanks to the marvellous Queenie, such a great character, they find a little peace that had been missing from their lives.
There are no twists, no mysteries, this is a book of family, relationships and touches on mental health issues in a kind and sympathetic way. The author has created wonderfully alive and vibrant characters with their odd little quirks, which add a sense of reality to the story. A real, easy to read, feel good tale and I loved it.