Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel

Ruth Hogan

Fiction · Great for: Anyone looking for a feel-good escape, fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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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.

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 an adult, 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 returns 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.

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A moving story about mother and daughter relationships that alternates between a woman's adult life and her childhood as she searches for the truth about her past.