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Hotel Paradise (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Carol Drinkwater
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

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Genevieve Bowles is an award-winning songwriter who visits the south of France to attend the Cannes film festival. The day after the renowned festival's closing ceremony, Genevieve is invited to visit the newly-refurbished Hotel Paradise. Genevieve knows the hotel well – in fact, her past life there has haunted her for over a decade...

Twelve years earlier, two travellers have met in Paris. Genevieve dreams of becoming a famous songwriter, while Paul is determined to be a professional photographer. Full of optimism, they hitch south to the Riviera where they answer an advertisement for live-in help at the Hotel Paradise, located on an island just off the French coast. There the young couple are seduced by the tranquility and magical beauty of the hotel and its setting. But the island has a darker side, with a history of bloodshed that fills Genevieve with foreboding. When a stranger arrives who threatens her future with Paul, Genevieve senses that events are about to spin out of control …

Anglo-Irish actress Carol Drinkwater is still well-known for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. A popular and acclaimed author and film-maker as well, Carol has published twenty books for both the adult and young adult markets. She is currently at work on her twenty-first title.

When she purchased a rundown property overlooking the Bay of Cannes in France, she discovered almost seventy 400-year-old olive trees. Along with her French husband, Michel, Carol reclaimed the land and began producing top-quality olive oil. Her series of memoirs recounting their experiences on the farm (The Olive Farm, The Olive Season, The Olive Harvest and Return to the Olive Farm) have become international bestsellers, and the related travel books,The Olive Route and The Olive Tree, inspired the five-part documentary film series, The Olive Route.

Carol's first Kindle Single, The Girl in Room Fourteen, reached the number one position in the Singles charts in both the United States and the UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3952 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IXOBK4U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anglo-Irish actress Carol Drinkwater is perhaps still most familiar to audiences for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. A popular and acclaimed author and film-maker as well, Carol has published nineteen books for both the adult and young adult markets. She is currently at work on her twentieth title.
When she purchased a rundown property overlooking the Bay of Cannes in France, she discovered on the grounds sixty-eight, 400-year-old olive trees. Once the land was reclaimed and the olives pressed, Carol along with her French husband, Michel, became the producers of top-quality olive oil. Her series of memoirs, love stories, recounting her experiences on her farm (The Olive Farm, The Olive Season, The Olive Harvest and Return to the Olive Farm) have become international bestsellers. Carol's fascination with the olive tree extended to a seventeenth-month, solo Mediterranean journey in search of the tree's mythical secrets. The resulting travel books, The Olive Route and The Olive Tree, have inspired a five-part documentary films series entitled The Olive Route.

Carol has also been invited to work with UNESCO to help fund an Olive Heritage Trail around the Mediterranean with the dual goals of creating peace in the region and honouring the ancient heritage of the olive tree.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing read 17 Mar 2014
By Julia
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I was transported to Paris then to a little island off Cannes as I read this story, a lovely afternoon's relaxation. Genevieve and Paul meet again at the Hotel Paradise after 12 years and she relives her past affair with the man she thought was the love of her life. The descriptions are so sensual, intense and immediate that the reader absorbs the Mediterranean ambience, filled with joy, passion, drama and grief. You can almost see and smell the dusty rooms, the herbs in the garden, the sea crashing on the rocks, the vivid sunshine ... Lovely book with a satisfying depth to the final message.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good short story 28 Mar 2014
By SM TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is beautifully written. It almost transports the reader to France... You can almost feel you are there - her descriptions and narrative are that good. The storyline itself is good, with a lovely connection to the characters.

This is a great story to read on holiday or when you have an afternoon to spare. It has a real feel good factor about it and is a good read to escape from real life for a bit.

Would recommend.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mediterranean island spell 13 Mar 2014
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Beginning and concluding in the present day, most of the story in Hotel Paradise occurs twelve years earlier when a young couple, who met by chance in Paris, make their way south to an island off the Cannes coast following an unknown path of adventure.

Genevieve and Paul find themselves in a long forgotten, dusty hotel that might just be ready to awaken to their touches. There is passion, a sense of adventure, hurt, grief and many other emotions, and the spell of the place fills their heads with dreams and ideas for the future. Then a newcomer arrives on the island, but will this upset the balance and with it their dreams?

Throughout the book there is no doubt about the location, Carol’s beloved Mediterranean coast. She describes the food, the markets, the flora, the wildlife, the coastline, the weather, the sounds and the scents. I feel I know the shores of this island despite never having visited it. I think it’s familiarity comes from the pages of one of the Olive Farm books and Carol’s descriptions make me feel I am returning to somewhere special. It has made me want to delve back into her earlier books (again).

This is a neat, perfect example of a short story. A quick morning read on a beach or by the fire – actually, it doesn’t matter where you are, just sit back and let Carol take you to the Mediterranean.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely short story 4 April 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed Hotel Paradise, an easy read. it transported you to the sunny Mediterranean on these grey cloudy days of an English spring. Although it had a death and heartbreak it also had a happy ending and I love a happy ending.
Highly recommended
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat in store 17 Mar 2014
By mrs l
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From Paris to the shores of the Mediterranean, this latest from Carol Drinkwater will not disappoint; it is, if anything, even better than her previous bestselling Kindle book "The Girl in Room Fourteen".
Treat yourself, you won't be sorry you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another good read!! 19 April 2014
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I like carols books of Romance and Intrigue, this was a bit different still set in the South of France!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another huge success! 5 April 2014
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She has done it again. Straight to number one. What a brilliant achievement. This is one of the most skilled short stories I have read in a long while. It is no mean feat to write successfully in this genre. Carol has a natural ability to keep us gripped to the end with her heady tale of love & passion set offshore on one of the small islands in the bay of Cannes. All the familiar sights, sounds & smells of the South of France are wrapped up in this delightful story. A web of events cleverly pulled together with the right amount of intrigue & suspense culminating in a joyful conclusion. I treated myself to a couple of hours of Carol's magic. Why don't you do the same ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great short story 6 Sep 2014
By Fiona W
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Thoroughly engaging. Carol writes very well and her words evoke the warmth of the south of France and I could easily picture myself there (if only). I would think the story could be expanded to a full-blown (if that's the right word) book as it would be interesting to know more about Genevieve's rise to fame. I have give 4 stars rather than 5 as Paul's character and latterly Sabrina's were slightly unbelievable.
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