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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3960 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IXOBK4U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 183 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,783 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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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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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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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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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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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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By CycleRacing HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2014
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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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Having recently acquired a Kindle, I was keen to start using it so thought I would start with two of Carol's books. I'm a big fan of her Olive Farm series so was looking forward to reading her fiction for the first time. Hotel Paradise was a really good read. The story instantly transported me to the south of France and Carol's knowledge of, and love for, the region came across strongly throughout. Her characters were believable, the story well told and the description of the old hotel and its locality beautifully and sensually evoked. If the 'Arctic' English winter comes to pass, as predicted, I'll be re-reading this book for some welcome escapsim. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to starting on The Girl in Room Fourteen ...
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As someone who fell in love many years ago with the Iles des Lerins, just off Cannes, this novelette had a special resonance. I remember long, peaceful sunny days spent in the many secluded coves of the main island, a million miles away from the stress of my then job. Carol Drinkwater writes beautiful descriptive prose, and the tale of the two ypung lovers, yet semi-strangers, gradually transforming the fortunes of the decrepit hotel is the sort of thing best enjoyed in one sitting.
Well done, "Mrs Herriott" !
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