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The Hotel Nantucket review: Behind Closed Doors

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There’s nothing I love more than a lazy vacation read. Wrapped in my grandmother’s vintage quilt on my porch, with a cup of coffee at my side, I decided to delve into “The Hotel Nantucket”. My grandmother often spoke of vacations in Nantucket and the charm of the island, but little did I know that the very hotel she reminisced about would be central to a story filled with intrigue, love, and secrets.


“The Hotel Nantucket” by best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand, introduces readers to Nantucket sweetheart Lizbet Keaton. Fresh off a bad breakup with a longtime boyfriend, Lizbet is searching for a fresh start and a second act. Her life takes a dramatic turn when she is named the new general manager of the Hotel Nantucket, an iconic Gilded Age gem that has fallen into disrepair and is now an abandoned eyesore.

With a new London billionaire owner, Xavier Darling, and a devoted staff eager to revive the hotel’s former glory, Lizbet has her work cut out for her. One of her first tasks is to win the favor of Shelly Carpenter, an influential Instagram tastemaker who can help put the hotel back on the map. Lizbet navigates the ups and downs of hotel management, the complexities of social media influence, and the challenges of turning around a struggling business, all while dealing with her own personal heartbreak.

My Review

Elin Hilderbrand is well-known for her ability to create compelling, relatable characters, and “The Hotel Nantucket” is no exception. Lizbet Keaton is a captivating protagonist, and readers will find themselves rooting for her success and sympathizing with her struggles. The supporting characters are also well-drawn, from the enigmatic billionaire Xavier Darling to the charming and colorful hotel staff.

Hilderbrand’s evocative descriptions of Nantucket, with its picturesque beaches, quaint cobblestone streets, and historic architecture, transport readers to this idyllic island setting. The author’s love for Nantucket shines through in her writing, making it a character in its own right.

The central theme of the novel revolves around second chances and fresh starts. Lizbet’s personal journey is mirrored in the transformation of the Hotel Nantucket. As she seeks to rebuild the hotel, she is also rebuilding herself. The story is a poignant reminder that sometimes, when one door closes, another opens, and opportunities for growth and reinvention can arise from unexpected places.

Upcoming Adaptation

It’s exciting to note that “The Hotel Nantucket” is currently in development at Warner Bros. TV, with Sue Kroll set to executive produce. The adaptation promises to bring the characters and the beautiful setting of Nantucket to life on the small screen, offering fans of the novel a new way to experience the story.

Where to Buy
“The Hotel Nantucket” is available for purchase at major book retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Book Depository. Additionally, you can find it at your local independent bookstore.

Rating: 4.7/5

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