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Friday, May 31, 2019

The Reluctant Hotelkeeper by John Searancke

Along with an idyllic cover, the story of a reluctant hotelkeeper who was forced into this occupation is a good one. Factual, hilarious and very matter of fact humour. Very tongue in the cheek humour very typical of a British attitude (I think). The British seem to excel at this.

Told over a span of several decades, inheriting a hotel which was run down, in a shambles, no known systems, the owners (his parents) not interested at all in its functioning and definitely in the red. How through sheer hard work and a few dashes of good luck and good timing, he turned the hotel into a star winning, accolade winning enterprise is a good story.

Handling staff, plumbing and electrical systems almost at the end of their natural life, dealing with irritating and interesting guests in equal measure kept the book alive throughout.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Troubadour Publishing Limited.


  1. The cover is great and made me think it's a cozy mystery. I love that it's biographical!

  2. Wonderful cover; delightful review - i'm curious.

  3. I love the sound of this one. I like that it spans several decades. I imagine the hotel is a character in and of itself.

  4. This sounds good Mystica, thanks for sharing your thoughts.