Book Review : Love Me or Leave Me by Claudia Carroll

May 26, 2014 Book review 5 ★★★★

I went into this book with trepidation expecting lots of feuding couples and bitter fights over who should get what. However despite the fact that this book was about a divorce hotel, the book was a whole lot sweeter than I expected. And I was more than ok with that, it ended up being a hopeful read that made me smile.

Book Review : Love Me or Leave Me by Claudia CarrollLove Me Or Leave Me by Claudia Carroll
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on 22 May 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Fiction, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction, Womens Fiction
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Author
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four-stars

A captivating romantic comedy that will tug on your heart-strings.  The characters feel like friends and you won’t want it to end! ‘Welcome to the Hope Street Hotel – where you check in married, and check out single.’

Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she’s finding it hard to move forward.  That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she’s starting to put her life back together, and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss is breathing down her neck, things are looking good.

But what goes on in the Hope Street Hotel is a far cry from anything she’s ever dealt with before.  This is a pioneering ‘divorce hotel’ designed to make every aspect of breaking up efficient and pain-free.  In one single weekend, Chloe’s team promises to take care of everything – legal, technical, emotional – and guests check out carefree and single.  No one is better qualified than Chloe to understand what couples need when their relationship is at breaking point, but she soon finds herself having to tackle the heartbreak she’s tried to bury.

In particular three couples need her help – Jo and Dave, Lucy and Andrew, and Kirk and Dawn – and the opening weekend is full of revelation, trouble, memories happy and sad, facts that need facing, and some very big surprises.  It’s time to move on. And it soon becomes clear that some endings are, in fact, very exciting new beginnings ...

First Line of Love Me or Leave Me:

“Shh, shh, shh,” I can hear my best friend Gemma saying, as she hands me a fistful of Kleenex and purposely avoids hugging me, so as not to crumple the wedding dress.

My Thoughts on Love Me or Leave Me:

I loved the way this book started! You saw the wedding invitations of different couples and just from those sneak peeks, you could see how very different all these couples are. Each couple is planning the day of their dreams and each invite tells it own story. And knowing that they will all end up at the inaugural weekend of the divorce hotel makes reading them bittersweet. And also intriguing, how did it all go so wrong?

This book kept up the suspense really well. The stories kept you guessing, with a few hints along the way as to why the marriages are in trouble. I’m not going to spoil you with any details but just be aware that all may not be as it seems and maybe some of those marriages are not quite doomed yet. The book is told from the different women’s point of view and I always know a book is working when I groan at a pov change but then immediately get engrossed in the new pov.

As I was reading this book, I was reminded I love books about hotels. It has been a long time since I read one but the inner workings and all the preparation and panicking that goes on as a new hotel opens just really entertains me. And this hotel sounds fab with all its careful details to ensure that your every need is anticipated and met. I would so stay there if :

1. It wasn’t a divorce hotel! I’m not in the market for that right now! 🙂 
2. It wasn’t fictional!

The manager of the hotel Chloe is a sweetheart. Having dealt with her own heartache, she is has spades full of empathy and is exactly the kind of practical, supportive person that this hotel needs. We see her at her lowest and we see her climb back to a life she deserves and I loved watching her succeed.

Overall this book has lots of compelling characters and has you covered if you are looking for an fun read. There is no over the top drama instead it is made up of individual stories that feel realistic. And they all pull together to make this a very entertaining, enjoyable read. It gets the Trish stamp of approval!

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

 

Who should read Love Me or Leave Me?

If you are a fan of realistic storylines, romantic feels and strong characters that you want to root for then I’d highly recommend this one to you. If you like authors like JoJo Moyes, Cathy Kelly and Marian Keyes then I think you’d also like this one.

Thanks to Claudia for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

four-stars

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