Wednesday, September 5, 2018

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Hotel On Shadow Lake

About Hotel on Shadow Lake

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (April 10, 2018)
Suspenseful and compelling, Daniela Tully’s Hotel on Shadow Lake is at once an intricate mystery, an epic romance, and a Gothic family saga.
When Maya was a girl in Germany, her grandmother was everything to her: teller of magical fairy tales, surrogate mother, best friend. Then, shortly after Maya’s sixteenth birthday, her grandmother disappeared without a trace, leaving Maya with only questions to fill the void.
Twenty-seven years later, her grandmother’s body is found in a place she had no connection to: the Montgomery Resort in upstate New York. How did she get there? Why had she come? Desperate for answers, Maya leaves her life in Germany behind and travels to America, where she is drawn to the powerful family that owns the hotel and seemingly the rest of the town.
Soon Maya is unraveling secrets that go back decades, from 1910s New York to 1930s Germany and beyond. But when she begins to find herself spinning her own lies in order to uncover the circumstances surrounding her grandmother’s death, she must decide whether her life and a chance at true love are worth risking for the truth.
“An intricate read-it-in-one-sitting mystery–cum–family saga…this is a story about murder, greed, love (won then lost), and, above all, intrigue.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Tully offers the reader an epic story and emotional intimacy, with rich characters plunged into a mysterious thriller that spans continents and generations. I couldn’t put it down.” —Uli Edel, director of Last Exit to Brooklyn and Body of Evidence
A fascinating tale of what it felt like to be a woman under the Third Reich and of one family’s long hidden secrets.” —Elisabeth Gifford, author of The Sea House
“Daniela Tully has written a captivating romantic thriller that spans decades, continents, generations and a world war. It’s a story of love, tragedy and intrigue that vividly illustrates the unyielding grip that the past holds in shaping the future…and the enduring power of love.” —Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author and the writer/producer of Diagnosis MurderMartial Law and Missing
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.Review: WWII books always affect me greatly. I think it has to do with the political climate right now. I felt for Martha and I hated her brother with a passion.

This was a book that really inspired a lot of emotions within me.

Martha was a woman that wasn't pulled in by Adolf Hilter, much to the chagrin of her family. I was nervous for her. I also felt her pain over the burning of books that were considered "Un-German," because she was such a lover of books.

Martha's story is the heart of this novel but Maya was just as wonderful, though again I find myself feeling more connection to the story of the past.

The story was told in a different fashion from what I'm used to.  There were scenes from Martha's life early on. Then there were scenes from Maya's life, but there were also scenes that were taken from the Montgomery history, which showed the past of some of the other players in Martha's life. I admit those parts made the book confusing for me.

I wish there would have been more of Martha, because it made the ending quite a surprise that really left you sad and longing for more.

This was short read considering the subject matter, but it was beautifully written and well worth the afternoon it took to read.

Rating: 5 flowers

About Daniela Tully

DANIELA TULLY has worked in film and television for decades, including with famed film director Uli Edel. She has been involved in projects such as the critically acclaimed Fair Game, box-office hits Contagion and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as well as the Oscar-winning The Help. She splits her time between Dubai and New York. Inspired by a real family letter received forty-six years late, Hotel on Shadow Lake is Daniela Tully’s first novel.

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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being on the tour!

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