Stuff & Nonsense: Staying at Daisy’s by Jill Mansell


14 May 2012

Staying at Daisy’s by Jill Mansell


'I like this hotel.' Dev was openly grinning at her now. 'You're handy for the motorway. Although I'd prefer it if your chambermaid didn't seduce my guests.'

'I'll make a special note of it. Nooo sed...uct...ions.' Daisy slowly repeated as she wrote it down. 'How's your friend Dominic, by the way?' She raised her eyebrows, feigning interest. 'Still married?'

Daisy MacLean very capably runs her father’s country hotel, Colworth Manor, while he boozes up with the quests and generally carries on. Matters start to slip from Daisy’s control when her best friend, Tara the Chambermaid, is discovered in a compromising position with one of her exes on his wedding day at the hotel and Daisy locks horns with his dangerously sexy Best Man …

And I really can’t say much more about the actual story, because there’s too much going on and I would spoil your fun. Seriously, there’s a lot going on in this book. Most of the characters -- even the secondary and tertiary ones -- are quite colorful and nearly all have their own storylines, so the action never stops. And, yes, sometimes the storyline gets a little over the top (the transplant-baby mama-fire arc, for example), but it’s all good fun. Buckets of fun.

(I do feel I should warn you that reading Staying at Daisy's will make you want to rush to the nearest animal shelter and adopt a Clarissa or Clive of your own. I'm not inordinately fond of dogs, but I'd like a Clarissa).

Staying at Daisy’s by Jill Mansell (Sourcebooks, 2011)

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