Stormi's Review: The Beautiful Strangers by Camille Di Maio
APC PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing RELEASED: March 5, 2019 GENRE: historical, womens fiction LENGTH: 304 pages FORMAT: ebook, paperback
A legendary hotel on the Pacific becomes a haven where dreams, love, and a beguiling mystery come alive.
1958. Kate Morgan, tethered to her family’s failing San Francisco restaurant, is looking for an escape. She gets her chance by honoring a cryptic plea from her grandfather: find the beautiful stranger. The search takes her to Hotel del Coronado, the beachfront landmark on the Southern California coast where filming is underway on the movie Some Like It Hot.
For a movie lover like Kate, it’s a fantasy come true. So is the offer of a position at the glamorous hotel. And a new romance is making her heart beat just as fast. But as sure as she is that the Coronado is her future, Kate discovers it’s also where the ghosts of the past have come to stay. Sixty years ago a guest died tragically, and she still haunts the hotel’s halls.
As the lives of two women—generations apart—intertwine, Kate’s courageous journey could change more than she ever imagined. And with the Coronado wending its way through her soul, she must follow her dreams…wherever they may lead. FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS
Movie stars. A ghost. A famous hotel. This story is magical. Young Kate's ailing grandfather sends her to Coronado to search for "the beautiful stranger." A journey like no other awaits Kate as she searches and finds out the truth behind the mysterious person. Being a helper to the stars of Hollywood is a dream she has always had, and at this famous, haunted hotel she finds herself following that dream. Who is the beautiful stranger? That is the one question that this book lays out. Kate will learn things about herself and her family that she could never have imagined. This book was awesome. It has it all. A young girl following her dream, a ghost with her own story to tell, and it's all surrounded by movie stars and the magic of Hollywood. The characters and the stories they follow are so well written that it feels like you are there in the midst of the action. Kate was by far my favorite. She is humble and fun. A real down to earth likable character. The glitz and glamour of old movie stars and Hollywood shine from the pages. The is a story that is full of magic and mystery and touches of romance. I hated to put it down. It's merely captivating from the very first page. The ending gave me chills. To put it simply, I loved this book! Camille did it again!