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Summary

From the best-selling author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes - a novel of mothers and daughters, families and secrets and the astonishing power of friendship.  

Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches.      

She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone's magnificent Paradise Hotel, with its endearing and loving family of misfits - staff and guests alike.  

But Tilly's childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she'd ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning.  

Now, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother's unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and, with the help of her beloved Queenie, sets about unravelling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel and discovers that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all.... 

Mothers and daughters...their story can be complicated...it can also turn out to have a happy ending.

©2019 Ruth Hogan (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"Hogan's work is filled with hope and the power of friendship." (Evening Standard)

"Hogan writes welcoming prose that makes reading a joy." (Stylist)

"The Up-Lit Queen." (Sunday Post)

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A magical slice of life

Just wow Ruth Hogan. You are truly a sensitive and wonderful story teller. Thank you for this one. I loved it x

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Entranced from the beginning to the end

I normally listen to crimes and thrillers but occasionally I like to have some easy listening , this is just that . Like all Ruth Hogan books they take you away on a journey .Great listen on a long journey or while gardening.


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A TOTAL DELIGHT

I haven’t forgotten how much I enjoyed The Keeper of Lost Things & didn’t believe Queenie Malone could be as good - it is & I recommend it wholeheartedly. Ruth Hogan is able to deal with serious subject matter with clarity & compassion. Her characters are real, their warmth & humour as well as sadness combines to make this a wonderful ‘read’ I could go on & on & on...

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Lovely easy listen

I loved the characters in this novel. With some unexpected twists and turns it kept me interested right to the end.

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Rushed ending

Ruth Hogan spends many pages using strong and descriptive narrative to colour in fully, character, time and place and builds a great story but somehow towards the end of the book she seems to become distracted and the tight storytelling runs out of ink, leaving me slightly irritated with the lacklustre end.

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Twee title hides a wonderful story

Title and cover suggested that this would not be the sort of book I normally like but I took a chance and enjoyed every minute ... the narration was excellent especially the Tilly sections which, with a different narrator, could have been too sickly sweet ... the story dealt with topics such as bereavement, grief, mental illness, OCD (and ghosts) yet the mood was positive and strangely cheerful, even comical in places.

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Amazing

Just a lovely book I didn’t want to end. I will be reading more from this author.

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Got better after a while

As I started listening to this book I thought seriously how can one expect to listen to this but my advice is listen for a while as it does get better.

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Slow start

But I am glad I persevered. Interesting premise and characters. The mysteries are signposted but still a good read.

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quirky story, beautifully told

Having enjoyed the keeper of lost things, I tried this book and was not disappointed.

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  • 17-05-21

Whimsical and endearing

This was a wonderful story, that captured my imagination. I was so sad when it was finished, and could easily listen to it right away again. Outstanding narration!