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The Beautiful Strangers

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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 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 Coronado wending its way through her soul, she must follow her dreams...wherever they may lead.

©2019 Camille Di Maio (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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“Fans of classic Hollywood, historical fiction, and light romance will enjoy this tale of California sunshine, ghosts, and love.” (Booklist)

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The Beautiful Strangers

This book really stirs the senses and whisks you away to another era. I thought it was wonderful how fact and fiction were woven together so skillfully by the writer, kept my interest all the way through and didn't want it to end.

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  • Valerie Morby
  • 01-07-19

Narrator Nearly Ruined It

I think I would have enjoyed this book so much more with a different narrator! She made the main character seem so morose, sullen, and sad, and the text just didn't support that. She imbued the story with way too much melancholy and a real mournful quality. I hated the over-performance, and truly think the narrator affected my overall reaction to the book itself. Find a physical copy of this one—DON'T LISTEN.

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  • Patricia
  • 20-04-19

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I struggled to get through this book because of voice performance. Speaking parts were at a good speed but slowed down too much for descriptives. There is no way to adjust one without the other.

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  • Kimbuckeye
  • 12-03-19

Love the story. Do not enjoy the narrator!

I was beginning a long drive when I started listening to this book. I was really into the story line but the narration was horrible! Over pronunciation of words, terrible switching voices of characters and the narrator’s words were not flowing. While reading, she did not take the normal pauses as she read. It sure if I am explaining it very well but it became so unbearable I had to stop and move on to another book. I am going to read this book but I won’t be listening to it!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-07-19

Great story and performance

I'm not generally interested in ghost stories, but since I had already read/listened to all of the other stories by this author and really liked them, I decided to go ahead and listen to this one as well. I really liked this story. The author has what I consider to be a complex understanding of history and the problems faced by women and people from various walks of life. I am very impressed by the insights in her writing.

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  • Gneirad
  • 14-04-19

good story hampered by narrator

this was a good story overall. interesting twists. the narrator of the main character, however tended to have too high a voice that sounded odd, choked and flat affect when speaking for the males in the story. the narrator of the ghost was excellent which made the lack of affect in the main narrator's voice stand out that much more. if you can get past that flaw then it is worth the listen.

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  • Donna Smith McG
  • 14-03-19

‘The Beautiful Strangers’ needed something else

I’m writing this review halfway through the audio and I’m not happy. Every time around Chapter 15 I would have to start over & over & over...the narration was terrible. The author Camille Di Maio could have had any narrator she wanted and I’ve listened to many of her books..but she blew it on the audio version. It’s hard to explain but the main character just didn’t understand where pauses were..like commas, and overall phrases. I actually waited 2 months for this to come out, and I was extremely disappointed. Let’s say it reminded me of an actor doing a reading, without acting it out, because that’s what audible is ‘acting out a book’‼️

Putting narration aside..it’s an interesting story so I’m not giving up, I’m planning on starting over (again) and READING instead of listening. The story ‘seems’ interesting, when I can finish it, I am still a bit confused but it could be I’m just not into it.

As far as recommendation..I can’t ..don’t LISTEN..you will be disappointed. Sorry, these are my opinions and I am addicted to audible, but right now the book is calling for me to open...