Thursday 5 August 2021

BLOG TOUR: Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel - Daisy James

Welcome to the Hummingbird Hotel!

When florist-to-the-stars Abbie Coleman catches a glimpse of her boyfriend through the window of Tiffany’s, she couldn’t be more excited. Keen to share her happiness, she organises a huge surprise party for all their family and friends… except things don’t quite work out as she expected, and instead of planning a flower-filled wedding, she finds herself single, and fired from a job she loves.

Desperate to escape her heartbreak, she jets off to her aunt’s quirky Hummingbird Hotel on the gorgeous island of Corfu. Little did she know that instead of spending her time lounging by the pool, drinking cocktails, and soaking up the sun, she’d be stepping into the role of the island’s newest hotelier.

The arrival of unexpected guests sends Abbie into a tailspin of panic, and she’s forced to turn to snippy, but charismatic, vineyard owner-turned-chef, Nikos Angelopoulos, for help. Why does the kitchen fill with smoke whenever she makes coffee? Why is there a naked man swimming in the pool? And why do the hotel’s toiletries turn their guests’ hair pink?

Despite all the chaos, the Hummingbird Hotel works its magic on Abbie, and she finds herself with a decision to make. Will she return home to the drizzly grey skies of London? Or will she take a leap of faith and embrace the new opportunities that little corner of paradise has to offer, and maybe, just maybe, discover a sprinkle of romance along the way?

What did I think?

Reading a Daisy James book is a real treat for the senses and I loved my visit to Corfu in her twentieth novel Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel.  You don't need any sunscreen or vaccine passports for this trip!

What an introduction to the wonderful character of Abbie Coleman!  Abbie is expecting a proposal from her boyfriend as all the signs are pointing in that direction but she couldn't be more wrong.  Although it's pretty hilarious, I did feel a bit mortified for Abbie when the proposal went horribly wrong but Dan is clearly not the man for her.  An invitation to visit Corfu couldn't come along at a better time but will it be more business than pleasure for Abbie?

Abbie soon forgets about the non-proposal from Dan as she suddenly has a hotel to run and she really has her work cut out with guests arriving any day.  With a little help from the locals, the visiting hen party have a wonderful time (apart from the hen ending up with pink hair!) and Abbie reconsiders her plan to sell the hotel and return home.  Home is indeed where the heart is and Abbie's heart is beating to the beat of Corfu.

Located inland away from the beaches (and the crowds), The Hummingbird Hotel sounds like my kind of place: a quiet and relaxing retreat a stones throw away from a vineyard.  Vineyard owner Nikos is quite the man of mystery, he's standoffish but charming and he's a dab hand in the kitchen, which is just as well as Abbie could burn water.  I couldn't stop my mouth from watering as Nikos rustled up some delicious treats in the kitchen and I think I might have to treat myself to some baklava soon.  

With a dash of mystery and a dollop of romance, Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel is a truly gorgeous novel.  It's a virtual hug in a book and a ray of sunshine escapes from every page to plant a firm smile on the face of every reader.  I can't wait for another virtual visit to Corfu and I don't have to wait at all as the next book in the series (Summer at the Hummingbird Hotel) is already out! 

I received a digital ARC to read and review for the blog tour; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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About the author:

Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations - the Caribbean, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence - so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.

When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea - china plates and teacups are a must.
Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter @daisyjamesbooks or on Instagram @booksdaisyjames.

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