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Review: Love Me or Leave Me by Claudia Carroll

August 14th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Love Me or Leave Me

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: May 22, 2014

Publisher: Avon

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book: ‘Welcome to the Hope Street Hotel – where you check in married, and check out single.’

Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she’s finding it hard to move forward. That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she’s starting to put her life back together, and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss is breathing down her neck, things are looking good.

But what goes on in the Hope Street Hotel is a far cry from anything she’s ever dealt with before. This is a pioneering ‘divorce hotel’ designed to make every aspect of breaking up efficient and pain-free. In one single weekend, Chloe’s team promises to take care of everything – legal, technical, emotional – and guests check out carefree and single.

No one is better qualified than Chloe to understand what couples need when their relationship is at breaking point, but she soon finds herself having to tackle the heartbreak she’s tried to bury. In particular three couples need her help – Jo and Dave, Lucy and Andrew, and Kirk and Dawn – and the opening weekend is full of revelation, trouble, memories happy and sad, facts that need facing, and some very big surprises.

It’s time to move on. And it soon becomes clear that some endings are, in fact, very exciting new beginnings…

I debated over whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars so settling down at 3.5. I will admit the first quarter of the book threw me as we jump from one wedding invitation to another (3 times!) AND a wedding in which the bride is abandoned at the altar, then the viewpoints kept shifting. So I was not a happy camper. However, at about halfway through the book I become totally invested in each of the couples in the story and I enjoyed guessing which couples would make it and which wouldn’t. I also simply adored Chloe, the hotel manager who was the bride abandoned at the beginning of the book. Her heart and determination completely endeared her to me and I have to give her mad props for all she put up with, with a smile on her face no less!

The concept was also intriguing and was what first caught my eye. I mean who ever heard of a divorce hotel? And I was just so curious I had to do a search on it and what do you know? The Dutch really did come up with a real life divorce hotel!

By time I hit that 50% mark I really did not want to put this book down and really the only reason I didn’t give it a solid 4 stars is that the beginning was so slow. I was tempted at several points to put the book down and start something else but am so glad I persevered!

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