Title: Hotel Vendame
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Delacorte Press
The hotel was old, run-down. But to Swiss-born Hugues Martin, a young, ambitious hotelier trained in the most illustrious European traditions, it is a rough diamond, tucked away on a quiet, perfectly situated Manhattan street. After begging and borrowing every penny he can scrape together, Hugues purchases the building—and transforms it into one of the world’s finest luxury hotels.Under Hugues’s tireless, exacting supervision, the Hotel Vendôme is soon renowned for its elegance, its efficiency, its unparalleled service and discretion—the ideal New York refuge for the rich and famous, as well as a perfect home for Hugues’s beautiful young wife and their daughter. But when his wife runs off with a notorious rock star, Hugues is suddenly a single parent to four-year-old Heloise—who will grow up happily regardless, amid a fascinating milieu of celebrities, socialites, politicians, world travelers, and the countless hotel employees who all adore her.As the years pass, Hugues and the hotel are the center of Heloise’s life, a universe of unexpected mysteries and pleasures, crises and celebrations that make every day magical. She longs to follow in her father’s footsteps and one day run the Vendôme with him. New challenges mark her way: an unexpected romance for Hugues and her own journey to hotel school in Switzerland. The lessons she has learned at her father’s side, in their exciting upstairs/downstairs world, will carry her through it all, as they illuminate a story no reader will forget.
Welcome to the Hotel Vendôme.
I love Danielle Steel. I love her writing and I love how easily lovable her characters are and how easily I can hate them too. I was immediately sucked into this book as many of her books do to me. I was actually surprised that nothing tragic happened like it always happens in her books besides the fact that hugues got a heart attack. I really admired the relationship that Heloise and her father had. It’s one that you don’t hear about very often in society. I was rather upset at how her mother left her and her father abandoned to go chasing after a druggie rockstar, and even more because she didn’t make the effort to try to be,communicate, or love her daughter like she deserved it. I was also very happy to read that Heloise wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and start being in the hotel business like her father. I felt bad for him when she went away for school and then the internship. He was truly heartbroken but, he was able to be a little happy with Natalie. When he told his daughter about him and Natalie and she overreacted the way she did she portrayed herself as being so selfish. I mean she left to go to school and be with a guy and didn’t care how her dad would feel alone? So why didn’t he deserve to be happy also?.Overall I enjoyed this book and am not going to tell you detail for detail because well…you have to see for yourself, but I loved how things came out in the end. I highly recommend this book.
Original Review Published: 5/15/12