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August 29, 2018

Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniela Tully ~ a Review @macmillanusa #thomasdunnebooks

by Susan Roberts

Hotel on Shadow Lake has a dual timeline. One timeline is about Martha in Munich in the years leading up to WWII. The second timeline is Maya's story. Maya is Martha's granddaughter and her story takes place in Munich and New York state during present times. Both storylines were very well written but I liked Martha's story better. I felt more compassion for Martha and the hard life she was facing balancing her views of Hitler with what was going on in Munich during this time period.  She was a strong and brave character and I thought that Maya was a bit too tentative in how she approached life.
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Hotel on Shadow Lake
April 2018; Thomas Dunne Books
978-1250126962; ebook, print (256 pages)
women's fiction
When Maya was 16 and doing a study year in America, her beloved grandmother disappeared. Maya's life never seemed right after she returned to Munich due to the loss of her grandmother who had helped raise her after her mother left the family. Twenty-seven years after she disappeared, Martha's body was found in New York state. The family had no idea that she had ever left Germany and no one was sure why she was in NY or how she died. Maya leaves Munich and goes to the area that her grandmother's body was found in and tries to solve the mystery by herself despite the danger she gets herself into. As Maya tries to unravel the mystery of her grandmother's disappearance, she has to decide if her life and a chance at true love are worth risking for the truth.

I found this book a bit confusing in the beginning but once I separated the voices of the main characters, it all began to make more sense. Overall, I thought that this was a well written historical fiction and I highly recommend it.

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About the Author:  

Daniela Tully
Daniela was born in Germany, and has lived all over the world, including Mexico, New York and Dubai. As a film-maker she has been involved in projects such as the critically-acclaimed Fair Game, box-office hits Contagion and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as well as the Oscar-winning The Help. Hotel On Shadow Lake is her first novel and the rights have already been sold in North America, the British Commonwealth, Denmark, France, Italy and Serbia.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads,  or Twitter.



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