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Hotel Vendome by Danielle Steel

Hotel Vendome (2011)

by Danielle Steel

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Hotel Vendome by Danielle Steel
Hugh has built a hotel that is fit for a king or queen. After a few years his wife leaves them and he gets to raise their daughter which he has no problem doing.
His whole life is Heloise and the hotel.
As years go by Heloise also loves the hotel business and applies to a Swiss school to get further training. She gets in and he finds himself lost while she's gone
so he undertakes a new project: redoing some of the larger suites. The designer is one he feels very comfortable with and really likes what she's done with the one
suite, enough to offer her the job of doing the rest.
Heloise is now doing an internship for 6 months in Paris along with her lover but things don't go so well.
She had visited with her mom a few times over the years but she was so wrapped up in her drugs, new babies and her music lover to even give her notice.
Now that she's back in NY with her dad they find their interests are the same and they get to talk about their love for one another and how they can further their
relationship and allow others to come in. ( )
  jbarr5 | Jul 25, 2013 |
Not really a fan - the characters are interesting enough that you want to find out what happens to them. But the writing is awkwaard and the story is not fully fleshed out. ( )
  mel247 | Jul 3, 2012 |
Well, DS is usually a fun bit of guilty pleasure for me. Not so this time. The hotel setting was interesting; however, the characters did nothing for me. A father with no backbone + incredibly spoiled daughter + ambivalent girlfriend = disappointment. ( )
  owlsfeathers | May 30, 2012 |
4 stars only because I loved leaning about the inner workings of a hotel... the story was a nice easy read but I found DS was very repetitive in her explanations of characters and it drove me crazy. The second half of the book was much better then I anticipated, loved the ending! ( )
  mchwest | Mar 18, 2012 |
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/hotel-vendome.html

Hotel Vendome is the story of Hughes Martin, a hotelier and a single parent to his daughter Heloise Maritn. The story covers a span of about twenty years following Heloise from her toddler days to her early twenties. The book is set in New York city at the Hotel Vendome, which Hughes Martin owns and runs. This is their home and where Heloise is raised.

In typical Danielle Steel fashion, the book is about beautiful people and beautiful places and some trying circumstances. The central relationship in the book is that of father and daughter, and Hughes' attempts at managing his needs as an individual and responsibilities as a parent.

The best thing about Danielle Steel books is their predictability and the similar pattern they all follow. Predictable characters, predictable story, predictable ending. That is what her readers expect and look forward to. The books do not make you think or reflect or challenge. They serve the purpose of light, easy reading for a beach afternoon or a winter afternoon by the fire. ( )
  njmom3 | Dec 8, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385343175, Hardcover)

Danielle Steel’s dazzling new novel invites readers into the ultra-glamorous world of a five-star New York hotel, and brings to vivid life the man who builds it as his dream, the girl who grows up in its loving embrace, and the colorful guests and staff who make its magic complete.
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.

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Devoting himself to his young daughter and his five-star hotel after his divorce, Hugues Martin reevaluates his prospects when his daughter eventually pursues an education in France and he falls in love with a woman who understands his professional passions.… (more)

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