cover image Lucy Checks In

Lucy Checks In

Dee Ernst. Griffin, $16.99 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-250-84458-3

Ernst (Maggie Finds Her Muse) offers a wonderfully fresh take on new beginnings, set against a picturesque French backdrop. After 40-something N.Y.C. hotel manager Lucy Gianetti’s boss and ex-boyfriend flees the country with heaps of embezzled cash in tow, Lucy’s left behind in disgrace. Unfounded rumors that she was involved leave her with no job prospects to speak of—until an unexpected offer to restore the neglected Hotel Paradis in Rennes, France. The run-down venue is nothing like the luxury spots Lucy’s used to, but it’s steeped in history and culture, and the delightfully quirky “family” of investors who reside in its rooms welcomes Lucy with open arms as they work together to restore the hotel to its former glory in time for peak tourist season. Lucy initially plans to return to New York after this project is complete but she soon embraces her life in Rennes—and the possibility of love with artist David “Bing” Bingham. When a tragedy strikes back home, however, Lucy must find a way to merge her old life with her new one. This funny, heartwarming story has all the charm of a small-town romance, with a delightful French twist. Add in large doses of self-discovery and romance, and the result is sure to please. (Aug.)