I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for The Hotel On Shadow Lake today. This is such a special book and one that is going to stay with me for a long time.
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Oh my goodness what an emotional, captivating story this was. There is nothing I like better than a dual time historical mystery so I absolutely loved this book.
The author’s descriptions of Martha’s life in Germany before the war were very vivid and really helped give me an understanding of what life must have been like living under Nazi rule. The fear, tension and uncertainty the citizens felt was almost palpable. It’s amazing now to think about how many people were willing to believe and follow Hitler’s ideas, blindly putting them before other loyalties like friends and families. The descriptions of what life was like for women under the regime and the rules they had to follow was a real eye opener. I had no idea that women were so repressed and controlled before, it sent a shiver down my spine thinking about it.
The book is told in two parts, one describes Martha’s life in pre-war Germany and the other, Maya’s journey to discover what had happened to her beloved Grandmother. Martha’s story was definitely my favourite and I enjoyed reading about her bravery and her willingness to stand up for what she believed was right despite it being incredibly dangerous. These bits were very thrilling and there were numerous times when I found myself on the edge of my seat, hear thumping as I read what she had got up to. The love story was beautifully told and very poignant. I enjoyed reading about it and wished with all my heart that it could have a happy ending even though I knew it probably wasn’t possible. I did also enjoy Maya’s story and learning more about the fascinating Montgomery family. There were quite a lot of them, which was hard to keep track of at times but I loved that it wasn’t immediately obvious what their connection to Martha was. The reveal, when it came was unexpected and has me scrambling back through the pages to check a few things.
The story rattles along at a great pace with a lot of action and reveals happening which kept me intrigued and wanting to keep reading. I found I couldn’t wait to get back to my book to find out what was going to happen next.
This is Daniela’s debut novel which is hard to believe as it is so beautifully written and plotted. I can’t wait to read more books from her in the future. If you are a fan of Kate Morton or Victoria Hislop you will love this book!
Huge thanks to Legend Press and Imogen Harris for my copy of this book and for inviting me on the blog tour.
About The Author:
DANIELA TULLY has worked in film and television for decades, including with famed film director Uli Edel. 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. She splits her time between Dubai and New York. Hotel on Shadow Lake is her first novel.
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