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New books to look out for… Art Hour at the Duchess Hotel

I’m back this Wednesday with another upcoming release that I can’t wait to get my eyes on! This time it’s Sophie Green’s new novel, Art Hour at the Duchess Hotel.

Like Kate Forsyth, who I was raving about last week, Sophie Green is an auto-buy author for me and I have loved all of her novels so far. I really like the way she continues to put authentic female characters in situations where their relationships feel organic despite their differences. This latest story is set around a group painting together – having taken watercolour classes myself it feels right up my alley!

Here’s the synopsis from the publisher’s website:

Mornington Peninsula, 1999. Wife and now grandmother Joan has checked into the grand old Duchess Hotel to find herself again after thirty-five years of being who her husband and family have wanted her to be. Peninsula local and soon-to-be octogenarian Frances is distracting herself from getting old, and avoiding her self-interested son by escaping to the warmth of the Duchess where the hotel staff treat her like the person she still is. Meanwhile Frances’s daughter, Alison, is trying to manage significant disruptions at home while hoping to finally prove to her mother that she’s just as worthy of love as her brother. New to the Duchess, hotel maid Kirrily is feeling the weight of a lifetime of responsibility, struggling to balance bills and work and family, and keeping thoughts of how there must be more to life at bay.

With its old-world glamour, sprawling seaside grounds and air of possibility, the Duchess Hotel might just be the place to help the women rediscover who they are and bring some spark back to their lives.

When Joan decides to pick up a brush and start painting for the first time in decades, she inspires Frances and Kirrily – and, eventually, Alison – to join her. Over canvas, conversation and creativity they will learn that you should always hold onto your dreams and that new friends can give you the courage to live life on your own terms.

Sophie Green’s Art Hour at the Duchess Hotel is out 31 July from Hachette, so there is still a bit of a wait for this one! If you haven’t read Sophie Green’s books before I definitely recommend checking them out – you can start with any of the five titles already out. I’ve talked about the books here a bunch of times before – you can see my reviews, and even an interview with Sophie Green, right here.

If you’d like to know about some more great titles that other book bloggers are looking forward to reading make sure you go over to Wishful Endings where Tressa hosts a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss books we’re excited about that we haven’t read yet.

xo Bron

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