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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (301 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Cooney Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is 1900 in a small, prosperous Massachusetts town. Charlotte Heath, a lively, independent redhead of humble beginnings, is married to the scion of the powerful Heath family. When, on her first outing after a long illness, she spies her husband, Hays, bending to kiss another woman in the village square, impulsive Charlotte heads her horses straight out of town. Unsure where to go but certain that she wants to leave both Hays and the stifling, if luxurious, life of the Heath household behind, Charlotte makes her way to Boston and checks in at “The Beechmont: A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies,” where she makes another startling discovery: the classy Beechmont is a rather unique institution, where handsome porters make discreet, late-night visits to its all-female clientele. Charlotte finds herself surrounded by a cast of characters that will delight the reader as she settles into life at this reverse brothel: Harry Alcorn, the hotel’s dashing and prescient proprietor; Miss Berenice Singleton, the bohemian painter who holds a kind of salon in her rooms; the scowling cook, Mrs. Petty, who once worked for the Heaths and is determined that Charlotte not stay on at the Beechmont; the charming and handsome “porter” Arthur, who both gives pleasure and makes trouble; and the venerable lady doctor Lily Heath, her husband’s aunt, whom Charlotte is amazed to find among the hotel’s regulars.

In the midst of a dizzying sexual enlightenment, Charlotte must puzzle out why she really left Hays and why he seems to have left her first. Her task is to determine whether she can forgive him and to discover where, if anywhere, she truly belongs–an adventure that takes her farther afield than she could ever have imagined.

Ellen Cooney has given us a remarkable portrait of a historical moment and an irresistible protagonist. Fresh, high-spirited, and wonderfully seductive in the telling, A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies carries the reader along on a woman’s unforgettable journey to self-enlightenment.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer Reininger | 2/16/2014

    " Not as good as I hoped it would be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sassy | 2/16/2014

    " It's hard to put my finger on what bothered me about this book. The story was intriguing, but the way it's written just somehow never quite works. I felt like there was a sort of schizophrenic tug-of-war between being a plot-driven page turner and being a more literary, character-driven meditation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Statza | 2/15/2014

    " Although the author went off topic often, for PAGES at a time, this book did what it was supposed to: entertain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Terri Kempton | 2/6/2014

    " One of those books that you have to push yourself to finish. I appreciate the delicate, deliberate writing style in that it reflects the pace and attitude of historic MA. It makes, however, for a very long-winded, uninteresting, and unbelievable story. Leave this one on the library shelf! "

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