I love the pun in the title, intentional or not. She’s checking hotel guests in, rather than checking in from France!
I was introduced to Dee Ernst a couple of years ago with Maggie Finds Her Muse. Lucy Checks In had the same incredible French setting, but was an altogether different book. I love the atmosphere of this old hotel in this little French town. Ernst does a great job of painting a picture, and I can picture myself in this country town I’ve never been to. I’m a big fan of the save-the-small-business plot, and this book pulls it off effortlessly.
The other hallmark of Ernst’s books is that the MC’s aren’t young and dumb. Lucy is 49 and therefore has a handful of worldly experience under her belt. So many books are about heroines in their 20s, and I often find myself frustrated with childish antics. It’s refreshing to read from the POV of someone whose relationship mistakes are in the past!
I did expect a bit more romance from this book, but it was carried on its own without it. There’s a hint of a flirtation between Lucy and another resident of the hotel, but it takes a backseat to Lucy’s story.
I loved the ending!