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The Hotel Riviera

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,072 ratings  ·  89 reviews
She thought she was in love...
American Lola Laforet is swept away in a whirlwind wedding to a handsome Frenchman and finds herself the chef/owner of the Hotel Riviera, a gemlike retreat snuggled up against the blue Mediterranean. In their first blissful year as newlyweds, her life seems to be a dream come true. But then charming Patrick Laforet disappears one day with noth
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2003)
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Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Not a bad book, but...
I hate characters that are allowed to utter a line like, 'it's good to have a man around.' Ugh!!! It's also good to have cookies around, but you never read that one.
Also, there was a lot of filler that didn't move the plot along, and the female lead jumps from the frying pan into the fire, romance-wise. Don't want to give any spoilers, but that one was pretty obvious.
But, even with all that said, it wasn't a bad book. Not great, but not bad.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depois de ter ouvido e lido várias críticas favoráveis a Elizabeth Adler, foi com alguma curiosidade que iniciei esta leitura.

Lola Laforêt era uma americana realizada, com um casamento estável e um hotel que representava tudo o que ela era. Desde a decoração, que à primeira vista poderia parecer descontextualizada, mas que no fundo tinha toda uma história, até ao local onde se centrava, mágico e para os seus hóspedes quase como um lar. Contudo, tudo muda quando o seu marido Patrick desaparece mi
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read. The author really makes you feel like you are at the Hotel Rivera experiencing the sights, enjoying the meals, drinking wine with the patrons and feeling the end of summer warmth and breezes.

Lola March LaForet is the owner/chef of the little hotel in France. Her husband Patrick has disappeared and she's sure it has something to do with another woman. Suddenly his Porsche is found and she is suspect in his disappearance. Her friends elderly Miss N and hunky sailor Jack help he
Tania Martins
Acabei finalmente este livro e tenho a dizer que vou fazer uma pausa na autora!

Que protagonista tão sem sal, o contexto do livro é engraçado, Saint-Tropez, praias, sol, um hotel mas depois achei o enredo fraquinho! A fórmula é sempre a mesma, elas têm sempre maridos parvos que arranjam amantes e que as deixam e depois subitamente conhecem o amor mas só na última página é que surgem os pedidos de casamento, ele até tinha pinta e animou um bocado a história e a amiga dela inglesa é a melhor person
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. It's one of my favorite books. It's sad, romantic and witty. It had a little action in it. I could not keep this book down. I highly recommend for anyone to read it when they get a chance.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book in a "just for fun" way... nothing deep here, but a good read all the same. Adler's characters are well devined, plots are interesting and mostly un[redictable. A delightful escape.
Julie Towson
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants some light reading and doesn't want to have to think too hard
Reading this book is like taking a little vacation to the Cote Azur. Elizabeth Adler, the author has the ability to describe the Riviera and make you feel as if you are there.
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
loved it =) great author, quick fun reads!
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
With Elizabeth Adler, you will get that fantasy escape and it was pure fun, easy, light reading for stressful times!
Ana Luisa Henriques
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Um livro interessante com um cenário encantador na Riviera, consegui-me ver-me no Hotel Riviera, a comer as deliciosas refeições preparadas por Lola com muito amor!

Gostei ainda da reviravolta de Patrick (talvez) estar vivo e da forma como nos introduziram as várias mulheres da sua vida na história. Foi ainda interessante acompanhar a ligação crescente entre Jack e Lola numa altura em que Lola já tinha desistido do amor, tudo isto com a ajuda ainda de uma encantadora senhora viúva de um polícia,
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charming and sweet. Love Miss N. I have never read a book by Adler before and I am sold.
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks-a-z
Post Listen Review: I wish Elizabeth Adler would knock it off. This book is about poor little rich people in the French countryside (who can afford to live in the French countryside) that are so miserable because they don't have love in their lives. God this is getting old. If you want to hear about how that one percent we keep hearing about live, listen to this book. And if you want to be brainwashed into thinking that all women really need in their lives is a good man, listen to this book. If ...more

O Hotel Riviera é um pequeno refúgio no sul de França. O hotel encontra-se situado mais propriamente em Cote d'Azur, perto de Saint Tropez, uma zona normalmente associada a riqueza, a extravagância. Um paraíso azul, invejável, onde Lola March Laforêt mantém o seu pequeno hotel que prima pela simpatia, qualidade de serviço e pela gastronomia saborosa. Isto porque Lola, não é só a gerente deste simpático hotel, mas também a chef de serviço. Este hotel é o orgulho de Lola e é também a sua razão de
Daisy Chein
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, I only picked up this book because of my interest in the location of the book - as I thought the storyline would most likely be boring and predictable, and the characters unbearable; but the description vivid enough to satisfy my wanderlust. I am so glad that I was wrong. The Hotel Riviera is the perfect summer holiday read. I say this because the storyline is not too complicated or deep, but interesting enough to make you want to keep reading. It's about a woman who owns and invests ...more
Nathalie S
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
As soon as I started listening to Elizabeth Adler's "The Hotel Riviera", I was hooked. And what is there not to like--gorgeous setting (in St.Tropez on the French Riviera) with lush descriptions of the Mediterranean and the beaches. The main character, American Lola Laforet (whose first mistake was to marry a Frenchman lol!) is a wonderful chef hence luscious descriptions of food! Lola is part owner of the Hotel Riviera, a small wonderful hotel which would be just the kind of place I would go to ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Typical Elizabeth Adler storyline set in a lush tropical paradise. The story revolves around an American, Lola, who marries a Frenchman, Patrick, and becomes the chef/owner of the Hotel Riviera. Patrick is less than the ideal husband, what with his womanizing and frequent disappearances. This time, however, he has been gone for six months and Lola is left wondering what has happened to him, all the while trying to cope with the running of the hotel. Now a new wrinkle - someone has dropped anchor ...more
John Mcconahey
The Hotel Rivera by Elizabeth Adler

The sorts of stories that rock my soul are those that have extreme credibility, leaving the impression that the events portrayed could have actually happened as they were described. Adler once again shortcuts that process, losing a few points on my WOWometer. All the same, this is still a pretty good book.

Lola Laforêt is patronne and chef at an eight-room hotel on the Côte d'Azur near St. Tropez. Six months earlier, her husband had forgotten her birthday and
Könnyed könyvre vágytam, amit meg is kaptam ettől a történettől!
Az emberek az ilyen könyvekre szokták azt mondani, hogy „tipikus” "semmi eredeti sincs benne", de én úgy vagyok vele, hogy jól esett, és bármikor ha ilyen könyvre vágyom akkor Elizabeth Adler könyveit fogom végigolvasni. Korábban olvastam a Toszkánai nyár című könyvét, és az is nagyon tetszett.
Nem szeretnék belemenni a szereplők vizslatásába, mert szerintem nem erre lett kitalálva a könyv, csak annyit szeretnék megjegyezni, hogy Mis
Erin Beckwith
I'm ashamed to say I wasted my time reading this book...impulse grab at the library. If anyone thinks the Twilight books are bad, well...they haven't read Elizabeth Adler. She makes Stephanie Meyer seem like Nabokov. To describe this book as "vacuous" would be an understatement. I will give it this, the descriptions of food were, well, appetite inspiring...but they were almost completely literal, and I couldn't help thinking of how the author lives in Palm Springs and probably has gobs of money ...more
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The pink cover and romance sticker on the spine had me worried that this one was a sappy romance, but while there was romance, this was more of a thriller with romance thrown in, which worked for me. The chapters that are in first person from the protagonist's perspective were annoying, enough that I was not really rooting for her for the rest of the book, but I liked Miss Nightingale a lot. The climax was also a bit awkward, maybe because there was not enough character development for the criti ...more
Raquel Bernardes
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: livros-fisicos
Começamos logo no início da história com o desaparecimento do marido de Lola, o Patrick, aparentemente tudo parecia a correr bem e nada justificava o desparecimento dele. Por isso, começa a sua busca para encontrar o marido e saber se afinal ele está vivo ou morto e conta com a ajuda de Jack, mas acaba por ver que e saber o verdadeiro significado do amor através de Jack, até que o marido aparece. É um livro intrigante e muito misterioso em que nos vemos a questionar se afinal o Patrick está vivo ...more
Catherine Letendre
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Je ne sais pas si c'est dû à l'excitation d'être allée à la bibliothèque après 2 ans d'absence, le fait que l'histoire se déroule sur la côte d'Azur où je me rendrai dans moins d'une semaine ou parce que l'histoire était vraiment bonne, mais ce livre m'a beaucoup plue! Ce n'est pas un chef-d'oeuvre, mais le personnage principal, l'Hôtel Riviera, est tellement bien décrit qu'il donne l'envie de s'y rendre pour les prochaines vacances!
Maria João (A Biblioteca da João)
9 de 10*

Este foi o primeiro livro que li da Elizabeth Adler e fiquei agradavelmente surpreendida!
A história passa-se num pequeno hotel na Riviera, junto a uma praia privativa, e a personagem principal feminina é a chef e dona do hotel que gasta todas as suas energias em função do seu hotel e dos seus hóspedes.

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Jeanette Smith
Feb 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: put-aside
I wish there was a category, "tried to read." I hated this book. In fact, I hated it so much that I put it down. The writing was amateur. I kept thinking, did the publisher edit this? The characters had no depth and I decided that I really did not care if the main character found her husband or started a romance with Jack. I just put it down and moved on.
Lauri Saplad
This was an enchanting story! Set in the South of France in a cozy little hotel, Lola Laforet and her staff and guests are simply delightful. There are some mystery elements and looks of delicious culinary accoutrements that make it a fun, quick read with unforgettable characters. I hope we hear more about Lola & the Hotel Riviera again soon!
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Some language. A character development book along with a light mystery. Lola Laforet is living her dream of being a chef in her little hotel on the coast of France. Then her husband mysteriously disappears and the police think she killed him. Where is he and why??? Then a stranger sail into her harbor and the story takes a turn. Wish I could have eaten some of her meals!
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Adler writes on-bodice-ripping romances about 40-something women. This protagonist runs a small hotel on the French Riviera. The story centers around her missing husband. She solves this mystery with the helps of her gusests and a handsome stranger who just happens to anchor his boat nearby. Good reading for a cold-suffering mom.
Pat Saley
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I had really enjoyed the historical fiction book by Adler, "Fortune is a Woman" (tho the title is hokey), but this was a little disappointing in that book's wake. It painted the French Riviera as a beautiful place but it was pretty much a "fluff" book. Those have their place of course but I wasn't sitting on a beach somewhere ;-)
Itasca Community Library
Tuki says:

I loved the setting of this story, the idyllic Cote de Azur in the South of France. The description of the food and the hospitality extended by Lola to her guests transported me and very much made me feel like I was right there languishing the beauty of the Mediterranean scenery. A delightful easy read with more romance than suspense even though its pegged as a “romantic suspense”.
Sonja Brose
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Love Adler but am not a fan of her books re woman rediscovering herself. This include this one. Last time I sw Paris. Summer in tuscany. House on amalfi. Place in the country. Not her usual well thought out detailed storylines
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Born in Yorkshire, North England, Elizabeth Adler met her husband Richard (an American) while both were working in London. They have lived in England, Ireland, France, Brazil, and the United States and have traveled extensively. They have one daughter and live in Palm Springs, California. Her first novel, Private Desires (also titled Leonie), launched an enormously successful writing career, she a ...more