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Heartbreak Hotel
by Jill Marie Landis
Order:  USA  Can
Ballantine, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Tracy Potter is living the perfect life: loving husband, great kids and a wonderful lifestyle provided by her over-achieving spouse, Glenn. Her only regret is that he seems to be spending more and more time away from home working. His assurances that everything is fine, and that he adores her, keep Tracy's growing suspicions at bay. When Glenn dies suddenly, her perfect world shatters. Things only get worse when she discovers that Glenn left behind a financial mess. By the time the huge debts are paid, she's almost penniless. Tracy is forced to sell their upscale home and move into a run-down, turn-of-the-century hotel that Glenn bought on a whim and signed over to her. The Heartbreak Hotel is located along an isolated and rugged strip of the California coast. Now solely responsible for herself and her children, Tracy is determined to turn the secluded hotel into an operating inn once again.

Wade MacAllister knows that the Heartbreak Hotel is the perfect place to put an end to the demons and the guilt that are eating up his soul. For the past year, he's been running from the shocking events generated by his literary success. But after only a few days in Tracy's presence, her will to succeed and overcome her problems, strike a chord in Wade's icy heart. And for the first time in a long time, he feels a burning need to write. But his muse is unlike anything he's experienced before. It's as if he's possessed by the ghost of Ezra Poole, a tragic figure connected to the hotel, and one whose ultimate fate is still cloaked in mystery. As Wade and Tracy's feelings for each other escalate, they both allow themselves to trust again. But Wade's dark past catches up with him, threatening to destroy the life he craves with Tracy.

Jill Marie Landis creates another character rich, multi-layered and poignant tale in Heartbreak Hotel, the third in her interconnected series that features the inhabitants of Twilight Cove. A touch of the supernatural adds additional flair to this well-realized story of the power of love and second chances.

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