Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier - ADVISABLE

Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier, 318 pages.  Henry Holt and Company, 2020. $20.  

Content: Language:  PG-13 (26 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG-13.  



Sophie Spark has been hired on as a babysitter at the prestigious and remote Castle in the Clouds hotel.  The spoiled children aren’t always easy, but Sophie is intrigued by the hotelier’s son, Ben, and a handsome guest who is visiting named, Tristan.  Sophie sees all the behind the scenes happenings with wealthy families who are staying at the hotel and soon finds herself caught in the middle of crime.  Sophie doesn’t know who she can trust or if anyone is who they claim they are, but her quick thinking comes in handy.  

I loved Sophie from the beginning and it’s easy to see the hotel through her eyes.  I liked the romantic interests, the setting and the mysteries and especially enjoyed all the action during the last half of the book.  The first half was a lot of setting up of the characters (lots of names to keep track of) and at times felt slow, but overall, it was an enjoyable read.  The cover isn’t my favorite though.  The content includes a shooting, kidnapping, and bullying.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson    

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