Bullet Book Review: Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello

Summer Nights at Moonlight hotel

Title: Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel
Author: Jane Costello
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Date: March 24th, 2016
Pages: 496
Format: Paperback
Source: Won in a giveaway


Synopsis (from Goodreads): ‘LEARN TO SALSA DANCE,’ the card in the shop window read. ‘Experience the red-hot vibes of Latin America right here in the Lake District. Beginners and singles welcome.’

Lauren Scott lives in ‘The most romantic place in Britain’, but her love life is about as successful as her mountain climbing skills. The man she’s obsessed over for two years has proposed to someone else – and her only solution is to save up for six months to go travelling, so she never has to set eyes on him again.

But when her friends sign her up for a dance class – in the same historic hotel where her beloved dad worked and her most precious childhood memories were formed – Lauren makes a horrifying discovery. It’s been sold to a faceless budget chain, which has depressing plans in store. Worse, the entrepreneur behind it all turns out to be among a group of guys her friend Cate roped in to join the very same salsa class they’ve signed up for….

Jane Costello’s funniest book yet – a story of love, friendship and some serious hip action . . . Get in the mood to mambo!



What you need to know about this novel:

  • Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel is Jane Costello’s 9th chick-lit novel.
  • It is a standalone, written in 1st person, narrated by a woman called Lauren (who was such an entertaining narrator).
  • The story is taking place in Lake District, „The most romantic place in Britain“.
  • This isn’t just a funny chick-lit that will only make you laugh and swoon. It will also make you think about life and how much effect other people’s actions can have
  • This book was my most anticipated this years’ release.
  • It is said that this novel is Costello’s funniest work so far and, although I think it was pretty funny, I think Time of Our Lives was funnier.

What you should be warned about:

  • Once you start to read this book, there’s a great chance you wouldn’t want to stop, so I suggest you to pick it when it’s weekend.
  • It might make you want to join a salsa or similar club in your area.

What I liked about this book:

  • Characters were very likeable and they weren’t all black and white, but had some butter on their heads what made them realistic.
  • Lauren’s love interest, Edwin, is not well-looking guy and in the sea of chick-lits where most guys are hot, dark and mysterious, it was a nice change
  • I loved how every character in this book had their purpose when it comes to story Even those side characters that you wouldn’t pay much attention to were in the story for a reason.
  • Reading this book was pure fun and exactly what I wanted for it to be.

What I’d change in this piece of work:

  • Nothing really, I think this novel is perfect as it is.


  • Actually, there is one thing that I would change when it comes to my paperback edition: I wish it didn’t have that sticker on it’s cover, but it is what it is!


Overall, Jane Costello proved once again why she’s my favorite author and reminded me why I like to call her my “chick-lit queen”.

If you’re looking for a book that will boost your mood and keep you entertained, with it’s smart sense of humor and it’s unforgettable characters, this novel is a perfect choice.


5 thoughts on “Bullet Book Review: Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello”

  1. I’m happy to see that you liked it!

    Ooh this sounds really good! I will definitely consider reading it.

    Great review 🙂

    Btw I’ve decided to re-read No Love Allowed. May I have your permission to mention you as the recommender?

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    1. Yes, you can! You can always mention me, I won’t get mad! You don’t even have to ask me for permission (but it would be nice to let me know so I don’t miis it 😉 ).
      Now when you mention No Love Allowed, I think I can post my full review on Goodreads now, what do you think? Or should I just wait for 19th, it seems so far away…

      Tbh, I hage this review for Summer Nights. I feel like I didn’t do it justice. I just rushed with that bullet review and I’m not sure I’ll do bullet reviews in the future for full lenght novels, just for short stories and novellas.
      Thank you for reading it and visiting me. 🙂

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      1. It’s really up to you. I always put my review up for Netgalley. But only if it’s for a street team will I postpone it. I think it would be fine if you put it up. Again it’s up to you.

        I actually really like the bullet points! It makes it easier to follow the review and know what to expect. And yeah that’s happened to me as well.

        You can also mention me whenever you feel the need! I always like asking so you know to lookout for it.

        You’re welcome! And thanks for all the like and comments on my blog Irena 🙂

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      2. I was MIA for days here in the blogosphere and on Goodreads so I have to catch up…
        Today I’m all in blogs, tomorrow I’ll be on GR, and I hope that from the day after tomorrow I’ll be present on both on regular.
        I scheduled my review for 19th to be live on blog so maybe I’ll wait to post my review on GR too then, because it is a releasing day…

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