Love Me or Leave Me by Claudia Carroll

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Original Title: Love Me or Leave Me

Year Published: 2014

Published by:  Harper

Number of Pages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

‘Welcome to the Hope Street Hotel – where you check in married, and check out single.’

Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she’s finding it hard to move forward. That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she’s starting to put her life back together, and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss is breathing down her neck, things are looking good.

But what goes on in the Hope Street Hotel is a far cry from anything she’s ever dealt with before. This is a pioneering ‘divorce hotel’ designed to make every aspect of breaking up efficient and pain-free. In one single weekend, Chloe’s team promises to take care of everything – legal, technical, emotional – and guests check out carefree and single.

No one is better qualified than Chloe to understand what couples need when their relationship is at breaking point, but she soon finds herself having to tackle the heartbreak she’s tried to bury. In particular three couples need her help – Jo and Dave, Lucy and Andrew, and Kirk and Dawn – and the opening weekend is full of revelation, trouble, memories happy and sad, facts that need facing, and some very big surprises.

It’s time to move on. And it soon becomes clear that some endings are, in fact, very exciting new beginnings …

My thoughts:

Claudia Caroll is one of my favourite chick-lit authors and this book definitely did not disappoint. This was a really fun book to read. It had such a fun and interesting plot and I pretty much enjoyed every single page of it. The idea of being able to check into a hotel married and then check out as single, having gone through the whole divorce process during your stay, was a plot I’ve never come across before and it was an interesting one.

I absolutely adored Chloe and would have rooted for her no matter what. She starts of being burnt by love, but instead of becoming bitter and angry, she remakes herself and chooses to help people. You might say that the fact that she now runs a divorce hotel is proof that she is bitter and angry, but instead of lording the looming divorce over the heads of the couples at the hotel, she does her best to make the experience as pleasant as it can be, no matter if the couples end up divorced or not.

The different couples we get to meet are so interesting as well. We have couples of all ages and with all different problems. Some have had chaotic relationship and hate each other, but others are still good friends and have arrived at the conclusion that a divorce is best for them by communicating with each other and being honest with each other. Their stories were so interesting and I really enjoyed reading about them.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.

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