It’s the night before The Palace Hotel opens, and the entire city is abuzz with what everyone is calling a throwback to the Gilded Age. Everyone, that is, except Consuelo De la Red. Faced with a destiny picked out for her and a dream she just can’t forget, she confronts the choices she has made and the man she was forced to reject. When the past comes crashing into the present, will she listed to her duty, or give in to the urging of her heart?
One Night at the Palace packs a sweet and passionate story into a short book.
Consuelo had grown up doing everything her affluent Filipino family tells her: what to do, what to say, what to wear. She’s basically a doll. But when she legally became an adult, she decided to study abroad in Chicago. With her grandmother paying for her tuition, Consuelo thought she could finally live her life – away from her family’s controlling clutches.
And then she met Sam – handsome, saucy, kind, and genuine Sam who adored her and yet will call her on her bullsh*t.
But a pregnancy scare leads her going back to Manila, Philippines – back to the life she didn’t want. And at the night of the grand opening of her boyfriend’s (husband to be) Palace Hotel, she sees Sam again – after six years – and learns he practically helped build the place.
Consuelo doesn’t lack for comfort in her life, but she is miserable. I mean, who wouldn’t be? Her family runs her life. They practically threw her at her boyfriend to establish ties with another powerful family.
Sam is a fighter and a go-getter. And I love his thinking and perspective in life, so, go, Sam!
Consuelo’s family is twisted. Seriously, you will hate her parents so strongly you might need aspirin. The world Bianca Mori paints in her story – a world of elites, slutty high society women, or people miserable with their lot – is a sad and depressing one. Behind the doors of an entire building bedecked in jewels is the sad story of people who don’t know the definition of love and joy.
The ending is pretty sweet. That’s all I’m going to say so as not to spoil anything 🙂
Lovers of contemporary romance who love their reads a little steamy, with a sprinkling of sweet moments. Also if you like fashion and food, you’ll love Mori’s descrptions!