Hotel Portofino by J. P. O’Connell #audiobook #audiblebook #review @blackstoneaudio


For fans of Downton Abbey and The Crown…welcome to Hotel Portofino, where romance, revelry, and intrigue await.

A heady historical drama about a British family who opens an upper-class hotel on the magical Italian Riviera during the Roaring Twenties.

Hotel Portofino has been open for only a few weeks, but already the problems are mounting for its owner Bella Ainsworth. Her high-class guests are demanding and hard to please. And she’s being targeted by a scheming and corrupt local politician, who threatens to drag her into the red-hot cauldron of Mussolini’s Italy. 

To make matters worse, her marriage is in trouble, and her children are still struggling to recover from the repercussions of the Great War. All eyes are on the arrival of a potential love match for her son Lucian, but events don’t go to plan, which will have far-reaching consequences for the whole family. 

Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Italian Riviera, Hotel Portofino is a story of personal awakening at a time of global upheaval and of the liberating influence of Italy’s enchanting culture, climate, and cuisine on British “innocents abroad”.


Hotel Portofino is brand new and already experiencing issues. The owner, Bella Ainsworth, is being black mailed by a politician and her husband is not very supportive. As a matter of fact, her marriage is in danger. Plus, she has some very high maintenance guests which are extremely demanding. So, when events turn again and have consequences for her family, Bella is not sure where to turn.

This is one big soap opera. I guess all books are. But this one really did remind me of a soap opera. You have rich, poor, beautiful, ugly and wicked all staying in this hotel at the same time. So you can just imagine all the happenings and going on! But, because there are so many characters, it’s hard to keep who is what straight. However, the time period and the setting really kept this story moving for me. I mean…how could you not like Italy!

The narrator, Esther Wane, did a great job with all these voices. She was probably the reason I kept listening. She kept it entertaining.

Need a good soap opera to keep you warm this winter…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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