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5.0 out of 5 starsBringing love and new life into the family hotel after generations of neglect.
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2018
Amelia C. Adams makes characters come to life so well, and Generations is a good example of that. There were only a few characters in it, as is good with a novella introducing a new series, but I want to know more about each of them in subsequent stories. The Brody Hotel has been so real to be since reading the first of the Kansas Crossroads books, and it is a delight to have this new series to resurrect that hotel in a modern era. I can just see each room and what it will be like after the renovation. I love the idea of restoring something that was in a person's family for 100+ years, and having found the rest of the ledgers should provide even more insight into the years the Brody was open. There are a couple of "railroad hotels" here in MO that I have always fantasized about, one of which is where my Grandmother worked as a maid starting back in around 1916 (she was born in 1903, so she was only 13 when she went to work there dealing with "drummers" as she called salesmen). Amelia is bringing more reading fun to me with this new series about the Brody Hotel, and I look forward to more stories to come.
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2018
I absolutely LOVE this story! The old stories of The Brody Hotel are wonderful and I love that this new series will be bringing in that history and blending it with the now.
Knowing the history of the hotel and those who lived there and now what seems to be happening with the remodeling, I think that hotel is blessed with Angels of Love. Can't wait for the next story to come out!
5.0 out of 5 starsLoved heading back to the Brody Hotel in modern times. Charming, funny start to the new series
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2018
Have you ever wandered past really old buildings and wondered what they were like when the paint was fresh and the windows crystal clear? Every home or business has a history, a past. And for the once beautiful and prosperous Brody Hotel it certainly had a wonderful past filled with love, laughter, intrigue and romance. Time passes, generations come and go, so much so that now this once proud and beautiful hotel is in a very sad state indeed. Andrew Brody has plans for this old belle of a building. He believes it can be restored to what it once was, and could be again. His board members think he’s crazy, heck, he’s not too sure himself. But this is a passion he cannot ignore. The old Brody Hotel speaks to his heart and imagination and he’ll do everything in his power to make that dream of restoring it become a profitable reality.
Marissa has a chance to dive into a childhood dream. Oh, she’s familiar with the Brody Hotel and has often dreamed of being able to bring it back to its glory days. When her company (consisting of herself and her best friend) is given the chance to be part of one completely crazy dream Marissa didn’t hesitate… much. Oh, Andrew was crazy if he thought he could do everything needed in the time allotment, and she had every intention of simply walking away from the dream. But… something, someone held her back and had her re-thinking her decision. It would be such hard work on such a tight timetable, but could she really walk away from a lifelong dream of restoring this building? No, and both she and Andrew knew it.
Generations is the introduction novella to the Brody Hotel series. It’s a short story, a very basic beginning story of two people who fall in love with an old hotel first before they fall for each other. I really liked Andrew and Marissa together. I wasn’t entirely sure of Marissa at first, but I quickly warmed up to her when she admitted her mistakes so readily. She’s a bit quirky, but then so is Andrew in different ways. They compliment each other and I’ve a feeling they are going to be quite a pair as time goes on. I truly felt this was more of a Happy for Now ending as it feels like there is more to this couple yet to come. Time will tell on that impression, yet they worked perfectly as a way into this series. I love old buildings. And that love is shown in the beginnings of this series.
If you read Western Historical Romance then you have experienced the Brody Hotel at its very beginnings in Kansas Crossings. It just so happened that series is next on my series to read list for my Historically Romantic blog. It will be enjoyable for me to dive into the Brody Hotel story from its start while waiting for the next story in the modern day Brody Hotel series. Sometimes timing is everything.
I would definitely recommend Generations to any Romance reader, especially those that cross reading genre and love seeing the past and the future unite.
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Marissa Clark has been looking for something to showcase her talent. Has she found the ideal project? She has a job offer and has to decide if the time frame is doable. Andrew Brody has inherited The Brody Hotel. A literal Blast from the past. Andrew is very smart, an astute businessman and wealthy. This will all stand in his favor. He is also a Man that cares beyond anything else, this is what matters. He takes care of those he cares about and he does it without a second thought. From the time they meet there is definitely attraction. Can working together be where the attraction lies or is there more to it than that? I truly enjoyed the story and how it all comes together. I know you will too!
3.0 out of 5 starsSo much promise left unfulfilled
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018
I read all the Kansas Crossroads series- light easy reads, nothing profound or memorable, but enjoyable still the same.
THEN I saw the Generations book and as I read it I got excited!! Such an exciting promise- this book could go beyond what the others did and tell a memorable story!! I was ready to be enchanted!
But no- this novella- with a concept that could easily lead to a profoundly stirring story- fell sadly short. It skipped any real development of character, skipped the powerful story that could have been told through the hotel ledgers, skipped developing any likability in most of the characters... in a nutshell it simply was story to sell a book and not an attempt to write something great. How disappointing!
I would hope the author would go back, flesh out the story, make it real and powerful as it should be.
As it stands, this novella is not worthy of the concept it contains.
Fans of the Kansas Crossroads series get ready to fall in love all over again. It's Adam and Elizabeth, 21st Century. Can't wait to see where the rehabilitation and reopening of the Brody Hotel will take us. Ms. Adams, this is a wonderful way to keep a story fresh and inviting. Kudos!!
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2019
Andrew. inherited a family place called Brody Hotel from 1875 , One look and knew it needed to be torn down.Instead he has Marissa to come and redecorate the place..interesting of the history and the people connect thru the years to this place, enjoyable . Given ARC audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion