Jamie Ford’s debut novel has all the elements that make for a successful and engaging read: top-notch characterization, conflict, tension, star-crossed love, and hope. Although it has a historical setting element, I would categorize it more as fiction than as historical fiction. Readers who loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society or The Help would probably also enjoy this book.
Perfectly named, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was a New York Times Best Seller back in 2009, but I just discovered it and I am so glad I did! This book is one of the most rewarding adult reads I have picked up in a long time and it has restored my faith in the existence of meaningful adult fiction. An exquisite story with an honest ending, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was a delight to read and practically perfect!
Profanity/Language: 1 religious exclamation; 10 derogatory names (racial slurs)
Violence/Gore: Reports of World War II battles, bombing of Pearl Harbor; a few instances of bullying; a report of an adolescent being beat-up by another adolescent; a wagon ride with crash resulting in minor scrapes & bruises; a fistfight between two boys resulting in minor injuries.
Sex/Nudity: A few instances of hugging, holding hands, and kissing.
Mature Subject Matter:
Racial Disrimination, Racial Prejudice, War, Death of a Family Member, Parent-Child conflict/relations.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Two children are sent on a “bootleg run” to pick up some alcohol. Adults toast. Adults smoke cigarettes.