Charlotte Heath, a lively, independent redhead of humble beginnings, is married to the scion of the powerful Heath family. When, on her first outing after a long illness, she spies her husband, Hays, bending to kiss another woman in the village square, impulsive Charlotte heads her horses straight out of town. Upon arriving at The Beechmont Hotel, Charlotte makes a shocking discovery: The classy Beechmont is a rather unique institution where a different kind of hospitality awaits the all-female clientele. Seductive and high-spirited, A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies is an unforgettable novel of one woman’s journey to self-enlightenment.
About the Author
ELLEN COONEY is the author of A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies and other novels. Her stories have appeared in "The New Yorker" and many literary journals. She has taught writing at MIT, Harvard, and Boston College, and now lives in Maine with her dogs Andy, Skip, and Maxine--who are each, in their own way, rescues.
“A sharp-eyed novel of erotic awakening circa 1900. . . . Cool comfort from a writer with style and heart.” —O, The Oprah Magazine"An upbeat, even old-fashioned story about personal growth, telling us we can’t know where we are until we remember where we’ve been." —Boston Magazine “Charlotte Heath is the most enticing heroine I’ve met in some time: tenderhearted yet obstinate, genteel yet deeply sensual. The adventure she takes us on is wonderfully eccentric, deliciously observed, and ends with the kind of gratifying surprise that reminds me why telling stories, and reading them, is such an essential pleasure in my life.” —Julia Glass, author of Three Junes"Full of earthy characters and situations you hate to leave. . . . A delightful and intriguing read." —Historical Novels Review