Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Before reading Suite Scarlett, I had already read a few of Maureen's other books, so I already knew she was a magnificent author! And reading Suite Scarlett made me love her writing even more. Here is the summary:

Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small hotel in the heart of New York City. Her nineteen-year-old brother, Spencer, is an out of work actor facing a family deadline to get his career in order. Eighteen-year-old Lola has the delicate looks of a model, the practical nature of a nurse, and a wealthy society boyfriend. Eleven-year-old Marlene is the family terror with a tragic past.
When the Martins turn fifteen, they are each expected to take over the care of a suite in the once elegant, now shabby Art Deco hotel. For Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite, and a permanent guest named Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn’t quite know what to make of this C-list starlet, world traveler, and aspiring autobiographer who wants to take over her life. And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.
With Mrs. Amberson calling the shots, Spencer’s career to save, Lola’s love life to navigate around, and Marlene’s prying eyes everywhere, things won’t be easy. Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery, Broadway glamour, romantic missteps, and theatrical deception.

I read Suite Scarlett so many times, after getting this book. The way Maureen describes Scarlett's life is awesome. The characters seem real and so do the scenarios Scarlett has to go through. People who love to act, who love hotels, and who love New York will love this book. You get to know the characters as if they were your own friends, and you feel the emotions that rage through the story. All of Maureen's previous books are awesome and with Suite Scarlett she takes it up a notch. You can find out Maureen's other books and read her blog at

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cessie said...

I did not know this writer before reading your entry here but the book sounds great! Will be on the lookout for it!

Khy said...