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The Beautiful Strangers

The Beautiful Strangers is as delightful as a warm chocolate chip cookie.



The luxury beachfront Hotel Del Coronado becomes the mecca for two women sixty years apart. In 1928, a woman died tragically on the hotel steps leading to the beach and she still haunts the hotel today. Not many know her story. In 1958, Kate Morgan works in her family’s failing San Francisco restaurant and she’s looking for a way out. Kate’s grandfather, suffering from dementia, begs his granddaughter to go to San Diego and find “the beautiful stranger.” Kate, risking her family’s wrath makes the perilous and expensive journey. The search takes her to the hotel were filming is underway for the movie Some Like it Hot. For Kate, a movie lover, this is a dream come true. She is offered a position at the hotel and even finds romance along the way. Remembering her grandfather’s plea, Kate searches for the beautiful stranger and finds much more than she ever imagined.


A beautiful historical fiction story with a beautiful setting at the glamorous Hotel Del Coronado. The story was as delightful as a warm chocolate chip cookie. THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS is a just perfect blend of characters, setting and story. Everything fits.

I particularly loved the overlay of the stories of the two women at the hotel and the unique way author Camille Di Maio told the story. The portion of the story told by the beautiful stranger added great depth and value to the book. Di Maio’s writing was smooth and her descriptions were vivid. One of my favorite parts was when Kate first met Sean at the Coronado ferry. I think fell in love with Sean when he grabbed Kate’s hand on the ferry and took her to feed the seagulls. Just what she needed, what a guy!

Camille Di Maio lives in San Antonio, Texas and her other books include The Memory of Us (2016), Before the Rain Falls (2017) and The Way of Beauty (2018) Thanks to Netgalley, Camille Di Maio and Lake Union Publishing for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Lake Union Publishing

Published March 5, 2019

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