A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies by Ellen Cooney
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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.

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About Ellen Cooney

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Ellen Cooney is the author of five previous novels, most recently Gun Ball Hill, a story rooted in the unrest in the American Colonies just before the Revolutionary War. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Story, and The New England Review, among many other publications. She has taught creative writing at MIT, Boston College, and Harvard University. She lives in Phippsburg, Maine.
Published January 23, 2007 by Anchor. 322 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Playing out in Boston during the freezing winter of 1900, Cooney's sixth novel (after Gun Ball Hill ) has a steamy premise—a proper young lady winds up at a hotel where female guests are visited at night by handsome young men—but an emotionally distant execution keeps titillation to a minimum.

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Former invalid Charlotte Heath runs away from home when she finds her husband with another woman.

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Charlotte Heath, married to the stuffy scion of a family of lawyers and financiers in suburban Boston, is struggling to recover from a ''brain disease.'' Leaving the house on a snowy winter day for the first time in 10 months to race her beloved chestnut horses around the town square, she see...

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