The Reluctant Hotelkeeper

A Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
266 Pages
Reviewed on 03/17/2019
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Author Biography

John Searancke was born in 1943 at Derby Royal Infirmary, and thus a war baby. He lived his early life in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, a market town in Leicestershire, and was sent away to be educated at Kings Mead Preparatory School, Seaford and afterwards at Rugby School. Later commissioned into the Territorial Army, he has been variously an hotel and restaurant owner, director and chairman of a marketing consortium, and latterly a partner with his wife in a commercial legal services company. He has enjoyed his working life in England and Switzerland and now lives with his wife Sally in West Sussex and northern Tenerife, where for five years he occupied himself as restaurant critic for a Canarian newspaper.
His first book, Dog Days in The Fortunate Islands, the stories of moving his family and dog to live on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean received much acclaim. It is available in paperback and e-book formats.
Prunes for Breakfast is his second book and records the life and times of his father throughout WW2, including a cache of unpublished personal letters with details of his landing in Normandy, fighting through the bocage and later capture and incarceration in a German POW Camp. It is available in in paperback, e-book and audio formats.
The Reluctant Hotelkeeper is his third book and forms a prequel to Dog Days in The Fortunate Islands. It is available in paperback and e-book formats.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Reluctant Hotelkeeper by John Searancke is an engaging memoir that takes readers into the life of the author who ended up reluctantly being a hotelkeeper, and how his rescue mission ended up being a love affair with an old building. His parents had bought the place in the countryside to save their crumbling marriage, and the author was pulled into this venture when he was just 22. The role of a hotelkeeper is not as easy as many think because the reality of life in a hotel is very different, and the hours required to make it a success are punishing. The memoir is also a tribute to all the people who worked behind the scenes and helped in making this grand transformation a huge success.

The memoir is straightforward and honest, entertaining and insightful, and the author opens up about the difficulties he faced, and how he managed to keep his faith in long-term planning. There are a lot of interesting stories about eccentric guests, how many guests who checked in should not have been seen together at all, and how it ended up being one of the favored stops for a number of celebrities. The author goes through the entire process, speaking about transforming the hotel methodically and in detail, taking readers along with him and his experiences while getting the old building renovated to cater to the needs of a modern traveler. There is not one boring moment in this memoir and the positive narration and outlook make this memoir an encouraging and motivating read. The author's story and experiences are enriching, and the ups and downs of his life and the accolades he received for the hotel and its restaurant will encourage many readers out there to become hotelkeepers.

Margaret Daly

I too found this book to be an exciting and was engrossed in the descriptions of the day to day going ons at the hotel.