Waiting on Wednesday [213] – THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL by Heather O’Neill

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share upcoming books that you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers.

This week’s pick is diverging slightly from my normal read. I can’t really tell from the description whether or not there are any speculative elements in this story, but it sounds amazing anyway:

The Lonely Hearts HotelWith echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans in love with each other since they can remember whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart one’s origins. It might also take true love.

Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen.

Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city’s underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes after years of searching and desperate poverty the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they’ll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same.

With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather O’Neill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell.


The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill releases in February 2017 from Riverhead Books. Whether or not there is actual “magic” in this story, it sounds magical, if you know what I mean. Plus I’m a sucker for anything to do with the circus.

Let me know what you’re waiting on:-)

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Posted September 7, 2016 by Tammy in Waiting on Wednesday / 19 Comments


19 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday [213] – THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL by Heather O’Neill

  1. Sounds interesting but I’ll have to see some reviews before deciding if it might be for me or not. I still haven’t read The Night Circus and I’ve owned the hardback for years! I think the cover is really pretty though and hope you enjoy it!
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    • Tammy

      I do love this cover, and despite the words “lonely hearts” which immediately makes me think of a romance, I think I’m going to love this:-)

  2. You’re so right about the “magical” bit. Sometimes you read a book’s blurb, and you think, “Oh my goodness. I HAVE to read this.” That just happened to me here, so I added The Lonely Hearts Hotel to my Goodreads shelf. Thanks for letting us know about it!

    • Tammy

      I just found out about this book myself (and now I can’t even remember where I saw it) but I’m so glad I did:-)

    • Tammy

      I can’t get enough of the circus genre, and this one sounds strange and different!

  3. This book sounds BEYOND amazing. I am seriously in love with the cover as well!! Basically this book has the potential to be the complete perfect package <3 Thank you so much for featuring it and introducing me to another must have book 🙂

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  4. I think a step out of character is just the ticket some times and this sounds amazing. I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for this one.
    Lynn 😀

  5. Yes, this looks interesting! These days I tend to get really nervous about blurbs that mention The Night Circus though – I enjoyed TNC, but too many publishers abuse comparisons to it nowadays, much like they do with Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter 😛
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