This book just looked so delightful, plus I love reading about grand hotels with fabulous interior. And it was such a fun book!
Meet Stefan, he is the kitchen porter aka the one who can dream about cakes and pies… but actually just have to fetch/carry, clean clean and more clean. I felt for poor Stefan but I was happy that he didn’t let his situation interfere with his dreams. He has quite big dreams in which he makes all the cakes and wins the prices. I was definitely rooting for this little boy to make his dreams come true.
One day the Hotel gets a letter that the infamous Duchess will be visiting for the grand ball (the hotel is 100 years old, hip hip hooray). I say infamous because as we can read the duchess is now for being picky… and shutting down hotels she doesn’t like. Yep. Nobody in the Grand Hotel wants that of course and so we see a big flurry of activity as the people at the hotel try to do everything they can to make the party a success, and then especially pleasing the duchess. Poor Stefan wants to help and I disliked how they all just send him away instead of asking him for his help. I get that he is a kitchen porter, but you could at least treat him much nicer.
I did think it is hilarious that none of these people ever heard of an alarmclock. They all rely on the others. 😛
The duchess was indeed eh, I wasn’t a fan of her. Though, sure, I would also be highly pissed off if someone did that to me. So on that note I could understand, the rest not so much.
I loved the ending and what a fantastic one it was. Man, I was hungry looking at that giant thing that took 2 pages! Glitters, sparkles, umbrellas, chocolate, and more. I was so happy for Stefan, and he deserves it all. I am keeping this delightfully vague. You will just have to read the book to see what Stefan did and what happens next.
I really loved the art in this one, it was so much fun and the details were amazing!
All in all, I had fun reading this one and I would recommend it.