Moonlight Over Mayfair is a truly delightful tale that sweeps you up in the enchanting magic that is day-to-day life in the Buckingham hotel in London. There’s never a dull day for the staff at this place, and whilst we’re used to hearing of maids, butlers, bell boys, etc. in a hotel, what makes the Buckingham special is the ballroom and all the incredible dancers that perform there. The most famous dancer is Raymond, who is currently in the U.S. being tempted by the call of Hollywood. As the other dancers carry on without him, his girlfriend; Nancy, continues to feel his absence in the walls of the hotel as she continues her work as a housemaid. Luckily her brother starting work at the hotel, has lifted her spirits and keeps her busy!
The prologue lets the readers know that disaster at the Buckingham is imminent but how did it happen, why did it happen and who is behind it all?
As the early chapters sweep you back to earlier months, this sense of foreboding was prominent in my mind. It wasn’t even that I had a feeling something bad would happen, I knew it would but I never knew which chapter it would appear in! I was drawn into the events building up to it and I had my detective cap on looking for clues!
There are so many different characters for you to fall in love with and I was particularly drawn to Hélène’s story, which tugged at my heartstrings and filled me with intrigue.
Like a dance, this story has been carefully constructed, bringing together the finest twists and all of the individual side stories to create a fluid plot that moves with both passion and elegance.
Anton definitely has a skill at combining his love for dance with his talent for creating mesmerising fictional locations and charming characters – it’s a match made in heaven.
Whilst this book has been out a while, if you haven’t read it yet, I can’t think of a better time to grab this than in these autumnal months, wrapped up in a blanket with a hot chocolate – bliss!
Moonlight Over Mayfair is out now in paperback and eBook versions from Zaffre, I was very kindly gifted a copy of this book through Readers First – if you haven’t checked out this website yet and you live in the UK, I would highly recommend it!
Until next time, Chloé