The Beautiful Strangers by Camille Di Maio

The Beautiful Strangers

A legendary hotel on the Pacific becomes a haven where dreams, love, and a beguiling mystery come alive.1958. Kate Morgan, tethered to her family’s failing San Francisco restaurant, is looking for an escape. She gets her chance by honoring a cryptic plea from her grandfather: find the beautiful stranger. The search takes her to Hotel del Coronado, the beachfront landmark on the Southern California coast where filming is underway on the movie So...

Details The Beautiful Strangers

TitleThe Beautiful Strangers
Release DateMar 5th, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Reviews The Beautiful Strangers

  • Erin
    Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Kate Morgan is a dreamer and feels there is more to life than just working at her parent's San Francisco restaurant. It is 1958 and when the grandfather that she adores encourages her to seek out " the beautiful stranger" at Hotel del Coronado. Deciding to take a risk, Kate pawns her grandmother's ring and heads out on the train. Although her adv...
  • Brandice
    The Beautiful Strangers is a historical fiction novel predominately set in the 1950s in California. Kate Morgan lives in San Francisco with her family but craves more. She is drawn to the lifestyle of Southern California with its beaches and Hollywood glamour. Her grandfather is growing old and suffers from dementia though Kate still gives him more credit than most people do. He tells Kate to find the beautiful stranger. With encouragement from h...
  • Lisa
    The Beautiful Strangers is as delightful as a warm chocolate chip cookieSUMMARYThe luxury beachfront Hotel Del Coronado becomes the mecca for two women sixty years apart. In 1928, a woman died tragically on the hotel steps leading to the beach and she still haunts the hotel today. Not many know her story. In 1958, Kate Morgan works in her family’s failing San Francisco restaurant and she’s looking for a way out. Kate’s grandfather, sufferin...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Kate Morgan didn’t want to spend her entire life frying fish in her family’s restaurant so with her grandfather’s insistence, she sold her grandmother’s ring, took the money, and went to the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California, to work in the kitchen on a set for the movie SOME LIKE IT HOT.Kate was anxious as she left and especially as she continued on her journey that none of her family knew she had taken. As she traveled, her su...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    / 5The Beautiful Strangers is another amazing book from the talented Camille Di Maio!What it's about: It is 1958 and Kate Morgan wants more for her life than working in her family's restaurant in San Francisco. So when her grandfather's failing health sends her on a search to find "the beautiful stranger," she finds herself pawning her grandmother's ring and setting off for the Hotel del Coronado. Some Like It Hot is being filmed when she arrives...
  • Bren
    “Find her. Find the Beautiful stranger”. This is the plea that Kate Morgan’s grandfather makes to her. Kate has no idea what he’s talking about but she know she has to honor this request. The journey she is about to take will transform her forever.This gorgeous piece of historical fiction will appeal to many different types of people I’m sure. It is a mystery. It is a ghost story. It is a story about old Hollywood. (Marilyn Monroe makes...
  • Jillian
    I liked this book it was a quick read . It’s about a girl named Kate Morgan and she leaves her family in San Francisco to get a job at hotel del coranato. There a movie being shot there a Marilyn Monroe movie ,some like it hot. There’s a bit of romance , a bit of mystery, a ghost and Marilyn Monroe . I really did like it but I never would have read it if it didn’t come in my once upon a book box so I got some fun treats as I read . I’m gl...
  • Tahera
    First of all I want to thank Netgalley, Lake Union publishing and the author for providing me with the e-ARC of this lovely historical fiction set in the 1950s. I read this book way back in April but never got around to writing a review for it so here I am finally attempting one.Kate Morgan has always felt that life has a lot more to offer her than just working around the clock in her family's failing seafood restaurant in San Francisco. She gets...
    This is my second novel from @camilledimaio and I'm stunned and overwhelmed by the amazing writings from her! I really can say that whatever you read from Camille it won't be a regret, she really has ability to put your mind in the book and concentrate you in her fabulous acts of the story, a truly queen of Historical Fiction books!!.The descriptions of the book are so perfect and the characters are interesting and very well connected! The differ...
  • Judy Collins
    Check out my Q&A Elevator Ride with Camille and learn the inspiration behind this fascinating novel and fun facts about the author! One of my favorite authors, Camille Di Maio returns following The Way of Beauty with her latest "THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS". Set in the legendary iconic Hotel Del Coronado in Southern California between the timeline of 1892 and 1958, the author masterfully blends fact and fiction. From the real-life Kate Morton (a ...
  • Fiona Davis
    Another beautiful, lyrical story by Camille Di Maio. The setting is exquisite and so original, and I love the way she wove fact and fiction together. Lots of surprises and a really satisfying read. Highly recommended.
  • Barbara White
    THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS is a glorious historical novel--dual timeline--that hit all my sweet spots as a reader. It has a stunning real-life setting, a touch of darkness, a family mystery, a ghost, a love interest with a heart of gold, and two strong heroines who have the courage to seek more from life. The appearance of Marilyn Monroe as a secondary character is a bonus. At the heart of this story is the legendary Hotel del Coronado, which was Ho...
  • Tammy
    The Beautiful Strangers is the perfect blend of fact and fiction and told from 2 different viewpoints. Kate Morgan, the ghost of the Del Coronado Hotel in 1892 and Kate Morgan, a young woman on location to work on the movie set of Some Like It Hot in 1958. The 1958 Kate has moved to San Diego to figure out the family connection with the hotel and why she shares a name with the ghost of the Del Coronado. Camille Di Maio expertly weaves history, my...
  • Barbara Sissel
    Expertly capturing the postwar world of the mid-1950’s, THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS, is a delightful story of one young woman’s determined flight from home to find the answer to a riddle posed by her ailing grandfather. The setting, featuring California’s famous old Hotel Del Coronado, is lush and as beautifully depicted as the roster of its guests in those days, involving any number of famous movie stars, plus one ghost, who may hold the key t...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    The Beautiful Stranger is a perfect feel-good book. Perfect if you like ghost stories, love stories, and old Hollywood movies. As a big fan of the movie Some Like it Hot was I thrilled that the setting of the book took place at Hotel del Coronado where the movie is being filmed. Which meant that movie stars like Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and last, but not least, Marilyn Monore. Storywise must I say that some parts were better than others, I loved...
  • Kimberly Mussell
    What a beautiful story! The story of Kate Farmer Morgan will break your heart and also make your heart smile. Kate Morgan, granddaughter of George, is such a strong willed woman. I was extremely happy with the ending of this novel and had a smile on my face. This story had mystery, love, sadness and overall joy! Five stars all around.
  • Melissa
    I have been a fan of Camille DiMaio's books ever since I picked up The Memory of Us. With The Beautiful Strangers, she shows once again what a skilled writer she truly is. While this novel has a lighter feel than her previous three (with a sprinkling of sad scenes), it's still compelling and there's even a mystery involved. I really enjoyed the visualizations, as well as the relationships between the characters. I even learned some new things abo...
  • Amy
    4.5/5DiMaio wrote one of my favorite HF last year, The Way of Beauty so I’ve been eagerly awaiting her latest since then. When I read the blurb for this and realized it was set in the late fifties while a movie was being filmed I was even more excited and I’m thrilled to say that I loved this one just as much as TWOB!This is told via dual perspectives, Kate as she sets out on her own for the first time in her life and the other POV is so uniq...
  • Jennifer
    I love this book. I love how it is set in San Francisco and San Diego. I will definitely read more books by Camille Di Maio, she is an excellent storyteller and I love her writing style.
  • Susan Peterson
    A beautiful location, a captivating story of love and destiny, movie stars, and a ghost...what’s not to love? Author Camille Di Maio has written an entertaining but poignant book about a young girl who takes a chance by leaving her family and her future in San Francisco to go to San Diego, specifically the Hotel Del Coronado. What follows is a romantic, charming, and touching story of following one’s heart, as well as the mystery and secrets ...
  • Rebecca Rosenberg
    Haunting, Informative, Page-turner, Romantic, Tear-jerker. Beautiful Strangers straddles two fully-imagined worlds, both of which intrigue us with their compelling stories. At the center is Hotel Del Coronado with its glamorous past and the movie stars who sought refuge there. Camille Di Maio draws us into the story through the love of a granddaughter and her grandfather with Alzheimers, that won't quite let him explain what she is searching for ...
  • Rochelle Weinstein
    "Great love stories make your heart pound, your dreams soar, and your sense of daring heighten as you risk all for the person who put fire into your life.”Camille Di Maio’sThe Beautiful Strangerswill captivate fans of historical fiction and anyone wishing to lose themselves in a beautiful love story. Set in the elegant 1950s Hotel del Coronado, the novel follows Kate Morgan on a courageous journey to findthe beautiful stranger, a woman whose ...
  • Chanel Cleeton
    A spellbinding mystery set against the backdrop of the glamorous Hotel del Coronado and the filming of Some Like it Hot. Readers will travel back in time as they're thoroughly immersed in this fascinating period in history which is so eloquently depicted with Di Maio's rich attention to detail. Fans of historical fiction will love The Beautiful Strangers!
  • Melike
    Kate Morgan dreams about escaping her mundane life in San Fransisco and when her ailing grandfather who suffers from dementia encourages her to find the beautiful stranger she decides to do it. She arrives in San Diego to work at the Hotel Del Coronado. She finds a job, meets movie stars, falls in love and learns all about the hotel ghost. Camille Di Maio expertly weaves this delightful story together. I was transported to Hotel del Coronado in t...
  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    4.5 bright shiny stars for Camille DiMaio’s fourth novel, one that I humbly believe is her best yet! In The Beautiful Strangers, we are taken on a journey to to Coronado, California during the filming of Some Like it Hot! While Kate Morgan is the real star of this story, along with her grandfather George & co-worker Sean, cameos from Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon will surely bring a smile to your face. As Camille has a knack for, re...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    Thanks to #NetGalley #LakeUnionPublishing for a free copy of #TheBeautifulStrangers by Camille Di Maio in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The legendary Hotel Del Coronado off the coast of San Diego, California is the picturesque and glamorous setting for this story of a ghost, movie stars, mystery, chasing a dream, and romance. In 1958, Kate Morton, a teenager living in San Francisco, seizes her chance to escape from the d...
  • Jypsy
    It's an okay read. Kind of typical dreamy romantic feel to it. I prefer stories that are truly unique.
  • Julie
    As a kid we stayed at the Hotel De Coronado and I remember loving it. Of course the rich history of it alluded me then but if I were to go back I would want to know more about it. Ms. Di Maio does that with this book. She gives you some history of the hotel, the ghost and the making of a classic Hollywood film. In it though lies a family’s history that is about to be unraveled. Kate is a wonderful and endearing character that will have you root...
  • Davida Chazan
    What do you get when you combine a Hollywood movie set and a ghost? One thing you might get is Camille Di Maio’s newest novel “The Beautiful Strangers” where she combines these two things with a young woman looking to help her grandfather solve a mystery, while also wanting to strike out on her own. Find out from my latest #bookreview what I thought of this historical, biographical novel.
  • Pam
    Fans of the author, historical fiction — especially Hollywood related, and ghost stories will enjoy this. I liked the ghost story aspect best. This wasn’t my favorite book of this author. But a quick read.