Review: How Not to Run A B&B by Bobby Hutchinson

I'd have been gone at "semen stains" but this writer is made of sterner stuff.


How Not to Run A B&B by Bobby Hutchinson
Unabridged Audiobook 
Released April 2017
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Bobby Hutchinson, a bestselling Harlequin writer, decides to open a B&B in Vancouver, B.C., when sales of romance novels falter. Despite never having stayed in a B&B and knowing absolutely nothing about running one, she jumps right in. Strange people from nearby and halfway around the world arrive at her home with their stories and struggles, not to mention their baggage, psychological and otherwise.

Each chapter is peppered with a humor, a little tragedy and many life lessons (but mostly humor). There are sure fire breakfast recipes guaranteed to turn out even if the cook is half asleep.

In explaining why she opened a B&B, she says, "I was far too old for prostitution, the only other job I could think of which might net enough to pay the mortgage."

My Thoughts:

Well, this book may have just shattered all of my lofty dreams of winning the lottery, buying an old haunted Victorian, converting it into to a B&B and becoming the new Norma Bates.


I always thought people checked in, did their own thing, ate breakfast with their companions and then went on their merry way. That’s what I always did when visiting a B&B but I guess I was doing it very wrong. Perhaps I am terribly anti-social because just thinking about having to entertain strangers and chit-chatting them up the way this lady did makes me want to crawl into a ball and hide forever. I also know I could not clean up a stranger’s body fluid with an old toothbrush. If ever I found myself googling “how to remove a semen stain” I’d consider myself stuck in one of the circles of hell and would throw in the towel (and probably throw away the sheets). She jumps in full steam and keeps going.

I give this lady a lot of credit for attempting something new and frightening when her romance novel sales started to decline and she needed help with the mortgage payments. She had never even stayed at a B&B before but figured it’d be some easy money. She can cook, she loves people and she knows how to clean sheets with the help of Google. What could go wrong?!

This wasn’t exactly the book I thought it was going to be strictly going from the title but it was close enough and it kept me entertained. It’s really not about the first time mistakes made by a new B&B owner with zero experience. Those are sprinkled in along with all of the vignettes about her dating/social life, her woo-woo views on spirituality (we are living in some sort of dream world?) and her guests and neighbors who are, uh, colorful.



She is, in my opinion, a little too truthful in her telling. Maybe I’m too secretive but were it me, I would’ve definitely left some things out. That last awful interlude with her elderly neighbor. Ouch. That one hurt my heart. And then there’s the fact that she is 61, twice divorced, has three grown sons and should really know much better than to sleep with one of her guests after only knowing him a day or so. What the hell, you only live once, right? She goes for it because she doesn’t know when or if she’ll be propositioned again. I found that a little worrisome. He could’ve been any number of horrible things; riddled with disease, a serial killer, a nose picker or even a cat kicker. How would she know after only a conversation or two?! She then goes on to detail what a terrible experience it was for her because it was over in 16 seconds and he wasn’t up for another round. Ha, she soon realized why his ex-wife didn’t want to have sex with him. I don’t think I needed to know any of that even if it did amuse me. It was all a little TMI for my delicate constitution and then she had to be nice to him?!


There are several recipes included that I am entirely too lazy to make but if you’re into that you’ll enjoy them. None of them are vegan because even though she states that she’s a vegan/vegetarian (uh, pick one!) at the beginning of the book, and that she doesn’t want bacon tainting her house, soon after she whips up some eggs. Methinks she is a little bit confused about the vegan word but my kid was vegan for years so I know it doesn't mean cooking with eggs. Or cow's milk. Or butter.


Other than that, it was a nice enough way to spend my ride for a few days. Narrator Randye Kaye does a professional job and has a musical delivery to her voice and also the ability to deepen her voice for the men.


I received a copy of this book from Tantor Media. Thanks, Tantor!

Comments

  1. This sounds kind of crazy and while it might be interested, my life is all kinds of crazy on its own now so I think I'll skip it. I am curious though.

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    1. It was crazy. I hope your life settles down but I hear you on that!

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  2. It sounds funny to me. I already know I would never open a BnB and have to deal with people. Nope, not me. lol

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    1. It was definitely amusing and scared me off one of my silly dreams for the future.

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  3. I've always wanted to own a small Inn or B&B. Might change my mind after reading this. Must add this one to my summer reading pile!

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    1. You will definitely change your mind after reading this. Especially if you are introvert.

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  4. I am kind of curious about this one...lol

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  5. I've never wanted to run a B & B, but I wouldn't mind inheriting an old Victorian mansion that may or may not be haunted. (And enough money to fix it up at the same time, of course!) Then, on weekends, I could run a ghost tour, or two, just for fun. :)

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  6. Now this sounds different. It does sound like this lady looks at life quite differently that I do but it could be interesting.

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    1. It was most definitely interesting and a little weird.

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  7. Well, dammit, dreams crushed! But this sounds like such a fabulous and unusual read.

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    1. Seriously & forever crushed! That lifestyle sounded like hell to me :) I think she may have saved me a lot of pain & suffering with this book.

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