Title: The Lobby
Author: Randi M. Sherman
Release Date: January 14, 2016 by FriesenPress
Welcome to The Shipley Hotel, where the perky and attentive staff provides the gold standard in artificial concern and comfort to all the colorful characters who pass through its polished brass revolving door and find themselves in The Lobby. Practically engineered for eavesdropping, San Francisco’s juiciest hotel lobby offers the perfect place to witness the comings and goings-and the most comedic intersections-of staff, long-term residents, and eclectic guests. Featuring over fifty stories all transpiring in a single twenty-four hour period and intersecting in the Shipley’s elegant lobby, readers will meet an eccentric and vast array of characters, most of whom will look awfully familiar and all of whom will speak to the heart. Employing acute skills in human observation and a keen understanding of the essential human needs-frequently unplanned and unexpected rendezvous, ready laughter at others’ expense, and maybe even a little love and acceptance-Randi M. Sherman’s unique wit and candor will surely make the reader sit up, stand up, roll over, or assume an interested leaning position and take notice. Get comfortable (on the exquisitely upholstered lobby couch) and spy on those checking in and out of the Shipley. Careful: you might just encounter a version of yourself among the ornate balconies and intricate woodwork.
Immediately after reading this title I thought of Mr. Moseby from the Suite Life of Zack and Cody standing around and yelling:
The book itself was mainly like a grown up version of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody in the best way possible. Randi M. Sherman really knows how to write a book that is quirky and fun. This book really had some great character development and the characters themselves were ones that seemed extremely realistic. Each and every character had human flaws as well as real life problems. This really showed the how complex life is for each and every one of us.
The way all of the stories flowed together intricately caused the reader to create a deep bond with the characters. You cry with them, you laugh with them, and most importantly you hang on to every drama-filled situation as it takes place hour by hour. These characters really portray the kind of struggles that happen in real life and the situations were handled in a very appropriate manner.
Mostly, this book makes you think about your own experiences in hotels and how one place can bring us all together but at the same time we will never fully know what is going on in their own lives.