Poor Katie Jones is suffering from wanderlust. Problem is, she can’t quit her job at the fabulous Windamere hotel in San Diego to chase it. She decides to mix things up with a handful of female employees frustrated with their stale lives. The luxury hotel is on the ocean. Why not start an employee rowing team? It’s a good idea on paper. A very bad idea when executed. The Windamere is not the well-oiled machine Katie thinks it is. There is a loud rumbling beneath the calm surface controlled by Simon Simples, the eccentric and misanthropic General Manager with low expectations of his employees. He has a nasty habit of using dirty tricks to destroy people who challenge his authority. When strong-willed Katie becomes his target, let the games begin!


Salvador SeBasco ***** (5 out of 5 stars)

Member National Book Critics Circle


"Intriguing and alluring. Hickey's mastery is in his intellectual architecture and how the characters' entrenched motivations mesh together with synchronicity.

What I loved most is that no matter how much I tried to predict what would take place next, I was gladly proven wrong.

The real testament is that I still care about its characters, and that after 352 pages I am disappointed it had to end. And what a finish!."


AMAZON REVIEWS: (5 stars) *****


- Good story line, and interesting ending! I like the way the author blends together so many characters from so many different walks of life. Well written and kept my interest the whole way through.


- Barry James Hickey does it again going the distance with yet another book that kept me involved and entertained. He has a way of making the unlikable likable and the likable loveable with the way he builds and molds his characters. Just when I thought the storyline was heading in one direction, Mr. Hickey threw a curve and took me down a whole different road. Fun and deceit go a long way hand in hand in this daring and humorous book about starting a new life, making friends and coming to grips with one's compassion for others, no matter where they came from. Hickey has become my new favorite author. I can hardly wait to see what comes next!





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