Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen
In this humorous and engaging account of how an admittedly asocial retired school teacher reinvents herself as an Innkeeper, the author candidly writes about her challenging twenty year journey of self-discovery. In 1994, at the age of 64 with no business experience and very little start-up money, she buys a turn-of-the-century mansion in Louisville, Kentucky on a whim and turns it into a charming Victorian Inn. Through sheer tenacity, she learns the business while successfully negotiating with maintenance men to city officials, fire codes to blackout shades, and housekeepers to hundreds of guests. The reader is drawn into that journey as the author deftly wields her way around cantankerous contractors, harrowing housekeepers and no shortage of strange and interesting visitors and events. Through her collected stories, the savvy and humorous business woman gives the reader a personal, in-depth, and honest look at what it's like to be an Innkeeper and still retain your sense of humor.

Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen Details

TitleOperatic Divas and Naked Irishmen
Author
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 6th, 2017
PublisherSW Press
Number of pages256 pages
Rating
GenreAutobiography, Memoir

Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen Review

  • Fiona Phillips
    July 8, 2017
    Moving into the hotel trade at any time is quite a feat, but at the age of 64 and in an unfamiliar city? Nancy Hinchliff regales the reader with the hilarious ups and dramatic downs as she turns a run down period house into a Victorian inn to be proud of. Nancy provides us with an honest, and undeniably charming, account of the struggles and triumphs of her time as an innkeeper. It is a revealingly personal account of what it took to get her business and her new home off the ground and ultimate Moving into the hotel trade at any time is quite a feat, but at the age of 64 and in an unfamiliar city? Nancy Hinchliff regales the reader with the hilarious ups and dramatic downs as she turns a run down period house into a Victorian inn to be proud of. Nancy provides us with an honest, and undeniably charming, account of the struggles and triumphs of her time as an innkeeper. It is a revealingly personal account of what it took to get her business and her new home off the ground and ultimately how it enriched her life. Each chapter recounts a different experience in her journey – hiring/firing/more hiring of staff, the demands of eccentric guests, and the occasional naked Irishman to spice up the mix – along with a delicious, related recipe. I’ll definitely be trying the Grand Marnier French Toast. Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper’s Tale is an engrossing, warm and delightful read that I was reluctant to put down. An excellent book to lose yourself in.
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  • Barbara Santarelli
    June 15, 2017
    I look forward to reading all the memoirists in my cohort Publishers ( She Writes Press) group. This is the fifth and a whimsical pick. It took a couple of chapters to finally let go and enter Nancy's story. Once I did, I was entertained and fascinated by the hard work and challenges of an Inn Keeper. Her human interest stories kept me reading and her collection of recipes might make an independent cook book for those who love to entertain. Through it all, she shares a vulnerability that is ende I look forward to reading all the memoirists in my cohort Publishers ( She Writes Press) group. This is the fifth and a whimsical pick. It took a couple of chapters to finally let go and enter Nancy's story. Once I did, I was entertained and fascinated by the hard work and challenges of an Inn Keeper. Her human interest stories kept me reading and her collection of recipes might make an independent cook book for those who love to entertain. Through it all, she shares a vulnerability that is endearing and relatable. An enjoyable escape .
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  • Nancy Hinchliff
    July 20, 2017
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