Prologue

Buck Sisters Handed Keys to the Hamelin Hotel

Eccentric hotelier Maxwell Hamelin has always been known for his unconventional approach to hotel ownership, but his latest business decision has set more tongues wagging than ever. As he approaches eighty years old, and after fifty years of personally owning and managing his flagship New York hotel, he has handed the reins over – but not to a business partner, and not even to his daughter, 50-year-old socialite Regina Buck.

No, Hamelin has handed the hotel that made him his fortune directly to his two young granddaughters.

At just twenty-one and twenty-four – Hamelin made the announcement at the twenty-first birthday party of youngest Buck sister Esme – the blonde beauties are no strangers to the spotlight, but they're certainly strangers to the hotel business.

"I have every faith in my granddaughters," Hamelin insisted when questioned. "I'm confident that they'll handle the changeover beautifully, and I'm sure they'll do a wonderful job with the place."

Hamelin also refuted some initial claims that he is trying to revamp the hotel's classic, quietly elegant image by handing it over to the two young socialites, and assured press that his other hotel, The Hamelin Shores Resort in North Carolina, will remain in the hands of its current manager, Jack Brewster. It remains to be seen how the Buck girls will cope with their new responsibilities, or indeed how their mother will respond to the snub, but one thing is for sure – Maxwell Hamelin has not lost his ability to surprise.

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SPOTTED: Playboy Tristan Labourdette partying the night away at his twenty-second birthday party in his parents' hotel, The Luxe.