Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
When their parents die in a tragic accident, Molly Bennett and her siblings pull together to fulfill their parents’ dream: turning their historic home back into an inn.
Adam Bradford (a.k.a. bestselling author Nathanial Grey) is a reclusive author with a bad case of writer’s block. Desperate for inspiration as his deadline approaches, he travels to a North Carolina lake town, the setting of his next novel. There he immediately meets his muse, a young innkeeper who fancies herself in love with his alter ego.
When Molly finds an old letter in the walls of her inn she embarks on a mission with Adam to find the star-crossed lovers and bring them the closure they deserve. But the guest she invites along has secrets of his own. Past and present collide as truths are revealed, and Molly and Adam will have to decide if love is worth trusting.
I jumped into my second Denise Hunter book for today’s blog tour stop, and I’m here to tell you that you need to add her to your list of go-to authors for those times you want to make a substantial emotional investment in some characters. I’ve also decided that reading her books is the literary equivalent of cozying up on the couch with some cocoa, a warm blanket, and a cuddly kitty.
Ok, so what was my favorite part? Probably Molly’s passion for finding the two people in the mystery letter. It was one of those situations that reminded me of the good in people, and I really needed that. But it wasn’t just Molly. All of the characters in this book resonated with me in some way. Paired with this unique storyline, it was a fantastic weekend escape. I’ve been reading a lot of books filled with heavy, heavy topics, and really needed a pick-me-up. Yes, these characters are going through some tough times and are on their own emotional roller coasters, but Hunter’s writing style made it a very fulfilling reading experience.
This is one of those books that I’m recommending to readers looking for a story that’s going to leave them with a smile. It’s a satisfying emotional journey, with perfectly flawed, perfectly human characters, and a gorgeous setting. Oh, and a bibliophile for a main character doesn’t hurt, either.
Book stats: paperback, 352 pages, Thomas Nelson, November 12, 2019