Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: The Innkeeper's Sister by Linda Goodnight

The Innkeeper's Sister
by Linda Goodnight

Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Welcome to Honey Ridge, Tennessee, where Southern hospitality and sweet peach tea beckon, and where long-buried secrets lead to some startling realizations

Grayson Blake always has a purpose and never a moment to lose. He's come home to Honey Ridge to convert a historic gristmill into a restaurant, but his plans crumble like Tennessee clay when the excavation of a skeleton unearths a Civil War mystery and leads him back to a beautiful and familiar stranger.

Once a ballet dancer, now co-owner of the Peach Orchard Inn, Valery Carter harbors pain as deep as the secrets buried beneath the mill. A bright facade can't erase her regrets any more than a glass of bourbon can restore what she's lost. But spending time with Grayson offers Valery a chance to let go of her past and imagine a happier future. And with the discovery of hidden messages in aged sheet music, both their hearts begin to open. Bound by attraction, and compelled to resolve an old crime that links the inn and the mill, Grayson and Valery encounter a song of hurt, truth, and hope.

Kritters Thoughts:  The third in a series and as I said before I believe that in this series you need to start at square one, so if you haven't read this series from the beginning and want to stay away from any spoilers, you may want to avoid this review.

Ok.  I am officially in love with this series and in the deepest part of my heart I want it to go on for a long time!  Each book so far has had two story lines, one in the present about an innkeeper and her occupants and her family with this one focusing on her sister and then a historical storyline that started during the Civil War and has now taken it into Emancipation time and the effects on the people of the country with this change in how things work.  

In this book in particular, I loved the relationship between the two stories and loved that they really connected, but at the same time I felt as though the historical storyline was lacking until the very end when three chapters in a row focused on that part of the story.  In the previous books the chapters and stories flowed and seemed equal, as in both previous books I loved both stories I was disappointed that the historical storyline felt a little backburner.  

What helped for me in this book was that I more than completely adored the present storyline.  We had met Valery in the previous two books, so it was so easy to sink into her story and get completely attached to her and her journey.  I loved learning more about her and even Julia the innkeeper through her sister's story.  

I hope there are more books to come, does anyone know if there is more after this?

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2017 Challenge: 25 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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