Author: Barbara Josselsohn
Source: Bookouture ( Netgalley )
Goodreads: When Laurel loses out on her dream job in New York she has no idea what she’s supposed to do next. So when her father asks her to return home to Lake Summers to look after his inn for the holiday season, she can’t believe her luck. The Cranberry Inn, with its grand fireplace, twinkly lights and candlelit hallways, is the perfect place for her and her eight-year-old son to enjoy a stress-free Christmas.
But Laurel is shocked to return home to find her father gone and the inn in disrepair. Seeing the worn-out wooden bannisters and faded paint she immediately recruits her childhood friend, brooding local carpenter Joel, to help her transform it before any guests arrive. As Laurel and Joel get closer tending to the rickety old house, Joel admits that Laurel was his first crush, and one beautiful moonlit night she is sure she is falling for him.
Until Laurel uncovers a card with beautiful ornate writing amongst her father’s things and she learns the real reason he disappeared. Worse still, Joel knew the truth all along. Laurel thought she’d never leave The Cranberry Inn again, but will this secret and the actions of the man she loves send her back to New York for good?
Ope’s Opinion: This a sweet holiday story. The cover really drew me in and it just got better from there! The more I read the more I wanted to visit this Inn for the holidays.
As usual, I enjoyed the renovations of the Inn. It was a nice way to have Laurel and Joel meet up and spend time together. The romance was very slow moving, which is how I like it. During this busy time of year, this was a great get away that was easy to pick after I needed to put it down.