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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Innkeeper's Sister by Linda Goodnight

Setting: Honey Ridge, Tennessee
Genre: Contemporary Romance With a Historic Twist
Publisher: HQN
Release Date: July 25, 2017

The Innkeeper's Sister continues where The Memory House left off. Julia, her new husband, and her stepson are off to a great start as a new family unit. Valery, Julie's sister, owns Peach Orchard Inn with her sister. While her sister's great love is being an innkeeper, Valery's first love has always been dance. Her past, however, makes sure the demons stay hot on her case. Valery is certain that happiness is not in the cards. Not only that, but Valery doesn't feel she deserves to find happiness outside of the bourbon she drinks all too regularly.

Grayson remembers Valery from his years as a nerdy teen. He's always found her attractive. He'd like nothing more than to get to know her. When he learns his brother's purchased the remains of the old grist mill, Grayson finds himself staying across the street at Peach Orchard Inn. This puts him close to Valery for the first time in years. He'd love to see if there's something more there, but Valery is determined to push him away before they ever have a chance to find out.

As was true in the last novel, readers get treated to the current romance, but there's a mystery to solve too. Secrets that have been long hidden resurface and lead Grayson on a quest to uncover the truth behind what's found in his grist mill and the haunting sheet music he finds in the inn.

This is another beautifully written, very atmospheric romance from Linda Goodnight. I love the seamless blend of past and present. I'm never huge on historical romance, but if she released one in this setting, I'd be first in line.

My feelings towards The Innkeeper's Sister are a little bittersweet. I get the impression this is it for the sisters, but I'm not ready to say goodbye. I want more. While the author hints she may return to their stories in the future, I want more now. I was that addicted to both stories. I loved the characters, loved the setting, and really don't want that chapter, so to speak, to come to an end.

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