The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane
Includes a Bonus Novella
by Jeannie Chin
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Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 26 Dec 2022
June Wu always has it all together—only now, she’s in over her head. Her family’s inn desperately needs guests, her mother’s medical debts are piling up, and the surly, if sexy, stranger next door is driving away the customers she has left! When he asks for June’s help, though, she can’t say no. After all, his new bar could be just what the upcoming Pumpkin Festival needs to bring in more tourists. But with the fierce attraction between them, will working together be playing with fire?
Ex-soldier Clay Hawthorne prefers being on his own. He’s moved to Blue Cedar Falls for one reason—to carry out his best friend’s dream of opening a bar in the hometown he’ll now never return to. But the town’s business association is trying to stop Clay’s progress. June soon becomes his biggest supporter, and while their partnership is supposed to be only temporary, for the first time Clay wants something permanent—with June. Can two total opposites really learn to meet each other in the middle?
Includes the bonus novella Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs by Annie Rains!
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Average rating from 88 members
Small town? Check.
Enemies to loves? Check.
Grumpy hero? Check.
This was just the Hallmark-esque book that I needed in my life, and with so much more diversity than a Hallmark movie. I loved how sweet this book was, but also how genuine the issues in the characters lives were at the same time.
Thank you NetGalley & Forever for the ARC!
Clay Hawthorne is an ex soldier who is gruff, grumpy and handsome. After wandering the country he has come to Blue Cedar Falls the hometown of his soldier buddy Bug. Bug didn't come back from Afghanistan and Clay has decided to build the bar that was Bug's dream. June Wu is Chinese-American and her family runs a B&B across from the future bar. They are drowning in medical bills from her mother's hospital stay. She feels her family is depending on her to take care of things as she always has done. After clashing with Clay she convinces him he will do better fitting into the town that fighting against it.
This is a sweet and easy romance where both characters need to bend and grow a little. I think I was extra sympathetic with Clay's rough demeanor after spending the week watching US military trying to leave Afghanistan on tv. I did think some things were unrealistic but maybe that's because I live in a city where getting a liquor license can take over a year, instead of two weeks. Thank you to NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review. (3.5 stars)
Jeannie Chin has written a beautiful, funny, heartwarming novel that touches on a variety of topics which one may not expect to find in a romance novel. She does so with well balanced, well developed characters that bring you right into their town and storyline.
June Wu is a 30-something Chinese-American who lives with her parents and helps them run the families Inn. She is also helping her mom recover from a serious health injury. And June is worried about her families finances after her mom's health crisis. And if things couldn't get more worrisome for June, a stranger has moved in across the street and is opening a bar on main Street. A bar that would likely bother her guests. June might just lose her cool because she cannot control everything.
Clay Hawthorne is a retired soldier and has a bit of a gruff exterior. He comes to Blue Cedar Falls with one goal and he knows it will make people angry. He doesn't care. Clay starts the process of opening a bar on Main Street and every busybody in town seems to want to know his plans. The only person who seems to get under his skin however, is June, the gorgeous, annoying, insightful, perfectionist from across the street.
Will Blue Cedar Falls be a place where Clay can set down roots? Will he find a friend and ally in June or will she lead the charge against his bar. Will June and her perfectionist ways help or hinder her family?