The Innkeeper’s Sister
(Honey Ridge #3)
by Linda Goodnight
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (July 25, 2017)
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.
Secrets are like boils. They fester and throb, but until the hard core of truth is released, there is no relief.
You’re running from time while trying to hang on to it. A conundrum.
You’ve held my heart for a long time. All I ask is that you keep it safe.
Although it was the third and final book in a series I was not familiar with, it made no difference as the story had strong legs and stood well on its own. The Innkeepers Sister was not at all what I was expecting – it was so much better. The story contained two timelines that involved the same property, a property that yielded an old skeleton during renovation. Mysteries, secrets, fractious family issues, scandals, and love interests existed and crossed both timelines in this entertaining, compelling, and intriguing tale. The story was well-crafted, tantalizingly paced, and continually plucked at my curiosity. I enjoyed Ms. Goodnight’s easy to follow and comfortable writing style and would also relish reading the previous books in this series despite knowing the final outcome.
NY Times and USA Bestseller, Linda Goodnight writes novels to touch the heart as well as to entertain. Her emotional stories of hope have won the RITA, the Carol, the Reviewer’s Choice, and numerous other industry awards. A small town girl, Linda remains close to her roots, making her home in rural Oklahoma. She and husband have a blended family of eight, including two teenagers recently adopted from Ukraine. Many of her books are about family and children and rightly so, as she draws her deeply emotional stories from her surroundings, her great love of family, and from personal experiences as a nurse and teacher.