Christmas at the Inn on Bluebell Lane, a review by Kristin

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Christmas at the Inn on Bluebell Lane
By: Kate Hewitt

Publication Date: October 6, 2023
Published By: Bookouture
355 Pages

Find It On: Amazon | Goodreads

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ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s been two years since Ellie and her family left their lives in America behind and moved to a small Welsh village to run her husband’s family inn. Having fought to save it from disrepair, Ellie is shocked when her sister-in-law, Sarah, breaks the news that the inn is facing financial trouble and might have to close after Christmas, a thought that breaks all their hearts.

Turning to her mother-in-law, Ellie sees tears sparkling in Gwen’s eyes. But then Ellie has an idea: a celebratory Christmas week for guests and locals with all the festive trimmings — an unforgettable experience, and her family’s last chance to save the inn.

With Christmas drawing closer, the family are busier than ever. Gwen bakes enough mince pies to feed the whole country, while Ellie adds mistletoe to every room, and her husband Matthew turns the garden into a winter wonderland.

But there are troubles ahead no one could expect. And as Bluebell Lane twinkles against the frost, Ellie marvels that the inn has never looked prettier. But will it be enough to save this beautiful place her family has grown to love?

MY REVIEW

This was such a sweet and heartwarming book. I loved seeing the family come together to try to save the Inn. The best part about it all was that I could imagine the inn in my mind. I imagined this magical place where no matter who you were, you were welcomed. It was cozy and always smelled of baked goods and Christmas scents.

There was, however, more to this book than just saving the inn. Ellie and Sarah’s lives look very different by the end of the book. Each has their own family change or potential change that they must work through. That may mean moving back to the states for Ellie and her family, and it may mean that Nathan and Sarah split up.

The thing is, and it’s something I don’t really love, but if there is another installment I could get behind, is that the end of the book was left a little open. We did see the family having a wonderful, much needed Christmas together. And that was beautiful, something I wish I could have.

 

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