The Inn on Bluebell Lane, a review by Kristin

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The Inn on Bluebell Lane
By: Kate Hewitt

Publication Date: August 1, 2023
Published By: Bookouture
296 Pages

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BLURB: When Ellie and her family move to a tiny village in rural Wales, it’s meant to be a new beginning for all of them. They have decided to take over her husband’s family inn, leaving behind their old life and troubles in America.

But soon after they arrive, Ellie realizes everything is in a far worse state than she’d ever imagined. And as her husband, Matthew, begins to tackle the renovations, it’s clear that Matthew’s mother, Gwen, has very firm ideas about what can and cannot be changed. And although Ellie tries, she finds it’s not easy to form a closeness with her prickly mother-in-law, especially now they’re living under the same roof.

As the children struggle to settle into rural life, Ellie’s eldest child, Jessica, makes it clear her parents have made a terrible mistake, and Ellie soon wonders if she’s in over her head. Her reality feels a million miles away from the idyllic rural bliss she had hoped to create for her family.

When disaster strikes, Ellie is left wondering why she ever brought her family to this place. But even as things go from bad to worse, she feels sure that the Inn on Bluebell Lane needs her family to restore its fortunes, and that perhaps her family need this magical place to bring them all back together once more…

MY REVIEW: This is a heartwarming story that reminds us that sometimes things may be hard, but with supportive people around us, there is a way to move forward. Hewitt has a way with words and this book did not disappoint. There wasn’t a single character to dislike, and each had their reasons for being the way that they were. Once we learned about all of these reasons, it was easy to sympathize or empathize with each of them. This book also takes a look at bullying and the effects that it can have on a young girl. I never had to change schools but I was bullied so I was able to really sympathize with Jess the most. I loved that the author took this book were she did and wrote the ending that she did. Once again, small towns (or really small towns) always worm their way into my heart. This is my second book by this author, and I will continue to read her books.


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