Review: The Inn at Blue Hollow Falls by Donna Kauffman

The Inn at Blue Hollow Falls by Donna Kauffman
Series: Blue Hollow Falls (# 1.5)
Release Date: October 15, 2017
Publisher: Zebra Books
Pages: 122
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review
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Stevie Franklin is ready to go all-out Grinch on Christmas this year, but a snowy trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains could provide some unexpected gifts…

Stevie is thrilled to help her best friend Sunny launch her new greenhouse business in Blue Hollow Falls. Not only does it give her a chance to visit the quaint location, but it’s a welcome distraction from Stevie’s recent bad luck with men. Just one catch: since Sunny’s home is under renovation, Stevie must stay at the local inn, whose amenities feature hunky innkeeper, Noah Tyler.

Noah may be as tempting as her grandmother’s famous sweet potato pie, but city-girl Stevie isn’t sticking around—and she doesn’t do flings. Yet when Noah’s chef gets stranded in a Christmas Eve snowstorm, Stevie can’t resist pitching in and serving up some of her family’s favorite recipes. The magic of a Blue Ridge Christmas is already rekindling Stevie’s holiday spirit and making her wonder what else she might be missing out on. Now can Noah restore Stevie’s belief in love?

 

Review: I have to say, I was quite glad that I had read book one in the series before reading The Inn at Blue Hollow Falls. I don’t think I would have been lost, but Stevie was introduced in that first book and it just made getting to read her story more satisfying.  It was the same with the setting.   Most of the story takes place within the inn and very few of the townsfolk make appearances.  So, all that said, it will stand on it’s own.

Stevie had a slightly unconventional upbringing and without any family around, she’s not really interested in Christmas.  She decides to go to Blue Hollow Falls for a working vacation with her bestie Sunny.    And then there’s Noah.  He’s the local innkeeper, fulfilling his life’s dream.  Both are a little gun shy when it comes to relationships, but there are sparks between them… and those sparks lit up the pages.

There honestly wasn’t much of a plot other than bringing these two together.  And for a short story, that was all that was needed.  Ms Kauffman, did a great job of character development as well as really showing the reader the romance between Noah and Stevie.  I enjoyed watching them both get over their misgivings and give in to the chance at true love.   Ms Kauffman had me laughing and then crying as I eagerly turned the pages.

After reading Blue Hollow Falls, I was eager to return to this series and couldn’t wait to get Stevie’s story.  And I love Christmas novellas, so this book hit all the right notes for me.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series.  Ms Kauffman is one of my go-to authors when I need a solid read.  And The Inn at Blue Hollow Falls is another fine example of why I keep coming back.

 






One thought on “Review: The Inn at Blue Hollow Falls by Donna Kauffman

  1. Gale S. says:

    It WAS a great holiday read! I love the series myself and make no bones about shouting it from…well, no rooftops, cuz I’m afraid of heights. 🙂 Can’t wait for the next book…wonder if Ms. Kauffman will take the hint and write faster???

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