Oct 182016
 
Room at the Inn for Christmas by Mary Connealy

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Welcome to Heywood, Oregon where three lost women find healing, hope and love under the bright light of the town’s old Star Inn this Christmas season.

Amanda Star’s father always wanted her to come into the family business, and run the majestic old Star Inn with him but she had bigger plans. She’s a high-powered executive in the multi-national Halston hotel chain. One more promotion—which she expects to get by Christmas—will make her the youngest vice president in Halston history and she’s got her sights set on the CEO job.

Then she inherits the Star Inn. With no time to be away from her job, she impatiently rushes home to list the beautiful old bed and breakfast for sale. Now that she’s here she’s swamped with sweet memories and keen regret. Her father has made the inn a safe haven where weary travelers can get away from their hectic lives, and Amanda, working 10-hour days and living on coffee and antacids, desperately needs that safe haven.

As Amanda struggles against the lure of home, she also is reunited with an old classmate: Anthony Carter, a handyman with a guarded heart. Hurt before by a woman who saw his contentment and pleasure in building and living on his own land as a lack of ambition, Cart reluctantly finds himself drawn to a woman who wants so much more than a man with callused hands and sawdust in his hair. A woman who came home for Christmas and badly needs to stay. With the help of Angel Rafferty, the front desk clerk and a lifelong friend of Amanda’s parents, can Cart help Amanda realize the hospitality industry is far more than spreadsheets and bottom lines in time for Christmas?

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Hott Review:

Awww. Room at the Inn for Christmas is a syrupy sweet romance.

Its an adorable novella I’m grateful to have read. Watching Cart and Mandy work through their feelings and come to terms with the lies and regrets is a little sad but, absolutely worth the read.

Spend an afternoon with Mary Connealy’s Room at the Inn for Christmas.

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Author: Mary Connealy
Source: NetGalley
Publisher & Date: October 25th 2016 by Swerve
Genre: Contemporary Christmast Romance
ISBN: 125012011X (ISBN13: 9781250120113)
Pages: 90
Grade: B
Ages: 16+
Steam: YA — just some smooching
Setting: Heywood, Oregon
Series: Second Chance at Star Inn
Room at the Inn for Christmas
Room at the Inn for Christmas
Silent Night, Star-Lit Night
Silent Night, Star-Lit Night
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Do You Hear What I Hear?

Connect With Mary Connealy:

My writing journey is similar to a lot of others. Boil it down to persistence, oh, go ahead and call it stubbornness. I just kept typing away. I think the reason I did it was because I’m more or less a dunce around people—prone to sit silently when I really ought to speak up(or far worse, speak up when I ought to sit silently).

So, I have all these things, I want to say, in my head; the perfect zinger to the rude cashier, which you think of an hour after you’ve left the store, the perfect bit of wisdom when someone needs help, which doesn’t occur to you until they solve their problems themselves, the perfect guilt trip for the kids, which you don’t say because you’re not an idiot. I keep all this wit to myself, much to the relief of all who know me, and then I write all my great ideas into books. It’s therapeutic if nothing else, and more affordable than a psychiatrist.

So then a very nice, oh so nice publishing company like Barbour Heartsong comes along and says, “Hey, we’ll pay you money for this 45,000 word therapy session.” That’s as sweet as it gets.

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