Happy Monday, Friends!
I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts on Denise Hunter’s latest book, Carolina Breeze. It’s book two in the Bluebell Inn Romance (am I the only one who thinks ice cream?). You can read my thoughts on book one here. Scroll down for today’s review!
About the Book
A jilted bride. A struggling innkeeper. And a romantic mountain getaway that changes everything.
Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina—the location of her canceled honeymoon. She wants nothing more than to hide and wait for the tabloids to die down.
Soon after her arrival at the Bluebell Inn, Mia meets Levi Bennett, who runs the inn along with his two younger sisters. Drawn to one another from the start, Mia trusts Levi to keep her location from the press, and Levi confides in Mia about the financial state of the inn—a secret he’s been keeping from his sisters.
When Mia and Levi discover an old journal that hints at a rare diamond necklace hidden in the inn, they set off on a treasure hunt to find the long-lost heirloom. What they don’t expect to surface are feelings they thought were safely locked away. Mia and Levi must decide if falling in love again is too big a risk—or if it will uncover a treasure of its own instead.
This Bluebell Inn romance takes us to a quiet North Carolina retreat that holds more secrets than it shares.
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I was really excited to get Carolina Breeze because Lake Season (Book 1) was stellar! This book picks up with another Bennett sibling, this time, Levi.
Y’all there were so many things I loved about this book. I loved that Mia was an actress. Loved that Levi had that first-born responsibility drive down to a pat (fellow 1st child here). And I loved seeing glimpses of Molly and Adam (from book 1) and the mystery around another object in the inn.
Levi is a great hero and Mia makes a very unique heroine. I felt compassion for her and so hoped she got a happily ever after.
You’ll have to read this awesome book to find out more. Oh and it can totally stand on its own but please read Lake Season to ensure you get all the feels. 😉
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.
About the Author
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including The Convenient Groom and A December Bride, which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.
Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.
In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have raised three boys and are rapidly approaching an empty nest.