Angel Island

I recently ordered a book, and then promptly forgot about it until it arrived.
The book I ordered was The Inn at Angel Island, by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer.  Ironically, I received it a few days after Thomas Kinkade’s death.
The book focuses on an inn on Angel Island which is just over the frequently washed out bridge from Cape Light. (Cape Light was the focus of an earlier series by Kinkade and Spencer-so some of those characters are mentioned.)
Liza Martin and her brother, Peter have inherited a bed and breakfast from their Aunt Elizabeth; but the timing couldn’t have been worse.
Liza, though nostalgic for her childhood, is now fighting her way up the “dog eat dog” corporate ladder, along with recovering from a broken marriage.  Peter is in the midst of a nasty custody battle with his ex-wife.  All either sibling really wants to do is clean up and clear out, thus getting back to their lives as quickly as possible.  Having money from the sale of the inn is a much-needed bonus.
Somewhere along the way, Liza begins to slow down and savor life, and Will, Peters son, begins to create havoc.  In the midst of these changes, a life-threatening situation ensues, and all the angels the island is named for are needed.
The Inn at Angel Island is an easy light read. I enjoyed the references to some of Cape Light’s landmarks and people that were sprinkled throughout the book, but I felt the main characters could have been developed a little more fully. Liza seemed to vacillate way too much, with no clue given as to why she constantly second guessed herself, Peter seemed cold and remote with no apparent reason to be so clueless about his son, and Will just seemed to be there.
I enjoyed reading The Inn at Angel Island, and am looking forward to reading the sequels.

Great Novella

The Christmas Singing, by Cindy Woodsmall, is an Amish stand alone novella but features the reappearance of characters from other novellas. And even though not a lot is written about Christmas itself, the story is still delightful and entertaining.
The Christmas Singing is about Mattie Eash’s new life three years after a devastating breakup with her childhood boyfriend, Gideon Beiler.
Mattie moved from her home in Pennsylvania to her brother’s home in Ohio, after catching Gideon in the arms of an Englisher. There she begins a very prosperous business and finds a new boyfriend, Sol Bender, someone who makes her feel very safe.
However, an unexpected and crushing event forces her to move back home to Pennsylvania – and closer to Gideon.
Mattie’s unresolved anger and frustration leaves her and Gideon both confused and unable to move forward in their lives.
As time progresses, we see new, mature love begin to emerge and the past finally dealt with in a kind and forgiving manner.
I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading the prior novella, Sleigh Bells, and the subsequent one, Cherry Blossoms.
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I received an e-book copy from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.