The Room with the Second-Best View by Virginia Smith
About the Book
Al Richardson agreed to open a bed and breakfast with his wife after his retirement, but he still has a year and a half left at his job when Millie spies a business opportunity with the arrival of Goose Creek’s 150th anniversary celebration.
Even though Al suspects that Millie pulled a bait-and-switch on him, he firmly believes she should stick to their original plan. While Millie’s ambition puts a strain on their marriage, she is confident in her ability to be the most gracious Southern hostess. But even she has to admit that her first group of guests is undeniably an odd collection.
Meanwhile, the town’s anniversary plans are in a state of chaos as the celebration committee scrambles to raise the necessary funds–an effort spearheaded by a “newcomer,” which ruffles more townsfolk’s feathers than a whole flock of enraged geese.
Goose Creek has lasted 150 years. Can it survive the next month?
I have to say, right off the bat, that I didn’t realize this book was a sequel until I had finished. Obviously, it can be a stand-alone book!
Virginia Smith has written a wholesome, humorous and entertaining story about Goose Creek, Kentucky.
Al Richardson and his wife, Millie are renovating their, new to them, old Victorian home to create a bed and breakfast inn. Millie, ever the gracious Southern lady, is pressured into opening the B & B early when one guest arrives three weeks ahead of time, and INSISTS she has to stay since nowhere else is available. Against her better judgment and her husband’s wishes, she does, with catastrophic results.
The Room with the Second Best View is a charming book showcasing small town life along with the idiosyncrasies of the town’s residents and the eccentricities of a long time married couple. You will come to care for the people of Goose Creek, warts and all.
In addition to a delightfully engaging story, Ms. Smith has also included some quirky, unusual recipes that I can’t wait to try out.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.