About the Book
Can the man who shattered Anna’s dreams help her pick up the pieces?
A wounded heart. A cancelled book contract. A part-time job that doesn’t pay the bills. When Anna Simone moved to Cedar Lake last summer to concentrate on her writing, nothing went as she had planned. Scrambling to find more work, she jumps at the opportunity for more hours at the Starlight Inn. But when her new co-worker turns out to be the man who crushed her author dreams, her excitement slams to a halt.
Once a hotshot editor for a publishing house in Toronto, Matthew Talbot returned to Cedar Lake after the company collapsed. Stuck between jobs and tired of delivering produce for his brother’s market garden, he agrees to help the owners of the Starlight Inn prepare an old barn for an upcoming community dance. The last person he expects to work alongside is an author—especially not one whose book deal he decided to cut.
When he offers Anna a kind gesture to ease his guilt, unexpected feelings rise between them. But with family drama, unresolved pasts, and a pattern of miscommunication—can these two learn to forgive and trust each other?
Cedar Lake, a beautiful, quaint Canadian community, is featured in Jessica Anne Renwick’s second part of the Starlight Inn series, Novel Dreams. I think I’d love to live there because it’s so charming. (I liked the name of the bookstore that also offers loose teas, Steeped in Books, which is a clever play on words!)
Cedar Lake’s residents are a kind, friendly and welcoming group. They rally behind Anna Simone after her dreams of becoming a writer are shattered. Her supervisor offers her additional work, although for a limited time. It does, however, effectively illustrate and reflect the community’s citizens’ kindness, warmth and care.
After the company he works for goes bankrupt, Matthew Talbot comes home to assist his brother, Marshal. He never expected to be digging up potatoes and turnips, but that’s not the worst of his surprises.
Renwick has created an engaging story that explores various facets of the inn, the Talbots’ vegetable farm and numerous of the town’s enterprises, including Steeped in Books. She also highlights individual people of the community, their strengths and faults, in addition to the town’s firms.
I haven’t read Harvest Wishes, the first story in the trilogy, but Novel Dreams works well as a stand-alone.
I received an advanced review copy of Novel Dreams for free from Book Sirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.