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Holiday Hopes (Starlight Inn Series) by Jessica Anne Renwick

ABOUT the BOOK

She’s tethered to her past until he rescues the horse of her dreams . . .

Kelsey Simone can’t wait to have a tradition-filled family Christmas. When the vet school dropout’s sister invites her and their mom to stay at the idyllic Starlight Inn, Kelsey plans a holiday just like Grandma used to create in hopes of bringing their family together again. But she didn’t have a handsome stable manager with a Grinchy attitude on her Christmas list—nor the sick mare who reminds her of a past she’d rather forget.

Dane Clark has no time for seasonal frivolity. He has a stable to run, a lame horse to look after, and more than enough family drama to deal with. But the more the chatty guest with the pretty brown eyes and a way with horses gets under his skin, the harder it is to remember why he put himself out to pasture in the first place.

While helping the mare together, they start tearing down the fences of their pasts—until a storm hits and the Simone Family Christmas plans go awry. With the mare’s future in jeopardy, will Kelsey’s and Dane’s old wounds rear their heads, or can the warmth of Christmas melt their frosty hearts?

Holiday Hopes is the third title in the clean and wholesome Starlight Inn series. If you like flawed but hopeful heroes, charming small-town romance, Christmas cheer, and family ties that sometimes bind, this is the book for you.

With Holiday Hopes, the third book in the Starlight Inn series, Jessica Anne Renwick takes us back to Cedar Lake and Starlight Inn. I’ve read the second and third books in the series (review here), but I haven’t read the first. However, both sequels work well as standalones.

After losing her grandma and dropping out of veterinary school, Kelsey Simone feels bereft and inadequate this Christmas season. All she really wants is to recreate her grandmother’s peaceful and charming Christmas. Despite her best efforts, nothing seems to be working as it should.

The only redeeming grace for Kelsey is being able to help Dane Clark (the stable manager at Starlight Inn) with a gorgeous, abandoned and hurt Arabian mare that reminds her of her childhood horse.

Renwick does a fantastic job of immersing you in the story and making you feel like you’re a part of it. Her descriptions of Cedar Lake and the Starlight Inn make you wish you could live there. Furthermore, the compassion, caring and concern shown by the locals melts your heart, warms your soul and makes you wish for the same type of neighbor.

I received an advance review copy for free from BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Novel Dreams by Jessica Anne Renwick

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.