Monday, June 23, 2014
Here to Stay - Melissa Tagg
In a plot reminiscent of It's a Wonderful Life, Autumn Kingsley has ended up stuck in her small town of Whisper Shore, taking care of the inn that's been in her family for generations, temporarily giving up her dream of traveling and living in Paris. Now, she has a job offer in Paris, but with the town's tourism failing, what's to become of the inn and its employees? Feeling the responsibility to the town and to the inn, Autumn works to rejuvenate the town's charm by teaming up with Blake Hunziker, the youngest son of the family who has continued to war with the Kingsleys since the death of the elder Hunziker son. Not only her family's enemy, but their direct competitor, Blake and Autumn are now co-chairs of the town's Christmas festival, in an effort to bring the town back to life. Also, in another attempt to save her inn, Autumn has learned that a known investor in a large hotel chain has reserved a room at her in, and she hopes that this is the open door she and her staff need. Can Blake and Autumn let the past be past and work together to help the town? Can Autumn find a way to preserve her family's legacy in the hotel, and still live her dream?
Between the Jimmy Stewart dream plot, and the small town that felt eerily similar to Star's Hollow, (including the single innkeeper and her chef friend, the quirky hotel desk staff, and the rugged handyman, but missing the teenage pregnancy), this story didn't exactly feel original. Add to that the predictable twists of secrets kept turning out badly, and it should have felt tired. However, Autumn and Blake were enjoyable characters, and the Hatfield and McCoy aspect to their relationship made it a bit more interesting. I happen to like the town of Stars Hollow, and It's a Wonderful Life, so the similarities didn't bother me much.
I give the book 3 stars. It was a fun romance, perfect for easy summer reading.
You can find Here to Stay HERE.
You can find the author's website HERE.
I was given a copy of this e-book, courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.