Lake Season by Denise Hunter: Book Review
About the Book
Book: Lake Season
Author: Denise Hunter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2019
A lost letter, a new love, and old secrets beckon this summer at the Bluebell Inn.
When their parents die in a tragic accident, Molly Bennett and her siblings pull together to fulfill their parents’ dream: turning their historic Bluebell, North Carolina home back into an inn. The situation would just be temporary—three years at the most—then they would sell the inn and Molly could get back to chasing her own dreams.
Adam Bradford (aka bestselling author Nathanial Grey) is a reclusive novelist with a bad case of writer’s block. Desperate for inspiration as his deadline approaches, he travels to the setting of his next book, a North Carolina lake town. There he immediately meets his muse, a young innkeeper who fancies herself in love with his alter ego.
Molly and Adam strike up an instant friendship. When Molly finds a long-lost letter in the walls of her inn she embarks on a mission with Adam to find the star-crossed lovers and bring them the closure they deserve. But Adam has secrets of his own. Past and present collide as truths are revealed, and Molly and Adam will have to decide if love is worth trusting.
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The first book in what looks to be a promising series.
I enjoyed Adam’s self-description. He’s a writer of romance novels and considers himself to be the opposite of a typical hero. He’s shy and nerdy and his insecurities about how his audience might find him lacking are more endearing than annoying.
Molly lost her parents and has trouble letting people go without ensuring they leave on the best of terms. She avoids doing anything where someone might leave angry, and when she finds the lost letter, it bugs her no end that the couple had no closure.
The meet-cute between Adam and Molly was undeniably cute and set off a friendship that would not be denied.
The twists and turns in the plot were fairly straightforward and the ending was bittersweet. Being a Denise Hunter book, I already knew the writing would be done well, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Adam and Molly’s conflict wasn’t unexpected, the foreshadowing prepares you for what’s coming.
The romance is sweet and the banter funny yet heartwarming. I don’t think there could have been a better setting for this book. Bluebell Inn captured my attention and I loved seeing the work and love put into its construction.
This was a nice, easy read with a great message on overcoming loss and learning to trust God with all your heart. Those two don’t seem to go together. Read it and you’ll see what I mean.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. To learn more about Denise, visit her website DeniseHunterBooks.com; Facebook: AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: deniseahunter.
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