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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Room For Love by Sophie Pembroke

Room For Love by Sophie Pembroke
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (245 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sunflower

Can she make room for love?

When wedding planner Carrie Archer inherits the crumbling Avalon Inn where she spent her childhood summers, she knows she’ll do whatever it takes to make it home. With no money for renovations, that means teaming up with her boss to turn the Avalon into a dream wedding venue.

But Carrie has been left more than the Inn--she’s also inherited its occupants, including three senior citizens, a single father chef with childcare issues, a panicky receptionist, and one very gorgeous gardener.

So when her cousin Ruth declares her intention to get married at the Avalon on Christmas Eve, Carrie finds herself juggling decorating with dance nights, budgeting with bridge games…and sabotage with seduction.

When you're frustrated, broke, and inherit a childhood memory, what's a girl to do? The best she can, of course. What else is there? The Avalon is a place that Carrie once called home, a place she has so many memories of. Room for Love is an emotional and charming story about love, life, and new beginnings.

Carrie spends her days giving happily ever afters to people. She's surrounded by weddings, brides-to-be and frustrated, overbearing parents. Carrie has so much going for her, yet she's struggling. The Avalon could just be her break. Who would have thought all the people that came with the Avalon would soon be like a family to her? Carrie is a great character. She works hard, has big dreams. Readers can easily relate to her every day life situations.

Nate, the hero, is somewhat of a drifter. He doesn't stay around a place for long. He appears to have a past that's full of regret and a bit of heartache, but he comes across as a good man. He's uneasy of Carrie at first, considering she's the one that holds the key to his home's future. Nate is an all around decent guy. Sure, he's got his problems, but he is willing to lend a hand when in need, and cares for the people around him that he calls fiends and family. He's a good match for Carrie. The pair have a lot to bring to the table in a relationship, and they are both looking for the same thing, even though they don't realize it.

Room for Love is a contemporary story that warmed my heart. I like a good book that has a plot with inheriting a large place like an inn. They just appeal to me, and this story took my heart rather quickly. I have a soft spot for some of the great secondary characters that helped keep this story fresh and exiting.

If you love contemporaries, Why not make some room on your bookshelf for Room For Love?