Thursday, 26 November 2015

Book Review - Room For Love by Sophie Pembroke - #CarinaChristmas

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Title: Room For Love
Author: Sophie Pembroke
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 15th May 2014
Rating: 4 Stars

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 finding investors if she ever hopes 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.

Room For Love is a lovely romance, and underdog story.

 Carrie inherits the Avalon Inn, from her gran, and is determined to revive its fortunes, despite her whole family trying to get involved and interfere. She is intending to do it alone. She isn't though counting on the grounds of the property, having been left to gorgeous gardener Nate, nor was she expecting on the band of Seniors that regard the Avalon Inn, as their second home, and don't really want anything to change. And that doesn't even take into account the existing members of staff, who all have very distinct personalities. 

Before Carrie has even finished her list of things that need doing at the Inn to make it into a wedding venue, like she has dreamed of running her whole life, Ruth, her cousin announces she is engaged and wants to have the wedding at Avalon Inn, that Christmas.

This is the start of a few months of renovations, money woes, simmering sexual tension, arguments, and family members trying to help, as well as an ex boss who is set on revenge, culminating in a wedding on Christmas Eve. 

I loved the group of Seniors who were trying their hardest to help Carrie, initially without her knowing, and the thought there could be a new relationship between a couple of them too. There is a lot of family connections at Avalon Inn, with Jacob, Nate and Muriel all being related. Which gives a feel to what the Avalon Inn has always been, a place that is at the hart of the local community. 

Carrie shows a quite a bit of character development throughout the story, as she learns to let others in. I really admired Carrie's determination, even if her dealings with Nate, made me want to knock their heads together at times. 

I found Room For Love to be a really enjoyable story, that is really uplifting and will leave you smiling. 

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