Book Review: Being Swept Away in Denise Hunter's Carolina Breeze


Thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for the advanced reader's copy. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Carolina Breeze was a wonderful story. I’ve categorized it not only as a romance novel, but as a “comfy read”. Comfy reads are those that guarantee to warm the heart and makes you feel good and cozy about the world. And there’s no better time than now to want to have a better outlook on life when the world is looking a little bleak.


This is my second Denise Hunter book I’ve read, and I became an instant fan after reading her novel, Summer by the Tides last year. Her style of writing is lovely, clean and speaks from the heart, which is emulated within Carolina Breeze.


Carolina Breeze is the second book of the Bluebell Inn Romance series that I haven’t read yet. However, it can read as a standalone book, which is excellent. The story takes on the perspective of rising Hollywood star, Mia Emerson as she escapes to Bluebell Inn in Bluebell, North Carolina where she meets the handsome and responsible, Levi Bennett, who runs the inn with his two sisters.


Coming from a life of abandonment, lack of trust and a fresh scandal, Mia’s trip to Bluebell couldn’t happen anytime sooner. With Levi’s charm and steadfastness, he is able to break down Mia’s barriers that she put up her entire life and help her discover that there are people that are worth trusting, as long as you’re willing to make yourself vulnerable.


The Bennett siblings were also a delightful addition to Mia’s and Levi’s accounts that added another layer of depth within the familial ties in the story and were a nice touch in displaying typical sibling annoyances that made the characters even more authentic.


Spoiler alert! You can take my word for it, or if you want, here's a sense of how this story will make you feel:

Midstory, Mia glanced over her shoulder, catching Levi's gaze locked on her. They shared a long moment, a private smile. Her insides melted at the tender look in his eyes, and Mia knew she'd finally found what she'd been searching for all her life.

If you want a positive yet entertaining love story to read, Carolina Breeze is one that won’t disappoint.


What book would you consider as a "comfy read"?

Book Description


From NetGalley


A jilted bride. A struggling innkeeper. And a romantic mountain getaway that changes everything


Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and celebrity scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina—the location of her canceled honeymoon. She wants nothing more than to hide and wait for the tabloids to die down.


Soon after her arrival at the Bluebell Inn, Mia meets Levi Bennett, who runs the inn along with his two younger sisters. Drawn to one another from the start, Mia trusts Levi to keep her location from the press, and Levi confides in Mia about the precarious financial state of the inn—a secret he’s been keeping from his sisters.


When Mia and Levi discover an old journal that hints at a rare diamond necklace hidden in the inn, they set off on a treasure hunt to find the long-lost heirloom. What they don’t expect to surface are feelings they thought were safely locked away. Mia and Levi must decide if falling in love again is too big a risk—or if it will uncover a treasure of its own instead.

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