What a wonderful debut novel by Jeannie Chin. The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane was a great romance that provided the smalltown charm of supportive friends and family with a special opposites-attract love story between June and Clay.
Clay’s grumpy demeanour makes you love him even more and when he figures out he wants more than something just casual with the attractive June despite her meddling ways on how he should design his bar that’s located across from June’s family’s inn was adorable. He was the perfect cinnamon roll with added depth at the fact he was an army vet and had lost people very close to him.
Also, I just loved the moment that June’s family pulls together at the end to make a sweet and happy ending.
Additionally, Katy Tang and Zachary Webber did a great job at the narration. I can officially say that I’m a big fan of Zachary’s as I’ve enjoyed every book he has done voice work for.
Thank you Forever for the gifted copy and to Hachette Audio for the advanced listener's copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
June Wu always has it all together—only now, she’s in over her head. Her family’s inn desperately needs guests, her mother’s medical debts are piling up, and the surly, if sexy, stranger next door is driving away the customers she has left! When he asks for June’s help, though, she can’t say no. After all, his new bar could be just what the upcoming Pumpkin Festival needs to bring in more tourists. But with the fierce attraction between them, will working together be playing with fire?
Ex-soldier Clay Hawthorne prefers being on his own. He’s moved to Blue Cedar Falls for one reason—to carry out his best friend’s dream of opening a bar in the hometown he’ll now never return to. But the town’s business association is trying to stop Clay’s progress. June soon becomes his biggest supporter, and while their partnership is supposed to be only temporary, for the first time Clay wants something permanent—with June. Can two total opposites really learn to meet each other in the middle?