Carolina Breeze (Bluebell Inn Romance #2) by Denise Hunter
Published May 19th 2020 by Thomas Nelson
This is the second book in the Bluebell Inn Romance trilogy and I enjoyed this one as much as the first one. Denise Hunter has written a beautiful story that meshes beautiful descriptions of the mountains and trails in North Carolina with the family story of Bennetts running the inn after their parents death. Mia Emerson needs to get away from the scandal and paparazzi in LA, so hops on a plane to Bluebell, North Carolina. It was supposed to be her honeymoon, but after her fiance called off the wedding earlier, the Inn was still fully booked for the couple and she needed the privacy. Levi had no idea who this beautiful young woman is until his sister, Molly, recognizes her. Why is she there alone? As the world tries to find Mia, Levi takes care of her, protects her privacy and gets to know the real Mia.
This was a beautiful heartwarming story with both Levi and Mia coming to grips with what is important in their lives. Dealing with the paparazzi, the celebrity gossip and the news stories that are all over the place, Levi becomes extremely protective of Mia. When theat protectiveness becomes even more, can they overcome the distance, the differences in lifestyle and the baggage that they carry to move forward in a relationship? Once again, the Bennett family moved into my mind and heart while reading this story. It is a story of love, both family and romantic, friendship, loyalty, guilt, limitations and promises. Each of the books also has a bit of a mystery to it, which added to my reading pleasure. I enjoyed the characters in the story and would love to spend time at the Bluebell Inn. If you have not read the first book, Lake Season, I recommend you do, although you do not need to read them in order. The first book is Molly’s story and I am looking forward to finding out what is in store for Grace in the next book. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Book: 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 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 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.
This Bluebell Inn romance takes us to a quiet North Carolina retreat that holds more secrets than it shares.