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5+ stars for Sugar Plum Inn: Christmas at the Inn by @LucindaRace #holidayromance #bookreview

Title: Sugar Plum Inn: Christmas at the Inn

Author: Lucinda Race

Genre: Holiday Romance, Sweet Holiday Romance

Book Blurb:

The chef and the restaurant critic are about to come face to face.

After being unjustly fired from a restaurant position in Boston, Chef Dora Bennett relocates to Northern Vermont in an effort to jump-start her career. Going to work at the small, but well-run, Sugar Plum Inn might just be the second chance she needs. Despite a few scathing reviews, Dora intends to do all she can to restore the inn’s reputation with her amazing food.

Charlie Ward is hiding not one but two secrets when he arrives at Sugar Plum Inn. First, he’s an inn and restaurant reviewer who always shows up incognito. Second, he’s been deaf since college. He’s not ashamed of it, but he also doesn’t want to be pitied, so he prefers that the world doesn’t know any more than necessary. He’s enjoying his life of traveling, writing reviews, and working on his first novel.

While neither Dora or Charlie are looking for anything outside their demanding jobs and their desire to move forward with their lives, a little holiday magic might make them stop to appreciate there is more to life than work and living single.

My Review:

Never have I read a holiday romance filled with so many heartwarming moments plus delicious food. I know I shouldn’t be surprised since this lovely tale is written by Lucinda Race, one of my favorite authors. I think what made this such a wonderful holiday story is that it is based on the real-life love story of the author’s grandparents. A deaf man and a hearing woman finding a lifetime of love in each other’s arms. Talk about a romance reader’s ultimate love story.

Both Dora and Charlie are relatable, have secrets and love what they do. The sparks fly between these two right away. The romance flourishes over a short period of time but it's not immediate. I loved how Charlie didn’t want to be treated any differently, just because he’s deaf. There are some conflicts these two need to overcome but as the author writes at the start of her book, “Love finds a way.”

Lucinda Race’s writing is what makes this such a wonderful story. The plot moved at a nice pace with a tight cast of delightful characters (including a bear) and descriptive narration with plenty of heart. It’s not a long story but one overflowing with holiday spirit. Sugar Plum Inn is a heartfelt holiday romance perfect for this time of the year.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

Award-winning and best-selling author Lucinda Race is a lifelong fan of romantic fiction. As a young girl, she spent hours reading romance novels and getting lost in the hope they represent. While her friends dreamed of becoming doctors and engineers, her dreams were to become a writer—a romance novelist.

As life twisted and turned, she found herself writing nonfiction but longed to turn to her true passion. After developing the storyline for The Loudon Series, it was time to start living her dream. Her fingers practically fly over computer keys she weaves stories about strong women and the men who love them.

Lucinda lives with her two little dogs, a miniature long hair dachshund and a shitzu mix rescue, in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts. When she's not at her day job, she’s immersed in her fictional worlds. And if she’s not writing romance novels, she’s reading everything she can get her hands on.

Social Media Links:

Lucinda’s Heart Racers Reader Group

Linked In

Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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