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The Man in Cabin Number Five by Chrysteen Braun is a Summertime Books Event pick #womensfiction #lakearrowhead #literaryfiction #giveaway

Title: The Man in Cabin Number Five, Guest Book Trilogy Book One


Author: Chrysteen Braun


Genre: Women’s Fiction


Book Blurb:


When Annie Parker discovers her husband’s infidelity, she doesn’t let it destroy her. She packs her bags and heads to Lake Arrowhead, Ca, the mountainside town where her family used to summer. Immersing herself in the restoration of seven 1920s era cabins, Annie begins to put the pieces of her life back together. But starting over is never easy.


Alyce Murphy needs closure. When she discovers her father did not die from a heart attack, as she’s been led to believe for the last 30 years, but in a murder/suicide, she is determined to uncover the truth of his death. But when she visits the cabin where her father ended his life, Alyce has to accept she may never know the true story.


Annie is looking towards her future while Alyce needs to put the past to rest. In parallel stories, both women are drawn to the rustic mountainside cabins as they search for the missing pieces---but they soon discover that the cabins have their own stores to tell.




“How did you find me?” I asked, leaving the mess on the floor and going to him, determined to not let him into my cabin. I’d never seen David violent before, but I didn’t like the way he was acting. I stepped past him, outside into my garden. Just the fact he was there invading my space made me more anxious. 


He turned to look at me. “It’s easy to find someone when you want to,” he said sarcastically, then added, “This is a small town, remember.”


He’d violated my privacy, and I was getting more angry as we both stood there.


“What do you want?” I asked, coolly.


“Why are you doing this to me?” His face had really reddened, and I wondered if he was going to give himself a stroke. I saw loathing in his eyes, and I caught my breath.


“Why am I doing this to you? You threw away our marriage. Not only did you betray me, but you bought property that I never knew about. Why would you do that?”


“It was for me,” he said simply.


 I couldn’t believe he said that.


“The fact you even did something like that just proves what a shit you are. If you bought it, it should have been for both of us. And now it will be!”


“It was so I’d have something...” he was almost pleading.


Then I realized he was making sure he’d have something if our marriage ever ended. Something he wouldn’t lose.


“You repulse me!” I said, and I could feel my heart pounding.


 For the first time, I looked at him and detested everything about him. His face was ugly and distorted. He’d had time to work his way up to the hostility he now felt towards me. And the frightening thing was that if I’d had a gun, I could have killed him, and I don’t think I would have cared.


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What makes your featured book a must-read?

Picture yourself in a forest, surrounded by cool summer breezes that whistle through the pine trees, the crunch of your shoes on the fallen pine needles as you find yourself in a copse of trees...and there's an Adirondack chair just calling you to sit and read...and then you pull out your book, The Man in Cabin Number Five, to start a new series. How perfect is that?


Giveaway –


Enter to win a $30 Amazon gift card:



Open Internationally.

Runs June 25 – July 4, 2024.

Winner will be drawn on July 5, 2024.


Author Biography:


Chrysteen Braun is a California native, born and raised in Long Beach.


The mountains, where she and her husband had a second home, were the inspiration for her first three books, The Guest House Trilogy. These fictional restored cabins from the late 1920s all had their own stories to tell.


Her writing crosses genres of Women’s Fiction with relationships, and a little mystery and intrigue. She’s published articles about her field of interior design and remodeling, both for trade publications and her local newspaper.


She lives in Coto de Caza, with her husband Larry and two Siamese cats.



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One of my fave summertime books is driven series by k Bromberg.


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Jun 25

Thank you, Chrysteen, for sharing your book in our Summertime Books Bookish Event!

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