What The Publishers Say About Carolina Breeze
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.
What I Say About Carolina Breeze
The second book in Denise Hunter’s Bluebell Inn series, Carolina Breeze, is equal parts romance, family saga and Christian fiction. As this is the second installment in a series where three siblings are dealing with the sudden loss of their parents and struggling to protect the legacy they have inherited, I am invested in the growth of these characters as they develop in their relationships with each other on new terms and also have their own starring role in each book. It has been a treat to watch them become more of themselves, and learn to see each other as adults. I enjoy seeing the characters incorporate their religious faith in their lifestyles, and see them practice spiritual disciplines like praying and reading the Bible but seeing how they relate to each other with kindness and empathy says a lot more about what the author might want to convey about how believers live their lives and what things they value. Since the female main character is an actress in Hollywood, the author also used the opportunity to show us how faith can play a part in lives across various parts of the celebrity spectrum and the inclusion of a mystery / treasure hunt was also a delightful inclusion in this one because it provided so much depth for the characters to reveal themselves on matters of family, finance and faith.
So far we’ve seen the bookworm Molly get her heart’s desire when she met the author of her favorite novels and now the steady Levi having to come a little out of his comfort zone to get to know the famous actress; I can hardly wait to see what will be in store for the youngest sibling in the family when the Bluebell Inn Romance series continues.