Return to Everton for the story hidden in the shadows of The Secret of Drulea Cottage. . . .
In a Scottish town where reputation is everything, Adaira Stubbins works hard to maintain her neighbors’ respect despite being the town drunk’s daughter. Between running Everton Inn and trying to protect her best friend’s secret, Adaira’s life is filled to the brim, and it’s all she can do to keep everything under control.
But when Adaira’s first love returns to town, her orderly life begins to crack. Skeletons from the past start creeping out of the closet, skeletons that threaten the public image she has created.
When recently widowed John Burgess arrives in Everton, he doesn’t intend to stay long. Deep relationships are dangerous, and keeping his distance from the village residents is necessary to protect his son.
But the more time he spends there, the more John realizes raising William alone might be more than he can handle. And that Everton Inn holds a magic of its own, one that could keep him there forever if he’s not careful.
Only together can Adaira and John prevent William from being lost, but that may require more honesty than either of them is willing to give.
4 out of 5 (very good)
THE HEART OF EVERTON INN is the second book in the Betwixt the Sea and Shore series and it runs concurrently alongside book one. This means that you will see things through Adaira's eyes as they happen to Briony or any of the other villagers. You will also see things that happened with Adaira that you didn't see before.
This series is so well-researched, it shines through every scene. I love the village characters, the scenery, the relationships. It's all so clearly defined and makes for a gripping read.
Adaira and John have their ups and downs as they try to have a relationship but it seems as though the world is against them. Even though there is an age-gap, it is clear that these two will fit together if only they are allowed.
This was a brilliant addition to the series but it does end on a cliffhanger, so just consider yourself forewarned. I can't wait to see what happens next. Definitely recommended by me.
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Claire Kohler is a historical fantasy author with a penchant for rich historical settings, slow-burn romance, and flawed characters you can’t help but root for. She loves ice cream, Korean dramas, and board games. One day, she hopes to visit places like Israel, South Korea, Ireland, and Vancouver (to search for Sasquatch, of course!).
Claire graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education and a History minor. She has taught seventh-grade English and social studies and taught English as a second language to students overseas. Now, she is pursuing her author career while also raising her two young children.
Claire lives in Statesville, NC, with her husband, children, and three cats. She is also an active member of Christ Community Church Mooresville, where she often serves as a Bible study and small group leader.
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