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Rest Thy Head

Rest Thy Head

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by Elaine Cantrell

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Running away from a fiancé who betrayed her, Peyton O’Malley finds employment at a beautiful mountain inn called Rest Thy Head. She didn’t expect to live in the haunted room or to fall for the inn’s owner, a fire-scarred, war veteran who uses the inn to hide away from the world. She didn’t expect her sister to show up at Rest Thy Head either, much less her


Running away from a fiancé who betrayed her, Peyton O’Malley finds employment at a beautiful mountain inn called Rest Thy Head. She didn’t expect to live in the haunted room or to fall for the inn’s owner, a fire-scarred, war veteran who uses the inn to hide away from the world. She didn’t expect her sister to show up at Rest Thy Head either, much less her formidable mother.

Now, thanks to the aid of a friendly ghost, Peyton has a shot at true love, and so does her sister Ashley, provided the guys cooperate of course!

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Astraea Press Publishing, LLC
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Meet the Author

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.

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Rest Thy Head 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rest Thy Head is a heartwarming story that will leave you smiling, laughing and crying right along with the characters. When Peyton O’Malley stumbles into Rest Thy Head after a series of unfortunate events, she falls in love with the little inn and the beautiful surroundings. But when she meets the two brothers who run the place, she can’t help but feel a little something towards them too. While Patrick is charming and handsome in an obvious way, it’s the war-scarred Jake that really captures her attention. She soon realizes that his scars are not only skin deep, and that there’s a reason behind his broody and reclusive behavior. Peyton is the last thing that he expected to walk into his life, and she isn’t a bit put off by his emotional barriers. With Peyton’s persistence and the help of a meddling ghost, she soon starts to break down those barriers. But when the unexpected occurs, Peyton and Jake start to question if their relationship could ever be more than friends. After much emotional turmoil, we do see the characters grow and get a special happy ending. I was very pleased with the way it all turned out, and I would definitely recommend this book.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
I love a good old-fashioned contemporary romance with dashes of romantic suspense. So when I started reading Rest Thy Head, I was in my element as a reader. I loved the characters right away (except for Drew and Peyon’s mother of course) and was drawn into the lives of those staying and working at Rest Thy Head. Peyton discovers her fiancé Drew is cheating on her with the town floozy. She tries to break it off but her mother talks her into going through with it (rolls eyes). On her wedding day, Peyton overhears the truth about Drew and his feelings for her. She flees, leaving her mother and Drew behind. She drives towards the mountains and discovers a lovely inn called Rest Thy Head. Rest Thy Head is run by two brothers (Patrick and Jake), both of whom find Peyton beautiful. Jake, a scared war veteran, is the inn’s chef and he’s scarred both physically and emotionally. He keeps everyone at arm’s length, including Peyton. Peyton decides to stay awhile and gets herself a job at the inn. She likes Jake and befriends him. The harder he pushes her away, the closer she comes to breaking down the walls around his heart. When Peyton’s sister (Ashley) comes to stay, events happen to make Patrick, Jake and even Ashley realize how precious Peyton is to Rest Thy Head. Filled with suspense, a mysterious ghost and romance, Rest Thy Head is a winner. The ending was a bit rushed, however. But all in all, a romance to make you believe in love in all shapes and sizes. I can’t wait to read more from Elaine Cantrell! Favorite Character: Peyton. She’s such a complex character. When we’re introduced to her, I thought she was a little flighty and I felt sorry for her having to deal with such a horrid controlling mother. But as I got to know her (as she got to know herself), she’s a compassionate, loving woman who sees people for who they are, not what they look like or where they come from. I loved how she’s stubborn and wouldn’t take Jake’s no’s for answers. She’s brave and sticks up for herself and others. A person I’d feel blessed to call a friend. Favorite Quote: “You aren’t being fair. Of course people notice your scars. Unless they’re blind they’d have to, but they’d get used to your appearance. I don’t even think about the scars now. Mostly, if you want the truth, you’re still pretty hot.” My Rating: 4 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. This is a sweet, old-fashioned kind of romance that has a splash of mystery and suspense and a soupcon of paranormal in the shape of a friendly ghost. There are lessons to be learnt by pretty much everyone in this book, none so much as the mother of Peyton and Ashley. The story flows smoothly and is well paced throughout. The characters all have their own foibles and most of them are likeable. There is a depth to the descriptions which make it very easy to 'see' everything - from the scenery to the characters themselves. I would recommend this without hesitation to any who enjoy contemporary romance that is without descriptive sex but still sizzles nonetheless. If I had one negative to say it would be Patrick's behaviour towards Peyton near the end of the book. He had known her long enough by that point - she was well liked amongst staff and guests alike as opposed to someone who had upset pretty much everyone from the moment she arrived. I am trying to see his side but I do have to agreed with Peyton, Ashley and Jake!
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! Loved this book! Was completely intrigued with the author's concept of her story line and characters. She gives you a little romance and some mystery to keep you entertained and glued to the book! They way this book took some twist was well set. To say the least this book is a page turner. *Received for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A clean, easy paced, traditional romance. The setting is a serene B&B in the mountains-what is not to love about that!. The characters are two sisters hurt by the actions of a manipulating mother and disappointing men, two brothers - one visually damaged, the other a less major character, and a not so obvious ghost. Rest Thy Head to me was a modern day jaunt into the conservative romances of old with a bit of suspense, and a smidgeon of paranormal. I see this appealing to readers who are on the reserved side (there is no profanity, no sexual situations, nothing offensive). I would feel comfortable recommending this book to all ages.
Redrabbitt More than 1 year ago
Finding True Happiness This story is another page turner by Elaine Cantrell that you will not want to put down. Complete with a cast of characters, some you will love and want to protect and some you can't wait to see get their comeuppance. Peyton and Ashley O'Malley are both strong women with a bitter mother. Jake and Patrick Douglas are two brothers who have taken the home their parents had purchased and turned it into a charming mountain inn that is rumored to have a ghost. I loved the mystery and suspense in the story, and not everyone is really who they seem to be.  There are many emotions, love, betrayal, deceit, bitterness, anger, loss, redemptions, forgiveness and new beginnings.  I love a story to end with a HEA.