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Her design scheme didn't include him!
Struggling interior designer Rosa Franco and her twin brother, Cy, are bent on transforming the timeworn Pelican Inn into the jewel of the California coast, even if it kills them. And it will kill Rosa if they fail. Their business, and her future, depend on winning the Great Escapes Magazine design contest that lured them back to the town where some of her best—and worst—memories were forged. Memories like those of Pike Matthews, the ...
Her design scheme didn't include him!
Struggling interior designer Rosa Franco and her twin brother, Cy, are bent on transforming the timeworn Pelican Inn into the jewel of the California coast, even if it kills them. And it will kill Rosa if they fail. Their business, and her future, depend on winning the Great Escapes Magazine design contest that lured them back to the town where some of her best—and worst—memories were forged. Memories like those of Pike Matthews, the innkeeper's nephew, her high school heartthrob turned humiliator, now infiltrating himself into every aspect of the project. Is he purposely frustrating her efforts? Behind that killer smile is he carrying a grudge or a torch?
Posted December 3, 2014
(4.5 / 5)
Return to Pelican Inn is a sweet story about coming home, going for your dreams (even if they may seem to be out of reach), and unraveling mysteries.
Siblings Rosa and Cy Franco return to a coastal California town and reconnect with friends and family in a chance to shine via a design contest.
The past is dredged up with buried secrets unearthed.
The main questions the characters are left with (to me) are whether this is a good or bad thing and whether or not this will help Rosa and Pike resolve their issues or make things even worse.
Nice, well, heartwarming read.
Posted July 21, 2014
I hadn’t read any of the stories from Harlequin’s Heartwarming line before. These are sweet, clean stories. They are not faith-based, but are a good choice for those looking for a wholesome romance.
I really enjoyed Return to Pelican Inn. It is full of a variety of interesting characters and storylines both past and present that kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. There are quite a few humorous touches that I enjoyed, including Baggy the dog…at least they are pretty sure he is a dog! Anyway, these light moments were nice and added to the story rather than detracting from it.
I liked the main characters, Rosa and Pike. There were many things for them to work through from both of their pasts, and plenty of new issues to deal with in the present. The tension between these two is great! I also loved discovering information about the inn as Rosa and her crew of family and friends worked to restore it in an attempt to win a design contest.
I really enjoyed this author’s writing style and felt that the story flowed well. Although the characters dealt with some painful issues and some hard realities had to be faced, the story was uplifting and enjoyable to read. I look forward to reading more from this author and more from the Heartwarming line.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Posted July 14, 2014
Return To Pelican Inn ( Love by design )
By: Dana Mentink
This is a humorous romance story and I love it . Dana Mentink has did an excellent job of penning this story and her characters. There is some mystery through out the story which keeps you guessing what will happen next. When I started reading Return To Pelican Inn I did not want to put it down till the last word. Rosa and Cy Franco are twins and they own and run the Dollar and Sense Design. Rosa feels like she was deserted as a child. Her mother died and their father left them with a lady who was not any kin . Bitsy owns The Pelican Inn in a coastal town Tumbledown. Rosa and Cy got a chance to enter The Great Escape Magazine contest. They will get to restore The Pelican Inn to some degree. This contest is their future and it means everything to them. There is some mysterious things that have meaning to The Pelican Inn's heritage has come up missing from the town. There is one man Pike Mathews who is a lawyer and also Bitsy's nephew who want to sell The Inn. Pike is also Rosa's old boyfriend from high school. Some of the characters I wanted to laugh at and some i felt really sorry for. You will get to meet some really fun characters. This is a story of love and forgiveness. Will Rosa and Cy restore The Pelican Inn and what about the contest, will they win or does it get sold. Don't forget about Rosa and Pike. Can they work in the same town after all these years?
Don't forget to get you a copy and find the answers to all these questions. You will not be disappointed.
I was given a copy of this book to read for my honest review, and I have given it.
Posted July 13, 2014
Some says you can never go home so all kind of situations occur
when Rosa & Cy Franco “ Return to Pelican Inn” where they
were raised. The person who raised them ( Bitsy) was no
relation. Bitsy was a loving character who made the reader feel
right at home in her Pelican Inn.
The author weaves the past with the present without difficulty
for the reader to follow. The plot involves a mixture of
mysterious items of history that disappeared, revamping an aging
inn with many complications, a contest, romance, humor,
an unusual dog, a squirrel, family and personal values.
The characters are all unique in their own ways. There is
undeniable chemistry between both the young and old. All the
characters learn how it is necessary to accept themselves in
Order to forgive both self and others. It was full of stunning
It is a fast moving book that I read in one day.
The received this book from the author. My opinion is my own.
Posted July 12, 2014
Return to Pelican Inn is a well written, captivating book. I enjoyed it so much, I didn't want to put it down. The characters were lifelike, and I felt like they were people I knew. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.