Lexi Sheridan doesn't believe in true love. It’s a fantasy found only in old Hollywood movies. She’s a journalist trying to climb the professional ladder and work her way into a national news organization. When a mysterious old photograph lands in her lap, it could be her ‘golden ticket’ to that coveted news job.
That photo leads her to the Heart River Inn, a lovers’ resort nestled in the wilds of the Pocono Mountains. The resort is a kitschy place that she at first finds nauseatingly filled with fake couples in love. However, after only a few days interviewing guests, her jaded soul begins to see things with a new perspective.
At the Heart River Inn, Lexi encounters a soft-hearted owner with a secret past, a hot manager, lethal swans, attack curtains, and an assortment of couples you won’t soon forget.
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About the Author
Jocie McKade is an Amazon bestsellling author, scriptwriter, and journalist. Her books have received 4 & 5 star Amazon/Goodreads reviews. She lives in the Midwest USA with her family and Diesel the Wonder Dog. When not writing, she grows ArnoldSwartzaWeeds in her garden, and camps whenever the opportunity presents itself. She is available for signings real and virtual as long as coffee is available.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Heart River Inn by Jocie McKade Lexi Sheridan is a writer for New York Insights magazine, she longs to be a hard-hitting journalist and thinks she might have discovered a story that could be her big break. She has uncovered a picture dated 1968 with the caption “our honeymoon” taken at the Heart River Inn of a young Patricia Barrington, a wealthy socialite, with an anonymous man who is not her husband. When Lexie arrives at the Heart River Inn she is convinced that the current owner, Maxwell Bernard, is indeed the mystery man in the picture. Now she just needs to work up her nerve to confront Max and get the exposé from him that will skyrocket her career. Heart River Inn is situated in the infamous Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It is a lover’s retreat that Max has poured his heart and soul into creating. A special romantic getaway for many new and returning customers who happen to find their way to the Inn just when they need it the most. The Inn was full of quirky couples who were well developed and fun to get to know. As Lexi learns each of their stories she struggles with the implications that her exposé could ruin this seemingly magical place and Max in the process. I came across a number of proofing issues in the copy I read. There were enough I felt compelled to take away a star. Missing and/or extra words jumbled a few sentences which threw me out of the story. Otherwise the plot moved at a nice pace and Lexi managed to meet her own potential Mr. Right, which complicated her dilemma even further. If she doesn’t get her story she will lose her job and her dreams of becoming a “real reporter” will be shattered. This was a fun heartfelt story that will tickle your funny bone and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. I did enjoy this story and hope Ms. McKade addresses the proofing issues I encountered. Format/Typo Issues: This book borders on the range of significant proofing issues with missing or extra words and a recurring problem with then/than confusion. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** November 2, 2014
When Lexi Sheridan stumbled onto an old photograph, she was hoping it would change her journalist career, little did she know, it would change her whole life. Lexi is a struggling journalist who needs a great breakout story that will launch her career. While digging through an old photo album at the library, she discovers a hidden picture. A picture of a famous family who has thus far, remained scandal free. Knowing there has to be an amazing story behind the photo, Lexi sets out to Heart River Inn to find the man in the picture. What happens next is something she’d never expect. Not only does she locate Mr. Bernard, the man in the photo and the owner of Heart River Inn, she also meets several very unique couples who are staying at the romantic resort, and one sexy-as-hell manager, Jared Richardson. As Lexi begins to talk with the guest staying at the resort, she realizes that it is much more than a bed and breakfast. It seems that all the guest have a special connection with place, that this is the place that saved their relationship. Skeptical of true love, Lexi just wants to get the big story and head out, but she can’t quite seem to be bold enough to show Mr. Bernard the photo and demand his story. Especially when she gets to hang out with Jared. Every time she gets close to Mr. Bernard or Jared crazy, wild events occur that keep her from getting the answers she seeks and it seems that everyone is fiercely protective of Mr. Bernard. When she finally gets up the nerve to ask the hard hitting questions, will she get the answers she seeks or will she lose not only her job, but her new friendships as well? A funny, lighthearted, and entertaining read by Ms. McKade! I enjoyed reading this novel and thought it was simply great! Each chapter seems to focus on a new couple that Lexi meets and the story behind them and their connection to Mr. Bernard and the inn. The budding relationship between Lexi and Jared is sweet and funny, as Lexi can’t seem to be anything but clumsy and accident prone around him! I liked Lexi’s kind spirit and thought it was sweet how she couldn’t bring herself to hurt Mr. Bernard by demanding answers about the picture and printing the story. I would have liked to see a little bit more romantic development between Jared and Lexi, as the ending seemed a bit far-fetched and rushed, but overall I enjoyed the story and would read it again. It’s a quick read that is sure to give you a few laughs and just make you feel good. I look forward to reading more novels from Ms. McKade! Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Sweet Reviewed by: AprilP Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More