The Innkeeper's Sister (Honey Ridge Series #3)

The Innkeeper's Sister (Honey Ridge Series #3)

by Linda Goodnight

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The Innkeeper's Sister (Honey Ridge Series #3) by Linda Goodnight

Welcome to Honey Ridge, Tennessee, where Southern hospitality and sweet peach tea beckon, and where long-buried secrets lead to some startling realizations…

Grayson Blake always has a purpose—and never a moment to lose. He's come home to Honey Ridge to convert a historic gristmill into a restaurant, but his plans crumble like Tennessee clay when the excavation of a skeleton unearths a Civil War mystery…and leads him back to a beautiful and familiar stranger.

Once a ballet dancer, now co-owner of the Peach Orchard Inn, Valery Carter harbors pain as deep as the secrets buried beneath the mill. A bright facade can't erase her regrets any more than a glass of bourbon can restore what she's lost. But spending time with Grayson offers Valery a chance to let go of her past and imagine a happier future. And with the discovery of hidden messages in aged sheet music, both their hearts begin to open. Bound by attraction, and compelled to resolve an old crime that links the inn and the mill, Grayson and Valery encounter a song of hurt, truth…and hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373799473
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: Honey Ridge Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 201,439
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, Linda Goodnight is the winner of the RITA and other highly acclaimed awards for her emotional fiction. Active in orphan ministry, this former nurse and teacher enjoys writing fiction that carries a message of hope and light in a sometimes dark world. A country girl, she lives in Oklahoma. Readers may contact her through her website: www.lindagoodnight.com

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The Innkeeper's Sister 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Secrets--lots & lots of secrets! The power of secrets & the need to deal with them fuel the suspense & romance of this incredible story--set in Tennessee, both past & present. This story is quite a read! Enjoy!
SBMC 11 months ago
What a great read! When I picked it up from my local library, I did not realize that it was book #3 of a series. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone. Now I need to go hunt down books # 1 and 2 so that I can read about the heroine's sister (book 1) and the novelist guest at the inn (book 2). Anyone who enjoys contemporary romance will absolutely love this book. The book is very well-written and easy to read. The banter between the main characters Grayson and Valery is fun, witty, charming, and heartfelt. The theme of forgiveness and redemption is strong throughout the book and poignantly portrayed. Dual timeline in 1870s adds to the depth and allure of the book and there is even a thread of suspense and mystery that keeps the pages turning a bit faster after each chapter. The author approaches some sensitive topics in the book and does it skillfully and thoughtfully. Grayson is an intelligent, always-in-control type A man who is always on a schedule. He doesn't have time for fun or relaxation and makes his work of rejuvenating old historic buildings into trendy restaurants his life. Valery is the B&B's co-owner who has been scarred and traumatized by her past mistakes and can't seem to get past them. Valery is fun-loving, spontaneous, artistic - the complete opposite of Grayson. Yet they are attracted to each other and bound by the magic of music - Grayson on his piano and Valery dancing to the music he plays. Their romance is slow and sweet and fraught with past hurts, but, man, Grayson is so awesome in his pursuit of Valery even through his confusion. I'm wondering if there is another book planned for the series..... perhaps about Devlin, Grayson's brother? I would love to read about the polar opposite brother of Grayson's and how he finds his true love.....
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Time-slip novels (aka dual timeline story threads that connect in some way) have recently become one of my go-to genres. So I was beyond thrilled to discover that the Honey Ridge series, including The Innkeeper’s Sister, is a time-slip story! In the present day we follow Valery and Grayson, childhood friends who are reunited when Grayson and his brother Devlin arrive for an extended stay at Peach Orchard Inn which is run by Valery’s family. Sparks reignite immediately but both are harboring past failures and fears that affect their current actions and may put some obstacles in the path of their happily-ever-after. Not to mention the skeleton unearthed when Grayson’s company begins to excavate a nearby abandoned mill with plans to turn it into a restaurant. Which brings us to the historical portions of the novel. A post Civil-War era mystery waits to be solved, and we are drawn in through peeks into the 1870s as well as clues left behind in the present and an eccentric old man who may know more than he’s telling. We know the main players from the 1870s mystery but what we don’t know (until it’s revealed, of course) is which of the intriguing characters match the skeleton discovered in the present day. I loved everything about this story – from the contemporary Southern flavor to the post-Civil-War storyline to the romance and the gentle nudges of faith. It touches on deep issues from the past and in the present, hitting all the feels before all is said and done. The most intriguing aspect (for me) is the music that only Valery and Grayson hear – when no one is at the piano – and figuring out where Lem Tolly fits into it all. Bottom Line: The Innkeeper’s Sister is a beautiful story of history, healing, and hope. Although this is the third book in a series, it works well as a stand alone. The romance is both tender and fan-inducing, and the historical elements add an element of intrigue to the overall story. Great characters and a poignant message of forgiveness and healing tie it all together. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The third in a series and as I said before I believe that in this series you need to start at square one, so if you haven't read this series from the beginning and want to stay away from any spoilers, you may want to avoid this review. Ok. I am officially in love with this series and in the deepest part of my heart I want it to go on for a long time! Each book so far has had two story lines, one in the present about an innkeeper and her occupants and her family with this one focusing on her sister and then a historical storyline that started during the Civil War and has now taken it into Emancipation time and the effects on the people of the country with this change in how things work.
achickwhoreads More than 1 year ago
Linda Goodnight is one of my favorite "Inspirational" writers. I have always loved her books from the Love Inspired line. This book is the third in the Honey Ridge series. I wish I would have found this series sooner, because I really like the town. It is definitely one that can be read as a stand alone, so you don't have to worry about feeling lost. It's part mystery and part romance that mixes contemporary and historical elements. These are my favorite types of books too and it is so well written that you won't have a preference between the two tales. I loved Grayson and Valery's story. It was a slow growing love, which always works best in these types of books. Both characters have issues from their past that need to be resolved. Valery is a character who has things that need to be dealt with. Lots of things. Things you wouldn't expect to find in a novel by a "Christian fiction" writer. I have to admit I'm surprised at how "real" Linda made Valery. You don't see many heroines in Christian novels have drinking problems and Valery is drinking to take away her pain. The pain is part of her mystery. You get little snippets of what it might be, but it takes awhile to find out what happened and when you do....wow! You really feel sorry for her. She is a woman that is holding so much inside, and it is killing her psyche. I loved the historical aspect of the story as well. It was really fascinating to discover how the body came to be inside the old mill. In doing that you learn more about the family that once owned Peach Orchard during the days after the Civil War. This is really a lovely read.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: Secrets are like boils. They fester and throb, but until the hard core of truth is released, there is no relief. You’re running from time while trying to hang on to it. A conundrum. You’ve held my heart for a long time. All I ask is that you keep it safe. My Review: Although it was the third and final book in a series I was not familiar with, it made no difference as the story had strong legs and stood well on its own. The Innkeepers Sister was not at all what I was expecting - it was so much better. The story contained two timelines that involved the same property, a property that yielded an old skeleton during renovation. Mysteries, secrets, fractious family issues, scandals, and love interests existed and crossed both timelines in this entertaining, compelling, and intriguing tale. The story was well-crafted, tantalizingly paced, and continually plucked at my curiosity. I enjoyed Ms. Goodnight’s easy to follow and comfortable writing style and would also relish reading the previous books in this series despite knowing the final outcome.