The Secret of Willow Inn

The Secret of Willow Inn

by Pat Nichols


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ISBN-13: 9781946016775
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 01/10/2019
Series: Willow Falls Series , #1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Pat Nichols, award winning writer, launched career number two as a novelist, proving it's never too late to follow your dreams. She draws on years of experience working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life to create stories about women who face challenges in the pursuit of their dreams. She lives in an Atlanta suburb with her husband of fifty plus years, is the mother of two, and grandmother of three. She is grateful for God's blessings and unfailing love through all of life's peaks and valleys. Visit her online at

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The Secret of Willow Inn 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
tealovingbookworm 1 days ago
What a Delight! I Can’t Wait for Book 2! Pat Nichols’ debut novel just made me happy! No, it’s not a sappy romance, although the prerequisite romantic involvement is threaded throughout the story. Even small towns, as quaint as they are, have their problems, and the busy-body Mirabelle is determined to make sure everyone knows! Who could believe that a heart-breaking fatal accident and a man’s dream of a winery could work to not only miraculously bring together total strangers but actually help heal the woes of the small town of Willow Falls? There’s just enough mystery to keep one in suspense; what is the secret Rachel’s stern father Greer carries? The great character development of Emily, Rachel, and the sometimes quirky townspeople of Willow Falls makes one feel that you’ve become friends! Highly recommend this fun, uplifting read! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.
PianoLady831 6 days ago
The Secret of Willow Inn is a gem and I am thrilled to find writing of this quality in the Christian fiction genre. This story beautifully combines elements of relationship drama and women’s fiction in a character-driven narrative that is hard to put down. A favorite of mine, for sure! The vividly-conveyed setting of Willow Falls is a typical north Georgia town, and that this story takes place in my state is an added bonus. Locations and places of business, from Atlanta to outlying areas, convey a cozy sense of place. And as in any small town, you can expect to find some gossip, financial worries, tragedy, and mystery – as well as a romance, caring, and coming together when the situation demands it. A strong ensemble cast adds richness and depth, and makes me long for more stories in this series. Emily and Rachel might come from totally different places – rural vs. big city – but they have a lot in common, unfulfilled dreams being one example. Suspense builds around a 30-year old crime as Emily’s friend, Pepper, hires the ex-con Sadie to work in her café. The Secret of Willow Inn is well written and heartwarming, with some unexpected elements added along the way. I highly recommend this story and am eager for the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
MelissaF 13 days ago
I enjoyed this book. It comes across as a light read but it really isn't. Early on I could guess the outcome and I was right, however, I kept wanting to read to see how it would all play out, so that didn't keep me from enjoying the book and what would happen in this little town and had happened in the past. Some tough issues are dealt with in this book but I thought the author did a great job of showing how Jesus would want us to handle them. I loved the ending, but I can't share that, you'll have to read it and see why I loved it. A copy of this book was given to me through the Just Read Book Tours. All opinions are my own.
Laundry_Whispers 16 days ago
If you remember, I spotlighted this book last fall (the end of October to be exact). I chose to do that because the synopsis intrigued me. You aren’t going to hook me by a pretty cover, I might look a second time but that’s not what draws me to a book. You are going to hook me with an engaging synopsis. Bonus points, and faster to the checkout with it, if there’s mystery and intrigue. Romance is just a sidebar, build me a story that I can engage in and romance is just a sidebar. I’m not a bodice ripper type reader. My local bestie? Her go to. I tried to pull her to the plot side, I really did. The synopsis of this book hits all the high notes. Small town (everybody literally knows everybody), big goals, bigger dreams, and something hiding in the backdrop. A secret, a mystery, intrigue. Take my money! I feel like anything I want to share about how much I love this book will just give away vital plot points. I need you to be as taken as I was by this book, and to be surprised as I was (more than once!). Kudos to an author that can catch me off guard, especially multiple times in the same book. I tend to pride myself on figuring things out long before I’m meant to. Not this time. Pat Nichols pulled one over on me twice. Twice! Perhaps, because it has been a minute since I finished reading this book, but I have nothing of which to not gush about. Seriously, I have nothing of which to pick at. Well, let me backtrack that and really nitpick. . . in not a bad way. First, I can’t imagine how the people in Willow Falls had no idea that someone was looking at the property that would become the vineyard until it was put in the paper. I think, in a town this desperate to bring in revenue that would have been a thing. Secondly, Pepper is seriously a whirlwind! Just a smidge of a spoiler for ya here, why on earth would she choose to completely revamp the menu to a high end over the top deal for one night. I felt like they were so desperate that they were willing to set their country roots, their small town charm, to the curb just to attract money. Be who you are, m’kay? For a town with a lot of history, a lot of heartache, they hold on to promise like a toddler with anything that they aren’t allowed to have. Perhaps that’s not the best analogy but I’m going to stick with it. They’ve overcome the shadow of murder, even with the accused out of prison and back in their midst. They’ve overcome the loss of Emily’s parents, their hope for the hotel that was going to be a huge step to saving their town. They’ve even overcome themselves, their bitterness and grudges. With a little help from Rachel, an outsider, they can overcome so much more. Rachel is the key to the vineyard and even the hotel getting back on track. Rachel, who is trying to shed the shackles of her overbearing father, the corporate world he wants to steep her in, and figure out what her own future holds – not the one he has for her. Honestly, ‘The Secret of Willow Inn’ is as much about secrets as it is redemption and of finding self. Everybody needs that now and then. A bit of redemption and a lot of finding self. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Just Read. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.