A scathing blogger review and a negative Atlanta television newscast tarnish Willow Falls’ reputation as a secluded North Georgia tourist destination, so the town council uses the remainder of its annual budget to hire a PR firm to restore the town's image. At a town-hall meeting, angry residents brainstorm ideas to boost Willow Falls’ appeal. When a second Atlanta television station announces plans to film a segment for its Around Georgia series, residents invest their time and limited resources to spruce up Main Street’s appearance.
For months, Emily has submitted her novel to numerous publishers but received no contract. When famous artist Naomi Jasper offers Emily much-needed cash to finish writing, then cast and direct a play about Willow Falls’ colorful history, Emily faces a difficult decision—postpone the rewrite of her novel or accept the project. After convincing her sister, Rachel Streetman, to partner with her, she agrees to take on the play. Failure to deliver is not an option.
All her life Rachel has dreamed of becoming a stage actress. The opportunity to audition for a respected Broadway director forces her to choose between her dream and her sister. Another career disappointment could send her reeling back into the arms of Charlie Bricker. Willow Falls’ unfavorable publicity further strains her fragile relationship with her father as she pushes him to continue funding the refurbishment of Redding Arms, Willow Falls’ only hotel.
If anyone understands broken hearts, it's Willow Inn’s beloved innkeeper, Sadie Liles. Sadie believes she'll never find love again. Then Charlie Bricker’s father walks into her life.
As the town prepares for Redding Arms’ grand opening, five newcomers and one British tourist test the town’s quirky but lovable residents. They dig deep to surmount the conflicts and catastrophes that challenge Willow Falls' small-town charms in ways none of them imagined.
But the avalanche of trouble in Willow Falls may remind all its residents of what binds them together: honesty, love, loyalty, and a sense of humor.
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK I’ve been watching for this second book since I read and reviewed book 1 in this series. I love the town of Willow Falls with its interesting mix of people who live there. Emily, Rachel, Charlie and Sadie are some of the main characters in this story, and each one brings a different flavor of personality to the town. I even enjoyed the bickering in the story, it makes it more realistic for me. The Trouble in Willow Falls is very well written, and with each vivid scene, it was enough to keep me reading. If you enjoy small town, where every one knows everyone else’ business, you will love this one. The characters will pull you in from the beginning. And the story will give you lots of entertainment and enjoyment. This is one I highly recommend. And don’t forget to check out book one in this series, The Secret of Willow Inn. A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
I must admit that when I started reading The Trouble in Willow Falls, it took me quite some time to get into the story. I believe this was in large part because I had not read the previous book in the series. While this was fine as a standalone, I did find that I had a lot of questions about the characters that I believe would have been answered in book one. As such, it took me longer to really connect with the characters. It wasn't until about halfway through that I found myself truly investing in the story. Once I reached that point though, I was all in...the author created such a charming little town in Willow Falls. When we're introduced to the town initially, it is one on the brink of failure. Storefronts sit empty, things seem to be falling apart and they're in desperate need of some tourism. We all know towns like that, right? But while some may see it as a lost cause, it serves as the perfect opportunity for the town to show the world what a great community is really made of--- people who believe in it and work together to make it a success. By the end of the book, I was wishing to make a trip to a town like Willow Falls myself. In the course of putting together a play based upon the town's founding it seemed as though everything possible was going wrong... and yet this fabulous cast of characters just kept right on stepping up! There was drama, there was humor, there was romance... and yes, even a smidgen of mystery! It was such a refreshing and heartwarming read. If you enjoy a heartwarming small town fictional story, The Trouble in Willow Falls is certainly one worth checking out... though I would definitely suggest reading book one first. I hope to have the chance to do the same and look forward to revisiting this town once again. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.