Tuesday, February 2, 2016

REVIEW: Christmas at the Rekindle Inn by Lori Waters

Mary Walker has a habit of giving in when it comes to her mother, but this time her mom went too far. At first glance, the gift seems innocent. Seven days at a lovely Vermont inn in mid-December is Mary’s idea of the perfect Christmas present—that is until she discovers her traveling companion’s identity. 

The Rekindle Inn is the last place J.T. Walker wants to spend his Christmas vacation, much less in the company with the woman who’d recently ripped his heart to shreds. A challenge of wills, and the need to show Mary he no longer cares, has him on the plane to Santaville faster than the time it takes to unwrap a candy cane. 

The Rekindle Inn specializes in mending relationships, but when the Walkers check in, it will take more than a little Christmas magic to bring these two broken hearts back together. More like a Christmas miracle.

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RATING: 3.5 Stars 

As Christmas approaches, J.T. and Mary Walker are within days of finalizing their divorce.  She thinks he’s more attached to work, and possibly his boss’s daughter, than to her.  He thinks she just ran away from him, rather than listening to him and believing what he tells her.  But their mothers still hope the marriage is salvageable, so they each them a very special Christmas present: a holiday vacation, at a special resort in Vermont.  The only catch is – they both have to go, together, because the Rekindle Inn specializes in fixing troubled marriages.

Mary’s first thought is that she can’t disappoint her mother, so she plans on going.  J.T. really doesn’t want to go, but he feels that she’s challenging him, and he doesn’t want her to think she won, so he decides to go to, too.  After all, how hard can one week be? 

What this couple isn’t prepared for, is the very special atmosphere surrounding the inn, and the village where it’s located.  They find themselves surrounded by Christmas, welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Klaus, the resort’s owners, who put them together in a wonderful suite, and then proceed to give them a strict schedule of daily activities.  It’s all very strange, and despite their reluctance, they end up following most of that schedule, with Christmas pulling at them all the while.

‘Christmas at the Rekindle Inn’ is an amusing, rather predictable but still enjoyable love story, concerning a couple who most likely gave up on their marriage too easily, for the wrong reasons.  Mary and J.T. are both interesting characters that most readers can sympathize and identify with, and the magical setting of ‘Santaville’ and the Rekindle Inn present a very fun setting, exercising your imaginations as well as those of this likable couple.  The only problem I found, was an over-emphasis on the possibilities of what this inn is, and where it’s located, which was somewhat fun, until one incident puts it all into question.  Still, I did enjoy it; this is a very fun read, inventive and relaxing, and I recommend it to any romance reader looking for some smiles, giggles, and a few nice “Aaawwwwww” moments.

I give ‘Christmas at the Rekindle Inn’ 3.5 stars.

I am grateful for the reviewer’s copy I was sent.

Reviewed by: Roberta

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