Briar Browning is trying to keep Hanna’s Inn afloat because this is the only thing left of her mother’s and Briar just can’t part with it. Having her mother pass away ten years ago of cancer and having her father distance himself from Briar ever since, she’s putting all of her blood, sweat and tears into the inn to keep the doors open to everyone, but it’s becoming quite a financial burden on her to say the least. Because she devotes herself completely to running the inn, there hasn’t been any time to have a personal life over the years and this is making Briar self-conscious because she is still a virgin at twenty-six years of age.
Things may change though when a guest, Cole Savitt, arrives and there seems to be an instant attraction between these two. Unfortunately though, Cole is coming out of a bad divorce and because of a few stipulations from his ex-wife set forth in their divorce papers, Cole seems to be drifting from place to place trying to find where he fits in and where he could start a new life again.
Could Fairhope, Alabama be the place for him to start a new life and could Briar be the woman he starts it with? Is Briar able to keep the inn afloat and make it as successful as her mother did? Could Cole be the missing link that Briar’s been looking for all of her lonely life?
I instantly feel in love with this storyline and the characters. From the first page I was hooked and I just couldn’t put the story down until I found out if the inn remained opened and if something started between Briar and Cole. Ms. Williams wrote with such compassion that it’s hard not to fall in love with all her characters. I immediately took a liking to Briar and my heart went out to her because of all the tough times she was facing without having a significant other in her life to lean on. I felt that Briar and Cole were perfect for each other in so many ways, but I had only hoped they saw that themselves. I loved the author’s writing style and I would highly recommend this story to fellow readers!
Briar has spent half her life upholding the family business. As another summer rolls around, it looks like her luck is running dry and she’s dangerously close to losing the only thing that matters, Hanna’s Inn, her late mother’s bed and breakfast. Amidst deep financial difficulty, a shaky relationship with her estranged father, and a non-existent social life, hope is all she has left.
Enter Cole, a new guest at Hanna’s. Fresh from the turmoil of a bitter divorce and haunted by his mistakes, he’s desperate for escape. In a matter of weeks he captures the lonely innkeeper’s heart and together they discover a passion as hot as the southern sun and as unstoppable as the bay tide.
Do they dare trust this wellspring of hope they’ve found in each other’s arms?
164 Pages, Sensual