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City girl with no skills or passion finds unexpected happiness at a rural hotel, mixed in with murder and embezzlement.
on May 25, 2009
Flynn is 29 years old with no direction in life. She has had a variety of short term jobs, but has never really learned or achieved anything. She has no passion for anything. Her father Richard is a wealthy real estate developer. They inherited a hotel from Flynn's great aunt Esther who recently died. Richard asks Flynn to go to the hotel to be a presence, while he finds a buyer and negotiates a sale. She knows nothing about hotel management or accounting. She is reluctant to go because the hotel is in a rural area, and she doesn't like nature or bugs. She prefers the city. While there, Flynn is bothered by frequent visits from Esther's ghost.
Jake is a former cop who is currently working as a bartender at the hotel. He and Flynn are attracted to each other. They end up solving some suspicious deaths and money embezzlements. Along the way Flynn discovers she cares about the people and the hotel and wants to stay and run the hotel rather than sell it.
This was an ok story, but it didn't hold my interest as well as other books have. I had no major problem with it other than I wasn't drawn into the characters as much as I would have liked. It's hard to say what was wrong other than it wasn't a good fit for me. I loved the sequel "Wish You Were Here."
Story length: 309 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 1, 4 pages long. Setting: current day Boston, Mass. and Scheintown, NY. Copyright: 2007. Genre: romantic fantasy mystery with some suspense.
For a list of my reviews of other Lani Diane Rich books, see my 4.5 star review of "Wish You Were Here" posted 11/2/08.