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Carolina Breeze (A Bluebell Inn Romance Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Q & A with author Denise Hunter
How did you research the setting for the Bluebell Inn series?
I always go to the location where the book is going to be set. This brings the setting alive to me, so I can bring it to life for my readers. Although Bluebell is a fictional town, it’s based on the real-life town of Lake Lure, North Carolina. The Bluebell Inn is based on The Esmeralda Inn, which is situated near Lake Lure in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The owners kindly sat down with me and answered all my questions about running an inn. I love when readers say the Bluebell Inn is almost like its own character in the series. It definitely has a history and secrets of its own. Those who’ve followed along in the series have solved the mystery of a lost love letter and found a precious heirloom necklace. And while the hero in Autumn Skies comes to the Bluebell Inn looking for something a little less tangible, it is certainly of no less value.
What will readers of your previous novels find to love about Autumn Skies and the Bluebell Inn series?
The Bluebell Inn series features the Bennett siblings who, when their parents die, undertake the mission to fulfill their parents’ dream: turning their historic home into an inn. The sense of loss the characters are facing and the common goal they’re working toward draw the Bennetts together. This gives the reader a sense of belonging that is characteristic of my novels. I also believe my readers will find comfort and hope in the small-town setting of Bluebell, NC. Though this is my first series set around a lake, the town has the same sense of community my readers have come to expect in my books. And of course, there’s a swoony love story in each of the Bluebell Inn novels. I aim to have the reader flipping through pages to see how each couple overcomes their obstacles, and I hope she finishes each book with a happily-ever-after sigh.
Readers love your loveable, relatable characters. Who are the main characters for Autumn Skies and how did you create them?
As the story opens, Grace Bennett is plugging away at her new outfitters business while scrambling to help her siblings run the family business—the Bluebell Inn. Grace is young and spunky with a dry sense of humor, and she’s a little cynical where love is concerned—until Wyatt Jennings checks into the Bluebell Inn. The chemistry between these two is off the charts. Sometimes that just happens on the page as I’m writing. I’m not sure who’s in control! But I hope readers love watching Grace fall head over heels for Wyatt—and vice verse—as much as I did.
Wyatt Jennings is a troubled Secret Service agent who’s forced to take a leave of absence after taking a bullet in the line of duty. I’ve wanted to write about a Secret Service agent since 2016. My husband and I were at a hotel in Virginia Beach in preparation for my appearance on the 700 Club when we heard a politician was going to be speaking at the hotel that night. While we were in the lobby, a whole crew of Secret Service agents entered the hotel—suits, sunglasses, the whole nine yards. I’m pretty sure they were moving in slow motion. I definitely heard “Bad to the Bone” playing in the background. That’s where the idea for Autumn Skies truly originated. I immediately envisioned a male lead with a past so traumatic that it inspired him rise to the heroic position of Secret Service agent. Wyatt is seasoned, worldly, and a little jaded, and he views Grace Bennett as a breath of fresh air.
About the Author
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page atfacebook.com/authordenisehunter--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07TCZZY8N
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (May 19, 2020)
- Publication date : May 19, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3654 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,404 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While both main characters begin to see their flaws and where their motivations lie, the kiss count in this book was off-the-charts, the physical attraction factor far too prominent. If that's what you like, then this is the book for you! I didn't like how their bodies were "flush" against each other and words to that effect, and they had very few honest and meaningful conversations. Molly and Grace are fun characters, but Molly, especially, came across as very immature at times (Grace can be forgiven since she IS young but often came across as more levelheaded than her older sister). The mystery angle was fun, and the resolution of that part of the story solid. Adam seemed there only to further the storyline of the first book.
For a book billed as Christian, however, it was completely lacking. It was mentioned after the fact that Mia had attended church and met a lot of people. That and the fact that Mia realized she needed to get back to God (or words to that effect) was about the extent of it. So, not preachy for those who hate that, but extremely disappointing for those who expect more from their Christian fiction.
Film star Mia Emerson fled Los Angeles in disgrace after a photographer catches her in an awkward moment with her very married, and very drunk, co-star. Ironically, the only place where she can hurriedly escape the scandal is the Bluebell Inn in North Carolina, where her ex-fiance had booked their now non-existent, non-refundable honeymoon. And it's there that she meets Levi Bennett.
Levi Bennett and his two sisters are struggling to keep the historic Bluebell Inn afloat, except that Levi is the only of the three who actually knows the seriousness of their financial status. When a gorgeous national celebrity arrives at their front desk . . . . alone . . . Levi is determined to ensure that their hospitality and Mia's privacy are maintained at the highest level of excellence. It never occurred to him that an inexplicable attraction and a mutual desire to locate a family heirloom, would bring their two very different worlds together.
"Carolina Breeze" is a sweet return to the lovely Bluebell Inn, where the story uncharacteristically meanders for awhile before coasting into a wonderful "only-Denise-Hunter-can-write" ending.