Thursday 15 December 2022

Guest Review: Family Secrets at the Inglenook Inn by Helen Rolfe

Welcome back to the Inglenook Inn, a cosy and welcoming place that instantly feels like home.

Rupert has been the chef at the Inglenook Inn for years. He loves working at the boutique hotel, crafting exquisite meals and fantastic desserts for each and every guest. When his boss, who is practically family, ​is called away on an emergency, Rupert has to step up and run the place. That would be challenge enough, but ​when his sister Natalie shows up, ​she brings a ​whole lot more ​baggage than ​her belongings.

Katy is out of a job and out of luck until she lands a temporary job at the Inglenook Inn. With her years of experience, helping to manage a hotel is a challenge she relishes. But there’s more drama under the ​one roof than she ​ever expected and ​on top of that she’s worried her dad might be making a ​major decision he’ll regret.

Rupert and Katy ​have their hands full, but there’s magic in the air at the Inglenook Inn, and as they work side by side they discover something new and unexpected.

Is it possible to fall in love in just a few short days?

This is the seventh book in the New York Ever After series from this author. For readers acquainted with the series, the storyline in this book takes us back to the boutique Inglenook Inn, housed in a Manhattan brownstone, and to some characters who appeared in earlier parts of the series as a whole. I have enjoyed all the other books in this series, and looked forward to being reacquainted with some familiar faces as well as meet some new ones. However, it is not necessary to have read the other books in the series to fully enjoy this story. 

As this story begins, the owner of the Inglenook Inn, Sofia, is called away by a family emergency, leaving the chef, Rupert, in charge and looking for someone to help him run things in her absence. He is lucky to find Katy, a young lady with years of experience in the hotel industry, who could step into the job immediately as she had just left her previous position. For her part, she is glad to find a live-in job that means she will not have to share an apartment with her dad and his girlfriend. All is going well until Rupert’s sister, Natalie, turns up at the hotel, acting strangely and causing Rupert and Katy extra stress and work. In spite of everything, as time passes, Katy begins to realise that she is developing feelings for Rupert and that perhaps they are reciprocated.

I very much enjoyed this story; I quickly became immersed in events at the Inglenook Inn and finished the book all too soon. Like the other books in this series, I can positively recommend this one, and if you haven’t read the others, they are worth seeking out as well. I liked all of the well-formed characters in this story. They were all dealing with worrying issues in one way or another, each of which was dealt sensitively by the author. Natalie’s behaviour made me want to dislike her, but I was sure that there was more going on than the others realised. The descriptions of Inglenook Inn once more had me longing to visit. The staff went to amazing lengths in order to make everyone’s stay perfect; who wouldn’t want to visit? 

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