ARC Review: The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane by Jeannie Chin

Happy Thursday y’all! Ahhh I cannot believe that we’re on our last day of September! Only one quarter left in this year, which is crazy because it feels like 2021 just started! Thank you so much to Forever/Grand Central Publishing for sending me a free finished copy of The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane and for approving my request for the eARC on Netgalley! I started reading the finished copy of this book but then transitioned to the eARC, because sometimes it’s just easier to read on my phone haha The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane came out on September 28, so make sure you go out and grab it as soon as you’re done reading my review!

The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

From a “must-read voice in romance” (Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author) comes a charming opposites-attract romance about two lonely hearts discovering that love doesn’t always go according to plan.

June Wu always has it all together—only now, she’s in over her head. Her family’s inn desperately needs guests, her mother’s medical debts are piling up, and the surly, if sexy, stranger next door is driving away the customers she has left! When he asks for June’s help, though, she can’t say no. After all, his new bar could be just what the upcoming Pumpkin Festival needs to bring in more tourists. But with the fierce attraction between them, will working together be playing with fire?

Ex-soldier Clay Hawthorne prefers being on his own. He’s moved to Blue Cedar Falls for one reason—to carry out his best friend’s dream of opening a bar in the hometown he’ll now never return to. But the town’s business association is trying to stop Clay’s progress. June soon becomes his biggest supporter, and while their partnership is supposed to be only temporary, for the first time Clay wants something permanent—with June. Can two total opposites really learn to meet each other in the middle?

This book was totally different from what I was expecting. Like I was expecting light, fun romance, but there was a lot more than that in here. Let’s start out by talking about June and her family. June takes on so much responsibility (even when, often times, it seems as though she doesn’t have to) and after her mom’s stroke, that sounds like such a tough way to live. Not telling anyone else about the medical debt and trying to figure out a way to pay it even when the inn isn’t doing well sounds super stressful! I’m honestly surprised she didn’t have some sort of stress induced breakdown sometime during the book! Now, speaking of June’s family, I really liked Elizabeth in the few short snippets of her that we got to see. I’m really hoping we get to read a whole book based on her! And May, while not my favorite of the sisters, definitely also seems like a really interesting character and I would love to get a book that goes into the background of her and Han’s relationship as well as what the future of that could look like (I did really love Han). Now, onto Clay. He was kind of just… there. I really liked his interactions with Lisa and her daughter and how he wanted to fulfill Bug’s wish of having a bar in Blue Cedar Falls, but I never really connected with Clay, because he just didn’t seem to have a real personality and his chemistry with June didn’t really seem to be there. I did like his friendship with Han and how passionate he was about the bar, but honestly, that was about it. I think The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane is a great start to a series with wonderful main characters and great secondary characters!

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