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The Innkeeper's Sister

(Honey Ridge #3)

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Welcome to Honey Ridge, Tennessee, where Southern hospitality and sweet peach tea beckon, and where long-buried secrets lead to some startling realizations... Grayson Blake always has a purpose--and never a moment to lose. He's come home to Honey Ridge to convert a historic gristmill into a restaurant, but his plans crumble like Tennessee clay when the excavation of a skel ...more
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Published July 25th 2017 by HQN Books
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Debra
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Grayson Blake and his brother, Devlin have returned to Honey ridge to convert a historic grist mill into a restaurant. While in town they rent rooms at the Peach Orchard Inn which happens to be co-owned by a beautiful woman, Valery Carter, who happened to be Grayson's teenage crush. Valery was a gifted dancer who enchanted him when he was younger and he finds that she still enchants him to this day. As Grayson and Valery become re-acquainted, it is obvious that Valery has secrets as she
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
To be honest I'm more of a horror fan than a romance fan. However, I do have one weakness. I love reading books set in the American South and I don't even mind romance that much if I get a good mystery and that was what appealed to me with this book.

A skeleton found that dates back to the Civil War. I was curious and I wanted to know more. Now, this is the third book in a series, I haven't read the previous two books, but that doesn't hinder one from enjoying this book. If you are anything like
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Anna
Welcome back to the Peach Orchard Inn in Honey Ridge, Tennessee. The Inn is run by sisters Julia and Valery. For Julia the Inn offered a balm to heal from the tragedy of her son's unsolved disappearance several years ago. For Valery the Inn is a place to hide from the anguish and guilt over a decision she made in her teenage years. She has tried to drown her pain with alcohol and poor choices in boyfriends. But when Grayson and Devlin Blake show up at the Inn to begin restoration of the old Gris ...more
DJ Sakata
My Rating:

4.5

Favorite Quotes:

Secrets are like boils. They fester and throb, but until the hard core of truth is released, there is no relief.

You’re running from time while trying to hang on to it. A conundrum.

You’ve held my heart for a long time. All I ask is that you keep it safe.


My Review:

Although it was the third and final book in a series I was not familiar with, it made no difference as the story had strong legs and stood well on its own. The Innkeepers Sister was not at all what I was exp
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Jenny Q
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Honey Ridge trilogy revolves around an old Tennessee farmhouse that has been converted into an inn and two families that have inhabited it: the Portlands in the nineteenth century and the Carters in the present day. Each book is presented in dual timeline format. The Portlands are presented during and after the Civil War, when the house was used as a Union hospital, and then as the South tried to put itself back together only to f
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Marlene
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

The Innkeeper’s Sister is a lovely and emotionally fraught story that is told in parallel in two very distinct timelines – and in both stories the heroine is the sister of the owner of the Peach Orchard Inn. Although in the earlier, post-Civil War timeline, the Peach Orchard Inn was still the Peach Orchard Farm. But both Valery Carter in the early 21st century and Patience Portland in the late 19th are sisters to the women who own Peach Orchard, and who hav
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Andrea Guy
Linda Goodnight is one of my favorite "Inspirational" writers. I have always loved her books from the Love Inspired line. This book is the third in the Honey Ridge series. I wish I would have found this series sooner, because I really like the town.

It is definitely one that can be read as a stand alone, so you don't have to worry about feeling lost.

It's part mystery and part romance that mixes contemporary and historical elements. These are my favorite types of books too and it is so well writte
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Patty
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the final book in a trilogy – I was not aware of that until I had finished. I can’t say that I felt like I missed anything by not having read the first two books. Having now read the synopses I can see where bits of the story lines were woven into this tale. All three books are centered in a small Southern town called Honey Ridge and the Peach Orchard Inn. The Innkeeper’s Sister is Valery Carter and she helps at the inn but it’s not her calling as much as it is a placeholder for her. She ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Time-slip novels (aka dual timeline story threads that connect in some way) have recently become one of my go-to genres. So I was beyond thrilled to discover that the Honey Ridge series, including The Innkeeper’s Sister, is a time-slip story!

In the present day we follow Valery and Grayson, childhood friends who are reunited when Grayson and his brother Devlin arrive for an extended stay at Peach Orchard Inn which is run by Valery’s family. Sparks reignite immediately but both are harboring past
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Becky
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Innkeeper's Sister is a unique blend of history and the present, secrets and mystery, all with a touch of the supernatural. Valery and Grayson kind of have a history--they knew of each other as teenagers, and Grayson crushed on Valery a bit, though they never really had a relationship back then. He'd definitely had an interest, though, and she was at least aware of him, despite the fact that she had some pretty major things going on in her life around the same time--things that will factor i ...more
A'ndrea (Auni)
Wow! I loved this book so much. I won this in a Goodreads first reads giveaway. It took a little longer to review because I had to read the first 2 books in the series. This book was my favorite of the 3. The characters from the present were so likeable, loved the story line from the past. I suggest to the readers to start this series. It is a wonderfully written series. Linda Goodnight writes so well. She was a new author to me, and I've already marked some of her other books to read.
Triinu
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ann
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 3 in the Honey Ridge series and as always with this series you are dealing with some heavy emotional issues. This book touches on alcoholism and how it can upset many lives. Grayson is returning to Honey Ridge to open a restaurant in an old abandoned Grist Mill and help out the town with jobs and tourists. When the workers find a skeleton during the renovation it threatened to shut down the project and effect many of the families in Honey Ridge. Valerie is one of the people effected ...more
Just Commonly
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

"We don't always have choices . . . Nor do we always make the right ones." (90)


What a lovely story that featured not one, but two different timelines, yet still find a parallel connection with each other. The Innkeeper's Sister is the third book in the Honey Ridge trilogy by Linda Goodnight, but I think it can easily be read as a standalone. I didn't realize it was a series until the dedication, which was beautifully written.

The Innkeeper's Sister touches on secrets past that can't see
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Kari
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, for-review, kindle
The Innkeeper's Sister is the third book in the Honey Ridge series. I have read the second one in the series and, like that one, this can easily be read as a stand alone. Valery has been holding a secret inside for years and it is slowdown eating away at her. Her nephew's disappearance years before made it worse. Grayson is a driven business owner who turns old buildings into restaurants with his brother. He used to hold a flame for Valery in high school. When a long buried body is found on his ...more
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: A Honey Ridge Novel

This is such a heartwarming and heartwrenching story all rolled up in one beautifully put together narrative. I kept guessing about where the stories were going but was wrong many times. Well done Ms. Goodnight. Currently, my mom is enjoying it then it will go on my keeper shelf. ~ Kim
Gmr
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author has a way of building the story, both past and present, in such a meticulous way that each is clearly formed in your mind with rich details and history to boot, and yet it never becomes overwhelming. They stay in their own time periods (until the moment is right), allowing you to enjoy not one story but two in equal measure.

From the past, we have voices reaching forward in physical, audible, and spiritual ways. We make the unfortunate acquaintance of Edgar and his better half Charlot
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Janga
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodnight’s third Honey Ridge book blends past and present in another seamless tale that will touch the hearts of her readers. Grayson is a wonderful hero, flawed but honorable and tender and possessing a great capacity for love. Valery is both fragile and strong, and her vulnerability makes her a sympathetic character to a degree that may surprise readers who may have viewed her less tolerantly in the earlier books. They are perfect for each other, different enough to supply needed balance but ...more
MJSH
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read! When I picked it up from my local library, I did not realize that it was book #3 of a series. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone. Now I need to go hunt down books # 1 and 2 so that I can read about the heroine's sister (book 1) and the novelist guest at the inn (book 2). Anyone who enjoys contemporary romance will absolutely love this book.

The book is very well-written and easy to read. The banter between the main characters Grayson and Valery is fun, witty, charming,
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Tamara Morning
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grayson Blake and his brother have come home to Honey Ridge, Tennessee to turn an old gristmill into one of their up-and-coming restaurants. Grayson has a strict schedule he plans to stick to, no matter what. Time is money, after all. But when an old skeleton is found in the basement of the mill, his schedule comes to a screeching halt.

Valerie Carter is a former ballet dancer and now co-owner of a charming inn in Honey Ridge. The secrets from her past haunt her, as does the love of the dance she
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Shay Williams
When you live in a place where you have plantations that survived the Civil War and families stretch back even farther, it's almost impossible to pay homage to the present without considering the past. I tend to avoid books that jump back and forth between times but I do have to say that Ms. Goodnight did an excellent job of interviewing the stories.



What I really enjoyed however were the characters themselves. Valery is broken and punishing herself. Because of that, she isn't able to see hersel
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Joyful
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Civil War fictional romance takes place n Honey Ridge, Tennessee (my home state) with lots of Southern hospitality and my favorite drink, sweet peach tea. In this story long-buried secrets lead to some startling realizations and healings. Grayson Blake, a Nashville business owner and a workaholic, comes home to Honey Ridge to convert a historic gristmill into a restaurant, but his plans crumble like Tennessee clay when the excavation of a skeleton unearths a Civil War mystery.. Co-owner of ...more
Kathy
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Linda Goodnight's The Innkeeper's Sister, events from the past and present are interwoven into another marvelous addition to the heartwarming Honey Ridge series.

Valery Carter was instrumental in pulling her sister Julia from despair, but she is helpless when it comes to ending her own self-destructive behavior. Haunted by a long ago decision and plagued with guilt in the aftermath of a terrible loss, she vows time and again to change her coping mechanisms. Valery is continually frustrated whe
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Lelia Taylor
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a nicely flowing blend of past and present, two stories intertwine after a skeleton is found beneath the old gristmill. Both stories revolve around a missing child, one a slave sold away from his family and white friend, the other Valery's nephew, abducted years ago. Could these bones belong to that child, Mikey? The possibility sends Valery into a maelstrom of new grief as well as guilt that have lain just under the surface all this time, but it's just as likely that this is someone else, so ...more
A Holland Reads
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sounded like a good book to me so I thought let's give this new to me author a chance. I did not realize that this was book three in a series until after I got it. No fault to anyone but myself. With that being said you can read this book as a stand alone and not feel lost one bit. I enjoyed this book so much that I am going to be looking for the other two in the series. The author make the characters likable and well developed. I wanted Grayson to be be able to open his restaurant but the ...more
Ellen Christian
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Innkeeper’s Sister is book 3 in the Honey Ridge Trilogy but you definitely don’t need to have read the first two books to enjoy this one. Valery co-owns the Peach Orchard Inn in Honey Ridge. It’s located near an old grist mill that’s being renovated into a restaurant by a boy she knew in high school. As the grist mill is being renovated, an old skeleton is unearthed. The town speculates whether this is the skeleton of Valery’s nephew who disappeared nine years ago and this discovery haunts V ...more
Diane
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to Honey Ridge, Tennessee, where Southern hospitality and sweet peach tea beckon, and where long-buried secrets lead to some startling history.

Grayson Blake always has a purpose and never a moment to lose. He's come home to Honey Ridge to convert a historic gristmill into a restaurant, but his plans crumble when the excavation of a skeleton unearths a Civil War mystery.

Now co-owner of the Peach Orchard Inn, Valery Carter harbors deep secrets. A bright facade can't erase her regrets any
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Sarah McDonald
This is the third book in a series but can be easily read as a stand alone. The story follows Valerie, a one time party girl who is trying to forget her past by running an inn with her sister. This book alternatives between the past and the present giving historical glimpses of the civil war era. The past and present collide when a pile of bones is discovered near the inn. Although this kind of book does not really appeal to me personally I think it would be very popular for fans of historical r ...more
Olivia
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Goodnight could write a million books in this series and I fully believe that they would all be gold. There is just something about the way she creates these characters, interweaves their lives with history (even fictional history) and adds that dash of romance that has me devouring every page. I can't wait for more.
Patricia Grogan Bugher
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book by Linda Goodnight. There are chapters that are present day and chapters from the mid to late 1860’s. It shows how there can be parallels from history to present day. We can learn from the past. Wonderful book. Give it a read.
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