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The Secret of Willow Inn (The Falls, #1)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Two women fighting for their dreams, one who’s long lost hers, are united by tragedy and a long-held secret.

Pregnant with her first child, Emily Hayes is eager to help her mother finish transforming an estate into the Willow Inn and write a novel about Willow Falls’ colorful history. A tragic event threatens her parents’ plans to refurbish an abandoned hotel and transform
Paperback, 303 pages
Published January 10th 2019 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
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Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

The Secret of Willow Inn is a gem and I am thrilled to find writing of this quality in the Christian fiction genre. This story beautifully combines elements of relationship drama and women’s fiction in a character-driven narrative that is hard to put down. A favorite of mine, for sure!

The vividly-conveyed setting of Willow Falls is a typical north Georgia town, and that this story takes place in my state is an added bonus. Locations and place
Suzie Waltner
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pat Nichols captures the small town in the first book in her Willow Falls series. The little Georgia town is full of opinionated residents who don’t hesitate to voice their opinions when controversy strikes. And there is plenty of drama in Willow Falls.

First, there’s the return of Sadie Lyles. A woman who spent the past thirty years of her life in prison for murder. Then there’s the matter of opening the inn and hotel. When news of another venture reaches the town, everyone has an opinion on tha
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, especially loved the location, as I am from the area. The characters were fun and make you want to be part of their little town. So many interesting stories intertwining one another from Atlanta to the north Ga mountains. A small town murder and several twists at the end. Excellent debut novel. I’m looking forward to more stories from Willow Falls.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This fast-paced novel grabs your attention at page one and keeps it all the way to the end. This page turner will have you flying through the pages. I highly recommend this book and I assure you that you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to more novels from this author.
Ane Mulligan
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! From page one, I couldn't put it down and read late into the wee hours of the morning, until I read The End. I highly recommend it!
Hallie Szott
Mar 09, 2019 marked it as reviewed
Visit Willow Falls with Pat Nichols in The Secret of Willow Inn and meet opinionated cast of small-town characters. With them, uncover the truth behind the secrets, experience the tragedy, and feel the hope as the story unfolds in surprising ways. It’s a trip worth taking.

At the center of it all are Emily Hayes and Rachel Anderson. Though they have different backgrounds, they can’t help but find several important commonalities over the course of the story. I loved getting to know them—their drea
Rebecca L.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Secret of Willow Inn was a fast paced romance with a dash of mystery. I enjoy reading southern fiction, especially the work of authors such as Joshilyn Jackson. I don't want to say too much because I am afraid of giving away the surprises in the plot.

What I will say is that this book was a very fun and enjoyable read. I enjoy sweet and clean romanc. I also enjoy a bit of mystery. One of my favorite parts of this book was the setting. I have never been to Georgia, but I was able to picture th
Rachel DeVaughn
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story immensely and read it in one sitting. The small town, characters, and story line kept my interest from beginning to end. I really liked the main characters Emily and Rachel as they are introduced to each other because of a common friend and interest in investing in the town.

Several twists and turns, romance, tragedy, complicated relationships, and small town drama-all in this clean christian fiction novel. Great characters, great story-highly recommend reading it! I would lo
If you remember, I spotlighted this book last fall (the end of October to be exact). I chose to do that because the synopsis intrigued me. You aren’t going to hook me by a pretty cover, I might look a second time but that’s not what draws me to a book. You are going to hook me with an engaging synopsis. Bonus points, and faster to the checkout with it, if there’s mystery and intrigue. Romance is just a sidebar, build me a story that I can engage in and romance is just a sidebar. I’m not a bodice ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good read. And a new author for me! Emily Hayes finally get the answers to her childhood prayers, though she is now an adult, and having a sister isn’t possible. But having twin girls is more than awesome because they will each have a sister from the beginning. While at the same time, Sadie Lyles lost her dreams 30 years ago when she was jailed for killings her dad. But did she really kill him? Sadie seems to be holding on to a secret that she’s never go
Beckie Burnham
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
It has been a while since I have read a true cozy mystery — the kind set in a small, quaint town populated with plenty of quirky characters. That’s exactly what I got with The Secret of Willow Inn, Pat Nichols’ first book in the Willow Falls series. A bonus is that it is set in a fictional north Georgia mountain town similar to the one where I have a cabin. I could picture the shops and the scenery, as well as the hometown feel. Add a many-layered mystery, and this one is a winner. Recommended.

Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! The Secret of Willow Inn by Pat Nichols is a story that I won’t soon forget. I only have one 2 does not come out until January 2020, the third book is still under construction. Knowing it is a laborious process to bring a book to market, I’ve followed Pat Nichols on Amazon, BookBub, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so I won’t miss the release announcement.

Emily Hayes is expecting her first child and has taken on the project of refurbish an estate int
Patti Whitson Stephenson
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I selected this book at first because I loved the cover. By the time I finished the first chapter, I knew I was reading something special.

This story is so good. There’s everything to love in this small-town, family oriented drama. The story is told through the viewpoints of Emily and Rachel. Emily has grown up in Willow Falls; Rachel in Atlanta. Their lives are very different, but an accidental meeting between the two in Willow Falls changes their lives forever. There’s a great cast of small tow
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a Delight! I Can’t Wait for Book 2!

Pat Nichols’ debut novel just made me happy! No, it’s not a sappy romance, although the prerequisite romantic involvement is threaded throughout the story. Even small towns, as quaint as they are, have their problems, and the busy-body Mirabelle is determined to make sure everyone knows!

Who could believe that a heart-breaking fatal accident and a man’s dream of a winery could work to not only miraculously bring together total strangers but actually help he
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's definitely a lot to like about this first book in "The Falls" series! Having been to Georgia myself, I could easily picture many of the places referenced (though ATL has certainly changed since I was there last).

The characters are interesting and quirky. I enjoyed watching Rachel grow in particular.

I did feel like her dad, post-climax, turned on a dime a bit. Can't say I'm completely convinced (but maybe he'll show up in a sequel and we will see more character development). I'm also not
Laura Meyer
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading The Secret of Willow Inn! The plot twists and turns were well done, & the townspeople were very relatable! I would caution that when I read an advanced copy that one of the pregnant characters took medication that would be extremely harmful in real life. They may have fixed that, if not, don't take those meds while expecting! I would recommend this book as great porch swing read:-) Its one that grips your attention & is true to real, gritty, life. Perhaps it's no ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This was my first read by Pat Nichols, but I am in love with her amazing ability to draw readers in. I was hooked from the very beginning, especially because I love how well she captured the small town feel. I truly have a passion for small towns. The characters are well developed and easy to relate to. The story flowed well and was easy to follow.

There's plenty of twists, turns, and surprises in this read, which will keep you on your toes guessing. There's a ton of drama and fun, but I never fe
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this story! I felt many emotions while I read the story of the good folks of Willow Falls. I just wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. I was as surprised as the town folks at one turn of events, but you’ll have to read the book to see what I’m talking about. Emily and Scott have such a good relationship, and Pepper, she is one special woman. Willow Falls could be one of many small towns in Georgia. We do have several great winery’s and while I’m n ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an enjoyable read. It has some suspense, but not the kind that will keep you up nights. Rachel and Emily are two very different people, but so very much alike. Rachel is a high roller business woman in the big city, and Emily is a small town girl chasing her dream of becoming a novelist. You will get caught up in the small town issues of survival, gossip, and revelations. You may think you have the story figured out, but the author throws a couple of curve balls in at the end. The a ...more
Amanda  H
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pat has a wonderful style of writing that is easy to read and get into. I enjoyed this story of mystery that involved a decades old murder. I like that it is told from different points of view and that the characters are so unique, giving the reader a taste of different walks of life. This is a well written story about small town life, with all it's secrets. I will caution that there are some triggers in the book, but Pat handles them delicately.
I'm glad that this is part of the series, since I
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It comes across as a light read but it really isn't.

Early on I could guess the outcome and I was right, however, I kept wanting to read to see how it would all play out, so that didn't keep me from enjoying the book and what would happen in this little town and had happened in the past.

Some tough issues are dealt with in this book but I thought the author did a great job of showing how Jesus would want us to handle them.

I loved the ending, but I can't share that, you'll have
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not just any old business meeting!
This book is just full of secrets and twists it will keep you glued to your seat. The author has brought life to her characters and their small town. I will say this book had a bit of everything in its tragedy, suspense, humor, and romance, but faith is there too. It was a great blending of emotions just like real life. I am looking forward to the next book to see what goodies the author will bring to her audience. I did receive a free copy of this book and volu
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a well written mystery that I devoured. It had the dynamic of a small town family drama that really drew me in. My heart went through so many emotions, I was really invested in the characters and the story. The second book can't come out fast enough, I needed it yesterday. You should definitely add this book to your TBR.

Disclaimer: I recieved this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful small town saga! This book has romance, mystery, murder, tragedy and lots of hope. The characters are awesome and I love the Willow Falls old-timers. They are quite a hoot! I really hope that there will be more Willow Falls books.
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.
Kat (caveat.lectors)
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy to review from @justreadtours & @patnicholsauthor. All opinions are mine. I loved this book! It was an entertaining read with small town drama, big city views, and some romance which also comes with family secrets. There were some delightful twists that I didn’t see coming and I’m excited for book two!
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fast-paced novel grabs your attention at page one and keeps it all the way to the end. This page turner will have you flying through the pages. I highly recommend this book and I assure you that you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to more novels from this author.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, I did not see the ending coming. Well written with quite a story to tell. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Can hardly wait for more in this series. I received a copy from lpc books as an advance reader copy. Opinions are my own.
Joyce Juengel
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved both the well debeloped characters and the detail of the quaint little town. There are twists and turns in the plot that keep the story interesting. I look forward to continuing the days of Willow Falls.
Linda Lee
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous Twists

A great, clean read. I couldn't put this down. Small town history and a suspenseful twist or two made this a must read!
Jeannie Huie
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read! Interesting characters in a definitely interesting town!
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Pat Nichols is thrilled to prove it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
During the spring, summer, and early autumn of her life this side of heaven, she and her high-school-sweetheart husband struggled and triumphed through life’s ups and downs. They raised two children, delighted in three grandchildren, bought a Corvette, and ticked off every item on their travel-bucket list. Now approaching