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The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  83 reviews
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 th
Mass Market Paperback, 459 pages
Published September 28th 2021 by Forever
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Lacey (laceybooklovers)
This is a really heartwarming small town romance that's perfect for the cozy season – it takes place during the fall and there's a whole pumpkin festival! The heroine owns a bed and breakfast and the hero moves next door in order to open up a bar. They don’t get along at first mainly because the hero is a prickly grump. But they're forced to work together in order to bring in business and make the town’s pumpkin festival as successful as it can be. The romance is great, I loved June’s family, an ...more
Oct 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
Sep 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads) by: Estelle
Thank you to the publisher for my print and audio review copy. All opinions are my own.

Hey there new fun cozy you doin?

Sigh, a new series for me in my beloved North Carolina....yes, please.

I adored this book. It had it all for me.

Great flawed characters.
Sweet little small town.
Great chemistry.
Not too steamy that I won't recommend it to everyone...despite their steam restrictions.
A series....a brand spanking new series. I love series. (I'm secretly hoping for all the sister's sto
Sep 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This was a such a strong start to a new series, seriously the potential is great! Don’t let the cute little cover fool you either, yes it’s a cutesy little romance set in a small town but there’s so much more than that. While the town was described beautifully it isn’t portrayed in a way that makes it seem like the totally perfect place to live. Not everyone is welcoming and many residents are resistant to change, especially when the change comes in the form of a new bar coming to town. It doesn ...more
Julie - One Book More
Oct 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming story, The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane follows rivals June Wu and Clay Hawthorne as they butt heads and eventually fall in love. Clay is new to the area. A retired soldier, he is haunted by the past and deeply grieves the loss of his best friend. Clay is a solitary man intent on fulfilling his friend’s wish to open a bar in his hometown. He’s had a difficult life and is tough with a lot of rough edges, which I understood, but he has such a terrible attitude at the start of the story. H ...more
Sep 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Heartfelt, playful, and sweet!

The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane is a heartwarming, compassionate tale that transports you to Blue Cedar Falls and into the lives of June Wu, a hardworking, young woman who, after her mother’s recent illness, is doing everything she can to balance the books, keep the family hotel running, and pay as much of the outstanding hospital bills as she can, and Clay Hawthorne, a new resident and retired soldier who’s determined to do whatever it takes to fulfil his late best frie
Oct 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley, 2021
The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane is a sweet enemies-to-lovers tale with a slight amount of steam.

Clay Hawthorne is a veteran who fought over in Afghanistan. He is in town to build Bug's Bar, the dream of his friend, Bug, who died overseas but dreamed of building a bar in his hometown. Clay doesn't know anything about Blue Cedar Falls outside of what Bug told him and he isn't inclined to learn more. June Wu owns the local inn across the street from the building Clay is refinishing. When Clay's loud co
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
June Wu has always been one to strive for perfection. She’s the fixer, the glue that holds her family together, and she needs to stay on top of things. But now, she has entirely too much to deal with thanks to her mother’s mounting medical debts and the bypass highway that has made her family’s small-town inn lose business. Now the all too handsome new neighbor is driving away the guests she still has with his loud music and construction noise. Still, he needs help and June is nothing if not hel ...more
This was mostly fine until the end. The set up for the opening-a-bar plot didn't really work and Clay was a bit too angry and then changed a bit too suddenly, but I liked June a lot and the story was fine, even if the plot didn't always knit together in a way that made a ton of sense.

But ooof, the fight Clay and June had at the end was brutal and I just don't think there was enough time or work done to come back from it. The family/sisters stuff here was also not great for me, and there was some
Sep 21, 2021 rated it liked it
There will be women melting over the main guy, Clay, but I'm not one of them.

June has been juggling many responsibilities: her family B&B, her mother's hospital bills that come from a stroke, and trying to keep her dying small town alive. Then Clay, an ex-soldier, buys the vacant store next door from the B&B and plans on turning it into a bar designed to upset people in town. This is more problems for June. But no matter how many times he yells at her, she can't help but want to get in his pants
Oct 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 / 4 stars, rounded up to four.

I've been going back and forth on how to rate this one, and I think I'm going to split the difference between the ratings. The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane was a lovely read and the start to a new series. This story is perfect for those that are fans of small-town romances, opposites-attract, and enemies-to-lovers.

The reader is introduced to June Wu as life takes a turn for the more complicated. Medical bills from her mother's treatments are piling up, the family inn
A Lazy Nerd
Oct 04, 2021 marked it as dnf
The book I wanted to finish but ended up dnf-ing 🤦‍♀️
📖 The Inn On Sweetbriar Lane by Jeannie Chin

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!
Ex-soldier Clay Hawthorne prefers being on his own. He’s moved to Blue Cedar Falls for one reason—to carry out his best
Jodie (That Happy Reader)
Nov 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane. Set in the small town of Blue Cedar Falls North Carolina, the book highlights the benefits and liabilities of living in a smaller community. On the plus side, each of the town’s residents knows one another. On the negative side, these residents can make life difficult for anyone new to town, or who deviates from the fixed rules of the town.

June is a young woman who has taken on the financial responsibilities for her parents’ Inn. A new highway nearby has imp
Sep 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and Forever for the chance to read an early copy of this book! Extra special thanks to Dana from Forever who reached out and knew exactly what would draw me in -- normally I would have passed over this book thinking it was a sweet romance or women's fiction, but her email sold me in three sentences: "Don’t let the cover fool you, this one does have steamy scenes. This romance also has Asian, interracial relationships, and LGBTQ+ representation. Jeannie Chin is biracial Asian- ...more
Oct 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane by Jeannie Chin was such a WONDERFUL small-town romance!
OMG I can't even put this special feeling - while I read this book - into good words.
The Story of June and Clay left me with a warm heart and a smile on my face.
Please don't let this cute book cover fool you!
It get's really really HOT between the main characters!
Soooo...Clay moves to Blue Cedar Falls to open a bar... vis-a-vis to the Inn of June's family. A bar? In a small-town like Blue Cedar Falls? The people
April Perdomo
Sep 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an absolute little gem of a book. You think this is going to be a straightforward cozy romance (which I love mind you) and then it adds more unexpected layers. It is a cozy romance and just a little bit more. I think the most unexpected element for me was the fact that this was not afraid to touch on PTSD and veteran service. It surprised me. I do not know if this will become or is meant to become a series, but I do feel like there is a wealth of topics here still to explore that were br ...more
Sep 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars This was a fun book and exactly what I needed. I loved reading about the small town of Blue Cedar Falls. June is a strong character and owner of an Inn so of course she is going to be frustrated by a new guy in town when he is loud and planning to build a bar. Clay is a veteran that is fulfilling a promise to his fellow soldier. I not only loved June and Clay as individuals but their love/hate relationship was fun! There are many other folks and supporting characters in Blue Cedar Fall ...more
Sep 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Clay Hawthorne lost his parents in a car accident when he was young and was placed in several foster homes. When he was old enough, he enrolled in the military. He met Bug there, and they were stationed together, and Bug became his family. While in Afghanistan, Bug was killed and Clay was injured. After he had mended, he decided to go to Bug's hometown, and build the dream that Bug had planned to do one day.
The first day there, he met June Wu, who had the inn across the road. She made him a pie
Sep 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Forever Publishing for a complimentary review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

June runs an inn, Clay is grumpily opening up a bar across the street, there's a pumpkin festival everyone is preparing for tp help increase tourism into their town. Because of these things I had really high hopes heading into this book after loving my last forever small town romance, but unfortunately this one didn't hit it out of the park for me.

I found June to be very so
Nov 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, read-2021
The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane by @jeanniecwrites is a cute little novel.
June has a great mind for business, and she is trying hard to keep her family Inn profitable. she is sweet, thoughtful, and overachieving.

We get to know about Clay and his time in the military, he is a quiet man and when he suddenly arrives in town, he tries to stay away from everyone and live his own life. but June is persistent to know him, and this leads to a loving story of change, letting others in and moving on.

I enjoye
Adriana Racu
Sep 28, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a sweet and charming story. I enjoyed the family interaction between June and her family and I really liked that the romance started as enemies to lovers cause I am a sucker for that trope. The only thing that I had a bit of a hard time was Clay’s character which I wasn’t a huge fan because of some attitudes he had (I won’t mention them because I don’t want to spoil anything) throughout the story and that made it very difficult for me to care about the romance between him and June.
Sep 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
I’m probably in the minority here but I just had too many issues with June. She was always trying to save everyone, it was annoying. I could understand not wanting to worry her mom, but hiding the bills due to her sisters, that was kind of over done—especially when she could’ve lost the inn. I had too many issues with that. Let alone her ever elusive sister May… why couldn’t she just tell her why she needed her to come is beyond me.

Additionally, I didn’t feel the chemistry between June and Clay.
Oct 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, from-publisher
Thanks to Forever for a free copy for honest review!

A lovely debut! The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane by Jeannie Chin is a charming small town romance that also recognizes some of the downsides of a somewhat insular, tourist focused community. June Wu loves her family and the inn that's been in her stepfather's family for generations, but financial troubles are already present when ex-soldier Clay Hawthorne shows up with plans to open a rowdy bar across the street from the peaceful inn. Of course, desp
Jenna (riversidereads) David
Oct 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I truly really enjoyed this story! The Inn On sweetbriar lane is a dual pov from Clay and June. Clay is an army vet who is grumpy, rough around the edges and been through hell. June is a perfectionist who owns the Inn with her family. Clay buys the quilt store across the road and turns it into a bar.

I enjoyed both their characters and all the side characters as well! I loved seeing Clay open up and make friends and enjoyed June's relationship with her family.

I have a soft spot for military rom
Nov 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Hallmark but not conservative AND sexy. Bonus cat material!
Sep 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a really sweet story. June is a perfectionist who is single handedly trying to keep her family’s inn afloat while dealing with her mother’s medical bills piling up. Clay is a grumpy ex-soldier who came to town to build a bar to honor his late friend, and tick people off. Sparks fly when Clay and June meet and are on opposite sides of the issue of a bar going up on Main Street. I enjoyed watching Clay and June fall in love, and grow as people throughout this story. There was some great L ...more
Nov 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful debut novel by Jeannie Chin. The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane was a great romance that provided the smalltown charm of supportive friends and family with a special opposites-attract love story between June and Clay.

Clay’s grumpy demeanour makes you love him even more and when he figures out he wants more than something just casual with the attractive June despite her meddling ways on how he should design his bar that’s located across from June’s family’s inn was adorable. He was the p
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Oct 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
4/5 🌟's

Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy of The Inn On Sweetbriar Lane in exchange for an honest review.

I don't think I've ever read a book that made me appreciate growing up/living in a small town. Sure at times it can feel claustrophobic- and like everybody knows far too much about your personal life, but there is also an irreplaceable sense of community in knowing that, at the end of the day, your friends and neighbours want what is best for you- and are willing to go that ext
Aug 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jeannie Chin has written a beautiful, funny, heartwarming novel that touches on a variety of topics which one may not expect to find in a romance novel. She does so with well balanced, well developed characters that bring you right into their town and storyline.

June Wu is a 30-something Chinese-American who lives with her parents and helps them run the families Inn. She is also helping her mom recover from a serious health injury. And June is worried about her families finances after her mom's
Sep 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Quick, light romantic read. In addition to the romantic story, there are story lines about family, friendships, diversity, war, loss, acceptance and perseverance. This is the first time I've read anything by this author, so I'm not sure if they normally use so many different themes, but to me it could have been softened a bit. No need to throw it all into one book.

I'm sure others will really enjoy the story and take many parts of it to heart, it just didn't resonate with me.

Thanks to the author,
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