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Inn By The Lake by Mary K. Tilghman
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Read 2 times. Last read November 20, 2020 to December 6, 2020.

Bad aim brought the lawyer and the innkeepers’ son together. Everything else drove them apart. Can the inn’s past promise them a future?

Amanda steals away from the biggest case of her life to host a bridesmaids’ getaway for her best friend Julie at a lakeside inn. While Amanda must keep her eye on her email, she hopes the weekend will make amends for important events she has missed because of work.

The innkeepers’ hardworking son, Luke, returns for a visit only to find his parents at odds over an offer to sell the inn they’ve owned for twenty years. A developer wants to raze the Victorian inn to build a new resort.

Amanda and Luke meet on the tennis court—where his poorly-executed serve whacks her in the head. Later, as Luke leads Amanda on a tour to get to know the inn, and each other, better, Amanda discovers a long-lost diary that recounts a visit to the inn by a famous couple in the 1880s.

Amanda sympathizes with the family’s dilemma, having lost her home as a child. An email reveals a fact she hoped wasn’t true: her big case is the same hotel project threatening the inn. Before she can tell Luke, he discovers the truth and confronts her.

The two come face to face, this time in opposition, as plans for the new development proceed. Amanda, who has always appreciated old things, wonders if the diary she and Luke found holds the key to saving the inn and maybe their chance for a future together.

This is a warm, charming romance with a delightful cast of characters and a historic setting. It's exactly the type of place I would want to go to relax for the weekend. Good food and good company. Luke's parents are my favorite secondary characters. Luke and Amanda are so much alike - it was interesting to see the contest of wills on opposite sides of the issue. Two people who've only known all work and no play trying to find a compromise find love along the way. I found myself cheering for them the entire time.

Lose yourself in total escapism reading with this one!

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November 20, 2020 – Started Reading
December 6, 2020 – Shelved
December 6, 2020 – Finished Reading

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