When a near-fatal accident ends Molly Porter's skiing career, she picks herself up again, obtains a degree in hotel management, and starts a new life as assistant manager at the Bluebonnet Hotel in the Texas town of Oak Creek. But when the Bluebonnet's owner dies of a sudden heart attack and his nephew arrives with plans to sell, Molly's life is again thrown into turmoil.
Sam Kincaid can't seem to catch a break. His companies are bankrupt, his girlfriend has moved out, leaving him with a message that she's relocating to France, is pregnant with his child, and plans to take care of the problem. Sick at heart, Sam just wants to rebuild his life and his high tech career, but his plans are interrupted when his uncle dies and leaves the Bluebonnet to Sam.
It's at the Bluebonnet that Sam meets Molly. Seeing her disability, he wants to protect her. She's obviously competent at her job, but Sam fears she works too hard. Molly does not appreciate what she views as Sam's pity. Sparks fly as these two struggle to run the Bluebonnet together. Over time, Sam and Molly acknowledge their growing attraction, but it seems for every obstacle they overcome, another arises. Linda Barrett kept me turning pages, desperate to know how Sam and Molly would deal with each new setback.
The Inn at Oak Creek is Linda Barrett's fourth novel and her best. She begins the book with a whoosh, and the pace never slows. The characters are real and engaging, the plot is vibrant, and the writing superb. Readers who enjoyed Linda's first novel, Love, Money, and Amanda Shaw, will delight in catching up with Amanda and Zach, Molly's sister and brother-in-law, in this book. If you're looking for a great read, all the amenities included, check into The Inn at Oak Creek.
This report prepared by Shane Bolks