Following her mother’s hospice care and death, Brynn retreats to an inn on the shores of Lake Superior to recharge. Brynn is a modern literature professor seeking some downtime. She is warmly welcomed and absorbed by the inn’s quirky characters and a tattooed man with whom she falls in love. The inn is haunted.
Liked. The quirky inn characters. There are about a dozen, and they are all fun and interesting. The town, atmosphere are all charming. Loved the paranormal, spooky aura, and mystery. Xe Sands is terrific as narrator; she’s read other Webb stories.
Not so hot. The characters are way too weepy. All eyes glisten, moisten up, tears drop, etc., with abandon. Also, have a hard time envisioning a college professor of literature, in her 30s, falling for a guy wearing earrings with “mesmerizing” tattoos head-to-toe! The Illustrated Man (Ray Bradbury). really. That’s how the townspeople refer to him. It doesn’t work for me, but you may find it peachy.
Written by Wendy Webb, narrated by Xe Sands, just over 8 hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format, released in 2020 by Brilliance Audio.
Recommended, but not Webb’s best.