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Review: The Inn on Sweet Briar Lane by Jeannie Chin

For all my fans of contemporary romance series, look no further! I have been searching for a contemporary romance series which would delight me and this is it! Talk about a story about sisters and The Inn on Sweet Briar Lane features the one who wants the control and bears the weight of her family’s problems. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


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! When he asks for June’s help, though, she can’t say no. After all, his new bar could be just what the upcoming Pumpkin Festival needs to bring in more tourists. But with the fierce attraction between them, will working together be playing with fire?

Ex-soldier Clay Hawthorne prefers being on his own. He’s moved to Blue Cedar Falls for one reason—to carry out his best friend’s dream of opening a bar in the hometown he’ll now never return to. But the town’s business association is trying to stop Clay’s progress. June soon becomes his biggest supporter, and while their partnership is supposed to be only temporary, for the first time Clay wants something permanent—with June. Can two total opposites really learn to meet each other in the middle?


The Inn on Sweet Briar is charming personified. Featuring a story about family at its core, June is just trying to keep their inn afloat. With her mother’s increasing bills, June is carrying the weight of their livelihoods on her shoulders alone. But does she have to be? If you love characters who make their lives harder than it has to be? Who have a hard time relying on others? Letting people carry the weight of our problems? Then you’ll love June.

That’s why I adored June. She’s like me to a T. Not only that, but The Inn on Sweet Briar Lane serves up two MCs like that. Because Clay has his own issues asking for help! In some ways, this feels a bit like opposites attract, but it’s more than that. It’s about two characters who have to realize that they could be friends. That on top of their chemistry, there’s something special there. Together they must learn that it’s not all or nothing. There’s some bend, some flexibility, and that it’s not about our breaking point, but about bending a little.

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It’s not about changing ourselves or someone else. That we can evolve, decide what is important to us, and it’s not a concession. Don’t let the cover fool you. The Inn on Sweet Briar Lane is about the characters not the inn. The ways in which you can allow someone into our heart and home. People can change us, but it’s not because we need changing or because they won’t accept us. It’s about someone who can help us see ourselves in a new light. And their individual character journey’s are complex and so good in this series starter. Find The Inn on Sweet Briar Lane on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon, Indiebound,, & The Book Depository.


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