The Widow of Larkspur Inn by Lawana Blackwell is a pretty good historical romance. It wasn't super remarkable or innovative, but I really enjoyed the detailed characters and setting. It was very easy to immerse myself in the village of Gresham, and the characters were so well developed that by the end of the book they felt like old friends.
The story begins with the death of the protagonist's husband. Distraught over suddenly becoming a widow, Julia Hollis is even more shocked to learn that his business dealings were not what she thought they were. Faced with being in charge of her own life and wellbeing for the first time ever, Julia must make some tough decisions and quickly learn about running an inn when she is forced to relocate from London to the tiny village of Gresham. Although it is quite the change for herself and her children, they all quickly adapt and make new friends in their new home. This story does a good job of illustrating the value of humility, hard work, and good friendships without being overly preachy or banal. I actually enjoyed this story so much that I went to the library to borrow the other books in the "Gresham Chronicles" series immediately after reading this one.
If you enjoy historical romances, stories about Victorian England, and stories with a lot of detail, this would be a good read for you.
|The Widow of Larkspur Inn|
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