Reading Roundup: “Carolina Breeze”

You know that moment when you just finish an amazing book, and you aren’t sure how any other book will compare to the one you finished.  That is my current situation.  It is no secret that I love Denise Hunters books, and it is because every book of hers that I read leaves me with that feeling.  “Carolina Breeze”, the second book in the Bluebell Inn Series, does not disappoint.

Denise Hunter is the author of 36 books.  She is the recipient of many awards such as the Foreward Book of the Year Award, and the Holt Medallion Award. She has had three of her books made into Hallmark movies, “The Convenient Groom”, “A December Bride” and “The Goodbye Bride”.

“Carolina Breeze” follows Hunter’s traditional style of writing.  She writes chaste romance books, with faith and religion intertwined.  Hunter offers varied sentence structures, providing the reader with a more interesting reading experience.

Like its predecessor, “Lake Season”, “Carolina Breeze” takes place in North Carolina, which just happens to be one of my favorite places.  The Bluebell Inn sits on the edge of a lake and provides the ideal setting for the romance that blossoms in the pages of this story.

As the second story in the series, readers have already been introduced to the back story of Molly and Adam.  Molly is one of the Bennett siblings and their story can be learned about in my review of “Lake Season” by clicking here.

In “Carolina Breeze” we get more intimate with Levi, the oldest of the Bennett siblings.  He takes his role of big brother seriously, after the death of their parents.  He carried the stress of running the inn, and seeing to it that his sisters are taken care of.  When a celebrity, Mia, comes to the inn, Levi finds that his life changes drastically.  Once uptight, he now takes time to laugh and fall in love.

I must admit, when I read “Lake Season”, I did not think that I would like Levi’s story.  I thought that he was too rigid, however, Denise Hunter made me fall in love with him.  The traits that I once found irritating are now endearing.  I learned more about his inner workings, and why he is the way he is. 

Even though Molly and Adam had their time to shine in the first book of their trilogy, their story continues in “Carolina Breeze” and I became even more smitten with him.  He is seriously my literary crush.  I enjoyed that Hunter didn’t forget about them, and I look forward to reading the last book in the trilogy to see how all the sibling’s fair.

The last sibling, Grace, is the sibling we know the least about.  She is the youngest, having just graduated high school, and her story will be unveiled in the final book “Autumn Skies”.

I loved this story and am enjoying learning about the Bennett siblings.  This was a quick read, however, I kept stopping because I didn’t want to finish the story and be forced to choose another book to read.

The storyline was believable and provided enough drama to keep my intrigued, but not so much that I felt like I was watching a soap opera. 

There were a few sensitive topics that might trigger a reader.  Each of the main characters, Levi and Mia, have had parents pass away.  The scene in which Levi loses his parents is described in more detail.  There are also elements of parental neglect and alcoholism is mentioned loosely.

The overall rating I would give this book is 5 stars.  It was an amazing read that has me ready to revisit Bluebell Inn.

“Carolina Breeze” is set to release on May 19, 2020.  It can be purchased on Amazon in the following formats: Kindle $8.99, Paperback $12.79 and Audio CD for $15.84.

I received an advanced digital copy of this book, from NetGalley, in exchange for honest opinion.

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