Rosie Anderson was hoping to whisk her young son Danny away for a lovely Christmas with family, far from the hustle and bustle of her life in London. But then her boss at the head office – aka Susan the Sacker – suddenly assigns her to go in incognito and save a tiny inn in Cornwall from being closed permanently. Rosie doesn’t know why The Old Bell Inn is performing so badly but it’s on her to sort it out!
Hours in the car later, Rosie arrives at the inn to find she’s been double booked – there are no rooms left. And she isn’t there for more than a minute before she’s butting heads with the manager, Irishman Mitchell Fitzpatrick. He seems to dislike her on sight, so it’s confusing that he seems to get on so well with Danny… But if he’s as terrible as his reputation, Rosie will have to be the one to fire him.
This really isn’t the Christmas Rosie was dreaming of. But maybe, just maybe, it could be a whole lot more.
Title: No Room at the Little Cornish Inn
Author: Nancy Barone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 5, 2020
My Rating: 4 stars
I had fun while reading No Room at the Little Cornish Inn. There were some issues, yet none were strong enough to take anything away from the sweet, and charming scenery or the story unfolding.
Rosie has a Scrooge of a boss who sends her on a secret shopper mission to a small inn that is experiencing problems. It’s a go or you’ll lose your job type of situation so, unfortunately, Rosie’s plans with her son for a fun Christmas with family are in the trash bin. To make matters worse, upon arrival she’ll discover that she’s been double-booked and there truly is no room available for her and Danny. Add a grumbly, nearly rude manager and her day is complete – completely ruined that is. Now, somehow, Rosie has to do her job under difficult circumstances, save the Christmas celebration with her son – oh, and not fall head over heels for one grumpy man who makes a solid connection with her son.
There is an underlying mystery going on, as well as interesting characters, some developments that upset all the good that’s been happening between Rosie and Mitchell, and some unexpected surprises for Rosie along the way. It’s a fun Christmas romance with a touch of Scrooge-like actions. I enjoyed myself here, and as I mentioned, the parts that were rough (for me) didn’t take away from the overall enjoyment of Mitchell’s, Rosie’s, and Danny’s story.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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