Daniel Cavanaugh has it all—a lucrative career as a lawyer, a gorgeous fiancee, and his future mapped out for him. So why is he feeling increasingly dissatisfied with his life? When the assignment to handle his lat grandmother's estate takes him to the California coast, Daniel welcomes the escape. Staying at the nearby bed-and-breakfast isn't really his style, but he soon realizes the inn may hold the key to the answers he's been seeking.
Spindrift Cove has few opportunities for a young unmarried woman like Sarah Michaels. Even so, she enjoys her solitude as owner and chef at the Neverland Inn. She thrives on catering to the needs of her guests and treating them to her fantastic cooking. But when Daniel walks through her door, he immediately tests her patience. Though he is handsome and well-bred, she finds him insufferable. Soon, however, the tranquility of the inn works its magic, and Daniel and Sarah forge a sweet and unexpected connection—until the life he left behind in the city demands his return and it seems that a happily ever after may not be on the menu after all.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2018|
Cute cover & title! New to me author, brings an original plot set around a very small B&B on the California coast. The set up is done well, and the development of the friendship between Daniel & Sarah is pretty typical. Polar opposites that discover they might actually have more in common than they first think. I would have liked to have seen a little more growth in Sarah's character. The story of Peter Pan is interwoven cleverly into the book, though it's not dominant. The ending was a little predictable, and wrapped up a little too quickly. This is a very sudden romance. However, I liked the contrast in characters and the conflicts that Daniel faced within his 'other' life. This is an easy read, with a fresh contemporary and fun story.
The inclusion of the recipes seem to reflect the authors love of cooking (as she describes in her author notes) and is a nice touch, should you feel the need to try out any of the meals described by Sarah in her kitchen prep.
Thanks to Netgalley & Covenant Communications for the eARC. This is my honest review.
This is a sweet and gentle story full of heart and delicious cooking. I liked that after each chapter was the recipe for the dishes that were mentioned and I plan to try a few! The pace was a bit slow and I was missing some depth and connection, but overall it was a pleasant read about two individuals that couldn't be more opposite, and the quaint inn off the beaten path that brings them together. Daniel is the one who did most of the changing, but it was a change he was ready for, one he didn't even know he was seeking. Once he allowed himself to turn off his father's voice in his head and tap into his softer side encouraged by his beloved grandmother, he became more likeable not only to the reader and Sarah, but to himself. The theme of finding "Neverland" by embracing sentiment and childlike joys gave the book a sweet and hopeful tone.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
This was a very cute romance. I enjoyed Sarah's character and loved to get to know her. Daniel was a little bit harder to like, although I felt for him in the beginning and the situation he was placed in. I haven't quite put my finger on what I was missing with Daniel. At times I felt like Sarah turned shy when she didn't need to, but I enjoyed the story. The recipes included appeared easy enough that as an untalented cook, I could try them. This is a story that I can recommend for everyone though.
*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the idea of The Neverland Inn. I’m always looking for new recipes to try. So having this book have them incorporated with the story sounded fantastic! I definitely want to try some of the recipes in this one. But I think the idea was better than the finished product for me.
This book’s main characters are Daniel and Sarah. Daniel is a lawyer who basically hates his life. His parents are frustrating and not loving. And his girlfriend, while beautiful is terrible. Daniel spends the whole first part of the book almost in a fog. His grandma has just died and because of his job, he ends up being the one to have to take care of her estate. Maybe it was the way he was in a fog, but the whole first part of the book seemed a bit sleepy to me.
I liked Sarah. She is the owner of the bed and breakfast, The Neverland Inn. She works hard to care for any customers she has. I loved the way she had all kinds of fun recipes. Her life revolves around her inn, her dog and the kids she helps at the local school. Sarah’s parts of the story were better for me than Daniel’s.
I did like the plot as it got nearer to the end of the book. It didn’t seem as sleepy and there was a bit of a mystery that needed solved. I also liked the recipe box and the way it kind of tied everything together. The ending made up for the sleepy beginning to me.
My idea of a great vacation is going somewhere beautiful and slow-paced to relax. Don't get me wrong, traveling and visiting many towns, museums and monuments is great too, but a true vacation to me isn't being on-the-go the whole time. K.C. Grant's invention of the Neverland Inn sounds like the perfect vacation spot for me.
I was very intrigued by the description of The Neverland Inn, and I loved the cover. Everything from the font to the picture conveyed the feel I think the author or publisher was hoping for.
The story is sweet, and I liked the message about taking time to slow down and evaluate our lives. I wish I'd been able to connect with the characters though. They had both dealt with tragedy in their lives, and Sarah had made the best of it, while Daniel was struggling. The way they met was quite funny, but something about the dialogue didn't always flow well for me. And their connection was quite fast. I did like how it started out rough and grew, but it felt like something that should have taken more than a few days.
I've read quite a few culinary novels and it's fun that recipes are included at the end of most chapters. There are several in The Neverland Inn that I'm tempted to try making. Once or twice the author included some cooking instructions as part of the novel, and that was somewhat distracting to me.
This is clean and worth the read if you have the time.
*I received a complimentary copy. All options expressed are my own.
First of all, don't read this book if you're even remotely hungry, because there are some very delicious-sounding recipes included after many of the chapters that I must try out stat!
Sarah is a slightly scattered B&B owner, yet she will bend over backwards to make sure your stay is near perfect. She rents out only one guest cottage at the home that was her aunts, and seems to thrive on the simplicity and comforts of a small town. She's a very unassuming and caring person, which is perfect for the uptight and robotic Daniel. He's driven by his father's wants and wishes, until his pace is forced to slow down.
I loved the Neverland/Peter Pan theme that is dispersed throughout the story, and especially how it ties many unlikely souls together. There is a feeling of comfort and nostalgia woven between the relationships, setting, and characters. An almost magical feeling cast its spell over me as I read this one. Now, if only someone would make me some of that delicious food while I put my feet up for a minute...
Content: mild romance; mild moment of peril
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*