Tuesday, September 26, 2023

On Moonberry Lake by Holly Varni

 

Cora Matthews has long wondered why her mother stopped taking her to visit her grandparents' lodge in the small Northwoods Minnesota town of Moonberry Lake. Now, after burying her mother and breaking off her engagement just two weeks before her wedding, Cora has a chance to find out. Once there, she is stunned to learn that the old lodge is her inheritance--with a surprising condition attached. Maybe some time to regroup on the shores of a beautiful lake is just what Cora needs to figure out what's next for her.

But Cora's days on the lake are anything but relaxing. The only thing that's a bigger mess than her own life is the dilapidated building she's living in. Add a cantankerous handywoman, an angry neighbor, and an elderly woman who spends all her time talking to the "residents" in the cemetery and Cora's not sure she can stick it out. But if she can, she may find a love she never expected--from the most unexpected people imaginable. This homespun tale of new friendships, sweet romance, and ordinary miracles will have you wishing you could spend a summer (or a lifetime) on Moonberry Lake.

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About The Author


 Holly Varni is a native Minnesotan of strong Norwegian descent, who was raised in the Lutheran Church that Garrison Keillor made a career depicting. Between the lutefisk, grumpy grandparents, and crazy neighbors who mowed their lawn wearing pajamas, the seed to becoming a storyteller was planted. Though she, her husband, and their three sons live along the Central Coast of California, her beloved Midwest roots continue to haunt everything she writes. She hosts the Moments from Moonberry Lake podcast where she shares more stories of her beloved characters. Learn more at www.hollyvarni.com.

 

My Review


 

Cora Matthews is reeling when she arrives a Moonberry Lake, and the building she received from her mother is a run down, almost uninhabitable lodge. Add to this is the colorful assortment of local residents, and this story will warm your heart.

You feel sorry for Cora as this story opens, she appears to be so broken, but as the read unfolds, gifts of friendship are sprinkled about, but will she open her heart to what is offered.

I loved this read, and the unusual people that are offered, and the response of difficult times and how they rally around those whom are having troubles.

From disasters, to a bit of sweet romance, to gifts of friendship and tea/coffee, you won't see what is around the corner!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

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