Book Review: The Inn at Angel Island

Welcome to Angel Island, not far from the shores of Cape Light. It’s said to harbor angels that help guide the lost, that sometimes lead them right back to where they began…

Liza Martin arrives on Angel Island to sell the inn she and her brother inherited from their aunt, so she can bolt back to her busy life in Boston. But back home awaits a broken marriage and an unstable career. The more time she spends on Angel Island, and with every local she meets, the more she finds herself enjoying the tranquility of the place. Her new friends don’t want to see her sell the inn to developers who will ruin the island’s charm. There is much for her to resolve before her departure- and it is going to take a band of angels to mend her broken wings and redirect her soul.

I opened up this book with a little more anticipation than is advisable when starting a new book that links to another series. The Cape Light novels were fantastic, and the first two are on my all-time-favorites list.

I love the way Kinkade and Spencer used the town of Cape Light in the book, and some of the characters from the past novels are in it, so there is no character overload at all.
Liza is a likeable character, and I was able to connect and sympathize with her throughout the whole book. The rest of the characters, which I won’t list, were just as unique as real-life, small-town “characters”.

The plot was a typical Spencer/Kinkade one, leaving much of the story up to how the reader connects with the characters. It was typical, which meant it was also predictable. The ground covered had already been explored in their other novels, and while I enjoyed reading it, the suspense wasn’t there.

Another thing I missed was some of the raw heartache from the first two novels. Granted, I’m slightly biased on this point, considering Emily Warwick is one of my all-time-favorite book characters (when you wish they were real, then you know you’re hooked). But still, the character flaws and breaking-down points weren’t as realistic, or described as adequately as I wanted/expected them to be.

I would give this book a 4/5, considering I couldn’t put it down until I finished, which was about 1am. Entertaining, but predictable, without as much emotion as it potentially could have had. I really liked this book, and will be awaiting more from the Angel Island series.

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