What will happen when novelist Madeleine Houser's 'pen pal' friendship with a lonely widower takes an unexpected turn?
Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie's never met the innkeeper - but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie's alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn's owner - a man who's likely many years her senior - and who she's never even met.
Arthur Tyler is a college professor who lost his young wife to cancer. Together they ran the bed and breakfast where Art lives, but without his wife, the house is missing warmth and cheer. He jumps at the chance to have author Madeleine Houser use the space that was once filled with guests. He, too, begins to enjoy the daily exchanges with Maddie, but a series of misunderstandings lead him to believe she's far from being a prospective date---even if he were ready to date again, which he's not.
When Maddie and Art finally meet and discover one another's identity, sparks fly. Even so, they each have obstacles to overcome in order for this winter romance to blossom.
This is a sweet novella that begins with letters being exchanged between Maddie and Art. As any good story there has to be some misunderstanding and so it is with Maddie and Art. Both think that they are older than they are. However, as they have small run-ins with each other, without knowing it, feelings begin to come. Readers will enjoy watching these two characters figure things out.
This novella is part of a wedding series and readers will find a sweet enjoyable read with this novella. While I have not read anything by Deborah Ryney before this gives a taste for her writing. It is delightful and fun to read.
While a predictable ending coming I still think it was a fun read that others will enjoy.
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