cover image The Honeymoon Cottage

The Honeymoon Cottage

Lori Foster. HQN, $15.99 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-1-335-50636-8

This light, summery outing from Foster (Watching Over You) will satisfy lovers of small-town romance with its abundance of quirky characters and cute animals. Wedding planner Yardley Belanger is frustrated that her town’s council insists that the names of all local businesses include the name of the town itself: Cemetery, Ind. The grave implications hurt Yardley’s business, but she’s able to use word of mouth and a charming local tableau to attract new clients, among them Travis Long, who’s helping to plan the wedding of his much younger sister, Sheena, whom Travis helped to raise. Travis can’t help but be attracted to Yardley, especially when he sees her warmth and efficiency in dealing with her highly critical mother and aunt, with whom she still lives. There’s never any doubt that Yardley will get her chance to have her own coveted stay at the beloved local Honeymoon Cottage, but readers will still enjoy watching her integrate Travis into her small-town life, befriend the elderly harridan who rules the town counsel, support her best friend through new motherhood, and adopt a rescue dog. Foster offers no surprises, but this sweet, breezy tale doesn’t need any. (May)