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Publisher's Summary

Wrested back to Cabarita Beach by her grandmother's sudden death, Kate Summer discovers a mystery buried in the past that changes everything.

Kate returns home to the sleepy hamlet of Cabarita Beach and the run-down Waratah Inn for her grandmother's funeral. She spent many happy childhood years at the inn, but all she wants to do now is sell the dilapidated boutique inn and head back to the city and her busy, professional life. But she and her two estranged sisters discover they've inherited the inn together. To sell, they need all three sisters to agree to the sale.

Soon, her carefully constructed life begins to unravel and Kate decides to stay in Cabarita Beach to renovate the elegant, old building. Despite her misgivings about reviving the crumbling structure, she quickly becomes consumed with crown moulding, history and an attractive horse wrangler she can't seem to ignore.

When she discovers a clue to a mystery from the past in her grandmother's things, she'll be drawn down a path that raises more questions than answers. Piece by piece she and her sisters will uncover the secret former life of their beloved grandmother. A life of love, intrigue, and loss. A life they never knew she had.

An opportunity to sell the Inn pushes them to make a choice: commit to the Waratah Inn and family, or walk away from the Inn and each other, back to their separate and isolated lives.

For fans of Debbie Macomber, Carolyn Brown, Danielle Steele, Grace Greene, and Pamela Kelley.

NB. Includes recipes and a discussion guide.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Black Lab Press (P)2020 Black Lab Press

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I sure did not like the way it ended; not at all. I don’t recommend it

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Waratah Inn

This is my first book by this author. I overall liked it, but felt that in some places it was overly descriptive and it didn’t need to be and it lengthened the book quite a bit. I didn’t know it was a series either, so be prepared to need to read the other books to find out what happens.

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The Waratah Inn

I really enjoyed this warm-hearted story. I liked the characters and setting. The way the book goes back and forth in time between the present and World War II era adds more layers. The narrator had a very pleasant voice. I would certainly like to hear more books read by this narrator and read or listen to more books by this author.

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A Captivating Story, but…

I enjoyed this Aussie tale very much and looked forward to each episode in the three sisters’ lives. However, the abrupt ending was a big disappointment. I don’t know if a sequel has been planned or written. Regardless, I think a more creative ending was needed.

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Kinda Dry

Personally, I thought it was rather dry. I can’t waiting for the excitement but it never came. It may be good for Sam but I thought it was rather dry.

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No hallmark for me!

I’m not a fan of Hallmark type romance. I’m not sure why I purchased this one but I shouldn’t have. I was very disappointed all the way thru. So predicable! I especially didn’t care for the readers voice but I pushed thru. I won’t be listening to the rest of the series.

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I enjoyed the story, I hope there us a sequel as it felt unfinished. narrator did a good job Hope to find the the book that finishes this story.

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Family ties that strengthen, not bind

Having lost my father two weeks ago and experiencing the bonding that can take place between sisters as they process their grief together, this audiobook truly spoke to me.

The three Summer sisters are brought back together in this story by the sudden death of their grandmother--the woman who raised them after their parents died. As they share memories and discover secrets, they uncover more mysteries about their family's past than answers. Yet, they pull together to sort through it all.

And they used that time to take their grandparent's legacy and make it their own, something that none of them could have done without the others.

Life is certainly made sweeter by those we share it with; not just spouses or lovers, but siblings and friends as well. And this book definitely celebrates all that life has to offer, both in terms of heartache and love.

I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series!

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Enjoyable listen!

I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next one! I really liked Kate and I was happy with how things worked out for her in the end. The narrator did a great job as well!

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My kind of book!

The death of their Gran brings three estranged sisters together at the inn where they were raised after the death of their parents. As they work through decisions about keeping the inn running and cleaning up some of Gran's things, Kate unearths a series of journals kept by Gran where the women learn that not all was as it seemed in their Gran's life.
There are flashbacks of Gran's early life with her parents and her relationship with her boyfriend. Kate takes a lesson from her Gran and decides to stay away from love, until she learns more about her Gran's past.
I loved the story of Gran and the war and also loved how the three sisters changed their mind about the Inn by the end of the book and how Kate changed and grew throughout the story.
Beware, you will want to listen to book 2 and then 3 to hear the entire story about Gran. This book ends with many questions left unanswered that get answered in the next books.
The narrator was enjoyable to listen to and her interpretation of the characters and story seems spot on.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.