4 Stars Out Of 5
Quick, easy read
April 24, 2012
I recently ordered a book, and then promptly forgot about it until it arrived.
The book I ordered was The Inn at Angel Island, by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer. Ironically, I received it a few days after Thomas Kinkade's death.
The book focuses on an inn on Angel Island which is just over the frequently washed out bridge from Cape Light. (Cape Light was the focus of an earlier series by Kinkade and Spencer-so some of those characters are mentioned.)
Liza Martin and her brother, Peter have inherited a bed and breakfast from their Aunt Elizabeth; but the timing couldn't have been worse.
Liza, though nostalgic for her childhood, is now fighting her way up the "dog eat dog" corporate ladder, along with recovering from a broken marriage. Peter is in the midst of a nasty custody battle with his ex-wife. All either sibling really wants to do is clean up and clear out, thus getting back to their lives as quickly as possible. Having money from the sale of the inn is a much needed bonus.
Somewhere along the way, Liza begins to slow down and savor life, and Will, Peters son, begins to create havoc. In the midst of these changes, a life threatening situation ensues, and all the angels the island is named for are needed.
The Inn at Angel Island, is an easy light read. I enjoyed the references to some of Cape Light's landmarks and people that were sprinkled throughout the book, but I felt the main characters could have been developed a little more fully. Liza seemed to vacillate way too much, with no clue given as to why she constantly second guessed herself, Peter seemed cold and remote with no apparent reason to be so clueless about his son, and Will just seemed to be there.
I enjoyed reading The Inn at Angel Island, and am looking forward to reading the sequels.