Author: Nora Roberts
Series: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #3
Hope's two best friends in her new hometown of Boonsboro are married or engaged to two of the three Montgomery brothers. In her opinion, the last one, Ryder, is the hardest brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. As the former manager of a DC hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn't mean she can't appreciate the joys of small-town living. She's where she wants to be - except in her love life. While the inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope's experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome - and embarrassing - appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder's emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him...I love the feel and atmosphere of this trilogy. The small-town environment, the easy camaraderie between the three friends and the affectionate ribbing between the brothers - this all makes the trilogy a smooth, easy read. And I like that in this book, there's not that much danger and the focus is instead almost entirely on Ryder and Hope.
The mystery of the ghost is beautifully solved in this book. I love how she ends up intertwined with the modern-day characters, the way she has a hand in their love lives. She also proves to have a sense of humor.... And then of course there's her own resolution, her own love returned to her.
The pairing of Hope and Ryder is really interesting. They're completely different, and they baffle each other. When they decide to act on their desires with no strings attached, Hope schedules a good time for her and pencils it in on her calendar - which amuses Ryder, who is nothing like that and is all about spontaneity. They end up balancing each other out, which is of course the perfect relationship.