The Inn at Summer Island by Rachel Magee #bookreview #Contemporary #romance

Title: The Inn at Summer Island

Author: Rachel Magee

Publisher:  Entangled: Amara

Publication Date: August 23, 2021

Page Count:  260

My rating: 5 stars

About the book:

Millie Leclair is a mess, complete with a dead-end career and a flat-lining love life. So when she inherits her great aunt’s oceanfront B&B in a resort town in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, she doesn’t hesitate to pack up her car and set off on a new adventure. It’ll be fun.

Of course, life seldom goes according to plan. The B&B is barely habitable for one person, let alone ready to open for business. With dwindling funds, Millie has no choice but to roll up her sleeves and tackle the repairs by herself. Yeah, so much fun.

Ex-pro golfer Braxton Channing thought being a full-time single parent kept him on his toes. That was before he spotted his new neighbor teetering on her rooftop—which is only the beginning of her long list of renovations for the old house—and he added keeping her safe to his to-do list.

But Millie is determined to dive headfirst into repairs regardless of the risk, and suddenly, battling with his daughter over brushing her teeth seems easier than winning an argument with Millie. She’s exasperating. And oddly delightful. And most definitely shouldn’t be let anywhere near a tall ladder.

For a guy who’s sworn off romantic relationships, why does he suddenly want to be the one who gets the privilege of watching Millie conquer not just the B&B but his heart as well?

The Inn at Summer Island by Rachel Magee is a contemporary romance that tested my ability to pass by a beautiful cover that looked like it could be my happy place, and of course I failed the test. But after reading this one it was one cover love test that I was perfectly happy to fail.

Millie Leclair has just inherited her great aunt’s oceanfront historic inn in a small resort town in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. With her life at a standstill Millie decided she needed a huge change and took her aunt’s passing as a sign she should continue her aunt’s legacy and reopen the inn but as a bread and breakfast.

After arriving in the small town and finding the inn in serious disrepair Millie wonders if she made the right choice. However, when Millie’s new neighbor Ex-pro golfer Braxton Channing informs her that the HOA has rezoned the area disallowing any business Millie makes the decision then and there to remodel and get the inn back in business no matter what it takes.

The Inn at Summer Island was an enemies to lovers type of romance although I found it incredibly tough to think of Braxton as an enemy, although so did Millie. Braxton had a beautiful little girl he was raising on his own and an old friend struggling with alzheimer’s and having gone through that battle with my own grandmother it always pulls at my heartstrings when involved in a story. Millie on the other hand was a strong female lead and I absolutely loved her for it. And of course I absolutely loved the setting in this one and could just picture every moment as it happened while reading.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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About the author:

Rachel wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets, all of whom share Rachel’s love of the ocean. Well, except the cat and dog. They’re both afraid of water. Find out more about what Rachel has been up to at

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16 Comments on “The Inn at Summer Island by Rachel Magee #bookreview #Contemporary #romance

    • Thank you Kim, it definitely wasn’t an easy time for any of us so of course I have a soft spot and get emotional when it’s included in books.

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  1. I am so happy to see five stars, Carrie. My brother-in-law has alzheimers and seeing my sister struggle with him, I feel for anyone dealing with the terrible disease. The romance sounds wonderful and I love stories with kids, so I am so glad I have this one to read.

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    • So sorry about your brother in law Carla, it’s a tough disease to deal with for all the family around the person diagnosed. And please give your sister an extra hug from me too. But yes, I did love this one and I really think you will too when you get the chance to review it.

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  2. So glad that this was a winner for you Carrie. And thanks for sharing about your grandmother. I’m sorry that your grandmother had to endure that. It’s a cruel affliction. ❤📚

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      • I can understand that. I lost a friend the year we both turned 60. She had a particularly aggressive form. Her youngest son is still battling depression as a result of his mother being unable to recognize him. It has cost him his marriage. It’s very cruel. ❤📚

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        • My heart breaks for him. I know those moments very well and there were many. My grandmother’s battle lasted for years with a slow progression although she did skip a stage when we finally had to move her out of her home as it got too dangerous to be alone for even a short time.☹️

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          • We had known each other for a long time. Our boys went through school and college together, we used to go walking together in the evenings, followed by a glass of wine in either her or my garden, depending on which way we walked. We kept in touch even after we both moved away and would visit for weekends. I started to notice symptoms in the December, and she died in a care home, in the May. I miss her. She was one of the happiest people I ever knew. She could always find something to laugh about and the world is a duller place without her. Thanks for listening Carrie. Sometimes I need to talk about her. 😢

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            • Wow I had no idea it could move that quickly! That’s just horrible and I can see it being even tougher for all of you to cope when you barely had time to say goodbye after hearing the diagnosis! I wish I could give you a big hug Sandy! We had a completely different journey with my grandmother but that moment when you are first not recognized was still there as it was with your friend. For us and the disease moving so slowly when the time came we knew that she would be at rest after so long struggling that it was much easier to cope by then but I still miss her all the time and think of her quite often.

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              • It really doesn’t matter how long you’ve had to prepare yourself for someone’s death, it doesn’t alter the grieving process. There is still a big hole in your life. I think of Sandra often too. Particularly if I see/hear something funny, and I think ‘she would have enjoyed that.’

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                • Very true, I definitely don’t miss her any less than anyone else I’ve lost. Simply looking out into my backyard brings her to mind because I had a little bench seat here for her to sit and watch all the critters we get from the woods behind us. You may have also seen me mention her in cozy reviews with knitting, sewing, crochet etc that was her domain, mom and I never could pick them up like she did. Baking brings her to mind because she was the one that taught me. I could go on and on and I’m sure you could too.

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  3. Sorry to hear that you have had a personal experience with Alzheimer affecting a loved one. Glad this was a good read Carrie. What a cute cover! Lovely review.

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    • Thank you Diana, I think this would still have been a good one without the personal connection but that certainly made it a bit more emotional.

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