A few years ago, I decided to go on a book shopping spree. One of the books I found was Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan. It is a romance novel published by Hallmark Publishing. I read it for the first time around the time when I purchased it, but I reread it earlier this year as a way to relieve some stress I was under at that time. I seriously considered writing a review and posting it around the time I reread it, but I decided to hold off publishing the review until it was closer to fall. The plot of the story takes place in the fall, so it would be more suitable to publish a review of the book closer the start of fall.
The book’s blurb (The plot summary of the book that grabs the attention of the reader and sells the story) is as follows…
Two very different people… One very special place.
Dylan’s an overworked investment banker. Paige is a free-spirited first-grade teacher. From the first time they meet, these two opposites attract.
Meanwhile, the cabin Paige is renting has gone up for sale. She loves living there, and she just might be able to buy it—if she finally achieves her dream of selling her children’s stories. When she learns Dylan is also determined to buy the cabin, their new romance turns into a real estate rivalry.
Dylan could explain his own connection to the place…but that would mean opening up about his past. As his relationship with Paige goes from funny to touching, they both learn more about love and the true meaning of home. This feel-good romance contains a free Hallmark original recipe for Maple Pecan Streusel Muffins With Cider Glaze.
When I saw the book and read the blurb, I wanted to read. I didn’t know if I would find the Maple Pecan Streusel Muffins and the glaze recipe useful, or tasty, but I thought the book would be enjoyable.
The book is very enjoyable. It has depth and a sweet romance story. Both of the main characters are likable and I found myself cheering for their relationship, even as their competitiveness for purchasing the cabin increased. Since Dylan wanted the cabin because of a connection to it (Spoiler alert: It has to do with his family!) but didn’t want to talk about his past, the way the story unfolded needed to be less of a straight forward romance novel. Instead, the reader knows about Dylan’s connection to the cabin early on but gets to see Dylan’s attempts to hide it from Paige.
The story is also well written. Since it deals with two people that are trying to have a relationship with each other, yet are in competition to own the same cabin, it can be harder to write than a typical romance. Especially since the chances of a happily ever after are going to be so low. Still, Donovan wrote a well planned and thought out story about how the couple could fall in love, be competitive for the same cabin, and yet let them have a happily ever after.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, clean Hallmark style romance novel (The book is published by Hallmark Publishing). This book is also an excellent option for anyone looking for a fall themed romance novel and/or wants a complicated romance story with twists, but will still end in a happy ever after.