Cate Woods comes to the blog with a story of friendship, grief and new starts with
The Inn at Tansy Falls
Losing your best friend is a kick in the teeth. Losing them, your relationship and your connection to the outside world because you work from home is what Nell is facing. And were it not for the quest set forth from her best friend Megan – I think Nell would still be stuck. But, with a quest, and several steps forcing Nell to take chances, step outside of her comfort zone and visit a place that Megan loved all her life – the story takes wings as Nell begins to heal from the worst of her grief by meeting those Nell knew and loved for all those years.
A city girl at heart, Nell had never experienced cold, snow or scenery like that of Tansy Falls: in the shadow of a mountain, true ski country, and in that in-between snow/mud season, she was wholly unprepared for the changes. And as a person who considers herself an introvert – speaking to those on the list, and then being the one to share Meg’s passing with them was notably difficult, even as she received warm welcomes from near everyone.
But with her fortnight in Vermont a done deal, she’s taking each task one day at a time: from meeting the owner of the General Store, to finding the covered bridge and locating somewhere to spread Meg’s ashes: each person Nell meets that knew Meg helps her to grieve a little less, understand her friend better, and feel more connected to the place that Meg hoped would help her find a new start.
Lovely reading – with moments that were both hopeful and bittersweet: Nell’s determination to follow through with Meg’s list: even when it was tough, allowed us to see her as a complete person finding her own way and forging new memories, even as she made new friends. Perhaps the life she had consigned herself to was not what was meant – and maybe Tansy Falls did work its magic on her. Read it and see – this was a lovely testament to friendship and moving forward.
Title: The Inn at Tansy Falls
Author: Cate Woods
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Depression, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 7 May, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 58 minutes
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Dearest Nell, if you’re reading this letter, I’m already gone…
You’re my best friend in the world, and as my last request I’m asking you to lay me to rest hundreds of miles away, in my crazy gorgeous, totally one-of-a-kind hometown of Tansy Falls. I know you’re a born-and-bred city girl, but hear me out. After first losing Adrian, and then me… I know your heart is hurting, Nell. I think you’ll find that you need Tansy Falls as much as I do.
So, I’ve got it all planned out. For two weeks, you’ll be staying at the sweet, local inn and every day you’ll be trying something new. And if you follow my instructions to the letter, you may discover there’s more to my story than you think. A surprise something… or someone at the end of it? Only you can find out!
Some last advice before you set off, Nell. Don’t forget your sturdy boots and make sure to give Boomer, the inn’s resident dog, a belly rub from me. Stay well away from former quarterback Brody Knott (boy, do I have some stories about him!). And finally, let the future bring what it brings. While Tansy Falls may look small, I know better than anyone that new beginnings can be found in all kinds of places. That little Vermont town you’d never heard of? Well, it might suddenly begin to feel just like coming home…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.