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January 11, 2020

The Country Guest House: A Lighthearted Winter Read.

     This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx on behalf of Harper Collins.

     One of my favorite hobbies is reading, and I feel like the two seasons that I doing enjoy it the most are summer and winter! Summer because of the opportunity for reading by the pool (I literally do this almost every sunny weekday afternoon from May-September), and winter because I can get all cozy at home with blankets and tea and warm up with a good book.

     In 2019, I set a New Year's resolution to read 52 books. I'm thrilled to share with y'all that I did in fact complete it; I finished my final book of the year on December 30th. I'll be doing another blog post soon with all of my favorite reads of the year and sharing my tips for accomplishing such a large reading goal, but for today I wanted to share a review of book number 52 for me in 2019- which was a brand new novel, The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr.

     The Country Guest House was actually my first time reading a book by New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr, but it certainly won't be my last. After reading sever books with heavy subject matter during 2019, I knew I wanted to finish my reading goal with something that was heartwarming, and The Country Guest House was just that. This is a fun book to curl up with and read during the winter months, and I found it to be a very easy read!

     The book tells the story of Hannah Russell, a 30-something woman who is dealing with an unexpected failed engagement and a lack of purpose in her career. Things take an even more drastic turn when Hannah's college best friend unexpectedly passes away, and Hannah is named caretaker of her 5-year old son with special needs, named Noah. Hannah books a trip for her and Noah to get to know each other better and bond. She decides to rent out a lake home in a rural part of Colorado that she had previously visited for a corporate retreat. The plot twist? This time the home's owner is home, and he's an attractive 40-something divorcé named Owen Abrams. 

     As Hannah and Noah enjoy their lake house vacation and begin to bond after the tragedy, they also bond a lot with Owen. More twists and turns end up coming Hannah and Noah's way, and Hannah also learns that Owen is recovering from grief from his past. Hannah eventually realizes that she's fallen in love with three things: being Noah's new guardian, life in Colorado at the lake, and Owen! Will the new life that she's building work out? You'll have to read to find out how everything turned out! 

     The Country Guest House is available for purchase on Amazon or through Barnes and Noble! This is a fun romance read, and I liked the fact that Hannah and Owen's love story wasn't the only focus of the book, but it also followed Hannah's journey to becoming an unexpected parent. I'm really curious now to check out some of Robyn Carr's other books! I actually just learned that Robyn is also the author of the Virgin River series. Netflix just came out with a show based on these books, I haven't seen it yet but I've heard that it's a must-watch from several people!

     Anyways- happy reading! I look forward to sharing both a full list of my favorite 2019 reads and tips for accomplishing large annual reading goals here on the blog soon.

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese



  1. The title sounds so cosy, what a great read! Loving the photos too, so cute :)

    Anika |

  2. What an impressive goal! This book sounds great. I am wanting to start reading more.


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