Author Lindsay Harrel pens an contemporary novel, set in the small tourist town of Walker Beach, where her Walker Beach Romance series took place. Although it is not necessary to read that series first, some of the characters make appearances in this new series.
In The Inn at Walker Beach, a diverse group of women are invited to become the Barefoot Sisterhood and help restore an old beachside inn which then would serve as a refuge for battered women. Each has been prayerfully chosen for this invitation: a teen mom now in her late twenties, a retired mom wondering what her purpose is now, and more.
Working together to physically restore the old inn leads to new friendships and inspiration for their dreams. The women themselves come from all stages of life and support one another in their struggles. They learn about doing life together as they remodel the inn and their lives are knit more closely together.
More women’s fiction than a romance, The Inn at Walker Beach has faith elements, memorable characters, and descriptive narratives. Throughout the book, one sees the themes of forgiveness, second chances, and being inspired to be who God called you to be. Harrel doesn’t shy away from hard topics: abuse, depression, marital affairs, etc. and does a wonderful job handling them sensitively. The second book, A Refuge by the Sea, is expected in August 2022.
Recommended for church libraries and adult collections in public libraries.