Christmas at Sugar Sand Inn
by Leigh Duncan
Sugar Sand Beach - Book 5
Publisher: Gardenia Street Publishing
Release Date: November 19, 2021
Reviewed by PJ
Welcome to Christmas at the Sugar Sand Inn! Michelle and her friends have replaced the welcome sign on the front gate with one that reads “Closed for the Holidays.” The four women deserve a little break after spending the summer working non-stop to convert the house Michelle inherited from her birth mother into an inn. The past three months they’ve definitely been thrilled—and maybe a little overwhelmed—by the influx of guests who have alternately charmed and confounded them. Now with a wedding in the works, it’s no wonder the four friends need some time to kick back, help themselves to a glass of the inn’s signature cocktail and enjoy the warm winter breezes that blow off the Gulf.
Of course, no holiday would be complete without a few problems. A tight housing market makes it difficult for Erin and her fiancé to find a house to rent. Meanwhile Michelle, Reggie and Nina prepare a very special surprise for the newlyweds. Unexpected arrivals complicate matters, and soon every room of the “closed” inn is filled to overflowing. Despite the problems, laughter rings throughout the halls, and good smells drift from the kitchen where Chef Nina and her team whip up holiday treats and one very special wedding cake.
Join Nina, Michelle, Reggie and Erin as they enjoy the new lives they’ve built in Sugar Sand Beach, where fresh opportunities for life, love and happiness are as limitless as the blue Florida skies.
Leigh Duncan brings her Sugar Sand Beach series to a satisfying conclusion with a story that had me laughing, sighing, shedding a few (happy) tears, and very grateful for the chance to take this journey with Nina, Michelle, Reggie, and Erin.
Christmas is the perfect time to wrap up this series. Duncan fills this fifth and final book with all the joy, celebration, warmth, and inevitable glitches of the season. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these four women over the course of the series, watching their lifelong friendships continue to evolve and strengthen over time. They've each grown individually as well, finding their place in life, developing their self-confidence, learning to work together toward a common goal, and overcoming the obstacles life throws in their path. Duncan has skillfully created four memorable characters who are so realistic, so relatable, that I wish I could be friends with all of them. I want to be friends with them. I want to book a stay at their inn. I want to celebrate their achievements in life...and their newfound happiness in love. I want to go back in five years (thanks to the author for a lovely epilogue), relax on the inn's front porch, and raise a glass to life, love, and Florida sunsets.
This is a series where I strongly encourage readers to read the books in order. Start with The Gift at Sugar Sand Inn.