The Waratah Inn


WOMEN'S FICTION:  Kate’s life is seemingly perfect: her fiancé is perfect, as is her flourishing career as a chef in Australia. Everything seems to be as it should be, until she gets the news that her beloved grandmother has passed away. In the blink of an eye, she is reuniting with her estranged sisters, Reeda and Bindi, at Nan’s bed and breakfast, The Waratah Inn. Through their grief at losing Nan and reliving the death of their parents, Kate and her sisters begin to find themselves again and question if their "perfect" lives are as perfect as they seem. At the reading of the will, the sisters discover their grandmother’s wish is that they renovate the Inn. The catch? They must do it together and they all must agree. While going through Nan’s possessions, Kate also finds journals Nan kept as a young woman. Secrets are unveiled — secrets that rock Kate to her core. 

If readers are looking for an author who is the perfect mix of Debbie Macomber and Nora Roberts, Lilly Mirren is it. The story of how the sisters became estranged and then found their way back to one another after the loss of a family member, in and of itself will resonate with many. Adding to it, the historical aspect of Nan’s life growing up through her journal entries will reverberate well with historical lovers. Through beautiful descriptions, be prepared to take a journey to the Australian coastline and experience the beauty of the Waratah Inn along with the structural and emotional transformations it brings. A beautifully written, clean and wholesome book, thankfully the first in a series of four. 

Alison Ellis