Room For Love by Sophie Pembroke

After a lifetime of having her dad, or uncle, or cousin, or boyfriend, or somebody step in every time life got hard, she needed this. Needed to prove to herself that she could make it on her own, for once. 

Title - Room For Love 
Author - Sophie Pembroke 
Publication Date - May 15th 2014
Publisher - Carina UK 
Format - eBook

The blurb

When wedding planner Carrie Archer inherits the crumbling Avalon Inn where she spent her childhood summers, she knows she'll do whatever it takes to make it home. With no money for renovations, that means finding investors if she ever hopes to turn the Avalon into a dream wedding venue. 

But Carrie has been left more than the inn - she's also inherited its occupants, including three senior citizens, a single-father chef with childcare issues, a panicky receptionist, and one very gorgeous gardener. 

So when her cousin Ruth declares her intention to get married at the Avalon on Christmas Eve, Carrie finds herself juggling decorating with dance nights, budgeting with bridge games... and sabotage with seduction. 

Becca's thoughts 

Firstly, huge thanks to the author Sophie Pembroke and of course the fantastic publishers Carina UK. I received Room for Love via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I know how terrible it is for me to start off my review by commenting on Sophie's absolutely swoon-worthy cover, but I'm afraid I just can't help it. When I first spotted it on NetGalley, I knew that I had to read and review the title just so I could see how damn freaking good Sophie's cover would look on my blog. Fortunately, Room for Love turned out to be just as delicious and enjoyable as the cover. I absolutely LOVED it! 

Room for Love revolved around the steady renovation of the Avalon Inn, a place where Sophie's protagonist Carrie Archer had spent many childhood summers and experienced her first real kiss. It had once belonged to Carrie's Grandma Nancy but due to Nancy stating her orders within her will, it now belonged to Carrie, and no matter what disastrous state the Avalon Inn had succumbed to, Carrie was willing to do anything to return it back to it's previous beauty, without anybody's help, all on her own. She was determined. But when she realises that she really doesn't have enough funds to go it on her own, she has no other choice but to turn to her Uncle Patrick. As luck would have it, Carrie's cousin Ruth is soon-to-be-wedded, and the Avalon Inn is her chosen location for the wedding. 

Carrie Archer was a brilliant character in Room for Love. I adored her fierce nature and personality. She wasn't one to beat around the bush and laze around. When things needed to get done, she got them done and that was that. Sophie didn't beat around the bush either. In the very first opening chapters of Room for Love Carrie arrived at the Avalon Inn and instantly began to reminisce, taking the reader back in time too. The reader was invited inside Carrie's memories, back to a time when her grandmother was still alive and Carrie was just a young girl staying at the Avalon Inn. Sophie completely brought the Inn to life, including all the necessary smells, sights and sounds to create the perfect, idyllic image of childhood. Sophie also successfully included a whole 'disapproving father' aspect too, which in turn played a big role in Carrie's determination when it came to restoring her grandmother's home. Carrie wanted to prove everybody wrong. She wanted to ensure that she needed no help from anybody and could achieve whatever she wanted without people sticking their noses in and trying to help. She was an independent young woman trying to bring her dreams and visions to life. She had big plans for the Avalon Inn and I could just tell that she wasn't going to stop until she reached where she felt she needed to be. 

Besides Carrie, there was a whole multitude of colorful, interesting characters to take into consideration, because not only is the narrative from Carrie's POV but it is also written from the gardener's POV too, who just happens to be a very attractive, dishy male named Nathaniel Green. Nate had been working at the Avalon Inn for years and had built a close-knit relationship with the rest of the staff as well as Carrie's grandmother Nancy. I really got a feeling of what some would call 'community spirit, as well as friendship, love and also loyalty. There's an absolute HEAP of fabulous characters included in Room for Love. It's almost as if the story itself is alive with happiness and laughter. I just couldn't get enough of the uplifting and positive feel that was spread throughout the story. Sophie conveyed it perfectly and I couldn't help but feel warm and cosy when reading about them all.

The renovation of the Avalon Inn itself was fantastic. I adored watching the rickety, crumbling building being restored and refreshed. One by one, each imperfection was dealt with, but that's not to say that there weren't any shifty problems that cropped up along the way. This all melted together to create a brilliant mish-mash of funny, entertaining and at times romantic plot that was such a joy to read. 

All in all, I think Room for Love was a fantastic book that I really enjoyed reading. I was able to lose myself in the quick-moving plot and feel at one with Sophie's characters which is always a great feeling. I'm giving Room for Love a rating of four gold stars! It was sensational and I would definitely love to read more from the lovely author. She definitely has a smooth way with words, and Nate was just one of the many delights of this story. 



1 comment :

  1. Great review! I also love the cover of this book and it sounds like a book I would really like!