• The Valentine Inn

  • By: Jennifer Peel
  • Narrated by: Stefanie Kay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I, Charlotte Valentine, am mostly of sound mind. Typically, I make really good choices. I mean, I went to college, never did drugs...I even brush and floss every day. That’s not to say I don’t make poor decisions - believe me, I do. They always seem to involve men - everything from gluing my eye shut (don’t ask) to falling in love with my boss. Did I mention he was famous? Oh, Drake Foster, you beautiful creature, you. My sister told me not to accept the position as his personal assistant. Apparently, she thinks it’s emotionally unhealthy for me to work for the object of my desire. What does she know?

Well, she knew enough to tell me not to go on a little jaunt with him through a blizzard. She was definitely against us sharing the only room left at the coziest inn ever. And what happened after that she was adamant should have never happened. But, hey, it all worked out. I got the inn and the cutest kid ever. Unfortunately, Drake has no idea about either one - he really should answer his phone more - until, that is, he decides to take a trip down memory lane and shows up at my beloved inn. Let’s just say he’s surprised. But he’s not the only one. Who knew our connection would be just as strong as it always was and that all this time, I’ve haunted him as much as he’s haunted me? But this time, will love come to stay, or is it checking out for good? 

USA Today best-selling author Jennifer Peel presents a swoony, laugh-out-loud, magical story that will make you believe in the power of true love.

©2022 Jennifer Peel (P)2022 Jennifer Peel
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  • Categories: Romance

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Great story, sweet and clean

This story kept me on edge of my seat to the very end. The storyline is full of great content, no rambling or drug-out scenes. The child is cute and funny. A HEA worth reading!

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All the feels!

I decide if a narrator is good by how they portray the opposite sex. This narrator is flat out perfect. Not only can she bring the swoon, but I didn’t realize this was exactly how I thought Charlotte would sound if I met her at the Inn. A swoony heartfelt story about creating lasting love and not giving up on it’s possibilities.

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Absolutely Charming and one of my new favorites!!!

*2nd read through was me listening to the audio! Y'all it was so much fun! I loved how the narrator brought everything to life. She was delightful to listen to. And these characters pulled me in again and had me invested in their story. I laughed and giggled and sighed and cheered them all on during this second go round. This is one I will be returning. Keep reading to see more of my thoughts about the book.*

Be still my heart!!! This book had me smiling and giggling so much. There might have possibly been a few tears as well. *Happy Sigh* I just love when this author releases a new book and I can snuggle up and read it! I don't want to stop or let anything interrupt me. This book had all the feels! I couldn't help but grin and cheer for Charlotte and Drake! The magic of the Valentine Inn is real people! It called to Charlotte. George and his sweet wife (she's passed away) were charming. I loved how they added to the magic of this inn.

Charlotte's personality made me feel like I was hanging out with my bestie and that I could share anything and everything and that we would be ok because we have each other's backs. Do you have a bestie like that? I do! And the further I read into the book, the more I just adored her character!!! Soooo much! She's so sweet and gentle. But she has spunk and this wonderful inner strength. She's deeply loyal and caring! I just adore her so much! And I loved when she would start hearing her sister's warnings in her mind. Hahaha! Her sister Izzy was so much fun! She had me cracking up laughing too! I can't wait for her story to be written!

Drake, oh Drake. What can I say but he's funny and wonderful and frustratingly frustrating! But that charm. He has a few secrets that keep him to himself. Charlotte is going to have to work hard to break down those walls. But that might not happen. Especially after her secret comes out!

Amidst all of the fun and giggles and smiles and swoony moments, there are some serious moments and conversations. Drake and Charlotte have to work out some of their issues, one of them is the fact that he doesn't know he has a son. Jameson is darling!!! I loved how well written his character was. He stole my heart just like he did his dad's and everyone else who meets him! He had his mom's sense of humor and was just such a loving and accepting child. This family needs to work out several of their struggles but you'll love the journey that they go on. Drake is such a fun father to watch. He struggles and doesn't know the first thing about kids but man was he adorable as he tried to figure out life and fatherhood!!! I loved watching them learn to love and forgive and help each other!

This book is magical and I loved seeing how Charlotte kept hope in soul mates. If you don't believe in true love and soul mates, this book just might have you changing your mind!!!

There were so many great one liners and scenes that had me laughing out loud. Probably a good thing that I was at my house and not reading the book in public. I might have had a few funny looks! Hee Hee!!!

You need to make sure that you have plenty of time set aside to read this book because I promise once you pick it up, you won't want to set it down.

Content: There are some mild swear words scattered throughout (h*ll, d*mn). Some mild innuendos and the couple spends a night together. The scene fades to black and doesn't go into detail. Mostly just kissing.

I received an ARC from the author but have also purchased my own copy. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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Super Sweet Romance!!

I absolutely love this book! This story is such a fun and cute read and listen! It will make you swoon, smile, laugh, and fall in love with love! Take a chance you won't regret it! The narrator does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life! This is a great listen while you're working, on a road trip, cleaning the house, or just want to relax with a good book!

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I loved it. It's SO good!!

I need more than 5 stars to rate this book!! Oh! My! Goodness!!! I know I say that a lot when reviewing Jennifer Peel's books but it's true. Every. Time. I listened to the audiobook (8.5 hours) and breezed through it in no time at all and no I don't listen at double speed. I started listening at night and finished it the next morning. I listened cooking dinner, cleaning the kitchen, soaking in the bath, checking email, you get the idea. I love a good second chance love story and this one had me hooked; I was completely wrapped up in Charlotte and Drake's story. I had to see how they would work everything out.

Charlotte is adorable (she hates that) but with her overalls, messy bun and petite frame how else would you describe her? But don't let her appearance fool you, she's fiercely loyal and not to be messed with. Mess with her son, Jameson, or anyone Charlotte cares about and she becomes a mama bear, tiger, or whatever you consider scary. I would love to be friends with her. I loved her relationship with her sister Izzy and wish I had that kind of relationship with my sister.

As another reviewer said "Drake is frustratingly frustrating" but he's also very charming and I could completely see how Charlotte fell for him. He's got some things to work through and it takes him awhile to let Charlotte in to see the stuff he hasn't allowed anyone to see. These two definitely had some hard things to work through but with the magic of the Valentine Inn helping them along, they'll be fine.

I can't leave out the wonderful side characters--George and his deceased wife Daisy, little Jameson and Charlotte's sister Izzy. The reader can tell how much George loved Daisy and she sounds like the cutest little thing. Jameson is as adorable as any 5 year boy could be and Izzy is so funny, I can't wait for Izzy's story.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes: Drake to Charlotte "Don't let anyone make you feel insignificant today, especially yourself." and George quoting his late wife Daisy "If you aren't happy, then it's not over. Some happily ever afters take some time, but don't ever give up."

The narrator is awesome. I've listened to other books she's narrated and she always does a fantastic job.

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The story and performance were terrific

As always, Jennifer Peel takes a potentially combustible situation with a lot of emotion and hurt and weaves a sweet humorous love story with a little “magic”. I loved the story and the performance was terrific.

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Swoony, incredible second chance romance

Jennifer Peel’s books are amazing, and I love them all. I laughed, cried, and swooned while listening to The Valentine Inn, and I didn’t want it to end. I enjoyed every minute of this cute story. This isn’t a seasonal Valentine’s Day book, but rather a book that would be enjoyed every day of the year. Valentine is Charlotte’s last name. There are so many well-written characters in this book! I just loved George, Jameson, and Izzy along with Charlotte and Drake. Stefanie Kay did such a great job with the narration, and I’m excited to listen to it again!

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Just wow!

This book was sweet, tender, emotional and fantstic. Listening to it was like having a Hallmark movie play out in your head. I loved, loved, loved it.

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Oh holy swooniness Batman!

Y'all. Where in the world do I even begin to tell you how much I absolutely love this book?! If I'm being honest, love is an understatement! What's bigger than love? Because whatever it is, that's what I feel for this book! 


You know when people ask you who your favorite fictional couple is and you freak out because there are just SO many of them? I mean, how can you pick just one?! It's not possible! Well. If you were to ask me that right now, hands down, it would be Charlotte and Drake! These two are fantastic!


Charlotte is beautiful, feisty, sassy, sarcastic, fun, loyal, loves fiercely, is not afraid to be real, and is the best friend, sister and mom. Drake is gorgeous, debonair, broody, lost, doesn't do feelings, hates to be humanized, and, even though he'd never admit it, has an amazing heart and has so much love to give. 


The journey of Charlotte and Drake was so real, so raw, so heart achingly beautiful. You can't help but cheer them on while watching them figure out how to wade through the rough waters of life. Life threw them some curveballs and there were things that could've torn them apart but their love for each other held them together and made them stronger. I read a quote recently that fits Charlotte and Drake perfectly. "If two hearts are meant to be together, no matter how long it takes, how far they go, how tough it seems, fate will always bring them back together."


I would be remiss to leave out little Jameson. Y'all. I loved this kid! He's the best! I found myself busting out laughing time and again with his antics. You can't help but fall in love with this little guy. He's absolutely perfect and just who Drake needs to snap him out of his broodiness. The bond between this father and son was a special one.


Y'all. Clear your schedules and prepare yourself for the ultimate book hangover! Once you pick this book up, you are not going to want to put it down! And the moment you finish it, you may or may not want to start it all over again. This book has all the feels and will have you swooning like there's no tomorrow!


I am still in awe of Ms. Peel's talent. I've said this before and I'll say it again. Every time I think I've found my new favorite book of hers, she turns to her next couple and says: "Hold my Dr. Pepper. I'm about to prove her wrong... again!" This book is a perfect example of why she is and always will be one of my favorite authors. I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next! 

As for the narration, Ms. Kay does a phenomenal job! She has this way of bringing everything to life and makes it easier for me to picture being right there in the moment with the characters. I'm hoping she does more of Ms. Peel's books.

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So good!

Loved this swoony story and the narration was fantastic! I will definitely be listening again!

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