Inn Significant

A Novel

Fiction - Realistic
280 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2017
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Author Biography

I've lived in Maryland my whole life near Annapolis. My first novel was set in Annapolis, Beneath the Mimosa Tree, which won a bronze medal in Readers' Favorite in 2012. Inn Significant is set in Maryland on the beautiful Eastern Shore in a small harbor town. I love the people of this town, Oxford, and the quaintness of it. I wanted this location to be the place where my main character, Milly, recovers from the loss of her 35-year-old husband, and where she finds the strength to carry on and move forward with her life as she runs her parents' inn in their absence. I hope you enjoy the setting and the story, which harkens back to the Depression Era, when Milly comes across something that belonged to her late grandmother.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Inn Significant: A Novel by Stephanie Lynn Verni is a beautiful story that looks at the heart of depression. Milly Foster lost the will to live the moment she learned about her husband’s tragic death. And that was two years ago. Asking her to look after their business while they are away to help a friend in a startup bed and breakfast in Ireland, her parents couldn’t imagine what this would do to her. While at the inn, Milly’s colleague, John, discovers a diary that belonged to her grandma. Read on to find out how an old journey changes everything in the life of a woman who is just as ready for the grave as a corpse, sending her on a personal odyssey to find answers to her own pain.

At the beginning of the story, we meet the protagonist, a grief-stricken woman who has just learned about the death of her husband. Only one thought occupies her mind: “I don’t want the paramedics. I don’t want my mother. I want Gil!” The drama, the emotional intensity of the story is evidenced by the opening pages and readers who love emotionally charged stories will be gripped by the heart from the very start. Stephanie Lynn Verni’s writing is exceptional and I enjoyed the way it captures the powerful emotions, especially those of the protagonist. Milly’s journey towards healing is realistic, one that readers can connect with easily. What made this story stand out for me was the depth of the characters and the gorgeous writing. It was hard for me to let Milly alone, even if I found her headstrong and stubborn from the start. As the story progresses, she learns to shift her gaze onto reality and matures far more quickly than I could have imagined. Inn Significant: A Novel is entertaining, inspiring, and outright delightful, one of the stories I won’t hesitate to recommend to readers seeking a fun read.