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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Little Milestones by Stephanie Verni is an Inn Significant story. It’s Olivia Bruno’s birthday and her best gift is divorce papers from her husband. She makes the decision to up sticks and move from New York City, leaving her job behind and moving in with Nan, her grandmother, in a small town in Maryland. Here she finds a new job and sets about putting her life back together. She meets new people, including a local writer called Miles Channing, and Milly Foster, owner of the Inn Significant inn in nearby Oxford. Nan has lived in the town her whole life and Olivia learns a lot by listening to her stories. Both of them discover that life isn’t just one long path; it is many little milestones and each one has its own lessons attached to it.
Little Milestones: A Novel (Inn Significant) by Stephanie Verni was a fascinating story. It was fun, it was easy to read and completely compelling. This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill 'woman gets divorced, moves on with her life' story. This is a story of family bonds, of enduring friendships, heartbreak, new love, and more. It is a real story of life and all of us have reached these little milestones on our own journeys. The characters are wonderfully well developed, real people with real lives and real problems, and they are easy to relate to. The plot is steady, there is plenty going on and some twists that will have you wondering about things in your own life. All in all, a nice, gentle but captivating read.