Thanksgiving at the Inn by Tim Whitney

Warm characters that you want to connect with, you want to share a cup of coffee or cocoa with ~ Sheila

Ever since his mother left, life hasn’t been easy for Heath Wellington III. Between his father’s (Junior’s) bouts with alcoholism and literary rejection, and Heath’s own wrongful suspension from school, there hasn’t been all that much to be thankful for.

But following the tragic death of estranged grandfather Senior, father and son alike stand to inherit a life-changing fortune . . . with one catch.

Heath and Junior must spend the next three months managing Senior’s bed and breakfast, located in the same Massachusetts home Junior has spent the last eight years trying to escape.
Upended from his everyday life and relocated to a town where everyone knew and loved the grandfather he can’t even remember, Heath finds an inn full of some of the strangest people he’s ever met, such as:

  • Winsted, the old, wise Jamaican man who used to lead the prayers in Senior’s factory;
  • Mrs. Farrel, an elderly woman giving away her late husband’s fortune letter by letter;
  • Mustang Sally, the muscle-bound, tattooed grease monkey who doubles as a children’s author;
  • Carter, the silent TV news junkie and secret Harvard graduate.

And at a nearby school is Savannah, Junior’s first love, and her adorable, autistic daughter, Tori.

But most of all, there’s Junior himself, vinegar to Heath’s oil. As Heath adjusts to his new world, what he needs most is to start anew with his father, to understand that Junior, too, is dealing with loss, and to realize that, even in the most tragic of times, there’s a lot in life to be thankful for.

In My Opinion:

Thanksgiving At The Inn was a timely read that I had intentionally left for Thanksgiving weekend to read.  I enjoyed 12 year old Heath as the narrator of the book.  I think this perspective really added to what this book was and I can not really imagine what it would have been read like if it would have been told from Jr’s perspective.  Author Tim Whitney made a smart choice when he wrote the book this way and it really made me think how books can totally change when told by a different character.

A smooth easy read, I found the book lite enough for the MG (middle Grade) it was written for, and at the same time the subject line had an inner deepness that I found surprising and appreciated as an adult.  I guess what I am saying is that while this book would be a good read for a younger person, I didn’t find it too simply written.  The characters were good fits with the book and I enjoyed learning that each one had a bit of quirkiness.  For a young person reading this book I think these characters are a good way to remind us not to judge someone and that you really don’t always know what a person has going on inside.

Over all a good read that I really enjoyed.

I won this book from Miss Remmer’s Reviews

8 thoughts on “Thanksgiving at the Inn by Tim Whitney

  1. Hi Sheila,
    Thank you so much for the kind review. Creating the characters in this novel was certainly the most enjoyable aspect, each with their own flaws. While the novel has Thanksgiving in the title, it is a perfect read for any time of year.

    I’m glad you picked up on the deeper meanings for adults to enjoy this simple story of family, forgiveness, and gratitude.

    Hopefully some day this will be made in to a touching movie on Lifetime or Hallmark:)

    Best wishes for a happy holiday season to you and your family.
    Tim Whitney

  2. This was the second positive review I’ve read today. I don’t know if I read it this year but I will definetly put it on my list for next year.

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