Thursday, April 22, 2021



When I saw that Heidi Chiavaroli was writing a new series from her previous book The Orchard House, I couldn’t wait to read it.  She absolutely did not disappoint, this is a fantastic must read. This is the first book of the new series The Orchard House Bed and Breakfast Series.

This story is primarily about Josie who leaves school in New York and returns to Camden, Maine after a failed relationship with her psychology professor.  She decides not to return to college to finish her degree, but will stay in Camden to help her mother to achieve her dream.  With the support of her family to open a Bed and Breakfast, has Josie finally found her niche in life?  The characters are well developed and the descriptive setting is sure to take you back in time.  I loved the plot of the story of forgiveness, old and new friendships and the importance of family.  This story hits all the emotions and you are sure find yourself laughing out loud. 

I really enjoyed the cameo appearances of a few of the characters from the book The Orchard House in this story. I’m glad that this is a series because I can’t wait to read what happens next.  Thank you Heidi Chiavaroli for such a wonderful book…I loved it!



Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author:  Heidi Chiavaroli

Publisher:  Hope Creek Publishers 
Publication Date: April 22, 2021 
Pages: 308 
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Ashamed of being duped by her handsome psychology professor, Josie Martin returns to Maine too proud to admit her foolishness to those closest to her. As the one-year anniversary of her father’s death approaches, she seeks solace in an old friend, Tripp Colton, and a new business venture that will prove to herself and her loved ones that she is still capable of success despite her overwhelming failure.

When Josie announces she will not return to school to finish her graduate degree but wishes to remain in Camden to help her mother achieve a lifelong dream, the entire family gets behind her idea to open and run a bed and breakfast inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. Even Tripp gets excited about restoring Josie’s great-aunt's Victorian home for the purpose, but when Josie’s unexpected news is revealed, their friendship and the new feelings blooming between them are threatened.

As summer gives way to fall, Josie struggles with decisions regarding her family’s future, dealing with past mistakes she cannot run from, and her feelings for Tripp. When the opportunity for grace comes along, will she take it? Or will she continue to allow her failures to define her worth? 

This is Book 1 in The Orchard House Bed and Breakfast Series. A contemporary twist on the well-loved classic, Little Women, readers will fall in love with the Martin family—Maggie, Josie, Lizzie, Bronson, Amie, and their mother Hannah—each trying to find their own way in the world and each discovering that love, home, and hope are closer than they appear.


Heidi Chiavaroli (pronounced shev-uh-roli…sort of like Chevrolet and ravioli mushed together!) wrote her first story in third grade, titled I’d Cross the Desert for Milk. It wasn’t until years later that she revisited writing, using her two small boys’ nap times to pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long road to publication, she hasn’t stopped writing since!

Heidi writes women’s fiction, combining her love of history and literature to write split time stories. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her high-school sweetheart and husband of seventeen years. Her latest dual timeline novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott’s life. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Heidi is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

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