Book Review: Damselfly Inn by Cameron Garriepy

Damselfly Inn

A contemporary romance you won’t ever forget from the pen of Cameron Garriepy, author of Buck’s Landing and owner of Bannerwing Books.


The picturesque college town of Thornton, Vermont is the perfect place to open an inn. Or so Nan Grady thinks until a late summer storm drops a tree branch through her roof and local contractor Joss Fuller into her path.

Romance has been the last thing on her career-oriented mind, but Nan can’t deny the attraction between them. Nor can she deny the history between Joss and her most important guest: a sophisticated Manhattan academic.

And then there is the mysterious vandal targeting her home and livelihood.

As summer fades to autumn and Joss becomes a fixture around the Damselfly Inn, Nan navigates the joys and complications of life in her new home town. But when the vandalism becomes increasingly upsetting, threatening Nan and her guests, as well as her budding relationship with Joss, Nan questions her place in the town, at the inn, and in Joss’s heart.


Rated: 5 stars

Having read Cameron Garriepy before, I knew when I opened this book it would be a delightful read. I was not disappointed! The author sets the stage well, her writing style offering plenty of “movie scenes” in my head with poignant and clear backgrounds that really bring home the atmosphere and neighborliness of Northeastern small towns. Each character comes to life quickly, and I found myself involved with every single one of them–from Anna and Jack, to Kate and Danny, and most of all, the delicious tension and camaraderie between the main characters, Nan and Joss.

Garriepy writes in such a way that you loathe to stop reading. Page after page, chapter after chapter, she craftily builds the story, adds a new tension of mystery, while a strong female character slowly blossoms before your eyes. There’s nothing weak about any of the characters in her story, and each play an important role in furthering the story along, even if it’s only a momentary mention. She writes the vandalism with care, setting realistic occurrences with organic consequences, and leads the romantic aspects along without cliche. Her way with words makes the writing craft look incredibly easy.

I did find myself skimming over some of the lengthier paragraphs that really delved into the scenery or backstory and didn’t feel like I missed a thing. As a reader who prefers sexual encounters left to the imagination, I have to admit that there were more scenes of their passionate escapades between the sheets than I would have preferred.

Having said all that, I truly enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it again and again. it will grace my bookshelf forever. If you haven’t read a Cameron Garriepy story yet, this is the perfect place to start!

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