The Little Bookstore on Heart Lake Lane is a lovely women's fiction replete with small-town charm and kindness. It was fun getting to know all the characters and seeing where their lives would take them.


The Description

Heart Lake: Book 2
Publication Date: May 23, 2023

In this charming installment of the Heart Lake series, a grumpy single dad and a small-town bookseller—who’s secretly an advice columnist—find love when they least expect it.

As chaotic as it can be, Rosie Dean loves her unruly life. But between raising twins alone, running her struggling bookshop, and secretly writing a parenting advice column, the single mom can’t think about dating. At least that’s what she tells herself . . . until her high school crush (and his incredible blue eyes) return to Heart Lake for the summer. Even though Evan has grown into a huge grump, he’s still a super sexy one, and soon sparks begin to fly.

Single dad and widower Evan Mills is used to hearing he’s too serious. But with a grieving tween daughter to raise on his own, the graphic designer is just trying to stay strong for her. He hopes a few weeks at the lake will be the fresh start they both need. Evan never anticipated reconnecting with Rosie, or that she could make him feel whole again—if he’d give her the chance. Will one steamy summer with Rosie be long enough to melt Evan’s heart?

Includes the bonus novella, Annie Rains’ Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs!

The Review

The Little Bookstore on Heart Lake Lane is the second book in the Heart Lake series by author Sarah Robinsonand I look forward to reading more, especially since I missed the first book. 

There is enough background information that I could connect with the characters whose stories were previously told. The book has a good flow with a second-chance romance and characters that mesh well together—both adults and children. 

I like that the bookstore plays a vital role in the store and town. We get to meet several people in the small town as well as Rosie and Evan’s families. Their respective children, her twins and his daughter, hit it off from the start. The kids also see their attraction to each other even if their parents don’t seem to be aware of the undercurrents.

There is a good flow, even with Rosie and Evan fighting their desires and taking two steps back for every step forward. There are numerous heartwarming moments but also some sadness. I like the kindnesses shown and how interactions between the characters played out. There were lovely depictions of the town, the lake, their homes, and their friendships. 

There was also closure and a happily ever after in the offing, but I was hoping for a little more. Ms. Robinson is a new-to-me author, and I look forward to reading more of her small-town romances.

The Little Bookstore on Heart Lake Lane is a lovely women’s fiction replete with small-town charm and kindness. It was fun getting to know all the characters and seeing where their lives would take them.

Included in the book was the bonus novella, Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs, book 2.5 in the Sweetwater Springs series by Annie Rains, which I had previously read several years ago when it was included in the back of another book. It was an enjoyable read with a lot packed into its eighty-one pages. 

I love the characters of Lacey and Paris. They connect well despite being opposites, and we all know how opposites attract! 

The author does a nice job portraying the characters through their pasts. I loved how they lovingly responded to each other. The story has closure, and I definitely want to return to Sweetwater Springs. All the books I’ve read in this series have been true romances. Buy Links

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About The AuthorSarah Robinson first started her writing career as a published poet in high school, and then continued in college, winning several poetry awards and being published in multiple local literary journals.

Never expecting to make a career of it, a freelance writing Craigslist job accidentally introduced her to the world of book publishing. Lengthening her writing from poetry to novels, Robinson published her first book through a small press publisher, before moving into self-publishing, and then finally accepting a contract from Penguin Random House two years later. She continues to publish both traditionally and indie with over 18+ novels to her name with publishers like Penguin, Waterhouse Press, Hachette, and more.

In her personal life, Sarah Robinson identifies as queer and is happily married to the gentle giant of her dreams. The duo recently welcomed to the world their first baby, Norah Grace. They have a home full of love, snuggly pets, and are living in Arlington, Virginia.



JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for - and which is on hiatus. Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


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The Little Bookstore on Heart Lake Lane is a lovely women's fiction replete with small-town charm and kindness. It was fun getting to know all the characters and seeing where their lives would take them.4-STAR REVIEW: THE LITTLE BOOKSTORE ON HEART LAKE LANE by Sarah Robinson