Review: Return to Pelican Inn by Dana Mentink

22612003 I am happy to have had the chance to read and review this book. I hadn’t read any of the stories from Harlequin’s Heartwarming line before. These are sweet, clean stories. They are not faith-based, but are a good choice for those looking for a wholesome romance.

I really enjoyed Return to Pelican Inn. It is full of a variety of interesting characters and storylines both past and present that kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. There are quite a few humorous touches that I enjoyed, including Baggy the dog…at least they are pretty sure he is a dog! Anyway, these light moments were nice and added to the story rather than detracting from it.

I liked the main characters, Rosa and Pike. There were many things for them to work through from both of their pasts, and plenty of new issues to deal with in the present. The tension between these two is great! I also loved discovering information about the inn as Rosa and her crew of family and friends worked to restore it in an attempt to win a design contest.

I really enjoyed this author’s writing style and felt that the story flowed well. Although the characters dealt with some painful issues and some hard realities had to be faced, the story was uplifting and enjoyable to read. I look forward to reading more from this author and more from the Heartwarming line. (5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.



Dana Mentink lives in California where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Her family includes two little girls (affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo.) Papa Bear works for the fire department and he met Dana doing a dinner theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Ironically, their parts were husband and wife.

Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

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About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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3 Responses to Review: Return to Pelican Inn by Dana Mentink

  1. Kathy Jacob says:

    Thanks for recommending the Heartwarming line.

  2. dana mentink says:

    Reblogged this on Stranger than Fiction and commented:
    Thank you for the kind review, Brittany. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the book.

  3. Brittany says:

    My pleasure! Really enjoyed it!

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