The Girls in Cabin Number Three (The Guest Book Trilogy)
The Girls in Cabin Number Three is Book Two in The Guest Book Trilogy by Chrysteen Braun. The book reads perfectly well as a standalone, however, I found the story to be so captivating that I will be picking up Books One and Three as well. The book first gives us a glimpse into the life of the main character Annie in the present day. It quickly rewinds to the year 1981 when Annie, an interior decorator and designer, purchases a group of seven cabins in Lake Arrowhead, California. With the help of Sam, the past owner of the cabins, Annie starts restoring them to rent out.
I really loved the way the author gave so much detail in describing her characters, the beautiful setting, and of course, the history behind it all. The main story is told from the points of view of Annie and a woman named Carrie, whose mother, Elizabeth, had owned and restored a large cabin on the lake to call home. With her mother’s passing, Carrie asks Annie to help spruce the place up a bit while still keeping the original feel of the cabin. The last section of the book is Elizabeth’s story, in which she meets and works for Virginia Hill and Bugsy Siegel, two very famous real-life historical figures. Elizabeth describes her job as a makeup artist and working with escorts back in the early 1930s. I found her story to be thrilling but also very heartbreaking.
This book also has a fair amount of romance in it as Annie starts dating a local man named Noah. When he takes on a contractor job for a flirty cougar named Bunny, Annie feels uneasy. Then, when Annie takes on an out-of-town job for a wealthy man named Grayson, things start to go downhill, and Annie has to make some important decisions. I enjoyed this part of the book, and the relationships between all of the characters are complex, with emotions running high. The romantic scenes are very tastefully written.
Overall, I feel this book has several storylines working together to create a fabulous plot. The way Braun integrates the beautiful scenery and places located in Lake Arrowhead allows her readers to experience and envision each part of the story. The Girls in Cabin Number Three is a book that readers will not be able to put down. With themes of love, family, friendship, new beginnings, and the complexity of life, readers will get hooked from the very beginning.
|Page Count||300 pages|
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