The Restaurant @ The Mill by Linn B. Halton

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    With the couples ranging in age from early 20s to late 70s Ms. Halton takes us on a journey of a relationship from all stages and does it fluently and in the words of the characters themselves. Young love, questioning love, seven year itch, soulmates, trauma, prime of their life, and sunset of life.

    Age, relationships, and careers – we are all unique. Yet beneath the exterior facade we choose to show to the world at large, what do we have in common? The things we bury deep inside – the worries and fears we are unable to verbalize, and the hand fate takes in our lives is a common thread. Sometimes we fail to recognize in each other that innermost struggle on the path to true love.

    Six very different stories, six couples linked by The Restaurant @ The Mill, owned by Hilary Marks and Ben Adams. As the restaurant thrives the atmosphere is alive with conversation, snapshots of lives unfolding, each one a personal journey. Will Hilary learn to trust a man with her heart ever again?

    Why does Ben prefer the sanctuary of his kitchen? Will he finally open up and let the world in? And the diners-how will their lives play out? Charlotte kissed a lot of frogs before she found her Prince, but will it all fall apart after an accident changes the man she loves? Grace and Lawrence have been parted for more than half a century. Can an old secret bring them together for their twilight years?

    Isobel and David’s love is strong, but everything in their lives is changing. Isobel is attractive and still a catch, but will she begin to tire of him now that it’s just the two of them? Will Sadie ever get Sam to see her as a serious love interest when he used to be engaged to her sister? Or will she always be the younger sibling?

    And Thomas, rich beyond most people’s wildest dreams, but still in love with the girl he knew at school – is he destined to be a sought-after bachelor for the rest of his life? Heart-warming and emotional – enjoy visiting The Restaurant @ The Mill.

    Review by Sugar:

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    Linn B. Halton

    Having read Ms. Halton before I looked forward to reading The Restaurant @ the Mill knowing there would be an intense story waiting for me and I was right. The Mill is a quaint English restaurant where the lives of six couples and one ghost come together for a meal.

    Ben and Hilary, Charlotte and Nick, Isobel and David, Sadie and Sam, Thomas and Catherine and Grace and Lawrence all come to the Mill for different reasons, but what they all find there is solace and comfort while trying to sort out their lives.

    With the couples ranging in age from early 20s to late 70s Ms. Halton takes us on a journey of a relationship from all stages and does it fluently and in the words of the characters themselves. Young love, questioning love, seven year itch, soulmates, trauma, prime of their life, and sunset of life.

    I was especially impressed with Ms. Halton’s descriptions and interaction with Nick who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and her tender, yet very real, story of his journey through that. As I have come to expect from Ms. Halton’s writing there was an underlying theme about the afterlife including a ghost named Sarah who wound through story to make you wonder why she was there and how she could find her way to the place ever after.

    The ending will leave you smiling, sighing and singing the praises of Ms. Linn B. Halton as once again she has proven herself to be a star with The Restaurant @ The Mill!

    Review by the Self Taught Cook:

    Hilary and Ben opened The Restaurant @ The Mill together as business partners and distant friends. As time passed, their relationship deepened. Their restaurant developed a set of regular patrons whose lives and relationships also are chronicled. And in the background is Sarah, the original hostess of the Mill who has never quite left.

    The Restaurant @ The Mill is a series of chapters chronicling the lives of Hilary and Ben, the owners, and their customers and friends, Charlotte and Nick, Grace and Lawrence, Isobel and David, Sadie and Sam, Thomas, and the aforementioned Sarah.

    Each chapter is written from the point of view of one of the characters with the chapter title giving a hint of the topic and direction of the chapter. The fascination of the novel lies within the growth of the characters as we watch Ben’s personality develop, as we follow the relationship of Charlotte and Nick, and learn the fate of Sadie and Sam, as well as the others.

    This is a well-written novel with a fascinating premise. I think any reader will enjoy Isobel’s burgeoning career as an author, and as a food blogger and fantasy restauranteur, I loved the restaurant setting. This was the first of Ms. Halton’s novels for me, but I will be looking for them from now on.