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Heartwood Hotel 2: The Greatest Gift: 07/02/19

Heartwood Hotel 2: The Greatest Gift

Heartwood Hotel 2: The Greatest Gift by Kallie George is set during the winter hibernation. The Heartwood Hotel is the place to hibernate in style. The end of winter is celebrated with a huge feast and party.

This year though, there are problems. First there is a very snooty duchess bunny who makes impossible demands. Then there is the kitchen's stockpile of foods. They're running out and the replacements are late to arrive.

On a more personal level, Mona is feeling awkward and embarrassed because she didn't know about the gift exchange at the start of the season. Her embarrassment threatens to drive a new wedge between Mona and Tilly the squirrel.

Tilly's surliness resurfaces. The winter storm has her under stress. Mona who is still trying to make her place at the hotel is a pendulum that swings between deep insight and complete cluelessness. When it comes to threats to the hotel, Mona is always spot on.

Ultimately this second volume is about Tilly and why the hotel is so important to her. She is doing her part to support her brother. The how and why of that support is key to the book and not something I'm going to spoil here.

The relationship between Tilly and her brother makes them the travelers for this road narrative spectrum book. They fall into the second highest category, the sibling travelers (CC). The goal for both of them is to save their homes (66) — though different homes. That goal can be read as the destination. Finally the route taken to these goals is an offroad (66) one, through the snow covered forest. Put all together, volume two from Tilly's perspective is a tale of siblings going offroad to save their homes (CC6666).

Volume three is Better Together (2018)

Four stars

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