The past and present collide, when Sadie Barncastle returns to rural Vermont and meets a former childhood acquaintance; one who she teased and bullied, leaving hurt feelings instead of friendship. Grown up, Sadie regrets the behavior of her childhood self, but can only hope family, friends, and old acquaintances can see she is a mature adult with a kinder nature. Peter Appleman is a widower, raising his 10 year old daughter on his own. Running into Sadie brings back old, painful childhood memories, but also the promise of something new. Easter draws Sadie, Peter, and his daughter, Marin, together showing them all that the God of Easter is the One who can cleanse the past and create a fresh new start for them all.
One of the things I liked about Spring Comes to Barncastle Inn is the way Sadie was finally able to accept her past, but not let it control her present or future. She’s grown up, she’s changed, and she’s a Christian. Lynette Sowell uses scripture from Isaiah 43:18-19 as the basis of this story and it is what makes it a positive, encouraging, romantic story. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wastelands.”
I read this novella in the Love Blossoms boxed set, but it is also available as an individual book.