Book Review: On Moonberry Lake

If you could live anywhere (fictional or real), where would you live?

I’m adding Moonberry Lake with its funny townspeople to my fictional list!!! Along with Stars Hollow, Avonlea, Narnia, Mitford, and the Shire!

Holly Varni’s debut novel, On Moonberry Lake, releases today and you do not want to miss this book! If you’re looking for a little bookish escape, this is your ticket!

Book description

Cora Matthews’s life is a mess. A broken engagement and the unexpected death of her mother have left her wondering if things will ever return to normal. Whatever “normal” is.

It certainly isn’t what she finds at Moonberry Lake. After she receives her family’s dilapidated lakefront lodge as an inheritance–with a surprising condition attached–Cora finds her life overrun by a parade of eccentric neighbors who all have something to say and something to teach her.

As Cora works to put her life back together, she must decide if she is willing to let go of the past, open her heart to love, and embrace the craziest version of family and home she could ever have imagined.

-Revell Publishing, 2023

About the Author

Holly Varni is a native Minnesotan of strong Norwegian descent, who was raised in the Lutheran Church that Garrison Keillor made a career depicting. Between the lutefisk, grumpy grandparents, and crazy neighbors who mowed their lawn wearing pajamas, the seed to becoming a storyteller was planted. Though she, her husband, and their three sons live along the Central Coast of California, her beloved Midwest roots continue to haunt everything she writes. She hosts the Moments from Moonberry Lake podcast where she shares more stories of her beloved characters. Learn more at

Holly Varni @hollyvarni is a dear friend of mine and one of the few people I know who could actually squeeze the life out of someone with a hug! She’s one of the most loving, warm, enthusiastic people I know – and all of that goodness comes out in her writing. I could not be more proud of my darling friend, and I hope you will read her lovely book!!

There’s more to come in this series from from Holly Varni, and I can’t wait!

Here’s to lovely fictional towns and all the happy books, Kindred Spirits!

Rachel xx

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