Review of The Tumble Inn


Tired of their high school teaching jobs and discouraged by their failed attempts at conceiving a child, Mark and Fran Finley decide they need a change in their lives. Abruptly, they leave their friends and family in suburban New Jersey to begin anew as innkeepers on a secluded lake in the Adirondack Mountains. There they muddle through their first season at the inn, 22457401serving barely edible dinners to guests, stranding themselves in chest-deep snowdrifts, and somehow, miraculously, amid swarms of ravenous black flies, conceiving a child, a girl they name Nat. Years later, when Mark and Fran are nearing middle age and Nat is a troubled teenager, Mark’s life is ripped apart, forever changed, and he must choose between returning to his old home in New Jersey or trying to rebuild what is left of his life and family in the place of his greatest joy and deepest sorrow.

The Tumble Inn is a moving drama about home and about the fragility and resilience of love. (Goodreads)


Mark and Fran Finley have had enough of their teaching jobs and the direction their lives are taking.  They have been trying to have a child with no luck and they realize something needs to change.  With all the stress and unhappiness they are experiencing, their marriage is beginning to struggle.  When Fran sees an ad for innkeepers in the Adirondack Mountains, she replies to that ad and they set out on the journey of their lives.  Although they have no prior knowledge of being innkeepers they land the position and find themselves struggling with their new jobs.  This book is an account of the many ups and downs they experience in their new lives.  

The characters are well developed and realistic.  They have good qualities and they also had negative traits, but don’t we all.  I enjoyed reading about their relationship and the struggles they had through the years.

This book was humorous and heart wrenching and everything in between.  Reading about their struggles with running the inn, especially during the first year, had me smiling.  Reading about their struggles to conceive a child made me very sad.  I enjoyed having that roller coaster of emotions while reading the story.

The writing style flowed smoothly and the book was an easy read.  The author is very descriptive in his writing style and a lot of the time I felt like I was right there, seeing the action for myself.  But I also felt that, at times,  there was too much description and I found myself skimming pages.  This is only my opinion and other readers may feel like there was the perfect amount of description given.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading contemporary fiction.  If you enjoy a book that takes you on a wide emotional journey, then you should read this book.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Syracuse University Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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