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The Inlet Beach novels

The Lowcountry novels

If you like Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow, you’ll love INLET BEACH . A small beach town on the coast of Oregon, Inlet Beach is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else, and each of them has an opinion they don’t mind sharing.

Spanish moss dripping from the branches of gnarled oak trees, afternoon tea in a quiet garden, an antebellum mansion that has been home to seven generations of Rutledge women.

Stories set in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina.

It started with a letter to three estranged sisters, saying they've inherited an equal share of an old Victorian beach house.


Of course, each sister wants something different from their unexpected gain. Marcy wants a refuge for her immediate family. Lydia needs the money a quick sale will bring. And Tyra is a mystery; she always has been.


But before they can do anything, the sisters have to spend the summer together, repairing the house. And just maybe - rebuilding their relationship.


Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2015 Literary Contest Finalist

Storefronts are draped with garland, sprinkled with fairy-lights and dusted with Christmas magic. Window boxes overflow with evergreens and sea stars, as the sleepy town welcomes visitors for the annual Christmas Lights Festival.


But things are not as perfect as they seem.

On the eve of the tree lighting in the town square, police find a teen runaway in trouble. Residents of the community gather to help, but complications arise and unraveling the boy's past is harder than they imagine.

As a blustery Pacific Northwest Christmas draws near, can they find a way to give a boy with a shattered past a chance at happiness?

Family has to take you in, no matter how many mistakes you’ve made.


At least that’s what Joanna thought.  A series of bad decisions results in heartbreak, forcing her to return home, her life in tatters. Older sister, Marcy, remained at home dutifully caring for their aging grandmother and managing the family business. When Joanna arrives unexpectedly, Marcy bristles at the intrusion, suspicious of her sister’s motives.


Set against the rich tapestry of Charleston, South Carolina, three generations of strong Southern women share a history and not-quite-forgotten secrets. Will the bonds they forged years ago be strong enough to give them a second chance at being a family?

Readers share their thoughts about Heidi's stories ...

I couldn't put it down

Heidi does a great job building the tension between the sisters as well as building out the reasons why each sister had the issues that she had. This delicate balance let me care about the characters without feeling it was forced or saccharine. I also thought she did a great job laying out the scene work, describing secondary characters, and building subtext.  Nice debut novel!


Five Stars

Wonderful story about a family reuniting and rediscovering their home and their hometown. I think Heidi has created a strong basis for many more stories.

Highly recommended.

How good was this book?

I was so captivated by the story that I started it in the morning and read through the entire text until turning the lights out in the evening with a satisfied smile.

Heidi is a master author who has found the story-writing groove.

-- Amazon review 

The Inheritance

 -- Goodreads review

-- Amazon review 

Things We Surrender


More about Heidi Hostetter ...

I love books, always have. 


There’s just something about the way a story unfolds that seems magical to me. When I was a kid, I remember riding my bike down to the public library on Saturday mornings, reading anything that looked interesting. In the afternoon I’d pedal back up the hill on my bike, my bike basket loaded with books I wanted to read. I'd spend the rest of the weekend lost in the stories.


When I started writing my own stories, I included all the the things I liked to read: description that bring settings to life, characters who become friends, struggles that reflect real life, and always –– always –– a happy ending.  

I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.  I'd love to hear from you. You can check out my Author Page on Amazon, find me on Facebook, and sometimes even on Twitter.

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