A heartwarming four-part serial about finding the strength to put the past behind you and to reach out for a future filled with happiness and love.
After eighteen years apart, reclusive Cat Devon still recognises her mum’s handwriting. Plucking up the courage to open the letter, its contents send Cat and her teenage daughter, Kyra racing to Merriment Bay, the seaside village where Cat grew up.
But Cat is shocked to find the situation is worse than expected. Despite everything, Cat considers herself to be an optimist at heart and Kyra takes after her. Looking on the bright side may not improve things, but it definitely can’t make them worse.
Clearing out the house that, even now, Cat fondly thinks of as home, she stumbles upon more than just memories in the battered leather trunk in Granny Viola’s bedroom. She discovers a faded photo of an RAF pilot, a pile of unopened letters, and a mystery waiting to be solved.
Who is the man in the – clearly treasured – photo? Cat and Kyra are intent on finding out. But that’s not all Cat’s determined to do. It’s time she came to terms with her past and made peace with her mum and her gran. All the while avoiding bumping into the one man she never quite got over … and keeping a few secrets of her own.
This is Part One of a new, four-part serial. The other three parts are:
Coming Home to Merriment Bay – Part Two: Sparks Fly
Coming Home to Merriment Bay – Part Three: Christmas
Coming Home to Merriment Bay – Part Four: Starry Skies
This is the start of Emily Harvale’s Merriment Bay series which is interconnected to her Wyntersleap series. Each series can be read alone, but several characters appear in both series.
This is the first book in the Merriment Bay series. Being a fan of the authors Lily Pond Lane series, I was very much looking forward to this one and I wasn’t disappointed.
Cat has been away from her home village having never returned until she receives a letter on her daughter’s eighteenth birthday. Obviously I was intrigued as to know why she had been away for that long and that her daughter Kyra has never met her extended family.
What follows is a charming read with a certain amount of revelations. As it’s the first in the series, the author only shares so much with the reader ensuring that they will be coming back for more. There are lots of interesting and likeable characters of which some, I can’t wait to get to know better.
Cat and Kyra are great characters and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for them both in the next installment. Some parts are quite tender as we learn more about Cat’s past and I could feel my emotions stirring within me the more into the story I got.
Coming Home To Merriment Bay: Part One: A Reunion is a great start this brand new series. It’s a quick read that kept me enthralled throughout and makes for a charming and feel good read. This is an author who for me always delivers on all counts and never fails to keep me entertained.
My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Coming Home To Merriment Bay: Part One: A Reunion is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).
Emily writes novels, novellas and
short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy
ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to
bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at http://www.emilyharvale.com.
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.
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