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Coming Home to Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale #Review #Mystery #Series #BlogTour

Coming Home to Merriment Bay

Part One: A Reunion

Merriment Bay series

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 racing to Merriment Bay, the seaside village where she grew up.

On arrival, Cat and her teenage daughter, Kyra are shocked to find the situation is worse than expected. But despite everything, Cat considers herself to be an optimist at heart and Kyra takes after her. Looking on the bright side may not improve the situation, but it definitely can’t make it worse.

When 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 didn’t know her grandad. Could this be him? A man even her mum never met.

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 the issues in 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.

My Review:

I have to say that whenever I see the opportunity to participate in a blog tour involving Emily Harvale I don’t hesitate to volunteer. Her books are always heartwarming with well developed characters and set in a delightful close community. This is no exception!

Cat Devon left the seaside village where she grew up when she was a teenager soon after giving birth to her daughter, Kyra. Neither have been back again or spoken to anyone from there since she left so is very shocked when, on her daughter’s eighteenth birthday, she receives a letter from her Mum. After daring to open the letter she reads that her Gran is in a coma. Cat and Kyra decide to return to visit Merriment Bay….. Little seems to have changed since they left but Cat’s Mum is planning on selling their home so Cat and Kyra start to help clear out the house. As the family starts to reconnect, there are secrets being kept, surprise discoveries to investigate and people from the past to be avoided – or found?

What a great start to a new series this is. I really enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to read the future parts in this story to see how it all develops.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.


Purchase Link:

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Coming-Home-Merriment-Bay-Reunion-ebook/dp/B07XGMJ8BQ

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Merriment-Bay-Reunion-ebook/dp/B07XGMJ8BQ


Author Bio

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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.


Social Media Links –  https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter



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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my honest opinion after choosing to read this book.

One comment on “Coming Home to Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale #Review #Mystery #Series #BlogTour

  1. Pingback: Coming Home to Merriment Bay: Part 4: Starry Skies | splashesintobooks

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