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Title: Chasing Moonbeams in Merriment Bay
Series: Merriment Bay #2
Author: Emily Harvale
Published: 30th March 2020
Estimated Page Count: 275
Pre-Order Link: mybook.to/ChasingMoonbeamsinMB
What a great read this proved to be. I’m really enjoying the interconnecting series that this is part of, with shared characters and events that are skilfully intertwined. This story is definitely an uplifting one with a fantastic mix of romance, family, mystery and drama to keep you turning the pages.
It was great to see events from the earlier Wynter House book from Cat’s point of view and discover just what happened next. The three generations of the Devon family are key to this story but there’s a whole community of other characters, too, all of whom have their parts to play in the unfolding drama. Attempting to repair a loose floorboard reveals a hidden cellar and exploring its contents provides evidence regarding a mysterious historical tragedy and miscarriage of justice. It also introduces a new character whose initial encounter with one of the Devon ladies is hilarious! However, what impact will this young man have on what happens next? You’ll just have to read it yourself to find out!
This is a delightful and thoroughly enjoyable read. I really enjoy the interconnecting series and seeing things from different points of view through them. The characters, as always, are well developed, believable and relatable – it is almost like catching up with old friends as you read the book. Whilst this can be enjoyed as a standalone, I suspect it is much better when you’ve read the earlier books as the characters and many of the events discussed are familiar. This is an action packed story that I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending. I can’t wait to read more in both these series and anything else by this talented author.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and thoroughly enjoying it – as usual for books by Emily Harvale!
Cat has found true happiness in Merriment Bay. Will a discovery in Devon Villa change that?
Cat Devon is finally with the love of her life – and she couldn’t be happier about that. But discovering the identity of her real dad and the fact she has two half-brothers was a shock. Getting to know her new family is now a priority.
Kyra Devon is only eighteen, but she’s more mature than her mum in many ways and is coping far better with everything that’s happened. Kyra knows what she wants and unlike Cat, she’s not going to let opportunities slip away.
Mary Devon has regained her daughter and her granddaughter, but she’s grieving for her mother, and also for the loss of the love she thought she’d found. Putting on a brave face may not be the best way for Mary to get over it.
When a long-lost painting called Moonbeams Kiss is discovered in a hidden cellar beneath the floorboards in Devon Villa, a story of love, loss and treachery unfolds, bringing with it repercussions for each of the Devon women.
About Emily Harvale
Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She believes in love at first sight and 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. In addition to her newsletter, she has a readers’ group on Facebook, where she shares all her latest news and even gets readers involved in choosing titles, book covers and more. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at https://www.emilyharvale.com
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, Emily says she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, but she’s more likely to be found with friends, enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, and definitely some cake. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats, Beatrix and Portia, who like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.
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