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Standalone and Book 2 in Merriment Bay series
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romcom
Publication date: March 30, 2020
Publisher: Crescent Gate Publishing
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.
For readers who haven’t read the previous book in the Merriment Bay series, the beginning of the story may be confusing. Many residents of Merriment Bay village make an appearance in quick succession, and it takes a while to get the hang of it. (I see that the previous books in the series are available on Kindle Unlimited, so if you have a subscription, you should absolutely check them out.)
Mary Devon’s sharply varying moods, headstrong nature, and snobbishness are immediately apparent, though. It took me some time to understand that Cat Devon was Kyra’s mother and Amias Wells was her boyfriend, with whom she has united after 18 years of pining.
The book starts off with many emotional upheavals — Viola’s death (Mary’s mother), discovery of Viola’s affair, and Mary’s unfortunate relationship. The residents of Wynter House also make an abrupt appearance and the way they meet the Devon women comes across as too much of a coincidence. But the warm manner in which they welcome the women into their family is moving.
When an ancient painting is discovered in a hidden cellar in Devon Villa, things take an exciting turn. The incident becomes the catalyst for Mary to seek a fresh beginning in life. We are also treated to a whole lot of historical details about the old families in Merriment Bay, which I found particularly entertaining.
However, my favorite part of the book was the (sort of) love triangle between Kyra, Lucas, and Francis. Both men conduct themselves in a mature and gentlemanly manner, and I can see why Kyra takes her time to sort out her head. Sadly, the book doesn’t deal with this angle in great detail. The story is open-ended, so I’m hoping the next book in the series will have much more to tell about the relationship between these three characters.
All in all, I feel the book will make much more sense when read in sequence. There’s so much happening from cover to cover that you need to pay close attention to follow the story. The author has a knack for describing relationships between people of all ages–and she sends the message that age is not a limitation for finding love.
About the Author
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.