What they say:
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.
This is Book Two in 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.
The Review: Wow. It’s been too long since I settled into the comfort and warmth of an Emily Harvale book!!
From the off I was plunged into Merriment Bay and its goings-on, which unfortunately I’d missed from not reading book 1. I was soon reminded of the great settings Ms. Harvale creates with backgrounds that are intriguing and vivid and was excited by talk of strange dreams and new neighbours (weirdly, as I hadn’t read the first book in the series so wasn’t actually in the know of any of the current characters!)
The story of Titus Wells, the tragedy that unfolded in the past, gave rise to a mystery that took over from already interesting drama that we met at the start of the book, in the breakdown of book 1, I’d assume.
For this reason I’d say go to book 1 first to savour true, intriguing escapism, in what was essentially a cosy romantic historical whodunnit with wistful settings and romance, and great characters that I really enjoyed. Will definitely be going back for more and also checking out some of the author’s back catalogue of books, which is beyond impressive!! Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for letting me be part of the blog tour.
About the Author
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t 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.