Wedding Bells in Merriment Bay (Book 3 in Merriment Bay series) by Emily Harvale @Emilyharvale @rararesources

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Change is in the air as wedding bells ring out in Merriment Bay. 

Cat’s determined to propose to Amias. Well, it is a leap year so it’s fine for women to do the asking, and besides, it took him eighteen years to tell her how he felt. She’s not going to wait for him to pop the question. All she needs to do is find the perfect time and place.

Kyra’s fallen for Francis Raine, who seems happy to flirt and exchange banter but hasn’t actually asked her out. Does he reciprocate her feelings, or is he this way with every girl he meets? There’s only one way to find out. She’ll ask him on a date … as soon as he returns to Merriment Bay.

Mary’s leaving Devon Villa after a lifetime spent in the house. She’s never lived alone so it’s both an exciting and a terrifying prospect. But change is good, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s time she tried a few other new things too.

The Devon women want to move on to the next chapters in their lives. And as Viola Devon used to say before she died, “The only one who can write your own life story as you want it, is you.” Although Viola’s didn’t work out too well. Will Cat, Kyra, and Mary have better luck with theirs?

This is book three in the Merriment Bay series. It can be read as a standalone but you would enjoy it more if you read the other two books in this series first. The Merriment Bay series is interlinked with the Wyntersleap series and several characters appear in both series. 

The Review: Yes, I’m back, but also back is a read by the author of so many heart warming cosy reads and series, and this book is no exception. Just two days ago I spoke of the Wyntersleaps series, having reviewed book 3, and wished I could be a bit more caught up. Luckily, this amazing author and blog tour host have ensured that by being on both blog tours- I kind of am!! (This is a hint to get reading both series!!)

In this installment we’re again all about the weddings and marriages. I’ll admit, to some there will be possibly a few too many speaking, worrying and mulling over proposals and weddings, but for most, and especially all enjoying the series, it was welcome.

The settings, as ever, were fantastic, and in particular the events gave off magic and sparkle. I was thrilled I got to know more characters and that some redeemed themselves in my eyes. There wasn’t quite as much drama (with a body in a previous installment, it was difficult to arrive anywhere more explosive!), it was more dialogue, but with that great touch of humor added in places.

All in all so enjoyable and very much recommend as a pair of series. Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating:4.5/5

About the author

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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.

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