Emily Harvale: Chasing Moonbeams In Merriment Bay

Today I’m delighted to be one of the bloggers closing the blog tour for Chasing Moonbeams In Merriment Bay. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book via the publisher.

Blurb:

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.

Review:

I have made no secret of how much I love this series and the second book in the series (the first book was serialised in four shorter parts) is not a disappointment. I was so pleased to be back with Cat and her family and see how they were getting on after some very eventful times! The characters are so down to earth and I feel like they could be part of my own family. Kyra, in particular, grows up a lot in this book and I enjoyed seeing her become more confident. I also love the inclusion of the Wynter family and the crossover with the Wyntersleap books as this gives the story an extra layer as the families get to know each other.

Harvale’s writing is beautiful and I love how she mixes romance and mystery in Chasing Moonbeams In Merriment Bay. She uses some lovely phrases to describe the characters’ feelings, especially feelings of love. The mystery element of the story allows the reader to learn a little more about the history of Merriment Bay and those who live there and I was intrigued to know how the mystery would be solved.

There are a number of unresolved issues at the end of Chasing Moonbeams In Merriment Bay so I look forward to the next part of the series.

Chasing Moonbeams In Merriment Bay is available from Amazon.

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