Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Coming Home to Merriment Bay part 1 by Emily Harvale

Today I am also excited to share with you my review of the first part of this fabulous new series from Emily Harvale. Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to join the tour and for my copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

Book Description
Part One: A Reunion
Merriment Bay series

After eighteen years apart, reclusive Cat Devon still recognises her mum’s handwriting. Plucking up the courage to open the letter, its contents send Cat racing to Merriment Bay, the seaside village where she grew up.

On arrival, Cat and her teenage daughter, Kyra are shocked to find the situation is worse than expected. But despite everything, Cat considers herself to be an optimist at heart and Kyra takes after her. Looking on the bright side may not improve the situation, but it definitely can’t make it worse.

When clearing out the house that, even now, Cat fondly thinks of as home, she stumbles upon more than just memories in the battered leather trunk in Granny Viola’s bedroom. She discovers a faded photo of an RAF pilot, a pile of unopened letters, and a mystery waiting to be solved. Who is the man in the – clearly treasured – photo? Cat didn’t know her grandad. Could this be him? A man even her mum never met. 

Cat and Kyra are intent on finding out. But that’s not all Cat’s determined to do. It’s time she came to terms with the issues in her past, and made peace with her mum and her gran. All the while avoiding bumping into the one man she never quite got over … and keeping a few secrets of her own.

My Review
This book is a brilliant start to a series. I loved it from the first page to the last and I'm really looking forward to reading the next part.
Cat Devon is spending the day with her daughter Kyra who is celebrating her 18th Birthday, when an envelope drops through the door with handwriting that Cat instantly recognised its one she definitely had not been expecting. The letter is from her mother with whom she has had no contact since Cat left home 18 years ago. 
The two of them read the letter together it is decided that they both need to head to Merriment Bay and get to the bottom of what is happening. This is a big decision for Cat to make as it will bring back so many memories of a difficult past. 
The two of them arrive in Merriment Bay and Kyra is shocked to found out just how big the family home is, she is also exited to meet the grandmother she has never met.  Cat is more nervous as things have happened in the past with her mother and there are people within the town that Cat is not keen to see again.
It soon becomes apparent what is going on and what her mother is asking her to do. She needs Cats help to clear the family home so it can be sold. Cat agrees and is soon deep in helping her mother. It is while she is clearing out the house that she finds a leather trunk. In the trunk is a photo of a man in RAF uniform and a stack of letters. Who is this man and what part does he play in all of their lives. Cat and Kyra are determined to find out. 
This is a fantastic start to the story and one that will have you gripped from the first page. 
I really enjoyed meeting both Cat and Kyra who have a brilliant relationship. Cat has got plenty of secrets she is really trying to keep to herself, ones she is trying to protect her beloved daughter from. Kyra at 18 is really enjoying getting to know more about the past of her mother and understand more about their relationship. 
I really like the writing style of Emily Harvale. it flows well and keeps you entertained throughout the book. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.  

Published by Crescent Gate Publishing on the 8th October 2019

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About the Author

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. 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 and has a readers' group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not 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. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

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