Next up on TWG is my review of another delightful, Emily Harvale treat, ‘Coming Home to Merriment Bay – Part One’. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the tour invite and ARC.
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 and her teenage daughter, Kyra racing to Merriment Bay, the seaside village where Cat grew up.
But Cat is shocked to find the situation is worse than expected. Despite everything, Cat considers herself to be an optimist at heart and Kyra takes after her. Looking on the bright side may not improve things, but it definitely can’t make them worse.
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 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 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.
What does TWG think?
Ever wondered how to kick start a new series? THIS is the way to do it! What a brilliant, brilliant start to a new series! The only downside to it is that I have to wait for the next installment (not long though, but still).
Cat Devon is about to taking a stroll down memory lane after receiving a letter from her mum after so many years of no contact. Why did Cat and her mum stop talking? Why have the family not made the journey to see each other over the years? A lot of things have happened since Cat and her mother were together, and now that Cat’s daughter, Kyra, has turned 18, the feeling of keeping issues a secret is no longer at the forefront of Cat’s mind. She knows that her daughter deserves to know the truth, especially given the fact that her dad is no longer around to tell her the story himself.
Interesting family dynamics makes for excellent reading. As weird as this sounds, it’s nice to read a story about a family who’s life is marginally worse than yours. I know that families are prone to problems and can often go a while without talking, so in a dodgy way it was refreshing to see that lives aren’t perfect even in fiction.
Cat is an interesting character to get to know as her personality is one that I cant quite seem to get a handle on. As for her mother, geez, I took an instant dislike to her for reasons that make themselves known near enough straight away. Perhaps there is more to the overall story that meets the eye, and I would be interested to see how their personalities develop over time.
To say that this is an intriguing start to the series would be an understatement. I really enjoyed the start of the new series and I have high hopes for what may follow after reading this book. I am so delighted that Emily Harvale has decided to write a new series, and I just love the way she writes multi-layered stories flawlessly and in a way that I always want more. Fabulous start!