Part 2 is here! Thanks so much to Rachel, as usual, for the blog tour invite and ARC of Emily Harvale’s next instalment in the ‘Coming Home to Merriment Bay’ series. Here is my review:
Part Two of this heartwarming four-part serial about finding the strength to put the past behind you and to reach out for a future filled with happiness and love.
Cat Devon knew she couldn’t avoid Amias Wells for long. She also knew sparks would fly the moment they came face to face. They never did get on and nothing has changed in eighteen years – except that Amias is even more annoying. So why does Cat still catch her breath whenever he looks her way?
The fact he flies a vintage Spitfire for the Merriment Bay WWII Museum doesn’t interest Cat, but his knowledge of the former RAF pilots stationed there certainly does. She wants to find out all she can about the man in the photo in Viola’s trunk. And what with hospital visits, dealing with her mum, and sorting out problems with Viola’s house, Cat could use more than just Kyra’s help.
But Kyra makes it clear she thinks Cat and Amias should spend more time together. Which is ridiculous. Apart from the fact they don’t get on, Amias wasn’t interested in Cat before the accident that left the ugly scars on her face and body, so he definitely won’t be attracted to her now. Besides, Cat’s not looking for romance. She’s happy with her life just the way it is.
What does TWG think?
It was so good to be back with Cat and co in ‘Sparks Fly’ as part one left me in a little bit of a quandary! Who was Cat’s dad? And why was her mum refusing to give her more details about her father? What was the big secret?
The identity of Cat’s father didn’t seem to be the only secret that had fallen at the family’s feet as, during a clear out of Granny Viola’s things, a random man tumbles out of a pile of letters. Not the ACTUAL man, because that would be a little bit weird and, quite frankly, Viola could get into quite a bit of bother if that were the case! No, I mean a photograph of a random man. Who was he and why does Viola have a photo of him in her possessions?
So many questions, so little answers. Unfortunately, the only person who would be able to shed some light on both of the secrets is the one person who simply cannot. And, to be perfectly blunt, that person may never even be able to either!
Cat really isn’t doing herself many favours at all. I know that she can’t get over some things that were said when she was pregnant with her daughter, Kyra, and afterwards, yet she is using that against people (well, one person in particular) who is only trying to help. I can see why she thinks that they have an ulterior motive, but surely she needs to understand that 18 years is a long time? I can’t help but feel as though she is living in the past and clearly there are reasons for that, what with the unanswered questions and what not. I have everything crossed that Cat won’t come down with a bang and realise that she has pushed people away. Although, that said, her mother is far worse and why someone hasn’t told her, and her gentleman friend to go and do one, is beyond me!
Once again I was left in a quandary as not many of the questions were answered in this instalment, however it has certainly made me more eager to dive into part three. I simple adore Emily Harvale’s addictive storytelling and her ability to get the most out of each and every one of her characters.
Sparks certainly did fly in this book and I have a huge feeling that it won’t be the only time either!
Another fab little read, and another brilliant addition to a series that looks to be shaping up quite well! Part three here I come!