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A beginning to a wonderful series filled with descriptive prose, warm characters, and a mystery to solve. I found myself liking this one more than the couple of other books I have read from author Emily Harvale.

Cat was away from Merriment Bay since 18 years and a letter from her mom shocked her. Along with her daughter Kyra, she rushed home to realize things have changed. While organizing through stuff at home, Cat discovered a mystery. Secrets sure were binding the family together.

Book 1 in the series, this story felt like an appetizer to the rest. I got to know the characters and could feel that there were so many things which would be revealed later. I was most intrigued by Cat, as to what kept her away from her family for so many years.

The author’s talent lay in the way she had described the locations. She made them come alive. The characters and the by play of emotions between them showed me the complexities of relationships.

This was a book which played hide and go seek with me. I got to know a few things about this family that Cat belonged to and many were hidden. Which just awakened my curiosity.

At 100 pages, it was a sweet, fast read.

I received a free ARC from Rachel and the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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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.

A heartwarming four-part serial about family, friendship, and finding the strength to put the past behind you and step into a bright, new future filled with love and laughter.

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.

Publication Date: 8th October 2019

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