Fighting the urge to stand on my sofa and shout, “I am so glad I discovered Emily Harvale’s books!” However it’s early Saturday morning and I don’t think my sleeping family and dog would appreciate my screeching. Sorry Emily!
This book, Wedding Bells in Merriment Bay, is book three in the Merriment series by Emily Harvale and interlinks with the book from the Wyntersleap series featured in Fridays’ blog post. It can be read as a standalone.
If there is an Emily Harvale fan club – can someone pass me a member’s badge?
Here’s the blurb:
Change is in the air as wedding bells ring out in Merriment Bay.
Cat’s determined to propose to Amias. Well, it is a leap year so it’s fine for women to do the asking, and besides, it took him eighteen years to tell her how he felt. She’s not going to wait for him to pop the question. All she needs to do is find the perfect time and place.
Kyra’s fallen for Francis Raine, who seems happy to flirt and exchange banter but hasn’t actually asked her out. Does he reciprocate her feelings, or is he this way with every girl he meets? There’s only one way to find out. She’ll ask him on a date … as soon as he returns to Merriment Bay.
Mary’s leaving Devon Villa after a lifetime spent in the house. She’s never lived alone so it’s both an exciting and a terrifying prospect. But change is good, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s time she tried a few other new things too.
The Devon women want to move on to the next chapters in their lives. And as Viola Devon used to say before she died, “The only one who can write your own life story as you want it, is you.” Although Viola’s didn’t work out too well. Will Cat, Kyra, and Mary have better luck with theirs?
Here’s my review:
I found this book to be more of an emotional romance read than the one I read for Friday’s post. This might be due to the Merriment Bay book series being written that way or I was so overcome with emotion at seeing all the characters I loved again. It was like Emily Harvale had cranked up the emotion lever and lowered the comedy just a little.
In this book I got to understand Cat and Amias more and my goodness what an emotional journey Emily Harvale took me on! My poor tissue box has not recovered.
I like the realistic characters that Emily creates. Love doesn’t come easy for them which is very much real life but they all battle through their pain, support each other and come out the other side.
I enjoyed Kyra’s trials and tribulations with Francis and I thought she had a lovely relationship with Cat, her mum.
There is a grand romantic gesture in this book and this has to be one of my all time favourites.
It was a great end to a series of books filled with good helpings of romance, some big spoonfuls of uplifting moments, a generous sprinkling of heart racing kisses and a lot of family humour. I’m now hooked!
A bit more about Emily Harvale…
I’m a bestselling author of feel-good, romantic fiction novels, novellas and short stories, and an Amazon KDP All Star. Many of my books have a hint of mystery; some may bring tears but I believe in happy endings. I’m a member of The Society of Authors, the RWA and NINC. My paperbacks are available either on Amazon or by order at all good bookshops but at present my eBooks are only available on Amazon.
That’s the professional stuff – now let’s get personal. I grew up in Hastings, East Sussex and I’ve always written for pleasure, but my career took me in a very different direction (Law and Banking – please don’t hate me!) until I became seriously ill and had to reconsider my future. Life’s like that isn’t it? I moved back from London to my home town and began to concentrate on writing. I write quickly and I write full-time, so I’m always working on at least two books. My personal life does suffer though. My friends say that when I finally ‘pop my clogs’ they’ll make sure my headstone reads: ‘Let me finish writing this chapter and I’ll be with you.’