I am delighted to welcome Sarah Bennett onto my blog. She’s a romance author I really admire. Sarah had a marvellous idea for her guest blog post and I think this could be the start of a new trend. I couldn’t type yes fast enough to this post.
Before we get started this post idea is such a great idea for a book promo. I love book reviews and they are fun to read. This guest post is a bit different and I think in the future when I have a book with a fabulous setting like Sarah’s I will be following her lead.
Grab your sunglasses we are off on a virtual trip.
Sarah is going to take us to the location of her latest novel; ‘Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point.’
Welcome to Mermaids Point
Mermaids Point is a small village off the west coast of England. Traditionally a fishing village, the population of this close-knit community rely mainly on tourist income to survive.
Let’s take a tour around and get to know a few of the people and prime locations.
A spit of land standing proud against the Atlantic tides, the Point shelters the heart of the village from the worst of the winter weather. On top of the point you will find Walkers’ Farm, home to Alan and Carolyn.
There is a cottage on the farm with a beautiful view out across the ocean which you might be lucky enough to rent for the season, like Jake Smith, the hero of Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point, who isn’t quite what he seems.
The Sailor’s Rest
Follow the winding path down from the point towards the village and one of the first buildings you will find on the narrow seafront road is the village pub. Run by Pete Bray, it is a traditional whitewashed building (although there was an infamous summer a few years back when it turned fluorescent pink overnight thanks to a prank carried out by Nick Morgan and some of his friends, but more about him later). It is as popular with the locals as it is with visiting holiday makers.
The Penny Arcade
A few doors down from the pub you will find a traditional penny arcade, though these days it costs a bit more than a penny to try your luck on the machines. It has all the traditional things you’d expect – a claw grab with its array of stuffed toys, the coin slider or the air hockey table. In the cash booth you’ll find Janice waiting for you with a smile and bags full of change.
The seafront has lots of traditional shops including a greengrocer. Jim will sell you whatever’s fresh from the wholesaler. If you’re self-catering for a week or two, why not chat to him about getting a veg box delivered to your rental property? He’s always happy to help.
Next door is the newsagents, where you can pick up your daily paper, a magazine to read on the beach and an assortment of buckets, spades and other toys to keep the kids happy on a hot sunny day.
They’ve also got a freezer full of fresh local ice cream, all you have to decide on is which delicious flavour to try first.
The heart of the seafront, and one of the key settings in Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point, is the pretty little café run by Lorelei ‘Laurie’ Morgan. Laurie is Nick’s younger sister and she opened the café a few years ago with the help of her parents who run the gift shop next door. You will find visitors and locals alike frequenting the café. Most days you’ll find Jake behind his laptop at one of the tables by the window, pretending to work while trying to catch Laurie’s eye.
Look over in the corner and more often than not you’ll find Barbara, Kitty and the rest of the knitting circle. If you want to know the latest gossip, grab a coffee and a delicious slice of cake from the tempting array in the display counter and pull up a chair at a nearby table. You’ll be able to hear everything!
The Mermaid’s Cave
An archway runs from the café into the gift shop next door. As you step through, it’s like entering another world full of small treasures and interesting, unusual gifts.
Run by Andrew Morgan and his wife, Sylvia, it is a place as warm and inviting as Andrew’s booming laugh which is never in short supply.
Andrew is a gentle giant, devoted to his family and entirely happy to let short, sparky Sylvia boss him around. His favourite moments in the day are when Laurie pops in from next door with a takeaway coffee. She’ll sneak him a piece of his favourite millionaire’s shortbread too (as long as Sylvia isn’t around!) A bit of an Instagram whizz, Andrew is the first one to discover the village has gone viral thanks to a very unusual visitor.
At the far end of the street you’ll find a large white building housing the doctor’s surgery. The current incumbent, Doc Gadd is a bit past his sell-by date and gives poor Nerissa Morgan, his long-suffering receptionist and live-in housekeeper the runaround. Nerissa is Andrew’s younger sister and beloved Aunt to Laurie and Nick. You will find out more about her in Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point.
If you walk beyond the main street and past the car park used by visitors to the Point, you will crest a hill overlooking the small harbour and quayside. To the far side you can see the fishing trawlers which still brave the ocean in all weathers. Closer to you is a collection of pleasure boats and yachts. Join the queue at the small white kiosk and book a pleasure tour with Nick Morgan and his Uncle Tony. Whether it’s a day’s fishing you’re after, or a bird-watching trip out to the scattering of islands beyond the Point, they’ll make sure you have a wonderful day. We’ll catch up with Nick as the series progresses, but he might know more about the strange happenings in Mermaids Point than most.
The Seven Sisters
A few miles beyond the breakwater, you will come across a collection of small islands, known locally as the Seven Sisters. The larger islands together make up a wildlife sanctuary full of nest seabirds and seal colonies. There’s even the ruins of an old chapel – the long abandoned home of a hermit monk. If you look closely, you might spot something unusual basking in the sun on one of those rocky outcrops.
Here’s the book blurb:
Laurie Morgan runs a café in the small seaside community of Mermaids Point, named after the beauties rumoured to live in the waters a few miles off the top of the point. When a hazy image is posted online of what appears to be a mermaid, the café and the village are soon full to bursting with curious sightseers.
The most eye-catching of the new arrivals is handsome author, Jake Smith, who has rented a cottage for the summer while he works on his new book. Or so he says. In fact, he is a journalist, burned out and disillusioned with life, whose editor has sent him on a crack-pot hunt for mermaids…
Jake quickly finds himself drawn to village life, and to the gorgeous woman who runs the local café. But he soon suspects there’s trouble lurking beneath the idyllic façade, and when it looks like Laurie’s family might be involved, Jake faces a difficult choice. Pursue the truth, or protect the woman he’s beginning to fall in love with…
Warm, escapist, feel-good and altogether brilliant story-telling from bestselling author Sarah Bennett. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley and Milly Johnson.
Praise for Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point
‘A joy from start to finish. A glorious romance full of family and community with a delicious cast of characters and a heart warming setting.’ Jules Wake
‘This is the perfect escapist read and I can’t wait to follow the characters in what promises to be a wonderful series. Five sparkling stars!’ Rachel Griffiths
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About the Author
Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.
Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.
When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.
You can connect with her via Twitter https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SarahBennettAuthor
Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and Bluebell Castle trilogies. Her new series is set in the idyllic location of Mermaids Point and the first book, Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point is available now. The series continues later in 2021 with Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point.