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5 Stars Out Of 5
October 15, 2013
This story begins one year after sisters Caroline Marris, Gracie Gold, and Sam Carter became owners of the Misty Harbor Inn. They open for business and welcome guests to the inn an into their lives.
Caroline was always so sure of what she wanted out of her life. Now that she is part owner of the inn and George, a lifelong friend, has stopped talking to her, she doesn't know what to make of anything.
Sam thought that she would miss teaching more than she does. She discovers something that she really enjoys doing after moving to Nantucket.
Gracie has some decisions to make. She is pulled between her beloved home and children in another state and her responsibilities at the inn.
Through all the ins and outs of running an inn the sisters learn to get along better than they ever imagined. They also learn a little more about Hannah Montague, a previous owner of the inn, and the mystery surrounding her.
This is a light, clean and inspiring read. You won't get bogged down reading about heavy issues. I think you'll feel like you may even want to visit Nantucket and the charming Misty Harbor Inn. It's an enjoyable escape where you're sure there will be a happy ending.
Postcards From Misty Harbor Inn Series:
Seaside Harmony - read my review here
Whispers On The Dock to be released summer 2013
I received a free copy of this book from The Christian Manifesto and Guideposts in exchange for my honest review.
In this sequel to Seaside Harmony, the Marris sisters have the Misty Harbor Inn almost ready for the season. When a couple ask to come early for their honeymoon week, the women are happy to oblige.
But all is not well at the Inn. The honeymoon couple have a tiff and are off to a rocky start in their marriage. Gracie overhears the couple and debates her involvement. She finds that God has given her the gift of empathy that allows her to make a difference in the young couple's lives.
Caroline is distraught, having turned down George's proposal. Did she make a mistake? A British stage and movie star comes to the Inn, needing a quiet place to write her memoirs. Older and never having married, the star and Caroline have a life changing interaction.
And Sam is happy with her baking. She is a retired elementary school teacher and when an artist comes to give summer art classes in town, she is able to help him be the best he can be.
This is a slow and gentle novel. There is no heart stopping action nor sweat producing suspense. It is just a nice novel about an Inn where people leave better and happier than when they arrived.
This novel will appeal to older female readers, retirement age or so. It is a delightful book that is gently encouraging.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
This is the second book in this delightful story. It can be read alone, but you don't want to!
The Marris sister's are now opening their Misty Harbor B & B. While things seem to be going fairly smoothly, the sisters are wrestling with some personal decisions.
Carolyn is missing George. What has she done? She plugs alone, but something is very missing in her life. Grace, must decide whether to make the Inn a full time home, or return to her home in Maine, and her family there. Sam, seems to be adjusting well, she is trying all kinds of recipes, and is a hit with the cooking.
Will the Inn survive, the economy is not good?? Will the Sisters be able to keep their Mother's Dream alive? You will meet some delightful characters who visit the inn. You will also find a mystery in the making, and they are throwing their lives into it feet first.
What a wonderful read to get lost in, I did!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
If I had any doubts about opening my own Bed and Breakfast, it's confirmed after reading this delightful sequel to Seaside Harmony in the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn Series, Sunflower Summer by Evangeline Kelley. This is the second book in the series and you really need to read the first one before picking this one up. If you love a bit of romance coupled perfect with a bit of mystery than this is the perfect book series for you!
The series begins when three sisters in their sixties attempt to restore and purchase a historical seaside inn on Nantucket Island, something their mother had always dreamed of doing but died before that could become a reality. Now each of the sisters comes to the Inn with their own agendas and talents. Caroline Marris is the oldest but also a free-spirit. She has spent her life jet setting from one location to another writing about her travels and living in England. Her best friend, George is someone she is fond of but has never wanted to ever get married. Gracie Gold, is the foundational rock of the family. She spends all her free time living in Portland in the home she shared with her loving husband Art, who has also passed away and Gracie feels that helping her own kids out raising her grandkids makes her feel productive and useful. Sam Carter is the organizational genius and also has a great financial mind. She has one daughter, Jaime who spends her free time when not in college helping her mother out at the Inn.
Now that the Misty Harbor Inn is officially opening, they are hoping for plenty of guests to help them keep their business running. A newlywed couple is their first guests and they hope to try out their business with them before their official opening to work out all the kinks. However when the newly married couple get off on a stormy part of their relationship, they question whether marriage is the right choice for them. It will take some much need wisdom for an elderly grandmother who has seen it all to help them navigate back to the reason they got married in the first place. Now if only Sam and Caroline could find a way to keep Gracie at the Inn full time.
Sunflower Summer is about finding a place in the world and seeing the different changes that life takes us through. For some, they don't realize what they had until it possibly slips through their fingers, for others its about finding a place where you are wanted and needed and for others it simply about finding their true north in spite of the storms life can hand us. The saddest part about this novel, was I finished it too soon and desperately wish to visit Misty Harbor once again. I need to see how it all plays out. Thankfully the four wonderful writers who created this series under the pen name of Evangeline Kelley have one more in store for those that love their time at Misty Harbor. Thanks to Camy Tang, Barbara Hanson, Pam Andrews and Patti Berg who made this journey possible.
I received Sunflower Summer by Evangeline Kelley compliments of Litfuse Book Tours and Guidepost Publishing for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. Hands down one of the best summer reads for 2013. I easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and plan on revisiting the sisters over and over again. This one has found a permanent home not only in my personal library, but in my heart as well.