What a wonderful start to a new series by Melissa Tagg. With a handsome Scottish hero, a humorous meet-cute, a beloved family brought together by love rather than blood, and beautiful faith messages throughout, Autumn by the Sea is definitely my favorite Melissa Tagg book. The mystery surrounding Maggie Muir's missing granddaughter and the search for Sydney's true identity add additional elements of intrigue to the storyline.
There are so many fabulous things about this book that make it one of best contemporary romances I've read this year, including undeniable chemistry between the hero and heroine and of course, Tagg's spectacular kissing scenes! The cliffhanger at the end of the novel makes me so eager to read A Seaside Wonder (book two in the Muir Harbor series), which releases in early 2022.
This is truly Melissa Tagg at her best. Autumn by the Sea is highly recommended for fans of contemporary romance.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A captivating new seaside romance brimming with mystery from USA Today bestselling, Christy Award-winning author Melissa Tagg
Abandoned as a toddler, Sydney Rose has spent years wondering who she really is, homesick for a life she's never lived. When a private investigator crashes into her world, she finds herself heading to a tiny seaside town in Maine to meet a woman named Maggie, who's searching for the granddaughter she lost decades ago.
If not for Maggie, Neil MacKean might still be back in Scotland, bereft and alone. Instead, he has a full life in Muir Harbor with an adopted family he loves and a blueberry farm to run. But the farm is struggling and strange occurrences have him concerned. Worse, Maggie's once again caught up in the past, convinced she's finally found her long-lost granddaughter.
Worried for Maggie, Neil is suspicious of the city girl who shows up at the farm. But there's something about Sydney that tugs on him, drawing out secrets he never meant to share. While Neil grapples with the future of the farm, Sydney wrestles with a past that's messier than ever. Together, they're pulled into a mystery complete with a centuries-old legend, unexpected danger . . . and a love as deep and wild as the sea.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melissa Tagg is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and Carol Award-winning author of swoony and hope-filled small-town contemporary romances. She’s also a former reporter, current nonprofit marketing strategist, and total Iowa girl.
Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as workshops and women’s retreats. When she’s not happily lost in someone else’s book or plugging away at her own, she can be found spoiling her nieces and nephews, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next fictional hero. Connect with Melissa at melissatagg.com.