Wednesday, December 14, 2022

A SEASIDE WONDER by Melissa Tagg, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"You looking for Narnia or something?" . . .
Says the man hiding out in the wardrobe . . . 

"Narnia. Ha. That's, uh, very . . .  funny. I-I loved those books as a kid". Allow the introductions and explanations to begin . . . between the tall, handsome, stammering professor and the lovely, impulsive, artsy antique store owner. Except that many important little details got interrupted by a phone call, and then the artist went all to pieces, and the professor felt a need to stand by her side . . . and . . .

It's how Philip West first experienced the wonder of Muir Harbor. Except that is was all over, before it actually began; Indi Muir was thanking him for his kindness and Philip was heading back to his life . . . his entirely new life as the legal guardian for his sister Holland, whose teen-age surliness was a puzzle that Philip had been unable to solve. Thankfully, opportunity came knocking, but would Muir Harbor welcome him back again? (after all, Indi's siblings thought he was someone else, some that they didn't even like at the moment . . . but that's another part of the story that you will just have to read about on your own)

Around ever corner and on every page of this amazing story you will discover conversational quality, barely suppressed hilarity, life lived authentically, faith born from adversity; add in a decades old mystery, and a romance practically sparking with electricity (complete with "canoodling" in the university library . . . after hours, of course!) and the end result is nothing short of "a seaside wonder"!
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5stars

BackCover Blurb:
In one evening, Indi's world falls apart. Enter the shy professor her family mistakes for her fiancé...make that ex-fiancé.

Professor Philip West never wanted to return to Maine . . . or his grandfather’s miserable old house. But after his mother’s death, he’s now the guardian of a teenage half sister who doesn’t want anything to do with him. He longs to help her heal, but he’s exhausted and numb, desperate for relief of his own. Maybe that’s why he’s so easily distracted when he happens upon the little shop with an intriguing owner—one who happens to share a name with someone from his grandfather's mysterious past.

More than a decade has passed since Indi Muir made the heartbreaking decision she’s never recovered from—though she’s certainly tried. She has a full life running her shop and creating the artsy pieces that fill its shelves. If she can just stay busy, she’ll keep her hurt and regret at bay. But when her ex-fiancé returns to Muir Harbor, he brings news that shatters her carefully built walls. Things only get worse when lurking danger comes calling at her childhood home.

The one bright spot amid Indi’s turmoil is the shy stranger who wandered into her shop months ago and his moody but lovable sister. As she confronts her past and the mysterious threat facing her family, she’s intent on helping Philip win over his sister. He just might win over Indi, too, if they can overcome old secrets and wounds, outrun rising peril . . . and take a chance on love.

Breathtaking romance, a captivating mystery, and an enchanting wintry seaside . . . return to Muir Harbor in bestselling author Melissa Tagg’s latest. 

Available in digital ebook or paperback, October 2022

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