Coming Home to Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale Part 1: A Reunion

I’m delighted to be part of the tour today for this wonderful book, the first in a series by the fabulous Emily Harvale. Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Part One: A Reunion
Merriment Bay series

After eighteen years apart, reclusive Cat Devon still recognises her mum’s handwriting. Plucking up the courage to open the letter, its contents send Cat racing to Merriment Bay, the seaside village where she grew up.

On arrival, Cat and her teenage daughter, Kyra are shocked to find the situation is worse than expected. But despite everything, Cat considers herself to be an optimist at heart and Kyra takes after her. Looking on the bright side may not improve the situation, but it definitely can’t make it worse.

When clearing out the house that, even now, Cat fondly thinks of as home, she stumbles upon more than just memories in the battered leather trunk in Granny Viola’s bedroom. She discovers a faded photo of an RAF pilot, a pile of unopened letters, and a mystery waiting to be solved. Who is the man in the – clearly treasured – photo? Cat didn’t know her grandad. Could this be him? A man even her mum never met.

Cat and Kyra are intent on finding out. But that’s not all Cat’s determined to do. It’s time she came to terms with the issues in her past, and made peace with her mum and her gran. All the while avoiding bumping into the one man she never quite got over … and keeping a few secrets of her own.

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My Review:

I had a brief glimpse into the lovely town of Merriment Bay when I read one of the Wyntersleap series recently. I love when characters and places overlap in books, so I was really looking forward to reading this series.

As always, Emily Harvale’s wonderful writing doesn’t disappoint. I always love her books, but I found this one particularly enchanted me. It was so easy to get into the characters, and I felt I got to know them really quickly.

Merriment Bay sounds like such a beautiful place and, of course, is full of the secrets and relationships of all small towns.

Cat has such a close relationship with her daughter, after many years of just the two of them, but it was nice to see them reunite with their family, in spite of the differences they’d had in the past.

We are left with a bit of a mystery and many unsolved issues from the past at the end of this installment, so I am really looking forward to finding out more in the next part!

A charming and entertaining book, with such relatable and real characters, this is going to be such a great series. Highly recommended.

Author Bio:

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

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