Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Seaside Harmony and Sunflower Summer

The Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series (Guideposts Books) introduces readers to Caroline, Gracie and Sam as they gather for a vacation where they spent the summers as children, and follows their adventures as they fulfill their mother's dream of opening a bed and breakfast. As the sisters heal from their mother's passing, they bond in ways they never imagined and discover evidence of God's hand in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

A team of four authors come together under the pen name of Evangeline Kelley to bring the unique personalities of each sister to vivid life and welcome audiences to the charming and historic island of Nantucket, complete with cobblestone streets, quaint shops, ferries, sandy beaches and salty air.

Seaside Harmony

Author: Evangeline Kelley
Publisher: Guideposts
April 2013
ISBN: 978-0824932466
Genre: Contemporary/women’s fiction

Three sisters, a charming inn, hints of mystery and romance, and a gorgeous seaside setting. Summer reading at its finest!

When Caroline Marris joins her sisters, Gracie Gold and Sam Carter for a Nantucket Island getaway, she has no idea how it will change her life. The sisters stumble upon Misty Harbor Inn, the place their late mother loved so much, and Caroline talks her sisters into buying the beautiful but dilapidated inn. But can free-spirited Caroline stay focused enough to make opening the inn a reality? Hand-drawn old postcards draw the sisters into the mystery of Hannah Montague, the young widow of the original owner. Can the sisters uncover the fate of this woman who disappeared in 1880? As Caroline and her sisters work together to make their mom's dream a reality, they bond in ways they never expected.

SEASIDE HARMONY is this first book in the Postcards from Misty Harbor series by this dynamic writing quartet. The story is slow moving, live a calm, quiet day sitting on the beach. I never did really mesh with the characters, the point of view was reserved, as if they were holding the reader at a distance.

The three sisters don’t exactly see eye-to-eye, and they all come from different walks, from a widow, to a divorcee, to a never married. All three are older, maybe in their fifties or sixties, and they have different talents.

I enjoyed reading SEASIDE HARMONY. It was a nice, relaxing, lazy days read. It is easy to put down, go about and do various things, and then come back to, so would be great for vacation. Set on Nantucket, it will show you various sights on the island. Good book. $13.99. 336 pages. 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. 

Sunflower Summer:


Misty Harbor Inn officially opens, and Gracie Gold, the middle Marris sister, wrestles with
an overwhelming decision. As the sisters learn the day-to-day workings of running an inn, Gracie counsels its first guests, newlyweds whose honeymoon seems to be ending before it begins. Meanwhile, Sam's discovery of a clue in a secret room sheds unflattering light on Hannah Montague, who vanished from the house more than one hundred years ago. And as Gracie and Caroline welcome guests to the inn, they are delighted to see how God uses it --- and them --- to deepen relationships and transform lives.

Readers will want to read Seaside Harmony first as this series doesn't stand alone, but this is the continuing story - after the inn has opened. Even though the sisters believed they solved the mystery of Hannah Montague in book one, things come to light that casts further doubt on what might have happened to her and what she might have done. The reader can't help but root for these sisters as they struggle not only to get along, but also to run a successful inn, solve an ancient mystery, and even work out matters of the heart.

This would make an awesome vacation read. As with book one, the point of view keeps the reader distant, the story is slow paced and easy-going, but this would still be a good vacation read.  

Meet Evangeline Kelley: 
Evangeline Kelley is the pen name for the writing team of Patti Berg, Pam Andrews & Barbara Hanson, and Camy Tang, the four authors who collaborated to create Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn. Each of them has published novels individually, but this is their first series together.

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