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Monday, April 9, 2018

PUYB presents... WELCOME TO MOONLIGHT HARBOR by Sheila Roberts

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Pump Up Your Book for a blog tour already in progress.  It features the upcoming release from author Sheila Roberts (have you ever been to Icicle Falls?) set to hit bookstore and virtual shelves APRIL 17, 2018 via Harlequin MIRA and is the FIRST in a new series...as if you didn't have enough on your wish list already.  *smirk*  Seriously though, if you're a fan of Women's Fiction or even Fiction in general, this is another title you're gonna want to make room for.  Without further ado, ladies and gents, I present today's blog tour guest and book of choice...


Welcome to Moonlight Harbor
Moonlight Harbor, Book 1
by
Sheila Roberts
9780778368052
Harlequin MIRA

About the book...
Once-happily married Jenna Jones is about to turn forty, and this year for her birthday – lucky her – she’s getting a divorce. She’s barely able to support herself and her teenage daughter, but now her deadbeat artist ex is hitting her up for spousal support…and then spending it on his “other” woman.

Still, Jenna is determined follow her mother’s philosophy – every storm brings a rainbow. And when she gets a very unexpected gift from her great Aunt Edie, things seem to be taking a turn for the better. Aging aunt Edie is finding it difficult to keep up her business running The Driftwood Inn, so she invites Jenna to come live with her and run the place. It looks like Jenna's financial problems are solved!

 Or not. The town is a little more run-down than Jenna remembered, but that's nothing compared to the ramshackle state of The Driftwood Inn. Aunt Edie is confident they can return it to its former glory, though Jenna feels like she’s jumped from the proverbial frying pan into the beach fire.

But who knows? With the help of her new friends and a couple of handsome citizens, perhaps that rainbow is on the horizon after all. Because, no matter what, life is always good at the beach.




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Right from the start, I was in love.  No, not with what was happening exactly, because honestly, Jenna was definitely going through a rough time of things, and her daughter wasn't making it any easier (typical teenager), but I was happy with how the story started to take shape right from the word go.  Yes, Jenna was struggling through a rough patch not of her own doing, but she took it in as much stride as she could, had a great support system in her extended family, and made some moves (namely to Aunt Edie's) in the right direction.  Grant it, seeing the Driftwood Inn turn shiny penny pretty isn't a short term process, but goals and dreams are great to have, especially in times of hardship.  They give us things to focus on other than ourselves, and you'd be surprised just how much GOOD can come your way when you simply stop looking for it.

Author Sheila Roberts creates a story filled with character, heart, and heartbreak, but also of strength, resilience, and the power of a second chance.  While I enjoyed getting to know Jenna and seeing things from her perspective, I gotta say, I have a soft spot for several of the others we meet along the way.  Aunt Edie, for one, holds a big part of my heart.  Her overall spirit was so welcoming; her heart always ready to take in a wayward soul.  Her past...you never would have guessed seeing how trusting she still was, but let's just say she had a well of inner strength.  Pete, though not much of a handyman, was handy when it came to taking care of those he cared for...and sometimes that simple touch of humanity is just what a person needs to feel whole again.  Tyrella was a sweetheart, making our girl Jenna feel right at home, and no one could say her attitude was not infectious.  As for our potential matches of the heart, though certainly "shiny penny" Brody still had a reputation...hard to shake in a small town...while Seth had a history not completely of his own making.  I'd like to think I know who I would have chosen, but sometimes no choice IS a choice.

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In the end, I found it to be a truly enjoyable read from start to finish that celebrates new beginnings, friendship, and family through the ups and downs that life can throw a person's way. Jenna was a great leading lady, even in her worst of times, as was Aunt Edie, and even our teenage storm aka Sabrina. Though I do wish matters of the heart were a bit more tied up by the final page (the options!), it was a great summer reading escape nonetheless and a highly recommended choice from me to you.





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About the author...



Sheila Roberts lives on the water in the Pacific Northwest. Her books have been printed in several different languages and have been chosen for book clubs such as Doubleday as well as for Readers Digest Condensed books. Her best-selling novel ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a movie and appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network, and her novel THE NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS was made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel.

When she's not making public appearances or playing with her friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women's hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.


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Special thanks to Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as to the Harlequin team for the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title celebrates its BOOK BIRTHDAY April 17th, 2018, so mark your calendar, or preorder your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


2 comments:

Dorothy Thompson said...

Thank you so much for your lovely review, Gina! Glad you enjoyed!

traveler said...

This delightful book appeals to me greatly and this author writes such beautiful stories.

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