Saturday, May 11, 2013

Review: Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn by Evangeline Kelley

This is the book that had me Googling real estate in Nantucket! 
Seaside Harmony
"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." ~Synopsis from the publisher

My thoughts:  The novel opens with three sisters, Caroline, Gracie, and Sam vacationing on Nantucket Island in an attempt to reconnect after their mother's death.  While walking the beach, they follow a staircase to the top and discover Misty Harbor Inn.  The authors have painted a beautiful picture of the inn, Nantucket, and the sisters themselves in this book.  The sisters are aged from their fifties to 61.  That's a refreshing change from the twenty-something books that are so prevalent on the markets.  This was a perfect book for a sunny afternoon on the porch though I read it on some rainy days, too. ~smile~  It was a feel good, get to know you kind of book.  A bit of mystery, a hint of a budding romance.  Nothing overly tense, though there were a few tense moments between the sisters.  It was all part of growing in relationship together.  I liked this book very much.

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." ~ from the publisher.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed picking up the next book in the series right away.  The character development deepens as Gracie, Caroline, and Sam learn to work together to run the inn.  Don't you just love it when characters are really likeable?  You know, you'd like to just give them a call and invite them to lunch or tea? 

Once again, this is a feel-good book.  The undercurrent of intrigue is stronger, with the discovery of the secret room and its contents.  The ladies seek information from long-time Nantucket islanders and turn up some surprises.  I rather hope that Evangeline Kelley writes still another book in the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series.  There are plenty of great story lines that could be written with this great cast of characters and location.  I liked this book, too.

Meet Evangeline Kelley:
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.  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.

Read what other ladies thought at The Landing Page.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Litfuse.  
I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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