I can see big things ahead for the Matchmaker Bay series after reading Mermaid Inn from Jenny Holiday. It has everything in it from a Small Town Romance that I’ve come to love. What was especially great to see what the close-knit townspeople and their meddling ways. A lot of the character personalities made me feel that citizens of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls (my favorite TV show) had been transported to a lakeshore community in Canada. I haven’t felt as much of a Stars Hollow vibe in a book before now. Whether that was the author’s aim or not, I would love to read more, just for that element of the story.
Setting isn’t the only thing that makes a romance like this work so well. It also needs great characters. Mermaid Inn isn’t lacking in that department. Eve and Sawyer may have been highschool sweethearts, but the way they parted ways was definitely less than ideal. Reading how the two try to get over their past and go from being civil to much more had flying through this book. They both had many issues to work though. Whether it was something seemingly simple like not knowing how to swim or more complicated issues like an abusive past with a father, they work through it. They both realize they can’t do everything alone, whether it’s help from friends or someone even closer. It takes a village. And this book shows it.
Authors who can start off a series so strongly aren’t easy to find. It’s what have me coming back to “Matchmaker” Bay this summer when book two comes out.
P.S. – This book contains the novella Meant to Be by Alison Bliss. It was included in another author’s novel last year and released on it’s own around that time. If you’re interested in that novella, I reviewed it last year right HERE.)
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About the Author:
Jenny Holiday started writing at age nine when her awesome fourth grade teacher gave her a notebook and told her to start writing some stories. That first batch featured mass murderers on the loose, alien invasions, and hauntings. (Looking back, she’s amazed no one sent her to a kid-shrink.) She’s been writing ever since. After a detour to get a PhD in geography, she worked as a professional writer, producing everything from speeches to magazine articles. Later, her tastes having evolved from alien invasions to happily-ever-afters, she tried her hand at romance. Today she is a USA Today bestselling author of all sorts of romance novels: contemporary and historical, straight and gay. She lives in London, Ontario, with her family. She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary.
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