#Review: Mermaid Inn, by @jennyholi

Title: Mermaid Inn (Matchmaker Bay #1)
Author: Jenny Holiday
Rating: 5/5 stars

Escape to Matchmaker Bay in this hilarious and heartwarming second chance romance from the USA Today bestselling “master of witty banter” (Entertainment Weekly).

Eve Abbott has a problem–actually, make that a lot of problems. And they’re all going to get worse the moment her toes hit the sand in Matchmaker Bay. Once a blissful summer escape, now the tiny town just reminds Eve of loss. Inheriting her aunt’s beloved Mermaid Inn is the only reason Eve is coming back. She’s definitely not ready to handle nosy neighbors, extensive renovations, or the discovery that a certain heartbreaker still lives down the street…

Police Chief Sawyer Collins always does the right thing, even when it costs him everything. Like Evie. He’s spent the past ten years trying to forget her–to forget how right she felt in his arms, to forget the pain in her eyes the day she left. The last thing he expects is to see her back in town or to find that the spark between them is as strong as ever. Sawyer knows this is his only chance to prove that his feelings have always been real… before Eve turns tail and leaves for good.

Includes the bonus novella Meant to Be by Alison Bliss!” (description from Goodreads)

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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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HRM – New Release: Merrily Ever After, by @JennyHoli

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Elise Maxwell is loving her first Christmas with her husband, Jay Smith. So far, newlywed life has been filled with laughter and lots of steamy marital “bliss.” But when Elise discovers she’s accidentally, against-all-odds pregnant, happily-ever-after screeches to a halt. Although she sees it as a Christmas miracle, Elise knows her new husband might not agree…

Jay never wanted to be a father. In fact, he’s avoided it his entire life, worried he’d repeat the patterns of his own messed-up childhood. He’s madly in love with Elise and, until now, he thought they were on the same page about not having children. But her surprise pregnancy changes everything. Elise is suddenly committed to parenthood, and Jay knows he can’t lose her. Facing his deepest fears will be difficult, but with a little holiday magic, Jay might be able to prove to Elise that – as a family – they’re destined to live merrily ever after.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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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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