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Written by Emily Harvale


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Coming home to Merriment Bay Part 1


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A heartwarming four-part serial about finding the strength to put the past behind you and to reach out for a future filled with happiness and love.

After eighteen years apart, reclusive Cat Devon still recognises her mum’s handwriting. Plucking up the courage to open the letter, its contents send Cat and her teenage daughter, Kyra racing to Merriment Bay, the seaside village where Cat grew up.

But Cat is shocked to find the situation is worse than expected. Despite everything, Cat considers herself to be an optimist at heart and Kyra takes after her. Looking on the bright side may not improve things, but it definitely can’t make them worse.

Clearing out the house that, even now, Cat fondly thinks of as home, she stumbles upon more than just memories in the battered leather trunk in Granny Viola’s bedroom. She discovers a faded photo of an RAF pilot, a pile of unopened letters, and a mystery waiting to be solved.

Who is the man in the – clearly treasured – photo? Cat and Kyra are intent on finding out. But that’s not all Cat’s determined to do. It’s time she came to terms with her past and made peace with her mum and her gran.

All the while avoiding bumping into the one man she never quite got over … and keeping a few secrets of her own.


This is Part One of a new, four-part serial. The other three parts are:

Coming Home to Merriment Bay – Part Two: Sparks Fly
Coming Home to Merriment Bay – Part Three: Christmas
Coming Home to Merriment Bay – Part Four: Starry Skies

This is the start of Emily Harvale’s Merriment Bay series which is interconnected to her Wyntersleap series. Each series can be read alone, but several characters appear in both series.


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A Busy, Glorious Read!    Stars 5


Emily Harvale is one of several authors on my list who can create wonderful stories in several novellas adding up to a glorious series – and this is shaping up to be one of the best.

Cat Devon grew up in Merriment Bay, but left suddenly eighteen years ago and hasn’t seen or heard her family since. The arrival of a letter from her mother shocks Cat to the core and what it contains sends her, along with her daughter Kyra, racing back to the seaside to find out what’s going on. Not much has changed in the village, but, like any trip back to the past, the things Cat remembers aren’t the only memories which come flooding back and while helping to sort through the  massive amount of stuff stored in the house, a new mystery is discovered which will, no doubt, niggle away at her too. 

First of all, the setting for this book is superb – I could definitely sense the sea air! Families always contain lots of memories, both good and bad, and there is lots to keep the readers’ attention in this one. Family dynamics are never easy to predict but there is enough information in this first book to keep me focused for the rest of the series. Whilst it’s good to read on it’s own, the experience is definitely enhanced by reading the first book in the Wyntersleap books; although different characters it really sets the scene for this first trip into Merriment Bay! Beautifully written and flowing effortlessly, it’s so easy to get immersed in this one and lose yourself until you reach the final page. Another winner from this author, and absolutely worth all five glowing stars.

My thanks to publisher Crescent Gate for my copy, and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review, as always.


Tags: novella, rom-com
  • Format: ebook
  • Size: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Crescent Gate
  • Publication Date: 8 October 2019
  • Purchase Links: amazon


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Author Bio


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Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always to to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out above the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether is typing on it, or not.


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