Coming Home to Merriment Bay: Christmas #BookReview #BlogTour #CrescentGate #RachelsRandomResources

Written by Emily Harvale


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Coming home to Merriment Bay Part 3


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Part Three of this 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.

Cat and Kyra have finally traced the man in the photo they found in Viola’s trunk – thanks to Amias. But Bailey Mitchell lives thousands of miles away and is almost ninety-eight, so meeting him in person is never going to happen. Which is just as well. Exchanging Christmas cards and chatting on social media leads to revelations Cat had not expected.

At least Christmas is looking promising. It may be freezing outside but things have definitely thawed between Cat and her mum, Mary. They’re actually getting on, especially now that Mary is dating Jeremy Stone, the builder working on Viola’s house.

Cat’s also hopeful that Viola’s situation may improve. And when a surprise visitor brings more than just well wishes, Cat’s Christmas takes a delightful turn.

With the festivities in full swing, and snow falling on Merriment Bay, the future’s looking bright. Christmas is a time for miracles and Cat believes she may get one of her own this year if she’s prepared to put the past behind her and open her heart to Love once more.


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

Coming Home to Merriment Bay – Part One: A Reunion
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 a novel told in four parts. It forms Book One in 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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Very Enjoyable!      Stars 5

Another fabulous part of this story .. so looking forward to the next (final) one now!

With Granny Viola still in her coma and Mary in the throes of love with Jeremy the builder, Cat and Kyra have finally tracked down the sender of the unopened letters – with a little help from Amias. As Christmas approaches, an unexpected visitor’s arrival has an effect on all the family, and the festive season takes on an extra bit of sparkle!

This is a lovely third instalment of Cat’s story, introducing a bit of romance for all of the Devon women. Things finally seem to be moving in the right direction, at least for some of them and long held secrets are beginning to spill out. This is a well-thought out series; each one advances the story whilst holding something back for the next instalment and every one is entertaining on it’s own as well as being part of the whole. As always, Emily Harvale’s writing flows easily with a touch of romance, a bit of intrigue and characters who get under your skin. Another winner, earning a full five stars!

My thanks to the publisher for my copy, and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my place on this tour. All opinions are entirely my own and completely honest.


Tags: novella, rom-com
  • Format: ebook
  • Size: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Crescent Gate
  • Publication Date: 12 November 2019
  • Purchase Links: amazon uk
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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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