Thursday, April 25, 2013

Book Review: Seaside Harmony & Sunflower Summer

Evangeline Kelley's Seaside Harmony & Sunflower Summer are the first two in the series Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn.  In a nutshell, It is about "Three sisters.  A charming inn. Hints of mystery and romance.  And a gorgeous seaside setting."

There are aspects I can appreciate about the book like the vivid details surrounding Nantucket's landscape and the depictions of Misty Harbor Inn itself.  But it seems that is where the charm ends.  

The characters never really seemed to come to life.  Their portrayals seemed superficial never really delving into the root of their relationship as sisters, wives, and mothers.  I left the books feeling like I did not get to know Caroline, Gracie, and Sam.  Even their relationship with God seemed a bit elusive and the lack of thereof for Sam was never really explored in depth.  

The mystery surrounding Hannah Montague intriguing at first seemed to fall flat at the end.  Seeing their mystery case evolve to come an incomplete resolution left one thinking that maybe it will be further explored in upcoming titles seeing that they have an entire house to further explore for clues.  

Caroline's relationship with George became a bit much to bare as well as Gracie's indecisiveness.  Whereas, the growth of the sisters was evident in small amounts especially with Caroline becoming more focused and Gracie seemingly loosening up, the ending did not seem to consistent leaving the future of the inn and the sisters a little in the air.  

I definitely appreciated that romance was not the focal point of these books and a look at usually overlooked topics such as empty-nesters, widowhood, and retirement were explored.  The historical mystery involved was exciting with its clues and leads.  Overall, the books seemed to drag on a bit and did not develop the characters enough.  

I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Litfuse  in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Guideposts Books is celebrating the release of their new Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series with a fun giveaway and a Facebook party on May 9th.


One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A Nook HD

  • Seaside Harmony and Sunflower Summer by Evangeline Kelley

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 8th. Winner will be announced at the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn Author Chat Facebook Party on 5/9. Connect with Patti Berg, Pam Andrews, Barbara Hanson, and Camy Tang (who collaborated together under the pen name, Evangeline Kelley) for an evening of book chat, trivia, and fun! There will also be great giveaways (gift certificates, books, and more) as well as a sneak peek at the next book in the series!

So grab your copies of Seaside Harmony and Sunflower Summer and join readers just like you on the evening of May 9th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!

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