Wednesday, October 19, 2022

A Seaside Wonder


In one evening, Indi's world falls apart. Enter the shy professor her family mistakes for her fiancé...make that ex-fiancé.

Professor Philip West never wanted to return to Maine . . . or his grandfather’s miserable old house. But after his mother’s death, he’s now the guardian of a teenage half sister who doesn’t want anything to do with him. He longs to help her heal, but he’s exhausted and numb, desperate for relief of his own. Maybe that’s why he’s so easily distracted when he happens upon the little shop with an intriguing owner—one who happens to share a name with someone from his grandfather's mysterious past.

More than a decade has passed since Indi Muir made the heartbreaking decision she’s never recovered from—though she’s certainly tried. She has a full life running her shop and creating the artsy pieces that fill its shelves. If she can just stay busy, she’ll keep her hurt and regret at bay. But when her ex-fiancé returns to Muir Harbor, he brings news that shatters her carefully built walls. Things only get worse when lurking danger comes calling at her childhood home.

The one bright spot amid Indi’s turmoil is the shy stranger who wandered into her shop months ago and his moody but lovable sister. As she confronts her past and the mysterious threat facing her family, she’s intent on helping Philip win over his sister. He just might win over Indi, too, if they can overcome old secrets and wounds, outrun rising peril . . . and take a chance on love.

Breathtaking romance, a captivating mystery, and an enchanting wintry seaside . . . return to Muir Harbor in bestselling author Melissa Tagg’s latest.

My thoughts: This book starts out somewhat lighthearted, with Indi and Philip meeting in the cutest way, on the day she gets dumped by her former fiancé, leading to some funny mix-ups when he comes to her rescue. The serious notes of the story blew me away, since both Philip and Indi are working through some things that most of us can relate to. I loved when Maggie tells Indi that it's okay to not feel okay after her heart is broken. I think I needed to hear that after going through my miscarriage a few months ago. I also really loved when Indi talks about her fears "I'm scared I'm losing my faith. Because, every time I ask God to fix my broken heart and He says no, it's harder to ask the next time. Harder to trust He cares".
This is an amazing story that I needed. I can't recommend it enough!

I received this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.

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