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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    Seaside Harmony is the delightful tale of three middle aged sist

    Seaside Harmony is the delightful tale of three middle aged sisters: Caroline Marris, Gracie Gold and Sam Carter, who reunite in Nantucket after their mother's funeral to revisit fond childhood memories of summers spent on the island. While on the island, they are dismayed to find that their mother's favorite place, the Misty Harbor Inn is now a rundown ramshackle that is on the market for sale. It had once been their mother's dream to own the historic inn, so Caroline talks her sisters into buying and restoring the inn back to its former glory and covert it into a B&B. As the three sisters work together to restore the inn, they reestablish their sisterly bond and close relationship after having drifted apart when they became adults, and along the way they stumble upon a mystery involving postcards from 1880 and the disappearance of Hannah Montague, the young widow of the inn's original owner.

    Seaside Harmony is the first book in the Postcards From Misty Harbor Inn series. The story is written in the third person narrative by a team of four authors who weave a wonderful tale that transports the reader to the idyllic island setting of Nantucket and follows Caroline, Gracie and Sam as they reminisce about their childhood memories, work through family issues, reestablish their relationship with each other, and discover a mystery surrounding the inn from 1880. You can't help but become captivated by the sisters' adventures as they work together to make their mother's dream a reality, while also becoming amateur sleuths when they investigate the mystery surrounding the 1880 disappearance of Hannah Montague.

    I really enjoyed the storyline's intertwining theme of restoration: from the three sisters learning to reestablish their family bond and relationships, to making their mother's dream a reality in restoring the inn, this is a heartwarming story that readers can relate to. An added bonus of including an intriguing mystery and a touch of romance keeps the reader engaged and wanting to continue to follow Caroline, Gracie and Sam's adventures in the remaining books in the series.

    Seaside Harmony is a delightful start to a new series that will captivate the reader's imagination and leave them looking forward to another enchanting visit to Misty Harbor Inn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Good book

    Enjoyed this book it was an easy read and uplifting

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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    Seaside Harmony by Evangeline Kelly is the first of three books

    Seaside Harmony by Evangeline Kelly is the first of three books in the new Postcard from Misty Harbor Inn series. In this first novel, the reader is introduced to three sisters and their dream of owning a bread and breakfast: Caroline, the oldest sister (aged 61), Sam, the middle sister and Gracie, the youngest (52 years old). Each of the sisters is vastly different in personality and lifestyle. Caroline is the oldest, yet is a free spirit, never having had married, spending her life traveling. Yet, despite her age and life experience abroad, she is surprisingly naïve as she had never considered marriage with her life long "friend", George, who she had known for thirty years. Gracie is depicted as a lonely widow, sensible, dependable and devoted to family, who lives life through her grown children and grandchildren. Sam is considered the peacekeeper or mediator between the two sisters. She divorced shortly after marriage and raised her only daughter as a single mom. The three sisters start a new life together in purchasing and renovating an old piece of property and with the goal of transforming it into an Inn in Nantucket. Each sister has her own personal battles with eachother as well as their own lives- in addition to the complexities of purchasing an investment property in Nantucket. There is also a mystery to solve concerning one of the original residents who disappeared from the inn. The sisters find themselves lured by local tales of intrigue and speculation which lead them to investigate into the history of the house. The old inn is a treasure house of antiques, trinkets and there is even an old antique car and grand piano left behind from the original owners to boot! The sisters find old artifacts including mysterious postcards hidden within the seams of an old porcelain doll's dress. History buffs, antique collectors and mystery fans will be intrigued by the plot.

    Having had read books two and three in the series first, I found that this first book provided valuable insight into the personalities and backgrounds of the three sisters. The second two novels were faster paced and more action packed. This novel was a bit slow to start, in fact the sisters don't actually close on the purchase of the inn until two thirds into the book. Most of the novel is staging the backdrop for the series, exploring each of the sisters' unique personalities and the emotions involved in investing into an inn. Many readers will appreciate the emotional and financial considerations each of the sisters faced when facing their own life transitions such as career change, retirement, moving or widowhood.

    Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn is an entertaining, yet wholesome series that is NOT Amish and NOT a romance novel. This series earns the designation "Christian" because of the brief yet notable passing references to God, and natural beauty and church. Nevertheless, even non religious readers will enjoy this book as it is not "preachy". Evangeline Kelly is actually a pen name for a team of women that authored the new series: Patti Berg, Pam Andrews, Barbara Hanson and Camy Tang. The writing is enjoyable and well written- offensive slang writing and individual eccentricities or opinions do not interfere or detract from the writing as is often case in books authored bymany modern writers.

    It is refreshing to read a that breaks free from the stereotypical young, beautiful heroine whose life's only mission is to snag a husband. Social norms are challenged and reworked. Based on the book market one might conclude that all readers are in their young twenties looking for their first love! Yet this book series, and its main characters, three middle aged sisters, will have a wider appeal to include an often overlooked group of readers that is often alienated. Rather than the too often used naïve 19 year old young Amish girl looking to marry for the first time, or the young widowed 24 year old woman in the old West, pursuing a weathered cowboy on a horse, pondering remarriage, this book is not focused on marriage or romance or young beautiful heroines. In fact the author portrays the three middle aged sisters with respect and dignity, capable of being fashionable, independent and adventurous whereas society all too often confines such demographic groups to the limited the role of a spinster.

    I happened to win a copy of the book Sunflower Summer through Litfuse publicity, published by Guideposts publishers. After reading this second book, I just had to read the first!

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