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Posted August 9, 2013
Whispers on the Dock by Evangeline Kelly is the newest edition of the newly created fiction series, Postcards From Misty Harbor Inn. The subtitle, "Can Sam's newfound faith help her reach out to a rival?" barely hints at just one of the intriguing subplots of this entertaining and multifaceted novel. With this new series, centering around three sisters and a renovated Inn, the reader will find an entertaining, yet wholesome work of fiction in the Christian genre that is neither Amish nor a romance novel. 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 professional- offensive slang writing and individual eccentricities or opinions do not interfere or detract from the writing as is often case in books in many contemporary fiction novels.
It is refreshing to read a book that breaks free from the stereotypical young, beautiful heroine whose life's mission is to snag a husband. Social norms are challenged and reworked in that adventure and romance is not just for the young heroine. In fact, the eldest sister, Caroline, who is in her late 50s, is preparing for a wedding and house hunting. Just like a young 20 year old, she awaits a surprise honeymoon that her fiancé, George, is secretly planning. And Sam, the younger 53 year old sister is still considered to be young and youthful. Many of the strong female characters, themselves, are in their 50s and even older, nevertheless they are portrayed in a flattering feminine light. Character, age and feminine beauty are not mutually exclusive as one might be led to believe in other novels. Whispers on the Dock focuses on the three sisters who started a business renovating an old piece of property and transforming it into an Inn in a popular vacation spot. The reader can get a behind the scenes look at the complexities of running and inn, such as booking reservations, landscaping and even plumbing repairs and maintenance. Each of the sisters' talents and hobbies: gardening, baking, decorating and even history- contribute to the inn's uniqueness and success. As far as the serene setting- the readers will find themselves caught up in the day to day workings of the Inn, and Nantucket. Each sister has her own personal battles and challenges to face while at the same time contributing to making the grand opening of the Inn a success. The guests at the Inn are just as varied as life itself. One of the guests is an eccentric and beautiful romance novelist in her 50s researching for her next novel, and another is an intriguing elderly woman in her late 80s who hold important clues to the inn's mysterious history as well as its hidden passage ways and rooms, formerly known as Montague Manor. The complex characters are well developed for an omnipotent view of each of the sisters' thoughts and emotions. This story digs deeper into the local mystery of Hannah Montague's mysterious disappearance in the 1800s and the alleged ghostly hauntings. The sisters are like giddy young school kids in their enthusiasm to solve the mysteries of the Inn. In an unexpected ironic twist, the three sisters also learn a mystery about their own mother's involvement in the history of the old inn. As a blogger, I received this copy of the book through Litfuse publicity, published by Guideposts publishers for the purpose of writing this review.
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Posted September 14, 2013
I don't normally write reviews of the books I read, because I'm not great at expressing my thoughts in written form, but after reading all three books in the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series, I wanted to share!
When I chose to buy the first one, Seaside Harmony, I was looking for something outside of my usual genres of chick-lit, lighthearted mysteries, and sci-fi fantasy. After reading it, I was hooked! I just had to buy the next two: Sunflower Summer, and Whispers on the Dock: Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn, to read more about the three sisters and the mystery of Hannah Montague! I love the way the sisters, Caroline, Gracie, and Sam, have come together and bonded, after buying the Misty Harbor Inn, and after many years of living their separate lives. It is refreshing to see 50-something aged women portrayed in such a positive way, something I can relate to, being an older woman myself, with three younger sisters of my own. I can identify with all 3 sisters in some way, as they each have have an interest in common with my own...Sam with her love for baking, Gracie with her love for gardening and antiques, Caroline with her love for traveling, and all 3 of them with their love for history and mystery solving. I love the supporting characters, too, as they each contribute something to the story and/or to the mystery of the Inn's past.
These books have a little bit of everything...romance, mystery, and positive inspiration, without the usual profanity and vulgarity found in other so many other books! They were a delightful change of pace for me! I can only hope that there will be a fourth book in this series!
Posted August 29, 2013
The third book in this wonderful series, hated it to end!! What a delightful visit with old friends. You feel like you are living there with them. Now I should let you know you can read this without reading the first two, but you would be depriving yourself of a lot of joy, and a great reads.
There are a lot of answers to long asked questions that are revealed here. Some long buried secrets, with the right people put in their paths with answers, not a coincidence, God is with them.
We can picture this beautiful Island thru their eyes, and I loved looking at the surf and flowers. There are mysteries to be solved, and the finding of hidden rooms in and out of the Inn.
The Sister's come to terms with their decision to start new lives together at the Inn, and some struggle. Love the people who appear to be problems, and end up different.
Don't miss this wonderful final visit with these sisters....could we have another book?
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted August 27, 2013
Evangeline Kelley in her new book “Whispers On The Dock” Book Three in the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series published by Summerside Press takes us into the lives of sisters: Caroline Marris, Gracie Gold and Sam Carter.
From the back cover: Three sisters. A charming inn. Hints of mystery and romance. And a gorgeous seaside setting. Escape to Misty Harbor Inn.
Sam Carter, the youngest Marris sister, decides to enter her mother’s blackberry cobbler recipe in the Summerfest baking contest. But she has a formidable opponent, a past winner who is not above engaging in dirty tactics to keep her title. Can Sam rise above the fray to reach out to this lonely woman? Sam and her sisters, Caroline Marris and Gracie Gold, welcome a new guest to Misty Harbor Inn, an elderly woman who knows a great deal of their new home’s history. When she shares her photo album, they are stunned to learn that their mother lived there as a child, even though she told them that she’d never been to Nantucket except on her honeymoon! Why would she lie? What was she hiding? The sisters make an intriguing discovery, not only about Hanna Montague, the young woman who vanished from the house more than a hundred years ago, but about their own family history.
An abandoned inn that has been restored is now officially open for business. A mother’s dream of owning the inn that was re-birthed within her daughters is now a reality. This time the focus is on Sam, the youngest sister, but all three sisters play an integral part of the story. It is a very busy time at the inn; Carolyn is planning a wedding, Gracie is trying to sell her home and Sam is preparing to enter a baking contest. Now with the help of a guest and local historians this trio will attempt to solve the hundred year old mystery of Hannah who disappeared after having been branded a thief. “Whispers On The Dock” is a lot of fun. ”Whispers On The Dock” is a wonderful, sweet story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages. I really hope that there will be more stories about Misty Harbor Inn and these three sisters.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted August 20, 2013
The mystery of what happened to Hannah Montague is still in the minds of Sam Carter, Caroline Marris and Gracie Gold, three sisters who are all co-owners of the Misty Harbor Inn. They are still no closer to finding out any more clues than they had hoped and lately everything has been coming to a dead end. With the issue that this happened in the late 1800's before most records were being stored, their only clues have been trying to trace handwritten post cards that Hannah left with encrypted codes. Rumor has it that Hannah went missing and may have stolen money from a church at the time. However the three sisters have a feeling that there is more to the story than what they have heard. When an elderly resident comes to stay at the Inn could she be the one to put all the missing pieces to rest once and for all?
Secret passages and rooms are still being discovered along with boxes and crates of items that belonged to each of the Inn's former owners. Will they be able to uncover the one thing that will link all the missing pieces together or will they find out that poor Hannah Montague met with a fate she wasn't expecting?
In the latest and final novel in the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn by Evangeline Kelley, Whispers in the Dock ties up all the lingering answers in this heartwarming romance/mystery novel. Evangeline Kelley is the pen name for the writing team of Patti Berg, Pam Hanson, Barbara Andrews and Camy Tang and was one I was waiting for the put an perfect end to my summer reading series of novels. I got this one just in time to head to the beach for a perfect blend of sun, ocean waves and the romance that the ocean always brings.
While the three sisters continue searching for the solution to the mystery of Hannah Montague, each of them also has their own personal issues to deal with. For Caroline Marris is in the midst of making plans for her upcoming wedding to George and is finding things a bit challenging since she isn't feeling like your typical bride should be in looking forward to her wedding as well as searching for a home that they both will share once they are married. She's beginning to wonder if marriage is the right path for her after all.
Sam Carter, the Inn's resident baker extraordinaire is being challenged to enter her latest dessert creation in the town's baking contest, her blackberry cobbler using her mother's recipe with a little tweaking added. However she learns that the contest may be rigged when it seems that Betsy Carlisle has been the winner in the previous four years and then her mother five years before that. Will Sam be able to put the winning streak for Betsy Carlisle to an end or will her dessert wind up on the losing side?
Gracie Gold is still trying to find a buyer for her home since putting in all her inheritance money into the purchase of the Inn. It seems that her thirty five year old home needs more money in renovations than she is willing to spend and she struggles with making a decision to sell the only home that's been in her family for ages or cut her loss and sell it for whatever she can. Will she make the right decision that she can live with?
I received Whispers on the Dock by Evangeline Kelley compliments of Guideposts Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. I will be missing the three sisters that I've gotten to know this summer during my journey and stay at Misty Harbor Inn. It is bittersweet knowing that at least for now, this is where it all ends. I think the authors did an exceptional job at keeping the cliff hanger mystery going throughout all three of these charming novels and love all the little personal stories that have come along with them and in renovating a childhood Inn that their own mother used to talk about owning one day. I easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and will be adding this one to the rest of the novels in this series to my summer beach bag to read again next year to spark those old familiar feelings of romance and intrigue once again.