Sometimes it wasn’t the answer but the search that was important.
Published: December 4, 2019
Publisher: Forever Publishing
Pages: 303 (391 Bonus Content; Mass Market Paperback)
Series: Moonlight Bay #1
If she’d learned anything this past year, it was that happiness was found when you stopped resisting it.
Jenna Fossey’s life is about to change. An unexpected inheritance and the chance to meet relatives she never knew existed has her heading to the charming little town of Magnolia Harbor. But as soon as she arrives, long-buried family secrets lead to even more questions, and the only person who can help her find the answers is her sexy-as-sin sailing instructor.
Nothing makes Jude St. Pierre feel more alive than racing on the open sea – at least, not until Jenna comes strolling down his dock asking for sailing lessons. But it feels wrong to be attracted to her – especially when he learns why she came to town. Jude knows she deserves the truth but can he help her discover it without losing her and the family he’s come to think of as his own?
Ugh, guys. I still have a terrible book hangover from this gem. It was so fun and wonderful and cozy and interesting and I’m still not over everything. I honestly already cannot wait for the second book to release, I’m dying for another trip back to Moonlight Bay.
I’m not sure what it is this month, but I’ve been hooked on contemporary romances. They usually aren’t my jam, but I cannot get enough of them this Summer. I’m typically more interested in NA romance or things that are a bit sexier or darker, but I’m really into the coziness of contemporaries right now. I guess it’s a good thing Forever, my favorite publishing partner, is allllll about romance and has some of the best contemporary novels out there and graciously sent this to me!
So, this novel centers on Jenna, a newly minted millionaire (billionaire?) who decided to travel back to her father’s hometown to discover who he was and connect with some long lost family. Problem is, everything surrounding her parents, their relationship, and her father’s death is a mystery. To unravel said mystery, she turns to Jude, a local master sailor, to help her learn to sail and to love. Can we get any more Summer swoon worthy vibes? Of course, this all takes place in the sweetest little community where everyone knows everyone and it’s all gossip and family and fun. I was invested from the very first page.
This novel may be a romance but don’t let that fool you, it tackles some pretty big topics; racism, the class divide, possible suicide, and some pretty interesting family dynamics. There were a lot of twists and turns in this one, as well. It’s not just about two people finding each other, it was also two people finding themselves. It was quite beautiful and I have to admit that the end of this novel damn near had me in tears.
One of my favorite aspects of this novel is the author’s writing. It was so eloquent and beautiful and you could really feel and tone and emotion she was trying to convey. She wrote at the beginning of the novel that she had a rough time, personally, writing this novel and I think that was really channeled into her work. It was a really spectacular piece of writing, and it was really factual but not boring, especially when it came to the sailing and the sailing terms.
This was just a phenomenal start to a series and I cannot wait to read more from this author! I already picked up another of her books at a library book sale and I’m going to be rushing to pick up the next book in this series. I cannot rave about this enough, it was the perfect, light, cozy read!
Moonlight Bay Series