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    A mix of lighthearted humor, drama and tragedy

    Marilyn Brant’s new Mirabelle Harbor romance is an engrossing page-turner, a mix of lighthearted humor, drama and tragedy that packs a powerful punch in a little over 200 pages. Julia, and her wonderful cast of co-stars are all shining examples of Marilyn’s extraordinary character development and I love that her stars have a little age on them. But the most impressive detail is how she expertly portrays the family and friendship dynamics and realistic relationship highs and lows. Brava! Not only did Julia Meriwether Crane lose her husband and best friend in a tragic accident 9 months ago, but her traumatized, grieving 10-year-old daughter Analise lost her daddy too. Moving on is definitely easier said than done but Julia’s determined to give her child some new memories – starting with sending her to summer camp. How she’ll cope without her for a month remains to be seen. If that's not enough Julia’s well meaning BFF thinks she needs to jump back into the dating pool, which she’s so not ready for. Then a pair of beaus from her past and the movie star idol that owned her teenaged heart all start showing more than a passing interest and suddenly her life is a bad soap-opera.
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    Visit Mirabelle Harbor & fall in love (again)!

    I love stories featuring love a second time around. It doesn't necessarily have to be with someone they've known before, but there's something infinitely more special about going into a relationship with past lessons and coming out stronger because of them. Julia isn't 100% ready to throw herself back into life, but knows she has to in order to help set the precedent for her daughter Analise. Both of them are struggling with grief after the sudden loss of Adam, Julia's husband and Analise's father. My heart broke for both Julia and Analise. Most of us can relate to the shock of losing someone we love unexpectedly. Grieving is a process that takes time. I understood Julia's hesitance to be social and go out, while also grasping how important it was that she do it. I adored Analise. She might only be ten years old but she's a shrewd judge of character and an unexpected font of wisdom. I hated seeing her hurt but I enjoyed seeing her grow too as a result. I liked Julia. She's down to Earth, sincere, and a wonderful mother. I really liked how she put Analise first at a time when her feelings and emotions were conflicted (even if she was also protecting her own heart at the time too). I loved seeing Julia deal with her friends/support group. They were really there for her in every sense of the way. I really enjoyed the story. I liked following Julia on her journey to opening up again and even finding a new love. I really liked how I really didn't know who/if she was going to find a new love until over half way into the book. I liked analyzing her interactions with the men from her life who had unexpectedly popped up again. There were only a few points where I felt the story could've been stronger. One dealt with a potential suitor. I wasn't sure when he became a contender for her affections in earnest. They had good chemistry, but I didn't really feel the sparks between them in the beginning. I also would've loved to see those who caused trouble for Julia, Analise, and her potential lover get their just desserts. I also would've liked to know more about a secret that was revealed to Julia and the effects of them on a potential relationship. Overall, I really enjoyed the story. The characters are well written and easy to relate to. The story captured my attention from the first page and held it throughout. There were thrills, laughter, and some tears. I enjoyed seeing characters from the first book of the series making brief cameos and I may have an idea about whom the next book will feature. Marilyn Brant did a wonderful job at capturing all of the emotions of her characters and transporting me to Mirabelle Harbor. I loved visiting and can't wait to go back!
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    Sad, cute and funny

    Sad, cute and funny, this is a light if a bit predictable read. I loved that Dane is the heartthrob Julia fantasized about in high school. Of course, he is not exactly what she pictured he would be like at first, but as they spend time together he lets her see the real person behind the public persona. Julia's daughter Analise is adorable and Dane is also great with her. There are plenty of other characters that I want to see get their HEAs! 3.5 stars I received an ARC for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.

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