Friday, August 30, 2013

Whispers on the Dock (Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn, book #3) by Evangeline Kelley

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the book for free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group book  blogger campaign. 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.”

Author: Evangeline Kelley   (Information taken directly from LitFuse Publicity's Promotions page.)

Evangeline Kelley is the pen name for the writing team of Patti Berg, Pam Hanson & Barbara Andrews, and Camy Tang, the four authors who collaborated to create Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn. Each of them has published novels individually, but this is their first series together.

Format: trade paperback

Genre: Christian, Cozy Mystery, Light Romance, Fiction

Source: Litfuse Publicity Group book blogger campaign 

Published: Guideposts Books / $13.99 / 2013 / ISBN:978-0-8249-3259-6

Buy the Book:  Amazon

Why I Read this Book:  I first read books one (Seaside Harmony) and two (Sunflower Summer) back in May and I was very interested to read the final book in the series because I grew to love the characters and wanted to learn more about their guests at the Inn.

What I Liked:   In this part of the charming tale about the Marris sisters, we find that the Misty Harbor Inn is still taking on "quirky" guests such as romance writer Trish, and an elderly woman by the name of Doris, who used to live at Misty Harbor when she was younger.  (Talk about exciting!)

With an upcoming wedding to plan, a local baking contest to enter, a sorrow-filled granddaughter,  Hannah Montague's mystery still to be solved, a possible new job, a possible new house, a would-be suitor, and a surprise revealed about their mother's past, the sisters undoubtedly have their hands full.

I really have loved the characters in this series.  They're tenacious and independent women who have learned to accept help from those around them.  They've also learned about God's grace and the price of family and friendship.  Not only have I laughed, but I have cried with them too.  I felt like Nancy Drew as they unearthed pieces about Hannah Montague's life, and I enjoyed the stories their guests would tell in the dining room--almost as if they were my extended family.

 What I Didn't Like:  Knowing that this is the last of the books in the Misty Harbor Inn series, I decided to take my time and savor each detail. (Excuse my while I grab a tissue...) I would really love the meet more of the unique guests that stayed at the Inn and explore more of the history of the area.  (Yes, I am still living in their fictional world.  So much so, that I wouldn't mind visiting Misty Harbor Inn myself!)

Overall Impression:  I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this series and living through their daily struggles with them.  It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who struggles with decisions and how to treat/react to others on a daily basis.  I'm going to really miss reading about their lives and what the future holds for them now.  Maybe someday, more novels will be released and based upon some of the guests.  (Trish would have an interesting back-story as would their next door neighbor.)  Until then, we'll have to imagine ourselves walking along the beach and strolling through town to pick up guests on their way to the Inn.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Let me know what you think!  Happy Reading!