Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sunflower Summer by Evangeline Kelley

In this sequel to Seaside Harmony (see my review here), the Marris sisters have the Misty Harbor Inn almost ready for the season. When a couple ask to come early for their honeymoon week, the women are happy to oblige.

But all is not well at the Inn. The honeymoon couple have a tiff and are off to a rocky start in their marriage. Gracie overhears the couple and debates her involvement. She finds that God has given her the gift of empathy that allows her to make a difference in the young couple's lives.

Caroline is distraught, having turned down George's proposal. Did she make a mistake? A British stage and movie star comes to the Inn, needing a quiet place to write her memoirs. Older and never having married, the star and Caroline have a life changing interaction.

And Sam is happy with her baking. She is a retired elementary school teacher and when an artist comes to give summer art classes in town, she is able to help him be the best he can be.

This is a slow and gentle novel. There is no heart stopping action nor sweat producing suspense. It is just a nice novel about an Inn where people leave better and happier than when they arrived.

This novel will appeal to older female readers, retirement age or so. It is a delightful book that is gently encouraging.

Evangeline Kelley is the pen name for the writing team of Patti Berg, Pam Andrews & Barbara Hanson, and Camy Tang. Each of them has published novels individually, but this is their first series together. Patti and her husband live in southwestern Idaho and you can find out more about her at Pam & Barbara are a mother-daughter writing team, having written nearly thirty books together. Pam taught at the university level for fifteen years. She and her college professor husband have two sons. Follow her blog at Barbara had already written twenty-one novels before she began writing with her daughter. She is the mother of four anf grandmother of eight. She lives with Pam and her family in Nebraska. Camy graduated from Stanford University and worked as a biologist researcher for nine years before turning to writing full time. She and her engineer husband live in San Jose, California. Find out more at

Guideposts, 272 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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