About the Book
Author: Fay Lamb
Genre: Christian Fiction
Release date: November 21, 2021
A wedding headed for disaster,
A crime syndicate bent on destruction,
And a bunch of hungry alligators.
Knee deep in preparation for her best friend’s Christmas wedding, Abigail Brewster reels when her estranged younger sister returns to Mullet Harbor. She brings secrets, intrigue, and trouble along with her—a crime syndicate set on goals that would destroy the harbor. And Abigail is in the middle of their scheme.
Remy Arneaux doesn’t understand the reason for Susan Brewster’s return, and maybe that’s due to the brain fog from his concussion. But he does know enough not to trust her and not to let her near Abigail. The self-centered woman would only hurt her . . . again. Abigail has had enough pain, even from him. Still, he made a promise to escort someone else to the wedding. And with the promise is a secret that begins to rip his relationship with Abigail apart.
According to Mayor Herb’s edict, nothing is allowed to mar this occasion for his only granddaughter. Not heartbreak, not tirades from a spoiled young woman, and not threats from organized crime.
But what about their attempts to make good on their threats . . .
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This novel is a sequel and I would recommend reading the earlier book first. Much of what happens in this plot develops from events and relationships in the earlier novel. While there are snippets of backstory, it is not sufficient to make this a stand alone.
I found the characters to be less than engaging. Abigail comes across as almost childish. Remy is antagonistic and argumentative. He has a quick temper and frequently must control himself to keep from striking out. That's a personality characteristic I would think not great for a sheriff. I did love the women of the community and their sense of humor in putting on a celebration. The plot is a complex one taking a good deal of explaining in the end.
Lamb's writing style presents a consistently paced novel although it was hard for me to follow the flow of the action or dialogue from time to time. The novel has a good deal of relationship drama, a stumbling romance, some suspense, a revered alligator, and a heartless villain. There is a good faith message as Christians try to act with Christian grace in the face of difficult circumstances.
About the Author
Since an early age, storytelling has been Fay’s greatest desire. She seeks to create memorable characters that touch her readers’ hearts. She says of her writing, “If I can’t laugh or cry at the words written on the pages of my manuscript, the story is not ready for the reader.” Fay writes in various genres, including romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary fiction.
More from Fay
Writing is supposed to be fun, right? Well, for a while, writing was the last thing I wanted to do. And when you have two series contracted and many other books waiting in line to be written, that’s a big problem.
I’m sure that I’m not the only person on the face of this earth who recently placed fun in a jar and hid it away for at least a week, maybe a month, maybe even a year. Heck, some of us may have fun still hidden away.
I truly thought I’d lost my sense of humor. And then I sat down to be purposeful in my writing. Abigail tiptoed onto the page (literally), and then the quirky denizens of Mullet Harbor worked their magic and the story unfolded before me. Abigail and her hero, Remy, may have had some difficulties in life, but for me, I had the time of my life.
When I finished writing All I Want for Christmas, I sat back and I marveled that I had not lost that sense of humor, especially not in my writing. I recalled that in all my writing life, when things were bleakest, my writing brought a smile, and I have always wanted it to bring a smile to others.
Mission accomplished. Humor has been removed from the hiding place and firmly installed back into the funny bone, and my prayer is that the readers will allow Mullet Harbor to bring a little humor—and suspense—to their lives.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)