Wednesday, September 28, 2022

A Seaside Wonder by Melissa Tagg: Book Review

 **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

In one evening, Indi's world falls apart. Enter the shy professor her family mistakes for her fiancé . . . make that ex-fiancé.

Professor Philip West never wanted to return to Maine . . . or his grandfather's miserable old house. But after his mother's death, he's now the guardian of a teenage half sister who doesn't want anything to do with him. He longs to help her heal, but he's exhausted and numb, desperate for relief of his own. Maybe that's why he's so easily distracted when he happens upon the little shop with an intriguing owner—one who happens to share a name with someone from his grandfather's mysterious past.

More than a decade has passed since Indi Muir made the heartbreaking decision she's never recovered from—though she's certainly tried. She has a full life running her shop and creating the artsy pieces that fill its shelves. If she can just stay busy, she'll keep her hurt and regret at bay. But when her ex-fiancé returns to Muir Harbor, he brings news that shatters her carefully built walls. Things only get worse when lurking danger comes calling at her childhood home.

The one bright spot amid Indi's turmoil is the shy stranger who wandered into her shop months ago and his moody but lovable sister. As she confronts her past and the mysterious threat facing her family, she's intent on helping Philip win over his sister. He just might win over Indi, too, if they can overcome old secrets and wounds, outrun rising peril . . . and take a chance on love.

Breathtaking romance, a captivating mystery, and an enchanting wintry seaside . . . return to Muir Harbor in bestselling author Melissa Tagg's latest.

Melissa Tagg is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and Carol Award-winning author of swoony and hope-filled small-town contemporary romances. She’s also a former reporter, current nonprofit marketing strategist, and total Iowa girl.

Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as workshops and women’s retreats. When she’s not happily lost in someone else’s book or plugging away her on own, she can be found spoiling her nieces and nephews, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next fictional hero. Connect with Melissa at

A Seaside Wonder is the second book in the Muir Harbor series. While there are separate romances and mysteries that are the main focus in each book, there is also a mystery that continues on throughout the series. As such, I definitely feel like this is one that is best read in order to be able to fully understand and enjoy the story. 

I like to think that I am typically fairly patient when it comes to waiting for a new book in a series to come out... but I must admit that was not the case with this one. From the moment I finished the first book, I found myself wanting to get my hands on the next. It was a first book by Melissa Tagg for me, but I enjoyed it so much that I decided to go back and find more by her to read while I waited. The more I read of her previous books, the higher up she moved on my must read authors list. With all that anticipation built up, I had extremely high hopes for this one.

And it 100% delivered! 

Right from the start, I was once again drawn into this small town and this rather unique family. I enjoyed Indi and Phillip's romance, with their adorable and hilarious meet cute... this story had it's own mystery to figure out, but also picked up on the mystery of Maggie's granddaughter from the previous book as well. That mystery will continue on through the next, and once again I find myself needing to know what's going to happen the best way possible. This story offered such a fantastic blend of humor, romance, mystery and heart... and I absolutely love it! 

This is one absolutely not to be missed!


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