Friday, June 23, 2023

Wedding at Sea by Melissa Tagg: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Two enemies. One wedding. And a seaside mystery decades in the making.

Lilian doesn’t remember anything about her life before the day Maggie Muir found her on her front porch—a toddler, abandoned and alone. And maybe that’s okay. She has a beautiful life at Muir Farm, including an adopted family she adores and a successful career as a lawyer. But she also has a secret . . . one that raises just as many questions about her future as it does her unknown past.

And, of course, it would be private investigator Wilder Monroe, her brother’s best friend and the bane of her existence, who sniffs out her secret before anyone else.

Wilder has spent the past three years trying to close the one case his father couldn’t—the mystery of Maggie Muir’s long-lost granddaughter. But the decades-long search has become more tangled than ever. It’s become more personal, too. Not only are the Muirs the closest thing to family he has left, but if he can solve this mystery, maybe he'll keep himself from drowning in the one he can’t . . . the truth about his father’s death.

In the midst of secrets and swirling questions, Maggie asks a favor of both Lilian and Wilder: put aside their bickering and work together to plan her summer wedding. It’s a big ask, made all the more difficult when danger comes calling at Muir Farm. But if the two enemies can stand each other long enough to pull off the event of the year, they just might solve a mystery in the process.

And the biggest discovery of all? That sometimes the one your heart longs for is the last person you ever would've expected.

Wedding at Sea is the breathtaking finale in bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Tagg's Muir Harbor series.

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

Wedding at Sea is the third and final book of the Muir Harbor series. Could this be read as a standalone? Maybe, but I wouldn't recommend it. While each book has its own unique story and mystery (and the author does do a great job of catching readers up), there is also a mystery that continues throughout the series as a whole that is finally brought to its conclusion in this one. I think readers will definitely get the most out of this book having ALL the backstory. 

This has probably been my most anticipated read of the year. From the moment I read the first book- Autumn by the Sea- two years ago, I was absolutely hooked and found myself impatiently waiting for the next book. And when the next book came out, same thing. I truly could not wait to see how everything was going to play out and to finally see Lilian's story. And oh my goodness... it absolutely did not disappoint! Every single book in this series is just as good as the last. It's the perfect blend of romance and mystery, but also a great story of found family too. The animosity between Lilian and Wilder has been set up from the very beginning and so seeing them come together was absolute perfection. Whether they were arguing or getting closer, I just adored these two together. 

Admittedly there were a few parts of the mysteries that I figured out fairly early on... but there were still other aspects that threw me for a loop... and I enjoyed every single minute of it! This was such a great conclusion to a series that will certainly remain an absolute favorite for me. If you enjoy Christian romance with some great mystery mixed in, this is one you absolutely cannot miss! 


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