Welcome to Moonlight Harbor by Sheila Roberts

Setting: Moonlight Harbor
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: MIRA
Author: Sheila Roberts
Release Date: April 17, 2018

For her 40th birthday, Jenna Jones is going to kick things off as a divorcee. Her husband left her for a younger woman. Worse, Jenna has to pay him alimony since he's essentially a starving artist type.

Things take a turn when Jenna's elderly aunt asks her to move to Moonlight Harbor and help turn The Driftwood Inn into a thriving business again. In exchange for some hard work, Jenna will have a place to live and eventually own the inn. Despite her very moody, snit-prone teen daughter's opinion, Jenna can't see passing up this opportunity to start anew.

Upon arriving in Moonlight Harbor, Jenna realizes that her widowed aunt has needed help for a long time. The roof is shot. The rooms are a mildewy, outdated mess. With some hard work, her aunt is convinced Jenna can turn it all around. Jenna has nowhere to go, so she needs this to work out. She's just not sure she'll be able to.

There are touches of romance in Welcome to Moonlight Harbor, and it's clear this is just the start. You'll get to meet the vacation town's key players, the businesses that add to the home-away-from-home feel, and the main characters in this story. I felt right and home and wished I was there with them.

The story moves slowly, yet steadily, to the end, but it's really not an end. It ends up being more of a beginning, which left me eager to read the next book in this series. The setting is appealing, the characters are likable, and the story left me wanting more. I was happy to spend another snowy day ignoring Mother Nature's refusal to arrive and get lost in Welcome to Moonlight Harbor.


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