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22 June 2021

Book Review: Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove by Marie Laval *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove by Marie Laval ahead of the blog tour.

I want to drive a bright yellow library bus around a Scottish island, please. I want to eat meals with friends and breath the fresh air. This book is special.

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From the big city to a little yellow mobile library on the Isle of Skye...

When Jenna Palmer agrees to the new position of mobile librarian on the tiny Arrandale peninsular of the Isle of Skye, she knows she’s signing up for difficult working conditions and mediocre wages. But Jenna needs to get away, and a little yellow mobile library called Buttercup could be her escape to happier dreams...

However, whilst Jenna can get to grips with foggy island roads, local mermaid legends and even big purple monsters, she never expected to have to contend with a boss as grumpy as Daniel McGregor, or a young book lover as enthusiastic as his niece, Katrina.

Arrandale might represent Jenna’s safe port in a storm, but could she and Buttercup also become a beacon of hope to Daniel, Katrina and the entire island community?

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5 Word Review: Family, history, books, secrets, love.

I freaking loved this book. It had me cackling with laughter and sobbing into a pack of tissues, and I want to read it again. I'm only sad that it's finished.

Oh Jenna, can we be friends? Jenna was amazing. She's kind and generous and passionate, and she's fun. She puts herself out there despite her past, and she shares so much of herself. I loved how her character was explored, and each reveal of her past broke my heart more for her. But Mermaid Cove was just the tonic, and it was amazing to see her bloom (rather like the garden).

Daniel is a hot cross bun, and I loved to see the different sides of him explored. He was an excellent father-figure for Katrina and it had my heart full to bursting.

The depictions of Jenna's past relationship were pretty harrowing. Her ex was a vile, disgusting man who was gaslighting her at every opportunity. He made me blood boil every time he cropped up. But Jenna's strength was inspiring, especially when we saw first hand how his actions got to her. She's pretty amazing, and I was so angry on her behalf.

Katrina is a fire-cracker of a kid, and she brought an adorable honestly to every page she was on. I wanted to give her a massive hug, and for all that her uncle thought he was protecting her, I do wish she'd been treated with the maturity she deserved earlier.

This book is full of messy relationships, whether that be romantic mistakes or generations long conflicts. And it was excellent. I wanted to know about everyone's drama and how it would be resolved.

I really liked the small, rural aspects. Scenes from the farm with the animals were a little heart-breaking at times, but also heart warming. I loved the beach scenes, and could imagine my own toes in the sand, in the water, collecting small treasures.

I would happily read more about Mermaid Cove, I was certainly fascinated by the history and I liked how it was explored thought stories passed down. It was almost like folklore. Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove felt timeless, and like I could read it again and again and never get bored or stop wanting to visit Skye myself. It's pretty special.
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Originally from Lyon in France, Marie has lived in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire for the past few years. She writes both contemporary and historical romance. Her novels include best selling contemporary romantic suspense novels LITTLE PINK TAXI and ESCAPE TO THE LITTLE CHATEAU, which was shortlisted for the 2021 RNA Jackie Collins Romantic Suspense Awards, as well as A PARIS FAIRY TALE and BLUEBELL'S CHRISTMAS MAGIC. Her latest novel, ANGEL OF THE LOST TREASURE, was released in February 2021. Marie also contributes to the best selling Miss Moonshine's Emporium anthologies together with eight author friends from Authors on the Edge.

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  1. Sounds like an interesting. Who's the target age demographic for this book? The cover suggests it's aimed at children

  2. Well, the name peaked my interest straight away! I love all things Mermaid. It sounds like a lovely read, I've always wanted to travel up to Skye. This sounds like a great all rounder that evokes a range of emotions, must add to my TBR pile.

  3. This sounds like an interesting book with a rollercoaster of emotions. You have shared a really great review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Lauren -bournemouthgirl

  4. Oh, I want to be a librarian in Scotland with a yellow van called Buttercup, that sounds like the absolute DREAM! Fab review, Cora, you've really made me want to pick up a copy now! x

  5. This sounds like such a great read and so imaginative! Thanks for sharing your great review!

  6. This sounds like a really good holiday read. Great giveaway too! 👍🏾

  7. Messy relationships, family, love, often lead to intriguing reads. And on the island of Skye! Thanks for Introducing to author and story!


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