A wonderfully written love story with unexpectedly dark themes.
Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Marie Laval for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!
About the Author
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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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?
Review (No Spoilers)
Welcome back to my blog for another book tour! I apparently had 3 tours due back to back so you can expect another review tomorrow.
Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove was a very good book, but before I get into it, I want to spend a bit of time warning you that it’s not as happy-go-lucky as the cover, blurb, and title lead you to believe. If you are at all triggered by topics such as domestic abuse, gaslighting, trauma, and parental neglect, please click the link I’ve listed above to view the content/trigger warnings for this book. Emotional/mental abuse is an extremely prevalent theme throughout the novel and it blindsided me in the worst way. If you’ve read The Flatshare, it was very similar to that type of thing. My partner actually had to ask me if I was okay a few times because of how much this book was affecting me. And even though I thought this book was great, if I could go back, I would have put my mental health first and skipped it. (Funnily enough there’s actually a line in the book about how the main character wouldn’t want to read a book about abuse and violence and I was like hello!!!!! that me!!! lol)
Okay, now that I got the serious stuff out of the way, let’s get back to talking about why I liked this book. The things that I think made this book extraordinary were the fantastic writing style and the lovable main characters. Jenna, Daniel, and Katrina were so charming and the whole found-family dynamic present on the isle really warmed my heart. Katrina is one of the cutest fictional children I’ve ever read and I love her oh so much. As someone who has experienced emotional/mental abuse at both the hands of my ex and my parents (hence why I don’t like reading about these topics), Jenna was very very relatable. I wanted to wrap her up in a snuggly blanket next to a warm fire and give her bottomless hot chocolate. Daniel was such a gentle giant that I wished nothing but happiness for him. He was dealt some terrible cards throughout his adult life and he deserved so much better than that.
There were a few things that were included in this book that struck me as super random, but they somehow worked incredibly well. Drummond’s character was completely unnecessary, but he provided me with much needed comic relief despite his unlikable nature. The inclusion of the magical tales of mermaids, curses, and treasure had me puzzled at the beginning, but it added a nice fantastical element to the story that I think was handled very well. And while I think that the ending was a bit too neatly tied together, after all the tragic story arcs I had to power through to get there, I think it was a much needed relief.
Marie Laval is definitely a talented author that I’ll keep an eye out for in the future. Now that I’ve read her bio, it does seem like she specializes in romantic suspense, but hopefully I can find some lighter reads to explore.
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