Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Postcards From Misty Harbor Inn

Book Review

Have you ever had a dream of renovating an old historic building and opening up an amazing bed and breakfast? How about living on one of the country’s most beautiful coastlines in a picture-perfect small town?  A new series, Postcards From Misty Harbor Inn by Evangleline Kelley, a pen name for a series of authors, is about renovations and inn keeping on Nantucket IslandSeaside Harmony and Sunflower Summer.
. I read the first two volumes,

The first volume that covers the purchasing of the old Misty Harbor Inn by three sisters drew me in. Caroline, Gracie and Sam had spent summer vacations on Nantucket Island as children and their late mother had a dream of renovating and running the old inn, with an ocean view. The sisters longed to make their mother’s dream come true. I loved the accounts of the renovation. I could visualize the beauty of the old inn, complete with antiques. I also loved the accounts of the sisters getting acquainted with the community, a close-knit small town of “year rounder’s.” The description of an old-fashioned clambake made me wish I was there.

I enjoyed the second volume but found that it did not captivate me. This book dealt with the actual, everyday work involved in running the inn for guests. They lost me here. I no longer envied their lifestyle. Getting up super-early in the morning to make a gourmet breakfast was not appealing. Constant cleaning, sweeping sand up, maintenance issues such as burst plumbing pipes and showers leaking made me realize I am not cut out to be an innkeeper.

I did enjoy being introduced to some of the guests. An ageing but still beautiful actress, who arrived with her butler and a newlywed couple trying to blend two personalities into a whole, and an eccentric, selfish art teacher who begin to look beyond his own needs made the book interesting.

This series is a delightful way to relax and dream of different lifestyles. There are love stories and a mystery in the old inn to solve. Also, the author’s have made the sisters, each one very different, people that you will enjoy getting to know. I recommend these books for just a delightful, relaxing read. I received these books from the publisher in return for a review. All opinions are my own.

About the Books

The Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series (Guideposts Books) introduces readers to Caroline, Gracie and Sam as they gather for a vacation where they spent the summers as children, and follows their adventures as they fulfill their mother's dream of opening a bed and breakfast. As the sisters heal from their mother's passing, they bond in ways they never imagined and discover evidence of God's hand in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

A team of four authors come together under the pen name of Evangeline Kelley to bring the unique personalities of each sister to vivid life and welcome audiences to the charming and historic island of Nantucket, complete with cobblestone streets, quaint shops, ferries, sandy beaches and salty air.

Seaside Harmony

Three sisters, a charming inn, hints of mystery and romance, and a gorgeous seaside setting. Summer reading at its finest!

When Caroline Marris joins her sisters, Gracie Gold and Sam Carter for a Nantucket Island getaway, she has no idea how it will change her life. The sisters stumble upon Misty Harbor Inn, the place their late mother loved so much, and Caroline talks her sisters into buying the beautiful but dilapidated inn. But can free-spirited Caroline stay focused enough to make opening the inn a reality? Hand-drawn old postcards draw the sisters into the mystery of Hannah Montague, the young widow of the original owner. Can the sisters uncover the fate of this woman who disappeared in 1880? As Caroline and her sisters work together to make their mom's dream a reality, they bond in ways they never expected.

Sunflower Summer

Misty Harbor Inn officially opens, and Gracie Gold, the middle Marris sister, wrestles with an overwhelming decision. As the sisters learn the day-to-day workings of running an inn, Gracie counsels its first guests, newlyweds whose honeymoon seems to be ending before it begins. Meanwhile, Sam's discovery of a clue in a secret room sheds unflattering light on Hannah Montague, who vanished from the house more than one hundred years ago. And as Gracie and Caroline welcome guests to the inn, they are delighted to see how God uses it --- and them --- to deepen relationships and transform lives.

About the Authors

Evangeline Kelley is the pen name for the writing team of Patti Berg, Pam Andrews & Barbara Hanson, and Camy Tang, the four authors who collaborated to create Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn. Each of them has published novels individually, but this is their first series together.

Find out more about Evangeline at

Guideposts Books is celebrating the release of their new Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn series with a fun giveaway and a Facebook party on May 9th.


One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A Nook HD
  • Seaside Harmony and Sunflower Summer by Evangeline Kelley
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 8th. Winner will be announced at the Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn Author Chat Facebook Party on 5/9. Connect with Patti Berg, Pam Andrews, Barbara Hanson, and Camy Tang (who collaborated together under the pen name, Evangeline Kelley) for an evening of book chat, trivia, and fun! There will also be great giveaways (gift certificates, books, and more) as well as a sneak peek at the next book in the series!

So grab your copies of Seaside Harmony and Sunflower Summer and join readers just like you on the evening of May 9th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!

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