My final post of the day is a review on the blog blitz of Wedding Bells in Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale, Book 3 in the Merriment Bay series. This is a fabulous, heartwarming and feel-good novel that will make you smile from ear to ear…..

book blurb & info

Change is in the air as wedding bells ring out in Merriment Bay

Cat’s determined to propose to Amias. Well, it is a leap year so it’s fine for women to do the asking, and besides, it took him eighteen years to tell her how he felt. She’s not going to wait for him to pop the question. All she needs to do is find the perfect time and place.

Kyra’s fallen for Francis Raine, who seems happy to flirt and exchange banter but hasn’t actually asked her out. Does he reciprocate her feelings, or is he this way with every girl he meets? There’s only one way to find out. She’ll ask him on a date … as soon as he returns to Merriment Bay.

Mary’s leaving Devon Villa after a lifetime spent in the house. She’s never lived alone so it’s both an exciting and a terrifying prospect. But change is good, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s time she tried a few other new things too.

The Devon women want to move on to the next chapters in their lives. And as Viola Devon used to say before she died, “The only one who can write your own life story as you want it, is you.” Although Viola’s didn’t work out too well. Will Cat, Kyra, and Mary have better luck with theirs?

Published by: Crescent Gate Publishing on 8th June 2020

Formats available: Paperback & eBook.  Also available on Kindle Unlimited

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US


my thoughts

We’re back in Merriment Bay with Cat, Kyra and Mary Devon.  Cat is getting frustrated….despite the fact that her and Amias haven’t been together long they’ve been in love for 18 years; and everyone is getting engaged and married before them!  Getting desperate she considers proposing herself but just needs to find the right time…..

Kyra realises that she’s fallen in love with Francis, but he doesn’t seem to take the news that she’s newly single well.  Confused by this, Kyra plays it cool but then realises she might have to be the one to make a move if their friendship is ever likely to develop…..

Mary is looking forward to the future.  Sad to be leaving her home Devon House, but excited to see what comes next; she visits a newly available bungalow but may get more than she bargained for….

I love Emily’s stories and I love Merriment Bay!  This really is a feel-good, make you smile sort of book that you won’t want to put down.  There is a ton of happiness, wonderful news, engagements and weddings in this….plenty to uplift you on your most miserable day.   I adore the characters in this, and having read the previous books I was thrilled to see what comes next for these wonderful people.

Merriment Bay is such a beautiful place and I love the setting of the wedding in this (but to find out who gets married, you’ll have to read!) The proposal that comes is fantastic, and it’s just so lovely to see so many wonderful things happening to people – there was absolutely no negativity here!

As the series crosses with the Wynstersleap series, it’s fab to check in with a few of those characters; one of my favourites being little feisty 9 year old Sasha who is hilarious!  We also spend plenty of time and celebrate with the Wynter’s too.

Overall, this is 100% an uplifting, feel good and heartwarming read.  If you’re feeling down and need a pick me up, then this will be for you.  You can’t help but smile and be happy for the Devon women when you read this!  Although you might be able to read this as a standalone I would definitely suggest reading the rest of the series, so you can get to know the characters properly and their back stories (plus the books are fab!)

If you’re looking for a lovely, relatively short, easy and enjoyable, heartwarming read that will make your heart melt and put a big smile on your face, then check this out! Highly recommend by me.  I can’t wait to see what comes next.



about the author

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

Where to find Emily online: Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram

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Rachel’s Random Resources

Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Emily and the publisher for gifting me a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a lovely day everyone, and I’ll be back tomorrow!

Chelle x


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