Chick lit

Autumn Dreams & Christmas Surprises at Mermaids Point

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I surprised myself when I wanted to read this book. I loved another series by the author before but did not fall completely for the first in this series. What I did like was the town that was described and the lovely set of people we were introduced to. This was enough for me to want to know what happens to the rest of the people at Mermaid’s point.
In Autumn Dreams, Nerissa is set to find her happily ever after. In this genre, it is not much of a spoiler to anticipate or declare the presence of a HEA. When reviewing books like this, it is important to note how relatable/believable the individual characters are and how well they would actually work together.
These conditions are completely fulfilled in this instalment. We know of Nerissa’s past, and even if a reader encounters the series at this point, it will not be hard to catch up. She is troubled by uncertainty over her job and future and her love for a dog, not technically hers.
The other half of the pair is a man struggling to keep his family happy while things are not going so well for them all. It is a smaller story that progresses quickly without seeming rushed. There are some whimsical touches but more touching scenes of family bonding. Although the ending seemed a little abrupt, I enjoyed it enough to read it all in almost a single sitting.

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Although Christmas Surprises is touted as a separate novella, it serves more like a continuation of the previous book. That abrupt ending that I was concerned about when I set the previous work down, is taken to a more graceful and realistic conclusion. We find out how Tom and Nerissa are finding their way to a stable relationship, including the children’s happiness. As an added bonus, we are given titbits about possible future couples, and the author helpfully added a note as to when to expect the next two books in the series and what to expect in it.
This is a definite one sitting read and is a must for anyone who has read Autumn Dreams (something I highly recommend you do before picking this up). It made me look forward to the following year’s publications, as I am sure it will for others looking for a straightforward emotional read.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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