Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be sharing my review of the enchanting; Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove by Marie Laval. I love this book and super excited to share it with you all.
Firstly, thank you to Liz at Choc Lit for the complimentary copy.
About the Author
Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove by Marie Laval.
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction.
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?
Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/
How much do I LOVE this book???
I ask while holding my arms outstretched like I’m imitating a scarecrow in a crop field or a little child who says ‘I love you this much – while doing the same arm gestures you get the drift.
Firstly, check out that cover…go on scroll up, I’ll wait here…isn’t it so pretty? Choc Lit Publishers have some of the prettiest covers around, they reflect the story so perfectly!
Jenna has a lot going on which has made her flee for the picturesque Arrandale, a tiny little Scottish Isle. She has been made redundant and needs to escape her overbearing, control freak of a fiancé so she takes on the position of librarian in the Islands only Mobile Library which she goes on and bestows the moniker; Buttercup.
Her initial introduction to the library is certainly dramatic, caught in the middle of a storm while on a ferry in the middle of the sea only to have to be rescued by the gloriously growly Daniel McGregor who thinks she’s a bit of an idiot and who just happens to be her new employer. Oops!
But, seeing how good she is with the islanders, the library and his niece Daniel soon sees her as something other than a din-witted idiot who goes around in unsuitable clothing whilst out in a storm. Even though she does do that quite a bit!
Seriously though, this book has everything!!!
Local myths and legends.
Fabulously likeable characters.
A gorgeous, brooding, grumpy, growly, rugged, monosyllabic Scotsman – I am all flustered.
Flawless vivid detail and narration.
A cute as a button mobile library called Buttercup. (That alone caught my attention, after all, who doesn’t love a mobile library?)
I loved the close-knit village feel of the island, how everyone seemed to know each other and no secret can stay hidden for very long. The villages made me smile with their antic’s, they are an eclectic bunch they enjoy rubbing each other up the wrong way knowing how far to push, especially with growling, glorious, gigantic Daniel – my oh, mighty my!! He is wonderful – how much do I adore this growling, hairy, rugged, weathered giant?
I love the concept of a mobile library being the only way the villages can access library books, I was at a loss when my local library closed, losing a library rips the heart out of a community and even now I have to walk to another area or to town to visit a library. I can understand what the island felt when they lost their library and the joy of having a mobile one appear.
As with all of Laval’s writing, there is an underlying theme of mystery and magic, Happy Dreams of Mermaid Cove is enchanting, feel-good and utterly romantic. It makes you feel as though you are being wrapped in a huge bear hug (preferably from dishy Daniel 😉 ) it’s comforting and heart-warming – Which I would expect nothing less from the marvellously talented Marie Laval.
Honestly, this lovely lady can do nothing wrong in my eyes, she is an incredibly gifted author who never fails to whisk the reader away on a gorgeous adventure full of mystery and love.
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 historical novel, ANGEL OF THE LOST TREASURE, was published in February 2021, and HAPPY DREAMS AT MERMAID COVE is her latest contemporary romance.
Marie also contributes to the best selling Miss Moonshine’s Emporium anthologies together with eight author friends from Authors on the Edge.