Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be sharing my review for; Midsummer Magic at Miss Moonshine’s Emporium, I am super excited to share this gorgeous book with you all.
Firstly, thank you to Helena Fairfax and the Authors on the Edge for my complimentary copy.
About the Book
Midsummer Magic at Miss Moonshine’s Emporium by The Authors on the Edge.
Authors: Mary Jayne Baker, Sophie Claire, Jacqui Cooper, Helena Fairfax, Kate Field, Melinda Hammond, Marie Laval, Helen Pollard & Angela Wren.
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Anthology, Short Story Collection.
Are you ready to meet Miss Moonshine? Life may never be the same again…
It’s summer in Haven Bridge and Miss Moonshine is getting ready for a busy season. From the window of her Wonderful Emporium, at the heart of the pretty Yorkshire town, she watches and waits, weaving plans to bring happiness to all who step through her door. For Miss Moonshine is no ordinary shopkeeper. She may not have what you want, but she will always have what you need…
Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this anthology of uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This magical collection of contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry and wish for a Miss Moonshine in your own life.
I have so much love for this book and for Miss Moonshine – I need this lady and her emporium in my life and once you ‘met’ her you will too.
In a little town in Yorkshire their lives a little shop, a shop which seems pretty non-descript but something draws you through the door into the Aladdin’s cave you don’t know why you’ve walked into a second-hand shop but you are there and then you meet its owner, a lady of mystery and knowledge, a lady who seems to look into your very heart and soul and know what it is you seek – even if that thing your heart yearns for isn’t an item you can buy off her shelves. With a knowing smile and a few words she sets you on a course that will bring you so much joy and happiness, you will go away with the Moonshine smile on your face and a little magic in your heart.
This is Miss Moonshine and her wonderful and magical emporium, with her tiddly little dog at her feet Miss Moonshine is timeless and enchanting, the bringer of happiness and happy endings, all done with a knowing twinkle in those ageless eyes.
I am very fussy when it comes to anthologies, there are times when I read an anthology that I am left a little redundant that the story has stopped short of an actual end to make room for the next or that the stories put together don’t always have to connect. But, I have never felt that way with the Miss Moonshine anthologies, from day one I have felt there is something very special about them.
I loved each one of the nine stories, each one is heart-warming, enchanting, magical and utterly romantic I loved them all, but there was a couple that particularly stuck with me.
I loved the sweet and flowery romance in Marie Laval’s Three Butterflies, two completely different people end up sharing a houseboat, one looking for inspiration and the other fighting for what is right, I loved this story it’s a perfect opposite attract romance.
Caught Red Handed by Sophie Claire is a great story that makes you think of how a single action can have so many consequences, this is a really sweet story about discovering truths.
GU1909 by Angela Wren is another second chance romance this time with a couple who had broken off their engagement but are brought together again by non-other than Miss Moonshines car, and if you know anything bout our mystical Miss Moonshine her car is a blinder too.
I particularly loved The Secret of Greymoor Hall by Kate Field and The Treasure Seekers by Mary Jayne Baker both have the Miss Moonshine magic mixed with romance, but I loved the addition of a mystery, I love a story that makes the reader think so I loved these two which has the perfect amount of love and intrigue to keep you reading.
I love Ginny’s Ghost by Helen Pollard where ghostly goings-on bring a hint of love in the most unexpected of circumstances, I loved the paranormal aspects even though at times I was wondering when the Most Haunted team were going to pop up.
I Shall Wear Purple by Melinda Hammond is a beautiful second chance love story of two who fell apart many moons ago only to rekindle in their later years it tugs at the heartstrings and makes you feel all misty.
A Glitch in Time by Jacqui Cooper is a really fun story of two women who just happen to swap bodies for a short time, but not how you would think one goes back through time and the other forward a little mind-boggling at times but huge fun.
I fell head over heels for the last story; Music Love and other Languages by Helena Fairfax is all about a young musician who thinks she is not good enough, I loved how with Miss Moonshines direction Edith gains confidence and starts to fall in love with music again especially when she comes across a very special violin.
Midsummer Magic at Miss Moonshines Emporium is pure undiluted joy and happiness, all wrapped in a delicate magical bow, its glossy ribbons swirls sparkles of stardust around the reader, you can’t help but smile. – I’ve just realised how whimsical this review is becoming, it must be the Miss Moonshine effect – even now she is weaving her magic!
Midsummer Magic at Miss Moonshines Emporium is wonderful, it’s studded with love and full of heart. I can’t get enough of these stories and can’t wait to visit Miss Moonshines again which I am hoping will be very soon.