Monday, June 14, 2021



Melanie Simpson feels completely lost and unsure of what life holds for her after her Gram passes away.  After the reading of her Grandmother’s will, her life’s purpose is revealed to her.  Melanie and her Gram used to visit Rosemary Bay every year, sit on the beach, and dream about turning Ellis House into a bed and breakfast.  When her Gram leaves her an inheritance, she gives Melanie explicit instructions to buy the Ellis House in Rosemary Bay and fix it up.  Melanie finds herself heartbroken to go back there by herself without her Gram, but finds strength from within to return to Rosemary Bay and carry out her gram’s final wishes.  Ellis House is a disaster and needs a tremendous amount of work.  When Melanie meets local carpenter Josh Claiborne, he is the perfect person to help her renovate the beach house.  During the renovation, they find a stack of old yellowing letters in a closet, some written in her gram’s handwriting.  The letters affect all the residents of Rosemary Bay in one way or another, as well as revealing the true history of the old house.  Will the secrets in the letters bring Josh and Melanie closer together?  

The mystery of the letters and secrets they tell, will have you devouring this amazing story.   If you are heading to the beach this summer, this is the one and only book you’ll need in your bag.  But if you can’t make it to the beach, this story is sure to make you feel like you had a beach vacation.  The portrayal of the characters will have you including them in your circle of friends, and the detailed description of Rosemary Bay will have you packing your bags ready to move there.  What a fantastic escape.

This unputdownable must read is one that will pull at your heartstrings.  Hale’s books just keep getting better and better, with each one better than the last. This author needs to be on your auto-buy list, with this must read, first on your list.  Thank you Jenny Hale for such a wonderful, wonderful book.  This extraordinary and engaging story is sure to resinate in my heart and soul for years to come. 


Rating: 5 out of 5


Author:  Jenny Hale 
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: June 9, 2021 
Pages: 322 
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When her gram passes away, Melanie Simpson feels utterly lost. But her grandmother’s will gives her a purpose: an inheritance to buy a crumbling house in Rosemary Bay. They used to visit the village every summer, sit by the sparkling water on a beach the color of pearl, and daydream about turning the place on the corner into a bed and breakfast.

On her first night in her new hometown, Melanie meets local contractor and landowner Josh Claiborne, whose eyes match the dazzling sea. Melanie plans to restore the beach house to its original glory, and Josh is the perfect person to help renovate the wrap-around porch weathered by the coastal breeze and the peeling white paint faded by the sun.

But hiding in a closet is a yellowing stack of letters that could change everything. The looping handwriting reveals the mystery of the rickety house—a buried history that touches everyone in Rosemary Bay. Will its secrets bring Melanie and Josh together or tear them apart?


Jenny Hale is a USA Today, Amazon, and international bestselling author of romantic contemporary fiction. Her books have sold worldwide, have been translated into multiple languages, and adapted for television. Her novels Coming Home for Christmas and Movie Guide Epiphany Award winner Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses are Hallmark Channel original movies. She was included in Oprah Magazine’s “19 Dreamy Summer Romances to Whisk You Away” and both Southern Living’s “30 Christmas Novels to Start Reading Now” as well as “Beach Reads Perfect for Summer 2020.” Her stories are chock-full of feel-good romance and overflowing with warm settings, great friends, and family. Jenny is at work on her next novel, delighted to be bringing even more heartwarming stories to her readers. When she isn’t writing, or heading up her romantic fiction imprint Harpeth Road, she can be found running around her hometown of Nashville with her husband, two boys, and their labradoodle, taking pictures—her favorite pastime.

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