[BLOG TOUR] BOOK REVIEW: AUTUMN DREAMS AT MERMAIDS POINT BY SARAH BENNETT

When her dreams of young love were cruelly shattered, Nerissa Morgan found it hard to move on. Now, at forty-three, everyone around her is enjoying life while she’s just going through the motions. With her boss retiring and rumours of a new doctor coming in to take over the practice she manages, change is coming, whether she’s ready for it or not.

Following the death of his beloved wife, Tom Nelson buried himself in work at his busy inner-London GP practice. When his teenage children find themselves in trouble at school, he realises he’s completely lost touch with them. Desperate to reconnect before it’s too late, he whisks his family away to the pretty seaside village of Mermaids Point determined to make a fresh start.

But all is not as idyllic as it seems. With his predecessor reluctant to let go of the reins and the children as distant as ever, the last thing Tom needs is an undeniable attraction to the woman he unexpectedly finds himself sharing a roof with…

I couldn’t have been more excited to return to the stunning and mythical town of Mermaids Point, now following the story of Laurie’s Aunt, Nerissa Morgan. From new beginnings to second chances, the beautifully developed story of Nerissa and Tom will swoon your heart just as much as Laurie and Jake’s did. Both of our leading characters were holding on to so much pain, never truly knowing how to move on, so when their lives collide in an unexpected way, true love was ready to commence for the pair once more. 

I don’t think I could have loved Nerissa more if it was even possible, the passion and love she has towards Mermaid’s Point and the people within it showcased how big her heart was and although changes were coming, she faced them all head on and at her own stride – forever protective of the hurt that lies temporarily on her heart. Despite not liking some of the bigger changes, Nerissa welcomed two gorgeous little people in to her life and friendships began to bloom. There was so many wonderful scenes between Nerissa and Tom’s son especially, with the help of their furry friend and although not wonderful in the obvious of ways, the scenes between Nerissa and Tom’s daughter were incredibly heartfelt and definitely tugged at the heartstrings. Tom was also an extremely loveable character who was just trying to navigate the world as a newly single father with two soon-to-be hormonal teens. The chemistry between the four of them was magical and meant to be, if only Nerissa and Tom would allow themselves another chance at a love that had already been taken from them once. 

It was really exciting to reunite with some faces that we were introduced to in Summer Kisses at Mermaid’s Point, having a little glimpse in to how everybody was doing and what was going to come next. This was a fast-paced read for myself, in the best way possible. With every page I turned, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to stop unless I was forced to and that is something very special in a book. Mermaid’s Point is that stunning of a place, you’re not ever going to want to leave and find it baffling when characters even question it. It is like one giant hug that I never want to let go of – roll on next month for Christmas Wishes at Mermaids Point

Shelby x 

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