Christmas Surprises At Mermaid’s Point by Sarah Bennett is the most delightful contemporary festive offering. It is 2.5 in the Mermaid’s Point series. I recommend reading the previous two books first but it can be read as a stand-alone.
Sarah Bennett has produced the most charming novella introducing the reader to the festive plans of the residents at Mermaid’s Point.
With delicious descriptions this really feels like Christmas in a book. There is a warm welcome in the café, a family party, a walk on a windswept beach and much more. There really is something for everyone.
Embracing The Present
Autumn Dreams At Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett is the most delightful contemporary novel. It is the second book in the Mermaid’s Point series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The novel has the dual themes of loss and new beginnings. No matter how much time has passed, grief is still raw. We have to learn how to live again and adapt to the new normal.
As a father of two, the lead character finds it hard to adapt to being the sole parent. His own grief and job as a busy London GP sometimes hampers his ability to deal with the grief of his children. A fresh beginning is what is required.
The fresh air of Mermaids Point contrasts with the closed atmosphere of London. The reader can almost ‘feel’ the salty air on our faces due to full descriptions by Sarah Bennett.
The characters were wonderfully and realistically drawn. Strangers receive warm welcomes as the hurting are held close to hearts. It is refreshing to have the lead characters in their forties.
Believe In Fairy Tales
Bluebell Castle by
Sarah Bennett is the most delightful contemporary tale of castles and romance.
The reader sinks into the novel and is cocooned within the story. Bluebell
Castle is a place where you can begin to believe in fairy tales.
The book is a perfect read on a grey, gloomy
autumnal day as its atmosphere will brighten up the reader’s heart. Set in the
Derbyshire Dales in the run up to Christmas, the reader eagerly anticipates the
snow and the excitement to come.
Christmas is a time for dreams to come true.
Planning the perfect Christmas ignites the reader’s heart with warmth.
There is a wonderful, welcoming feel to the
whole novel. They “had a knack of absorbing people into their family.” Even the
reader feels included.
Of Love And Healing
Wedding Bells At
Butterfly Cove by
Sarah Bennett is the most delightful and heart-warming contemporary novel that
will restore your heart in the goodness of people. Butterfly Cove is a place
where the hurt can receive healing and love.
Sometimes life just deals blow after blow. No
matter what we do it is never good enough. Our desire for approval in childhood
may follow us into adulthood. “The wounded boy who lurked in his soul.” We need
to deal with the root cause before we can heal.
Words spoken over us will define us if we are
not careful. Continually hearing we are not good enough may mean we believe it.
“He wondered how many other things were on the list of stuff she wasn’t very
good at and who… had made her believe it.” We all need to guard our tongue. It
is a powerful weapon wounding far deeper than we realise.
There is the hard theme of an abusive marriage.
It breaks the reader’s heart to witness the words that rain down destroying
lives and crushing souls. There is much fall out.