Kate Forster returns to the blog with a story of finding your place even after escaping for quiet with
Finding Love at Mermaid Terrace
Having read and enjoyed Starting Over at Acorn Cottage, I was excited to see just what the author would do with a different set of characters. Tressa is an artist, the third child in her family she’s always felt ‘extra’ and ‘set aside’ as if her birth brought nothing but comparisons and struggles to her family. As a child the holidays were spent in Port Lowdy on the coast – and the sleepy little town is where Tressa feels at home and most her. Now with her own little cottage at the end of the main street, a cat named Ginger Pickles and a studio where she can paint and escape from all that bothers her, she’s got a solid life. Even Happy. Until her boss at the newspaper shares that his wife is sick, and Tressa is instantly feeling as if she’s losing substitute parents.
Enter the need for another journalist, because try as she might, Tressa can’t do everything for the little paper herself. An advertisement brings her in contact with Dan Byrne, an actual journalist that has run into some significant trouble in Ireland and needs to reset and reevaluate his life and options. With his dog Ritchie, Dan takes the job and arrives in Port Lowry …. far more handsome and flirty than Tressa was expecting. Sparks fly and the two are bouncing off one another in power struggles, truth telling and plenty of moments where their attraction is clear and present.
Forster uses the two characters and their obvious compatibility to highlight their own insecurities and prejudices against relationships, romance and goals. While Tressa is obviously talented and clever, she’s let years of her parents’ rather dismissive and overbearing attitudes toward who she is to overwhelm. And Dan is one who acts, usually with good intentions, but with little thought, These two face off in some of the most spectacular, assume first ask later confrontations – all of which reinforce the rightness of the two of them – as both are changed dramatically by their meeting. A lovely story of forgiveness, hope, second chances and dreams.
Title: Finding Love at Mermaid Terrace
Author: Kate Forster
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Woman's Fiction
Published on: 4 February, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Love comes when you least expect it...
Tressa Buckland likes her quiet life in Port Lowdy, with its cobbled streets and colourful terraced houses overlooking the sea. Her job at the local paper allows her to pursue her art in her free time, with no one but her tabby cat Ginger Pickles to mind her in Mermaid Terrace. But then the owner of the paper is called away on an emergency, and it's up to Tressa to run the paper for six months. Her first task: find a new part-time journalist.
Dan Byrne is the angriest man in Ireland – or so the readers of his very successful column, 'Dan takes on the world', think. But after a story goes south and he loses his job in Dublin, Dan has no choice but to start afresh. When an opportunity comes up in sleepy Cornwall, Dan and his Golden Retriever Ritchie set off for a new adventure.
For Tressa, Dan's arrival to Port Lowdy changes everything. Tressa tries not to look too deeply at her own life, but Dan sees a story to uncover in absolutely everyone – even her. The two of them couldn't be more different... yet, if they can find a way to work together, they may just breathe new life and joy into this sleepy seaside village.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.