‘Utterly uplifting, pure escapism’ Trisha Ashley, bestselling author
Animal loving Samantha Jones is on a mission to ‘live the dream’.
When best friend Abby has a beautiful baby boy Sam’s priorities change and she realises she wants more from her life
Uninspired with her dull day job Sam plans to expand Purbeck Pooches, her seaside pet sitting business into a full-time career and embarks on a mission to find her perfect man.
Sam soon hits trouble. Her boss accuses her of moonlighting. The perfect man is frustratingly elusive and her parents make a shock revelation.
The odds are stacking up against her but Sam finds that sometimes when you reach for the moon, you get a handful of glittering stars thrown in for free.
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I had been waiting for this book having enjoyed the first instalment in this series. Studland Bay evokes images of dramatic scenery, in my mind, and Della Galton paints wonderful backdrops.
Moonlight Over Studland Bay moves away from Bluebell Cliff but still refers to the hotel and its characters; Mr B, the fiery chef, makes several appearances as do his precious pigs.
Samantha is in something of a dating rut; she shares her home with best friend Abby and her baby. As she reflects on her life, she realises that she needs to move her dream to own her own business to the next level. She also needs to find a man if she’s ever to have a child of her own.
The events that follow are amusing as she navigates the world of internet dating. Of course, the path of love is never smooth, and the perfect man can be found in the unlikeliest of places.
Add to this her parents’ retirement and plans to move to Cyprus and it hard to imagine how Sam will ever find happiness.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Sam was immediately engaging, and it was easy to get behind her as the lead character. No spoilers from me, but the romance is lovely when she finds it.
I do enjoy it when there are no parts of the story left untold; even Mr B got his moment in the spotlight.
This is a wonderfully light-hearted read, full of good friends, romance and entertainment. It can be read as a stand-alone story if you haven’t read the first instalment.
Della Galton is the author of 15 books, including Ice and a Slice. She writes short stories, teaches writing groups and is Agony Aunt for Writers Forum Magazine. She lives in Dorset. Della’s new fiction series launched with Sunshine Over Bluebell Cliff in May 2020.
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