April 27, 2021
Genre/Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Family Drama, Small Town Community, Romance
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Thanks to #Netgalley @HarlequinBooks for a complimentary eARC of #SunsetOnMoonlightBeach upon my request. All opinions are my own.
Sunset on Moonlight Beach is #5 in the Moonlight Harbor series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. As we catch up on familiar characters, the focus in this story is on Jenna, her career as owner of Driftwood Inn. a tragic event in their family, and finally choosing between two men.
Trusted Author: Although Sheila Roberts is a prolific and well-known author, I’ve only read her Moonlight Harbor series. inadvertently starting with #4 and then catching up with #1-#3 and finally this recent installment. Each one focuses on a different member of the family or the community. My favorite of the five is #4, Beachside Beginnings (maybe because I read it first?). What I have discovered in five books is that you can trust Roberts to deliver a light-hearted, heartwarming, solid story with likable characters and thoughtful themes (also closed-door romance and no profanity).
The Writing: Roberts has a way of developing realistic and likable characters while delivering a page-turning story. Even though the story bounces around this time to catch us up on various characters, the story is easy to follow with one straightforward timeline. Her books are quick-reading, and I think I’ve read each one in a day. Because they are in the romance genre, we are given a satisfactory and HEA ending. I wish this one had given us more at the end, though. I wasn’t ready to quit!
Characters: If you love women’s fiction with likable, strong-minded, and independent women, you will enjoy this series. Each story has a woman you can root for. Side characters are also amusing and endearing.
Setting: Sunset on Moonlight Beach (and the series) is set in the small (fictional) coastal community of Moonlight Harbor in Washington state. Vivid descriptions of the beach, bonfires, the community, Driftwood Inn, and family events create a cozy and charming read.
Themes: In this series, Roberts includes strong and thoughtful themes of family loyalty, friendship, facing difficult situations, making decisions, rebuilding your life, small-town community, women’s issues, and healthy relationships (and in this installment, grief).
Recommended: I’m recommending this series (especially #4) for readers who love light, engaging, and heartfelt stories with a side of romance and a HEA conclusion; for fans of Hallmark movies.
Trigger Warning: death of a beloved person, grief, (a trigger in #4 includes spousal abuse)
My Star Rating: 3.5 Stars
Meet the Author, Sheila Roberts
With nearly thirty books to her name, Sheila Roberts is a frequent USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller – and a fan favorite. Her Christmas perennial “On Strike for Christmas” was made into a movie for the Lifetime Channel and her novel “The Nine Lives of Christmas” was made into a movie for Hallmark. Her novel “Angel Lane” was listed as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. Before settling into her writing career, Sheila owned a singing telegram company and played in band. When she’s not traveling, Sheila splits her time between the Pacific Northwest and Southern California.
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