Book Recommendation – Autumn by the Sea by Melissa Tagg

Book Description:

Get swept away to the seaside in Maine in this captivating romance brimming with mystery

Abandoned as a toddler, Sydney Rose has spent years wondering who she really is, homesick for a life she’s never lived. When a private investigator crashes into her world, she finds herself heading to a tiny seaside town in Maine to meet a woman named Maggie, who’s searching for the granddaughter she lost decades ago.

If not for Maggie, Neil MacKean might still be back in Scotland, bereft and alone. Instead, he has a full life in Muir Harbor with an adopted family he loves and a blueberry farm to run. But the farm is struggling and strange occurrences have him concerned. Worse, Maggie’s once again caught up in the past, convinced she’s finally found her long-lost granddaughter.

Worried for Maggie, Neil is suspicious of the city girl who shows up at the farm. But there’s something about Sydney that tugs on him, drawing out secrets he never meant to share. While Neil grapples with the future of the farm, Sydney wrestles with a past that’s messier than ever. Together, they’re pulled into a mystery complete with a centuries-old legend, unexpected danger . . . and a love as deep and wild as the sea.

Narelle’s Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Autumn by the Sea, the first book in Melissa Tagg’s Muir Harbor series. Sydney was a toddler when she was placed in the foster care system. She wasn’t adopted and her family is her former foster brother, Micah, who’s younger than her and can’t keep himself out of trouble. Sydney works as a waitress in Chicago, and she quit college many years ago to take care of Micah.

A private investigator follows Sydney home from work. He’s from Muir Harbor in Maine, and he’s searching for his client’s long lost granddaughter. The missing granddaughter’s mother was adopted, and she passed away in a car accident years ago. Sydney is stunned when the private investigator asks her to return with him to Muir Harbor. His client, Maggie Muir, owns a blueberry farm by the sea called Muir Farm, and evidence suggests it’s possible Sydney is her missing granddaughter.

Neil is originally from Scotland, and Maggie provided a home for him when he was an orphaned teenager. He runs the blueberry farm and lives there with Maggie and his adopted sisters, Lilian and Indi. Sydney is not the first to person to visit who’s potentially Maggie’s granddaughter, and the meet cute between Neil and Sydney in the bathroom is hilarious.

The story takes place over two weeks, and a lovely romance develops quickly between Neil and Sydney. The mystery element in the story was intriguing, and I loved how there’s an overarching mystery plot connected to Maggie that will evolve during later books in the series. I recommend Autumn by the Sea to contemporary romance readers who like fun seaside small town romances with a mystery subplot and a relevant faith element in the story.

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