Kate Bennet owns a small bookstore in Cambria, California—the kind of shop that smells like mildew, furniture wax, and old pages, the kind where you’ll find a cat napping atop the used biographies. Two years out from a divorce that left her emotionally fragile, Kate is starting to think that maybe she’s ready for love again—or at least for a fling with a hot man. Jackson Graham is a local chef who’s controlling when it comes to food, careless when it comes to women, and temperamental when it comes to just about everything. When Kate’s friends mobilize to set things up between Kate and Jackson, she expects some casual pleasure followed by a hasty goodbye, but Jackson’s long-term crush on Kate means that he’s in this one to win. The problem is, neither he nor Kate knows whether he can change the self-defeating habits that usually send women scurrying for the door as soon as the afterglow fades. Throw in a beautiful backdrop of rocky beaches and rugged coastline, a manipulative father, a Mary Kay–pushing stepmother, a yapping Pomeranian, and a nervous ring-tailed lemur, and you’ve got Moonstone Beach, the first contemporary romance in a series of four about Kate and her friends, Gen, Lacy, and Rose.
“Moonstone Beach” is what I would call the perfect beach (or poolside) read. Each character is like someone you know (or wish you did). Cambria sounds like a beautiful little town and the camaraderie of those who inhabit it brings a coziness to the story.
Seed writes her characters lovingly. From Kate’s inner circle to those who skim it each encounter is written with the aura of love. It’s clear that these characters hold significance to Seed and her love for them will bleed to the reader almost from page one.
While the story is reliably romantic it’s also pretty funny in places. There aren’t any real surprises. That’s not to say that the story is dull because it definitely isn’t. Those who favor this genre will guess the ending fairly easy. It’s a feel good book and it does it’s job well.
Seed set the groundwork for the next book in this one in a really clever way. No cliff hangers but a little look into who the next main characters may be. I will definitely buy the next book.
The story is sweet and realistic. The characters lovable and genuine. The tourist picturesque setting is a perfect back drop for the romance and brings a real softness and summery feel to the story. I had the whole range of warm fuzzies while reading and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
I loved the familiarity of this book and rate it at 5 stars.
The Technical Data:
Title: Moonstone Beach | Series: Main Street Merchchants | Author(s): Linda Seed |Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing / Publication Date: 10-21-2015 |Pages: 286 (Print) | ISBN: 978-1518628917 |Genre(s): Romance / Romantic Comedy |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 11-4-2016 |Source: Copy from author.
About The Author
Linda Seed is a former journalist with more than 15 years in the news business at publications including the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Ventura County Star. She began writing fiction at age 16, and published her first novel more than thirty years later. She works as a freelance fiction editor for independent authors. Linda lives in Riverside County, California, with her husband, art writer John Seed, and their three children.