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Monday, August 19, 2013

"Whispers on the Dock" by Evangeline Kelley

Three sisters. A charming inn. Hints of mystery and romance. And a gorgeous seaside setting. Escape to Misty Harbor Inn.

As Nantucket reaches the pinnacle of its summer glory, and the Marris sisters welcome guests at Misty Harbor Inn, youngest sister Sam Carter enters her mother's cobbler recipe in the Summerfest baking contest. But she faces a formidable opponent, a past winner who is determined to keep her title even if it means stooping to dirty tactics. Can Sam's newfound faith help her rise above the fray and reach out to this lonely woman? Meanwhile, an elderly guest arrives who knows the inn's history, and the sisters are stunned to learn that their late mother lived there as a child. But she told them she'd never been to Nantucket until her honeymoon! Through the woman's reminiscences and photos, the sisters make an intriguing discovery --- not only about the mysterious Hannah Montague, the young woman who disappeared from the house in 1880, but also about their own family history.

Readers will delight in the inviting Nantucket setting and be enthralled by the adventures of these sisters who reunite to bring their mother's Misty Harbor dreams to life.

This history mystery is the very best kind!  I love stories that involve modern-day people trying to figure out what happened with their ancestors, and in this story there are two!  The connection between characters and the distant time frames keep the story hopping.  

I had trouble getting into the story, though, and this was mainly because this is the third book in the series.  This story jumped right in and apparently picked up wherever the second one left off, and while I eventually was able to figure out most of what was going on, it was rather frustrating to be out of the loop for a while.  The addition of a 'catch-up' section before the first chapter would have been most helpful.  I thoroughly enjoyed the story once I figured out the main plot pieces and wish that I had understood the action from the beginning.

The cast of characters was fascinating.  Each sister had her own thing happening, and when combined with the two historical-style mysteries, Whispers on the Dock is chock-ful of suspenseful action.  The authors masterfully combine the drama and the mystery to keep the readers guessing, but they throw in some pretty great life lessons, too.  

All told, finishing this series made me want to read the beginning.  I may know the ending to the mystery, but I'm still in the dark about all the rest - and I don't want to be.  If you like dramatic historical mysteries, this is definitely a series worth checking out!

You can read other reviews in this blog hop here or click here to purchase your own copy now.

Evangeline Kelley is the pen name for the writing team of Patti Berg, Pam Hanson & Barbara Andrews, and Camy Tang, the four authors who collaborated to create Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn. Each of them has published novels individually, but this is their first series together. 

I received a free copy of Whispers on the Dock from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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