Review: Summer on Moonlight Bay by Hope Ramsay

Posted August 11, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Summer on Moonlight Bay by Hope Ramsay
Summer on Moonlight Bay

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Series: Moonlight Bay #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever
Released on August 6, 2019
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

The first book in the Moonlight Bay series was one of my big surprise standouts last year so I’m really not surprised that book two stayed strong even when it surprised me by introducing a different romance pair than I was expecting- a Veterinarian and a Veteran.  Guess which is which regarding the hero and heroine?  Another touching story that dug deep for the romance pair and the greater cast of characters in this small island town.

Review

As I said, Summer on Moonlight Bay is book two in a series that work best in sequence, but could be read standalone, too.

Lia left the Navy, the only home she has known after a bad circumstance left her questioning herself and feeling unfit for her job.  Now, she’s homeless and only has a vague offer from her former commanding officer and all his positive and vivid descriptions of his home town, Magnolia Harbor to steer her.  Being homeless and not knowing where she will land is nothing new.  Her mom never stayed in one place- picked up and ran each time was more like it and Lia is responsible for several of those instances- or so she thinks.  Just like she feels she’s responsible for things going sour with two situations  when she was working to get resources for two service people.  She’s hoping for a new chance working for Chaplain St. Pierre as his church secretary like she did for him and other chaplains in the Navy now that he’s out of the military and has his own church.
But, then she finds the drastically injured puppy in the middle of the road…

Noah Cuthbert is a veterinary surgeon living in Charleston.  He never wanted to come back home, but he feels responsible to get his momma who lives in a ramshackle house and deals with MS.  He wants her to come live with him since his little sister, who has been living at home, needs a chance to go off to university and fulfill her dreams.  Instead of packing them up and off to Charleston, both have dug in their heels and are forcing him to stay in a town with a lot of misery for him including his daddy and brother.  Then Lia enters his life and saving the puppy is the beginning to a soul-searching journey for both Noah and Lia, a few intriguing side stories and a pirate ghost who needs a few good deeds to let his ghost find rest.

This is a lovely small town setting with a solid circle of recurring characters in the way the author does best.  It’s the Carolina coast, summer, and a pair of hurting people need to make peace with their past and let go their guilt and blame.  Both Lia and Noah were great lead characters, but it was also great getting Ashley who owns the B&B and Rev Micah still tentatively moving forward as well as updates with other familiar faces.

New characters and new situations are now in play including a heartbreaking abuse and gaslighting situation that I thought was woven into the story just beautifully.  Lia is a social worker/resource gal that warmed my heart with her priority pink post-it note so people were always the focus with her.

The summer setting and small town had me longing for this place to be real.  4th of July fireworks, ladies’ sewing parties, charity softball,adorable lab pup, sailing, good eats, and lots of friendly encounters.

The romance is a light touch of attraction and slow build since the pair are battling personal demons, but it didn’t drag on and I loved how they were friends and partners at the vet office and both want to put others’ first.

I wasn’t ready for this one to end and could have remained in Magnolia Harbor with the people indefinitely.  Those who enjoy gentle, heartwarming, and fun summer contemporary romances should pick this one up.

Challenges Met

New Release #107
COYER #40 small town setting

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Angie Elle
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This sounds like such a sweet read! I love a small town with characters that just feel so homey.

Great review.

Sophia Rose
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It was definitely on the sweet side, but a great ‘beat the heat’ easy romance read full of charm. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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I like small towns. I love when one of the characters is a veterinarian, it just seems to bring in fun scenes with animals.

Sophia Rose
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It was great having some of the action at the veterinary hospital and how that pup playfully got them together and to heal. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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Sounds like a lovely story! I do enjoy those charming small town stories with a variety of reoccurring characters. I’ll have to check out the first book. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Same here. The easygoing pace and familiar characters is a big hit for me, too.

Jenea's Book Obsession
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I love the small town setting and the characters sound really good. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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Right there with you that, Jenea!

Carole Rae
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Awww i would have a hard time leaving that town and that house. In love!!!

Sophia Rose
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It was tough to drag myself away when the last page came up.

Sharonda
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Sharonda

beautiful review Sophia <3

Sophia Rose
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Thanks, lady! I had a good time reading this one.

Lover Of Romance
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I honestly was really looking forward to seeing your thoughts on this one and now I am one-clicking this one. I really like that the setting was done so well with it being summertime. Normally in small town settings you don’t see that quite as often as the other seasons. And such a picturesque cover I truly love.

Sophia Rose
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I think you’ll loe this one, Renee. It was adorable and heartfelt. 🙂

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
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It’s great to hear that book 2 stays strong. The pairing is interesting, and I enjoyed reading every word of your review. Adding this to my TBR!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, isn’t that fun that she’s a military vet and now helping him out with the veterinary practice? 🙂

Lorna
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Lorna

I do enjoy the occasional small town book as well. You have me curious now! Gah! I have too many books!

Sophia Rose
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LOL, we all just keep adding books to each other’s piles. 🙂

Nadene
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This sounds so good. Adding it to my bu list. Thanks for sharing.

Sophia Rose
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This is an enchanting smalltown romance series. Hope you like them, Nadene! 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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I like Hope Ramsey’s writing 🙂 I love a gentle slow building small town romance, and the summer setting, main characters and side characters all sound like they made this story really good! Lovely Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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This is a great new series from her, Lindy. Hope you get the chance!

ROP
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It’s always so nice to meet great characters in a small town. I’m definitely a fan of a vet and veteran, and think it’s the perfect love story. Hugs, RO

p.s. – welcome back!

Sophia Rose
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I agree about how comfy it is encountering stories set in small towns.

Thanks! Back safe and sound, Radiant Ro!

vvb
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Ooo, yes. Interesting pairing. Love the small town feels.

Sophia Rose
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I thought it was a rather different set up and enjoyed that. Comfy feels even with a few heartbreaking subjects.