Summer on Moonlight Bay / Bonus Novel by Miranda Liasson

Summer on Moonlight Bay / Bonus Novel by Miranda Liasson

Only one thing can make veterinarian Noah Cuthbert return to Magnolia Harbor-his mother's failing health. He'll do anything to help his family, including taking a short-term gig at the local animal clinic. What he doesn't count on is getting up-close-and-personal with the clinic's new manager, a woman whose love and compassion for every stray that crosses her path has him...

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Title:Summer on Moonlight Bay / Bonus Novel by Miranda Liasson
Author:Hope Ramsay
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Summer on Moonlight Bay / Bonus Novel by Miranda Liasson Reviews

  • BookAddict

    This is an author I’ve read for years, and I know I can count on her for a delightful, heart-warming, small-town romance. She hasn’t disappointed me yet, and this second book in the Moonlight Bay Series, set in a place near to my heart, the South Carolina coast, is another beautifully crafted story. With just the right amount of detail and color, the setting is realistic, vivid and full of life, setting the scene perfectly.

    Lia DiPalma has been on the move all her life. She’s no longer a part of

    This is an author I’ve read for years, and I know I can count on her for a delightful, heart-warming, small-town romance. She hasn’t disappointed me yet, and this second book in the Moonlight Bay Series, set in a place near to my heart, the South Carolina coast, is another beautifully crafted story. With just the right amount of detail and color, the setting is realistic, vivid and full of life, setting the scene perfectly.

    Lia DiPalma has been on the move all her life. She’s no longer a part of the family she’s been with the longest, the US Navy, and finds herself headed to the small town of Magnolia Harbor on the coast of South Carolina. Her Commanding Officer, Chaplain Micah St. Pierre, always spoke fondly of his home town, which piqued Lia's curiosity. Micah now has a church of his own in his home town and Lia hopes to convince him to hire her as the church secretary. She's loyal, compassionate, organized and intuitive – all things that can be helpful to him in his parish.

    Before Lia can even make it to town, she finds an injured puppy and takes him to the town's veterinary clinic, only to find it's not open because they don’t have a doctor. But the kind older lady who answers the door calls her grandson, Noah Cuthbert, a veterinarian visiting from Charleston, to treat the puppy, and Lia and Noah's first meeting is less than positive. Noah is only in town long enough to move his mother, who has MS, to Charleston so he can take care of her. He swore he wouldn’t return to Magnolia Harbor for anything more than a short visit, but he finds himself agreeing to work at the clinic temporarily, with Lia as his office manager until the church board decides on the secretary position.

    As is typical with this author, this story is so much more than a romance. With small-town quirks, well-intended scheming, broken family bonds and secrets that come to light, it’s a story of courage, determination, growth, forgiveness, healing and finding home. I adored these endearing, authentic characters and felt a part of the story as I watched Lia and Noah mend, self-actualize, find forgiveness and love. If you’re looking for a poignant, heartwarming, inspiring read this summer, look no farther.

    *I read an early edition of this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide feedback and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source.

  • Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews

    One of the best small town sweet romance authors around. I am forever happy to read anything from Hope Ramsay. She has this unique quality to bring a well rounded, yet complex story to life. It's always filled with fun side-characters and intricate mains. Noah and Lia are going down as one of my favorite couples. Heartbreaking yet heartwarming as well.

    *via Forever publishing

  • Terri

    This is another wonderful book by Ms. Ramsay. I have enjoyed her books for many years and was not disappointed in the story of Lia and Noah. The story has humor, romance, a little violence (although not graphic), coming to terms with oneself, animals, family, woman power, faith and of course, small town eccentricities.

    Noah is a veterinarian who doesn't own a pet. That should tell you right there that he has some things he struggles with. Lia was on protection service for military chaplains unti

    This is another wonderful book by Ms. Ramsay. I have enjoyed her books for many years and was not disappointed in the story of Lia and Noah. The story has humor, romance, a little violence (although not graphic), coming to terms with oneself, animals, family, woman power, faith and of course, small town eccentricities.

    Noah is a veterinarian who doesn't own a pet. That should tell you right there that he has some things he struggles with. Lia was on protection service for military chaplains until she froze in a dangerous situation. Now she doesn't feel like she deserves much, certainly not the dog she helped save as she came into Moonlight Bay for the first time. Although the two are attracted to each other there is nowhere for it to go, because Noah is leaving town again. If Lia can help him work out his problems with his family, will he stay? Will they have a chance at a relationship then? And Liamay have to prove to herself how strong she is and deserving of good things in life, like Noah and the dog.

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.

  • Sophia

    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.

    As I said, Summer on Moonlight Bay is book two in a series that

    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.

    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.

    My thanks to Forever via Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

    COYER Summer Scavenger Hunt Clue- small town setting 1 pt.

  • Margaret Dombrowski

    I received this book via NetGalley. Hope's Moonlight Bay series gets you immersed in her characters just like her Second Chance series. It was interesting seeing how Lia and Noah were going to get along, and proving the members of the Altar Ladies Guild wrong. I am glad that Noah had some closure with his father but I seriously needed Kleenex after Lia spoke with her brother!

    The secondary "romance" that really isn't one, is between Micah and Ashley. I am trying to really understand her and I loo

    I received this book via NetGalley. Hope's Moonlight Bay series gets you immersed in her characters just like her Second Chance series. It was interesting seeing how Lia and Noah were going to get along, and proving the members of the Altar Ladies Guild wrong. I am glad that Noah had some closure with his father but I seriously needed Kleenex after Lia spoke with her brother!

    The secondary "romance" that really isn't one, is between Micah and Ashley. I am trying to really understand her and I look forward to reading their story soon.

    I would like to round up my rating to 4.5 stars :)

  • Jypsy

    Summer on Moonlight Bay

    By: Hope Ramsay

    *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟

    Summer on Moonlight Bay is a sweet story. Set in a charming town with nosy gossips, because you can't escape them anywhere, it is beautifully rendered with lovely detail. Noah and Leah are both in town for different complicated reasons. Noah doesn't want to stay, though, and he's trying to convince his family to move back to Charleston with him. Then he meets a girl. Is it love at first sight? Nope. Noah is a vet, and Leah brings him an injured

    Summer on Moonlight Bay

    By: Hope Ramsay

    *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟

    Summer on Moonlight Bay is a sweet story. Set in a charming town with nosy gossips, because you can't escape them anywhere, it is beautifully rendered with lovely detail. Noah and Leah are both in town for different complicated reasons. Noah doesn't want to stay, though, and he's trying to convince his family to move back to Charleston with him. Then he meets a girl. Is it love at first sight? Nope. Noah is a vet, and Leah brings him an injured stray. They disagree about this dog, but of course, there is an underlying attraction that both feel. Leah is out of the Navy with her own troubles to contend with, and a dog is just more to worry about. Will these two reconcile their differences and become better acquainted? Will their baggage claim them? See what I did there? It's a tale of love, loss, heartbreak and hope filled with colorful characters. Noah and Leah are both so likeable, relatable and entertaining. Their dialogue is witty and engaging. I wanted all good things for them. It's a heart warming and thoughtfully designed story for romance readers to delight in and enjoy. It has all the feels! Thank you to Forever and Grand Central Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Vickie

    Summer on Moonlight Bay begins with Lia DiPalma finding herself lost on the outskirts of Magnolia Harbor. She is fresh out of the Navy and looking for a place to call home. After hearing so much about the place from her Commanding Officer, Chaplain Micah St. Pierre, she decided that she would head there to see about going to work for Micah, who has his own church now and is no longer in the Navy either. Lia spots a dog in the middle of the road that has been hit by a car and stops to check on hi

    Summer on Moonlight Bay begins with Lia DiPalma finding herself lost on the outskirts of Magnolia Harbor. She is fresh out of the Navy and looking for a place to call home. After hearing so much about the place from her Commanding Officer, Chaplain Micah St. Pierre, she decided that she would head there to see about going to work for Micah, who has his own church now and is no longer in the Navy either. Lia spots a dog in the middle of the road that has been hit by a car and stops to check on him. She finds the dog needs help immediately and finally finds her way into town, only to find that the vet clinic isn’t open for business. She does, however, find that there is a nice lady there who has her bring the dog into the clinic to see what they can do for it.

    Noah Cuthbert is bound and determined to get his mother to leave Magnolia Harbor and move in with him in Charleston. His mother has multiple sclerosis and he worries about her being able to care for herself. His little sister, Abby, is there, but he hopes that she will go to college in the fall. IF she does, it will leave his mother all along. His mother has other plans. The island has always been her home, and she’s not leaving. When his grandmother calls to tell him that there is an injured dog that has been brought into the clinic, he reluctantly heads out to check the pup out. The clinic is state of the art, thanks to a wealthy beneficiary, but doesn’t have a vet on staff. He knows his grandmother wants him to run the clinic, but the last place he wants to be is Magnolia Harbor. Little does Noah, nor Lia, know how much that fateful phone call will change not only their lives, but the lives of a lot of people in Magnolia Harbor.

    Summer on Moonlight Bay is a wonderfully written story of redemption and second chances. Lia is someone who has been looking for forgiveness for things that were totally out of her control but is the type of person who takes everything on herself. Her mother was a wanderer and never settled down anywhere and Lia thought that’s how she would be as well. Noah has a lot of similar issues with his father. Not that his father was a wanderer, but he was hard on Noah and his family. Lia and Noah really do fight their attraction to each other, knowing that they both carry some emotional baggage that they need to deal with. Of course, misunderstandings happen along the way and a rush to judgement or two derails things for a minute. However, when the two of them come together to face their long held personal issues, you’ll not only cheer, but shed a tear or two. The secondary characters are very well written as well and leaves you wanting to be a part of the Magnolia Harbor community. This story leaves you with a smile in your heart and a pep in your step. I had no idea it was part of a series until I went to write this review, but this can totally be read as a stand alone. (I have gone and bought the first book in the series though!) This is the first I’ve read by Hope Ramsay, but will definitely not be the last. Well done, Hope Ramsay! Very, very well done!

  • Amy

    Since I read these books back to back I thought I would just do one review to combine my thoughts on both of them, plus they’re also available now and I know I personally love being able to start a new series with at least a couple of books already out, waiting is the worst.

    Lately I’ve been loving small town, sweet and simple romance novels and this series delivers on that! They totally remind me of feel good Hallmark movies and they’re ideal for a light and easy summertime read. Their set in a

    Since I read these books back to back I thought I would just do one review to combine my thoughts on both of them, plus they’re also available now and I know I personally love being able to start a new series with at least a couple of books already out, waiting is the worst.

    Lately I’ve been loving small town, sweet and simple romance novels and this series delivers on that! They totally remind me of feel good Hallmark movies and they’re ideal for a light and easy summertime read. Their set in a small, picturesque town and while the two main characters change from book to book, they become secondary characters the next time around. The first book focused on Jenna and Jude and then the second was about Lia and Noah but both Jenna and Jude made several appearances and I just loved getting a peek at what they were up too.

    While the romance is definitely at the forefront of both books, there’s also so much more on offer as well. The residents of the town are a basically fun bunch with a few exceptions and they add some extra charm and humor to an already fun story. I found both books to be equally heartfelt and sweet and am so looking forward to the next installment in the series!

  • Elizabeth

    Title: Summer On Moonlight Bay

    Series:Moonlight Bay 2

    Author: Hope Ramsay

    Pages: 738

    Genre: romance

    Only one thing can make veterinarian Noah Cuthbert return to Magnolia Harbor-his mother's failing health. He'll do anything to help his family, including taking a short-term gig at the local animal clinic. What he doesn't count on is getting up-close-and-personal with the clinic's new manager, a woman whose love and compassion for every stray that crosses her path has him rethinking his plans to head b

    Title: Summer On Moonlight Bay

    Series:Moonlight Bay 2

    Author: Hope Ramsay

    Pages: 738

    Genre: romance

    Only one thing can make veterinarian Noah Cuthbert return to Magnolia Harbor-his mother's failing health. He'll do anything to help his family, including taking a short-term gig at the local animal clinic. What he doesn't count on is getting up-close-and-personal with the clinic's new manager, a woman whose love and compassion for every stray that crosses her path has him rethinking his plans to head back to his big-city life...

    After her time in the Navy, Lia wants nothing more than to settle down. The quaint seaside town is just what she'd been hoping for, and not just because her new boss is movie-star handsome. As they grow closer, Lia starts wondering if Noah could be the one. But when a town crisis forces Noah to take a stand that jeopardizes their new-found happiness, can Lia convince him that home doesn't have to be a four-letter word?

    Includes the bonus novel Then There Was You by Miranda Liasson!

    My thoughts

    Rating: 3.5

    Would I recommend it? maybe

    Would I read anything else by this author: maybe

    First time I've ever read anything by this author and while it is part of a series it can be read as a standalone , as for the characters I couldn't stand the 2 main characters at all , it was like every time i was reading the book I kept seen the same old thing, and that was almost though out the hole book, but the story line was ok , it just didn't pull me into the story like I was hoping . With that said I want to thank Netgalley as well Forever for sending me a copy as well as letting me request it to read and review

  • Madison  Monroe

    I am really touched by the hard work and the emotional journey that the author has gone through to complete this book. And for that I am proud to have read this story because I am a fan of Hope Ramsay. With that being said, it is going to be a pain to write a honest review because I really wanted this to be a 5 Star, but unfortunately, this story did not quite meet that rating and I will tell you why.

    Summer on Moonlight Bay is a love story between a vet and a veterinarian. Lia is a veteran from

    I am really touched by the hard work and the emotional journey that the author has gone through to complete this book. And for that I am proud to have read this story because I am a fan of Hope Ramsay. With that being said, it is going to be a pain to write a honest review because I really wanted this to be a 5 Star, but unfortunately, this story did not quite meet that rating and I will tell you why.

    Summer on Moonlight Bay is a love story between a vet and a veterinarian. Lia is a veteran from the Navy and she is a rolling stone looking for a place to call home. She goes to the lovely town of Magnolia Harbor in hopes of experiencing the small town in all its glory, that's according to the charming tales that her former Navy Chaplain, Micah St. Pierre, has told her about. On the other hand, there is Noah who can't get away from his small town fast enough. They bond over a sweet puppy in need of help and the guilt of their past. Will love prevail in this small, charming town after it is almost torn apart?

    Now let's get into the good and the bad of this story. The good is the writing and the dialogue. Hope Ramsay has a great way of bringing characters to life and building this awesome world that makes you want to move to a small town. The characters were grounded and I absolutely loved how they connected. The family dynamic was great as well with a dash of normal family drama. Both Lia and Noah were realistic and they were just normal people who crossed paths in the best way possible.

    Now let's get to the bad. Sigh!!. The romance was not very well developed and I was disappointed. The book takes place in a week's time and it shows. Though the characters had a nice character arc, their relationship had no time to develop and by the time the "I Love You"s came flying, it had no strong effect on the story. The couple in this story shares a strong connection with animals in their past and I thought that it just fell flat. I know the author was going for tug at the heart strings when Lia spoke to her brother and when Noah spoke with his father, but the moment did not have that emotion that the author was going for. The reasoning behind it was not powerful enough to carry the story or the character arc. They carried this conflict throughout their lives and if I am not mistaken, they are in their 30s now. Move on already!!

    Honestly, I love Hope Ramsay as an author, but this story fell flat for me and the romance aspect of the story was placed on the back burner for a little "town gossip" so to say. Three stars is all I have to give and it breaks my heart, but I have to be genuine in my reviews. Do I recommend this book? I do recommend it for a quick beach read and that's about it.

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