I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to review this lovely book – and can we just take a moment to admire that pretty cover? I was aware of the previous Miss Moonshine anthologies but hadn’t managed to read one before. I’m so glad that I have got around to reading one of the books and to have finally met the memorable Miss Moonshine. This anthology of nine stories has been written by nine different authors – you’ll see their names on the front cover above. I have read books by a few of them before but a few were new to me authors.
Miss Moonshine owns a shop in Haven Bridge and a most unusual shop it is. It put me in mind of the shop in Mr Benn a bit actually, a place where you never know what might happen when you pass through its doors. There’s definitely a bit of magic in the air in Miss Moonshine’s Emporium! It has the most eclectic collection of items for sale and often the bemused customer leaves with something they didn’t know they wanted. But as Miss Moonshine knows, “everyone who goes into her shop finds what they need, even if they don’t know it at the time.”
In this anthology you will find stories involving a bit of time travel, a vintage car, a riverboat community, a historical mystery, ghosts and much more. One thing they all have in common is a heart-warming romance at the centre of the story, as well of course as being linked though Miss Moonshine There were stories which made me smile, stories which were exciting, stories which were moving and at least one that made me rather cross with some of the characters! There’s a lot about friendship and community as well as love. The setting of New Haven sounds a wonderful place to live and all the stories were so uplifting.
This is such a charming, entertaining collection of stories and I can honestly say I enjoyed every single one of them. This book would be great if you are short on reading time as you could easily fit in a story in your coffee break. It’s a good way to perhaps discover new authors you haven’t read before and see if you like their style of writing. It will hopefully entice you to check out some of their other books, as I have. I loved reading about Miss Moonshine and can just picture her waiting behind the counter of her shop, with a twinkle in her eye, until these authors create more characters to walk into the shop and walk out with more than they realised they needed.
My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part in the blogtour and for providing a copy of the book for review purposes. Midsummer Magic at Miss Moonshine’s Emporium is published by Authors on the Edge and available from today in ebook format. At the time of writing it’s only £1.99 so why not treat yourself? You’ll find buying links below.
From the back of the book
Are you ready to meet Miss Moonshine? Life may never be the same again…
It’s summer in Haven Bridge and Miss Moonshine is getting ready for a busy season. From the window of her Wonderful Emporium, at the heart of the pretty Yorkshire town, she watches and waits, weaving plans to bring happiness to all who step through her door. For Miss Moonshine is no ordinary shopkeeper. She may not have what you want, but she will always have what you need…
Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this anthology of uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This magical collection of contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry and wish for a Miss Moonshine in your own life.
About the Authors
The nine Miss Moonshine authors – Mary Jayne Baker, Sophie Claire, Jacqui Cooper, Helena Fairfax, Kate Field, Melinda Hammond, Marie Laval, Helen Pollard and Angela Wren – meet up regularly in the little mill town of Hebden Bridge, on the border between the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire – hence their group name, Authors on the Edge. This picturesque town, home to many writers, artists and musicians, was the inspiration for their magical character Miss Moonshine, and their uplifting series of anthologies featuring romance and happy endings.