When her dreams of young love were cruelly shattered, Nerissa Morgan found it hard to move on. Now, at forty-three, everyone around her is enjoying life while she’s just going through the motions. With her boss retiring and rumours of a new doctor coming in to take over the practice she manages, change is coming, whether she’s ready for it or not.
Following the death of his beloved wife, Tom Nelson buried himself in work at his busy inner-London GP practice. When his teenage children find themselves in trouble at school, he realises he’s completely lost touch with them. Desperate to reconnect before it’s too late, he whisks his family away to the pretty seaside village of Mermaids Point determined to make a fresh start.
But all is not as idyllic as it seems. With his predecessor reluctant to let go of the reins and the children as distant as ever, the last thing Tom needs is an undeniable attraction to the woman he unexpectedly finds himself sharing a roof with…
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Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas.
Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point is the second novel in the Mermaids Point series. While it is ideal to read the series together, this novel can be read as a standalone. I still need to read the first novel in the series, so this was my first adventure to Mermaids Point, but it will not be my last. This story follows 43-years-old Nerissa Morgan, who is a medical receptionist and live-in housekeeper at the local practice. When her boss decides to retire, she begins to worry about her future at the practice as it could possibly be sold to developers. While she is uncertain about her professional life, she believes that love, at least, is not in the cards. She lost her high school sweetheart, Gareth after he passed away when he was on a mission for the army.
Dr. Tom Nelson is in search for a new start after losing his wife, Anna. He decides to consider taking over the medical practice in Mermaids Point, but needs to also get the votes of his two children, Emily and Max. Tom is not only looking for a fresh start for himself away from his family’s previous home filled with memories in London, but he also wants to reconnect with his children. When Tom begins work at the medical practice, he and Nerissa begin to have an attraction for each other. With both of them dealing with grief of past loves, they need to figure out if they want to pursue a relationship with each other or not. They also have the additional obstacles of their families and their working relationship.
While there is the storyline for the will-they-won’t-they for Tom and Nerissa, the novel includes so much more. The exploration of Max and Emily trying to deal with the loss of their mother and even the idea of their father finding someone else was very well-done and I enjoyed their parts of the story. There is a nice theme of community, friendship, and family weaved throughout the story. There is a nice balance of heart-break and heart-warming moments and the pacing is well-done as I was invested in the story from start to finish without it feeling lagging in any place. Overall, Mermaids Point was a lovely setting filled with excellent characters and I cannot wait to revisit the location with more novels from the series!
**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources,, the publisher, and the author for the opportunity to participate with this enjoyable novel via Netgalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**