Book Review: A Seaside Wonder By Melissa Tagg


In one evening, Indi’s world falls apart. Enter the shy professor her family mistakes for her fiancé…make that ex-fiancé.

Professor Philip West never wanted to return to Maine . . . or his grandfather’s miserable old house. But after his mother’s death, he’s now the guardian of a teenage half sister he barely knows—one who doesn’t want anything to do with him. He longs to help her heal, but he’s exhausted and numb, desperate for relief of his own. Maybe that’s why he’s so easily distracted when he happens upon the little shop with a name on its storefront window that sounds familiar, a hint of a mystery nudging him inside.

More than a decade has passed since Indi Muir made the heartbreaking decision she’s never recovered from—though she’s certainly tried. She has a full life running her shop and creating the artsy pieces that fill its shelves. If she can just stay busy, she’ll keep her hurt and regret at bay. But when her ex-fiancé returns to Muir Harbor, he brings news that shatters her carefully built walls. Things only get worse when lurking danger comes calling at her childhood home.

The one bright spot amid Indi’s turmoil is the shy stranger who wandered into her shop months ago and his moody but lovable sister. As she confronts her past and the mysterious threat facing her family, she’s intent on helping Philip win over his sister. He just might win over Indi, too, if they can overcome old secrets and wounds, outrun rising peril . . . and take a chance on love.

Breathtaking romance, a captivating mystery, and an enchanting wintry seaside . . . return to Muir Harbor in bestselling author Melissa Tagg’s latest.


From the plot itself Indi goes through life as an artist and business owner. The novel seems to go back and forth I think, it is difficult to tell as there wasn’t any signs such as titles saying ‘Then’ or ‘Now’.

The novel begins with a man writing a letter to how he felt the day he met Indi. But then we are in what I presume is the ‘Present’ and this man seems to have his grandfather’s letter about Indi, the same one. But then the storyline goes into how ‘the grandfather’ and how they met whilst still in the same storyline of the young guy arriving at this store.

I was very confused trying to follow this storyline. I do not usually have issues with novels and their storylines in terms of following it. Therefore, it is clear from my experience of this novel that it couldn’t be followed properly.

Overall, I did find this novel confusing to follow as it was not completely clear. However, the cover is lovely, and I do not want to be harsh therefore I did not give this novel a 1 star.

I was sent this novel in exchange for my honest review.

2/5 Stars

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