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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She's a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies - and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.
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Lottie Short isn’t looking forward to Christmas. Her boyfriend has dumped her and she’s also lost her job. Lottie and her beloved spaniel, Merry, are facing the festive season – and a bleak future, alone.
But a Christmas card and round-robin letter give Lottie hope. And as the first snowflakes fall, she’s on her way to the tiny seaside village of Seahorse Harbour to visit her distant aunt. She’ll stay in a cosy B&B and get some bracing, sea air. That might lift her spirits.
What she doesn’t plan for is a blizzard, her aunt taking a fall, or the dramas unfolding all around her. But at least there’s a warm welcome at Aunt Elsie’s cottage … and a roaring log fire in the village pub.
That’s not all that might bring a rosy glow to Lottie’s cheeks. Asher Bryant, the local vet is pretty hot, and Lottie also hits it off with another visitor to Seahorse Harbour. This festive season might be better than she hoped.
And when Lottie gets more than one surprise this Christmas, perhaps she and Merry won’t be spending the New Year on their own.
This is book 2 in my series of standalone novels set in the tiny, seaside village of Seahorse Harbour.
What readers and reviewers are saying about this book:
“…all the well drawn characters that the author always does so well, relationships you believe in, a lovely focus on friends and family, lots of laughs (and a few moments of real poignancy), and a developing romance that warms up rather nicely and was everything I wanted it to be. I loved it.” – BeingAnne
“Filled full of new friendships, romance and some surprises in store, this is yet another wonderful book by an author who is a firm favourite of mine.” – By the Letter Book Reviews
“It’s a wonderfully festive read that’s heart-warming, emotional and most of all full of fun, love and laughter! Fabulous Christmas read…loved it!!” – Stardust Book Reviews
“This is another smashing story from a master of series writers. Emily Harvale is a firm favourite for me.” – Book Escapes with Babs
“Emily is a fantastic writer and I urge people to read at least one of her books, I promise you, you will want to read them all. Reading a book by Emily is just like giving yourself a great big warm hug.” – Echoes in an Empty Room
“This book is not only full of fun and drama but there are also some twists and turns with the book that will really surprise you. Emily Harvale has done it again with this brilliant festive treat that will really get you in the spirit of Christmas.” – Coffee and Kindle Book Reviews
“Reading Emily’s novels is like being under a warm blanket with a hot chocolate. Bliss. I immediately fell heart first into this novel.” – Novel Kicks
Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much. But when secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change.
413 pages of summer fun!
Twin sisters. One scorching summer. A bucketful of secrets.
Diana has a rich and successful husband, two talented youngsters and an adorable dog. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.
Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.
Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.
But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.
This is the first book in my new series of standalone novels set in Seahorse Harbour.
What readers and reviewers are saying about this book:
“Oh I absolutely adore Emily Harvale, there is nothing better than losing yourself in one of her books … this is an amazing five star read.” – Little Miss Book Lover 87
“This was brilliant. I loved the setting, the characters, the community and the fabulous happy ending for everyone. It's funny in parts and I fell in love with Josies humour and sarcasm. I loved it all. A perfect chick-lit, romance and summer read.” – Between the Pages Book Club
“Oh, but I do love Emily Harvale’s books! Always entertaining, interesting, revealing, absorbing, unique, she never fails to thoroughly delight the reader. Wonderful from front cover to back!” – Books are Cool
“A real unputdownable, page turner of a read. It really is another cracking read and I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of it. Superbly written but then I have come to expect nothing less from the excellent Emily Harvale.” Ginger Book Geek
Neva Grey’s Christmas brought several surprises. Now a shocking secret has life-changing consequences for the Wynters, as the New Year brings revelations ... and relatives to Wynter House.
It also brings Hazel Smart and Amelia Goodbody. And it’s not just Adam and Rafe Wynter who are pleased Hazel and Amelia have come to stay. Olivia Wynter will enjoy bossing nurse Hazel around and she also makes it clear Amelia – who is handling the marketing for Rafe’s new business venture – is far more suited to be her grandson’s girlfriend than Neva will ever be.
Whilst Amelia is ensconced at Wynter House, Neva is busy with her new hair and beauty salon in Merriment Bay. Perhaps she should enlist her niece, Sasha’s help because just when she thought she had found the love of her life, old secrets, ghosts from the past, and new arrivals might shatter all her dreams.
At least she has her best friend, Jo Duncan to lean on. But newly single, Jo is determined to have some fun, both at Wynter House and in Merriment Bay. And so is Adam Wynter.
This is book two in the Wyntersleap series but it can be read as a standalone. The Wyntersleap series is interlinked with the Merriment Bay series and several characters appear in both series.
What readers are saying about this book:
“I’m so delighted to have discovered the author’s books, and her excellent story-telling – this was another winner for me!” – Being Anne.
"I love the escapism with Emily’s stories. You can just get lost in them as you become entangled in the characters’ lives and loves." – Tangents and Tissues.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to pass time than to lose myself into one of this authors books. I know I am always guaranteed a wonderful reading experience that leaves me feeling uplifted and happy.” – By the Letter Book Reviews.
“Emily Harvale uses a writing style which just pulls me into the pages every time. This has been no different, I have loved this book and it is without a doubt, a five-star book for me.” – Little Miss Booklover 87
“There’s plenty of humour and lots of drama in this book, and the characters are so well drawn. It will keep you thoroughly engaged from start to finish.” – Sibzzreads
“As always, Emily Harvale’s witty one liners make this story the triumphant read that it is destined to be.” – The Writing Garnet.
“Emily Harvale is a marvel, who just writes such wonderful stories, that draw me in and won’t let go until I run out of pages. Another fabulous book from an author I adore. I just can't wait for more.” – Rachel’s Random Reads
Secrets have been revealed and new relationships begun. Now it’s time to look to the future. Neva and Rafe are in love and so are Adam and Hazel. Jo’s love life leaves a lot to be desired, although Gavin could remedy that.
But Rafe’s grandmother, Olivia still hopes that something will tear Rafe and Neva apart. Hazel’s new assignment means nursing someone back to health … and there’s history between them. And Jo’s receiving texts from her ex-fiancé.
Then Rafe’s first wife, Pippa – the woman who broke his heart, unexpectedly arrives. And she’s even more beautiful and irresistible than Rafe remembers.
When everyone is looking to the future, will the past prove to be too strong?
There will be a wedding at Wynter House … but who will be the bride and groom?
This is book three in the Wyntersleap series. It can be read as a standalone but you would enjoy it more if you read the other two books in this series first. The Wyntersleap series is interlinked with the Merriment Bay series and several characters appear in both series.
After a frosty welcome, things soon heat up at Wynter House.
Neva Grey is looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas with her family in the cosy cottage they’ve rented in the picture-postcard village of Wyntersleap. Nestled between rolling hills and a gently burbling river, it’s going to be idyllic.
Except it’s not. Torrential rain causes the river to burst its banks and the quaint little village isn’t quite so cosy with water lapping at the doors. Add to that a power cut and a sudden blizzard and Christmas is looking bleak ... until gorgeous Adam Wynter invites them all to Wynter House.
Although not everyone is happy to share the ancestral home. Adam’s elder brother, Rafe is less than pleased. Their grandmother, Olivia extends a grudging welcome. And for Carruthers, the oddly arrogant butler, unexpected guests are a Christmas surprise he could do without. Especially one as troublesome as Neva’s eight-year-old niece.
But something’s not quite right at Wynter House. What is Rafe intent on hiding behind the locked doors of the old barn? And what really happened to his first wife? It’s a good thing Neva has a sense of humour. She’s going to need it this Christmas at Wynter House.
This is book one in the Wyntersleap series but it can be read as a standalone. The Wyntersleap series is interlinked with the Merriment Bay series and several characters appear in both series.
What readers are saying about this book:
“Emily Harvale is a romantic writing genius. So easy to read, and get absorbed into the story, this is one Christmas Cracker of a read.” – Rachel’s Random Reads.
“This was such a laugh out loud, spirited read and I loved every single minute of it. Emily Harvale is a force to be reckoned with and as long as she keeps writing books, I’ll sure as hell keep reading them.” – The Writing Garnet
“Another amazing book from this phenomenal author, the queen of the cozy romance! Emily’s storytelling is so descriptive and magical, I am always ready to pack my bags and head to whatever small town she is writing about.” – Audio Killed the Bookmark
“With absolutely fabulous characters I found myself ‘just reading one more chapter’ every night. I’m off to download Emily’s other books.” – Wrong side of forty
"This really was the loveliest story to escape into for an afternoon and allow the world to disappear – I’m just rather sorry it took me so long to try one of the author’s books. Definitely recommended by me. – Being Anne
"I adore her wit and clever levity; and, if you are paying attention – she tosses in sudden nimble dashes and subtle nips of grin producing irony for an added treat." – Books and Bindings
“If ever there was a book that would get you into the festive mood, then Christmas at Wynter House by Emily Harvale is that book.” – Books of all kinds
"A truly superb read, and I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to more about Wyntersleap and Merriment Bay! I have no hesitation at all in recommending this one, and happily award it all five sparkly stars!" - Grace J. Reviewerlady
Cat’s determined to propose to Amias. Well, it is a leap year so it’s fine for women to do the asking, and besides, it took him eighteen years to tell her how he felt. She’s not going to wait for him to pop the question. All she needs to do is find the perfect time and place.
Kyra’s fallen for Francis Raine, who seems happy to flirt and exchange banter but hasn’t actually asked her out. Does he reciprocate her feelings, or is he this way with every girl he meets? There’s only one way to find out. She’ll ask him on a date … as soon as he returns to Merriment Bay.
Mary’s leaving Devon Villa after a lifetime spent in the house. She’s never lived alone so it’s both an exciting and a terrifying prospect. But change is good, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s time she tried a few other new things too.
The Devon women want to move on to the next chapters in their lives. And as Viola Devon used to say before she died, “The only one who can write your own life story as you want it, is you.” Although Viola’s didn’t work out too well. Will Cat, Kyra, and Mary have better luck with theirs?
This is book three in the Merriment Bay series. It can be read as a standalone but you would enjoy it more if you read the other two books in this series first. The Merriment Bay series is interlinked with the Wyntersleap series and several characters appear in both series.
Cat Devon left Merriment Bay eighteen years ago with her baby daughter, Kyra. Now a letter from Cat’s estranged mum has brought them back.
Cat has tried to forget her heartbreaking past and forgive her mum, Mary and her gran, Viola. But nothing seems to have changed and Mary still insists on keeping secrets.
Sitting beside Viola’s hospital bed, isn’t exactly fun, so when Cat and Kyra stumble on a faded photo of an RAF pilot and a pile of unopened letters in a trunk in Viola’s room, they decide to find out who he is and what he meant to Viola.
Amias Wells, who owns Bay Water Sports but also flies a vintage Spitfire for the Merriment Bay WWII Museum, is the perfect man to ask. Except Cat and Amias haven’t spoken since the accident that killed his friend and left Cat scarred, eighteen years ago. Sparks fly when they meet again.
But Amias traces Bailey Mitchell, who lives thousands of miles away and is almost ninety-eight. Exchanging Christmas cards leads to revelations Cat had not expected. Then a surprise visitor means Cat’s Christmas takes a delightful turn. Now she’s facing choices she never thought she’d have to make.
When distressing events end more than one person’s dream, Cat realises what – and who – she wants. As Merriment Bay prepares to toast in the New Year, can Cat finally put the past where it belongs and find the love she deserves?
This is the complete book of Coming Home to Merriment Bay, which is also sold in four parts: Part One: A Reunion. Part Two: Sparks Fly. Part Three: Christmas. Part Four: Starry Skies. If you have read the four parts then you have read this book.
What readers and reviewers are saying:
“Fantastic - full of everything you could hope for in a book” – Rachel’s Random Reads
“Emily has a wonderful way of bringing her characters to life, they become so vivid, that they become friends.” – Dash Fan Book Reviews
“This is a fantastic story packed with great characters, a delightful community and lots of surprises.” – Splashes into Books
“This is feelgood reading at its best.” – Books, Life and Everything
“Emily Harvale is a super talented lady and I absolutely adore her stories.” – Little Miss Book Lover 87
“This one really pulled on my heart strings and I know it will stay with me for a long time to come.” – By the Letter Book Reviews
“The characters came home to Merriment Bay, and I found a home in this brilliant author’s words.” – Shalini’s Books and Reviews
“I adored everything about this… Definitely a full five flashing stars!” – Grace J Reviewer Lady
“I loved every bit of it, and I even had to hold back a tear with the Granny Viola – Bailey bit.” – Tizi’s Book Reviews
“Emily Harvale has once again stolen my heart with her compelling story telling!" – Audio Killed the Bookmark
“I simple adore Emily Harvale’s addictive storytelling and her ability to get the most out of each and every one of her characters.” – The Writing Garnet
“As always, Emily Harvale’s wonderful writing doesn’t disappoint.
Cat Devon is finally with the love of her life – and she couldn’t be happier about that. But discovering the identity of her real dad and the fact she has two half-brothers was a shock. Getting to know her new family is now a priority.
Kyra Devon is only eighteen, but she’s more mature than her mum in many ways and is coping far better with everything that’s happened. Kyra knows what she wants and unlike Cat, she’s not going to let opportunities slip away.
Mary Devon has regained her daughter and her granddaughter, but she’s grieving for her mother, and also for the loss of the love she thought she’d found. Putting on a brave face may not be the best way for Mary to get over it.
When a long-lost painting called Moonbeams Kiss is discovered in a hidden cellar beneath the floorboards in Devon Villa, a story of love, loss and treachery unfolds, bringing with it repercussions for each of the Devon women.
This is Book Two in Emily Harvale's Merriment Bay series which is interconnected to her Wyntersleap series. Each series can be read alone, but several characters appear in both series.
“She writes with such love and passion you can’t help but relax a bit as you read, maybe we should ask for an ‘Emily’ book on prescription in these times of unease because of the pandemic.” – Ali -The Dragon Slayer – reviewer.
“This is another absolutely fantastic book by a superb author. I have loved every second of this book. It has been a delight to read and highly deserving of five shiny stars.” – Little Miss Book Lover 87 - reviewer
“There’s a beautiful flow to this book, and it’s a lovely bit of escapism. An uplifting and entertaining read, if you haven’t tried this series before I’d really recommend it.” – Sibzzreads – reviewer.
“Another perfect escapism read from Emily Harvale and I look forward to seeing what comes next for the residents of Merriment Bay.” – Novel Kicks – reviewer
“Her latest has not only met my expectations it’s far surpassed them and I’m happily anticipating where all the characters will head to next. Another terrific, five star read which I’m happy to recommend.” – Grace J. Reviewerlady – reviewer
“The discovery in Devon House was fantastic and really hooked me in. I love a bit of mystery and this was very well written, with intrigue and great information. It’s definitely action packed” – The Comfy Chair – Book Reviews – reviewer
The perfect book to snuggle up with this Christmas.
Christmas is a time for family and friends, miracles and magic, falling snow and roaring fires, fun, laughter and festive feasts. In Snowflake Cove, it’s also a time for secrets to be revealed...
Evie Starr is hoping for more than a sprinkling of magic this Christmas. The family-run Snowflake Inn is virtually empty and the Starr’s financial future isn’t looking bright. But Evie’s gran, Jessie has a secret that might help.
Enigmatic, Zachary Thorn is every woman’s dream. He’s also ex-SAS, so his secrets are classified. The Christmas Special of his feel-good, TV show is set in Michaelmas Bay – until a phone call means he’s spending Christmas in nearby Snowflake Cove.
Evie’s best friend, Juniper thinks boyfriend Darren has a secret. Evie knows he does. And Evie’s niece, Raven is hiding feelings for Juniper’s brother - who has a secret crush of his own. But the biggest secret in Snowflake Cove is the identity of Raven’s dad.
With snow falling thick and fast and secrets being revealed one after another, will everyone be snuggling up by the fire on Christmas Eve, or are some secrets best kept hidden...?
Book one of a two book series but each book can be read as a standalone.
Mia’s been exceptionally lucky since moving to Lily Pond Lane. But even on her honeymoon with the man of her dreams, she still has one remaining wish.
Ella wishes Gill would propose. But since Mia’s wedding something’s changed in their relationship. Now he’s spending time with newcomer, Tabbie Talbaine, Ella wishes Tabbie will leave as quickly as she arrived.
Tabbie wishes she hadn’t driven her car into a pond. But it could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. When she discovers Hollywood heartthrob, Justin Lake’s staying in the village, getting an interview for her popular blog isn’t her only wish.
Bree was told she couldn't have a baby. Now she’s expecting twins and is simply wishing it all goes well.
And as for Hettie ... she wishes she could get her hands on an old map of the village. Because there’s something hidden in Little Pondale that Hettie Turner really wants to find.
This is the final book in the Lily Pond Lane series and this is what readers are saying about it.
"Emily Harvale has surpassed herself with this book, its a pure joy to read, and I really did enjoy every moment of it. The pages just flew past and I was enthralled in all the various plot lines." - Rachel's Random Reads
“What a fabulous end to the series! I can’t wait to see what Emily Harvale comes up with next!” – Rae Reads Book Blog
"One of the most incredible serials I have ever read, and I am incredibly proud of the author for what she has achieved over the last eight books" – The Writing Garnet
“Not only do I recommend reading this Gorgeous Book, but I highly recommend the whole series!” – Dash Fan Book Reviews
“I’ve loved every story in this series and this is no exception. I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending this and the other books in the series, they’re fantastic reads IMHO.” – Splashes into Books
“This really was the perfect ending to this exceptional series. And even though it is time to say goodbye to these characters they will always be in my reading heart!” – Audio Killed The Bookmark
“This last instalment is every bit as good as we’d expect from this super author.” – Books are Cool
“I so enjoyed it but am sad knowing that there won’t be anymore. Luckily I can always go back and re read them again. Highly recommended.” – By the Letter Book Reviews
"The location is fabulous as normal and the more books I read, the more I really, really want to visit!" – Donna’s Book Blog
"The perfect ending to a really enjoyable series. I’m sorry to say goodbye to Little Pondale, but glad to have been enjoying it from the start." – Sibzz Reads
“Would I like to see the series continue?? Yes, of course I would!! I would never want to see a fabulous series finish, but I am excited for what the author will come up with next!!” – Stardust Book Reviews
“It welcomes new characters while giving us the perfect ending to a long and amazing series.” – Jess Bookish Life
“Harvale writes with a tongue-in-cheek humour and has an eye for keeping her readers captivated with emotional plots and relatable characters.
The last person Juliet Bell expects to see when she returns home for Christmas is Harrison Bow. Especially with the most beautiful woman in the world by his side. Twenty years ago, Juliet and Harrison had the shortest romance in history, consisting of one date – and one blazing row. But Juliet will never admit when she’s wrong, and Harrison doesn’t forgive easily, so they haven’t seen, or spoken to one another since.
Harrison Bow vowed he’d never visit his grandfather at The Grange, again, or drive along Mistletoe Row, the scene of one of the unhappiest times of his life. He hasn’t been back for twenty years and he’s only here now because his brother pleaded with him to come. At least with his executive assistant joining him, he’ll be able to do some work.
But Juliet’s sister, Zoe and Harrison’s brother, Luke have some surprises in store for their elder siblings, and so it seems does Fate. After Harrison risks his life to save Juliet, the least she can do is be nice. The problem is, Harrison is hotter than the log fire in The Mistletoe pub, and when she’s surrounded by twinkling lights and softly falling snow, it doesn’t take long for her to realise she’s in love with the man she thought she hated. Even if he doesn’t appear to be in love with her.
What readers and reviewers are saying about this book:
What an utter delight this book is, yet again Emily Harvale has written a Christmas book to be truly cherished and enjoyed. – Gilbster - TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a beautiful romantic book that will make you feel jolly - Whispering Stories Book Blog - TOP 500 REVIEWER
Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row is another alluring, heartwarming, delightfully magical tale by Harvale that is without a doubt one of my favourite holiday reads this year! -
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time spent on Mistletoe Row with such a charming and magical book. - stacyisreading
Fabulous festive romance - can't recommend highly enough! - Splashes Into Books
A must-read!!!! - Books Of All Kinds
A Cosy Festive Romance, I Highly recommend! - dash fan
Harri (Harriet) Hall thinks Christmas will be perfect in her ancestral home, The Hall, with roaring log fires, scented pine trees, sparkling decorations, and mouth-watering, festive feasts. She’s been abroad for the last two years and is excited about introducing her, admittedly quirky, family, and The Hall, to her boyfriend, Art (Arthur) and his family, the Camlan-Browns.
She soon finds things have changed. The family funds are dwindling fast and The Hall looks like a dilapidated pile. But Harri has her savings and it won’t take long to spruce it up. Although letting Lance Knightly do the renovation, may be a big mistake. There’s something about the man, Harri really doesn’t like. She needs to keep an eye on him.
Snow is gently falling and preparations are going well – until Harri’s stepbrother blows up the cooker; water leaks through the roof and blizzards arrive before the Camlan-Browns. Will Art get through the snow by Christmas Eve, and will Lance finish work on The Hall in time? Harri’s perfectly capable of dealing with a crisis as well as any man, but it seems Christmas may not turn out quite as she expected.