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MIRANDA BAY: Quirky Romantic Womens Fiction Novel by [Tarr, Susan]
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About the Author

Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, drawing on her international travels, work within the NZ tourism industry, and her work in various psychiatric hospitals within New Zealand. She lived in Kenya, East Africa, for some years where she began her family. Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples' stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. She enjoys a wide variety of personalities. Susan says, "As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn't imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I am passionate about my writing and I usually have three books on the go at any one time."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2088 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Susan Tarr (12 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MOMXNPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #548,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A light hearted summer read. Miranda has inherited some money and pretty much on a whim decides to buy the Miranda bay resort- mainly because of the name. What transpires is a money pit and her lack of business knowledge. Unusually for me, I didn’t finish this. After over 25% of the way through I felt it wasn’t for me. It didn’t have anything to grab me and keep me interested, just silly ideas as to how to keep the hotel running which I didn’t find amusing or keep me turning. Sorry , not my thing.
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This contemporary fiction novel by, Susan Tarr, was one of those books that I managed to sink myself into, easily, right from the first few pages. The story was credible and I could identify with some wrong decisions in the pages.
Miranda is an impulsive woman, who falls head first into a whole lot of trouble, when she purchases a run down piece of real estate, hoping to turn it into a popular resort. I wondered at an early stage in the book just how she was going to get through her problems. I rooted for her, prayed for a happy ending and a way out of the stress caused by this business endeavour. Thus every page was like a journey, following Miranda and a cast of interesting, funny, and emotionally charged characters; many of whom had troubles of their own.

Ms Tarr has a way with words, there is no doubting that. I particularly enjoy her writing style, which made me feel fully invested in the story. It is rare to find an author who captivates and engages me all the way through a book, but this author manages it effortlessly with an easy flow of straightforward writing and feelings.
I also enjoyed the setting in the book, the agony of a court case, and the ending, which left me feeling like I had been hit with a burst of fresh air.

This is the second book I have read by Susan Tarr. The first one was, Phenomena, Lost and Forgotten Children, which I also enjoyed
immensely. I will make sure now to wait for her next and more, look out for it. Congratulations on a great book and poignant story.
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Written with wit and humor, MIRANDA BAY is the story of an inexperienced, daring young woman, Miranda, who is learning to find her bearing in a challenging, unfamiliar situation. “Miranda would rather take risks, even though she might fail, than be a person who neither suffered nor risked much.” On a whim she buys an old mansion, sight unseen, for no better reason than it bears her name. Now she has to make something in shambles into a success, or t least prevent it from sinking her into poverty. At times the gap between her dreams and reality is too much for her, testing her resolve to the limit. She is now the proud owner of a place in ruins. “Years of neglect had undermined the outer buildings reducing them to piles of timber and corrugated icon.”

Now she must contend with an old, unpleasant banker, Hamilton, who is fixated on her and uses the mortgage she owes him as an ongoing threat. “Just the thought of seeing Hamilton in court had her, in the preceding weeks, have her hair cut twice and the color changed three times.” We watch her fighting to survive, both financially and emotionally, and our heart goes out to her. We cheer her from the sideline as she comes up with new ideas, new initiative, and overcomes the dark mood, the fatigue, and the despair that creep in upon testing moments. For me, this story is a testament for resilience.

Five stars.
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Miranda decided to buy what had been an old mansion and turn it into a resort. When she and her cousin Pansy arrived at the old mansion they saw that it was in a shambles. Miranda had used almost all her money to buy the giant house on the bay. Now she had to find money, so she took out a mortgage with a banker named Hamilton Sofbotham.

With Pansy, an old ex-cop named Neville as groundskeeper, a possum named possumroo and a parrot named Florisa, Miranda set about to make the resort into a lovely place to stay. She tried to set it up as a health spa, when that didn’t work, she began giving lectures and charging for them.

Unfortunately, the dreaded old man banker, Hamilton, would not leave her alone with his slow and torturous ways like showing up unannounced, calling at all hours, and sexual intimidation.

Miranda began drinking, and smoking, and feeling very bad about herself and whether her venture into the hotel and resort business had been incredibly stupid.

What happened to all of these characters and especially to Miranda is what you must read the book to find out. I found that I laughed out loud in places and in some places I cried. Susan Tarr is that kind of brilliant writer.
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Miranda was at the edge of desolation; suffering from melancholy and a frazzled emotional state. You’d think from her unique, determined and enchanting personality she’d be one to have her ducks in line. Well, not really. To start with she’s not very wise with her money and proves this when she spends her inheritance on the old Miranda Bay Sanatorium located in New Zealand; her reasoning, it’ s located in Miranda Bay. Go figure. Throughout her impulsive and hasty professional decisions her business consultant, Hamilton, snatches the chance to undercut her. Situations only worsen. What transpires is conspiracy, dread, conjured with heartfelt telling of trials and tribulations in the face of economic devastation.
Susan Tarr has created a clever, witty narrative that had me giggling as well as sighing throughout it. Miranda transforming her fender-bender resort was a whirlwind of events to say the least. This tale will stir your emotions as well as have you chuckling at times―a great combo. Cheers to Susan Tarr for this entertaining and gratifying read.
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