‘Summer On Moonlight Bay’ Makes Us Believe in Love and New Beginnings [REVIEW]

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Two animal lovers meet in the small town of Magnolia Harbor. But will love keep them there? (Photo by Canva)

He’s a veterinarian who couldn’t wait to escape small town life. She’s a Navy veteran who wants to put down roots. When an injured puppy brings them together, will they be able to overcome their doubts and make a life together in picturesque Magnolia Harbor? Find out in Hope Ramsay’s heartwarming new novel, Summer on Moonlight Bay.



Noah Cuthbert moved to Charleston to get away from his tiny hometown. But now his mom is struggling with MS and he’s returned to try and talk her into moving to the city so he can take care of her, something she has absolutely no intention of doing.

The thing is, Noah and his mom are both pretty stubborn, and so he hunkers down to try to convince her he’s right. In doing that, he accepts a short-term job as a the local vet. Little does he know there are strings involved.

Lia DiPalma has covered a lot of ground in her life. After a life in the Navy where she was always on the move, she is now looking for some stability. She has always remembered how fondly her former commander, Chaplain Micah St. Pierre, talked about his life in Magnolia Harbor. Now that he’s got a congregation of his own there, she’s hoping he will hire her to become the new church secretary.

But then she comes upon an injured puppy in the middle of the road, and when she rushes it to the vet, it is only to discover that it isn’t open. The kind old lady who opens the door is Noah’s grandmother, and she calls him over to help. Lia isn’t prepared for how gorgeous the good doctor is, and she begins to wonder if he’s the man who could win her heart.

Soon, the two of them find themselves running the veterinary clinic, albeit on a short term basis, and the close proximity has a way of bringing them closer. But will Noah stay long enough to embrace the romance blossoming between them?

Summer in Moonlight Bay is the kind of story that is sure to resonate with fans of Debbie Macomber and Sheila Roberts. It is chuck full of endearing characters, some sweet and others cantankerous, and all of them with a bit of excess baggage they need to get rid of  in order to find their bliss. The community itself is described in gorgeous detail, and the stunning vistas Ramsay writes about makes us all want to toss our belongings in a duffel bag and head to the Carolina coast.

Best of all, this is a story about healing. Written shortly after Ramsay’s own husband died, it is a tale about what it takes to move on, let go, and embrace change. Each page is so richly written that it is obvious the author poured her heart and soul into every word. As such, our time in Magnolia Harbor is more than just a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is a restorative elixir that balms the soul and makes us believe in love and new beginnings.

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Hope Ramsay is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming contemporary  romances set below the Mason-Dixon Line. Her books have won critical acclaim and publishing awards. 

She’s inspired by her late husband, a good ol’ Georgia boy who resembled every one of her Southern heroes. She has two grown children, granddaughters she dotes on, a demanding lap cat named Simba who was born in Uganda, and a precious Cockapoo dog named Miss Daisy.

She lives in Virginia where, when she’s not writing, she’s knitting or playing her 40-year-old Martin guitar.

Readers can visit her home on the Web at HopeRamsay.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

By Hope Ramsay
736 pp. Forever. $7.99

Purchase Summer on Moonlight Bay at one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Powell’s.

About J.R. Wallace
J.R. Wallace is a freelance writer and blogger who enjoys cooking, reading, travel and fitness. He lives in Ohio with his family, two cats and a ferret named Igor.

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