Review: ‘Autumn By The Sea’ ( A Muir Harbor Novel) by Melissa Tagg

About The Book

A captivating new seaside romance brimming with mystery from USA Today bestselling, Christy Award-winning author Melissa Tagg

Abandoned as a toddler, Sydney Rose has spent years wondering who she really is, homesick for a life she’s never lived. When a private investigator crashes into her world, she finds herself heading to a tiny seaside town in Maine to meet a woman named Maggie, who’s searching for the granddaughter she lost decades ago.

If not for Maggie, Neil MacKean might still be back in Scotland, bereft and alone. Instead, he has a full life in Muir Harbor with an adopted family he loves and a blueberry farm to run. But the farm is struggling and strange occurrences have him concerned. Worse, Maggie’s once again caught up in the past, convinced she’s finally found her long-lost granddaughter.

Worried for Maggie, Neil is suspicious of the city girl who shows up at the farm. But there’s something about Sydney that tugs on him, drawing out secrets he never meant to share. While Neil grapples with the future of the farm, Sydney wrestles with a past that’s messier than ever. Together, they’re pulled into a mystery complete with a centuries-old legend, unexpected danger . . . and a love as deep and wild as the sea.

“With complex characters, a swoony romance, and a charming seaside town you can’t help but fall in love with, Melissa Tagg delivers once again!”
New York Times bestselling author Courtney Walsh

About Melissa Tagg
Melissa Tagg is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and Carol Award-winning author of swoony and hope-filled small-town contemporary romances. She’s also a former reporter, current nonprofit marketing strategist, and total Iowa girl.

Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as workshops and women’s retreats. When she’s not happily lost in someone else’s book or plugging away her on own, she can be found spoiling her nieces and nephews, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next fictional hero. Connect with Melissa at
My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Sometimes a feeling is just a feeling. Other times, it’s truth wrapped in undeniable knowing.’

Melissa Tagg has been a favorite of mine since I read her very first book and with each book by her I read, I become even more convinced of that fact. Here she sets her book series in Maine. I’ve always wanted to visit Maine and Tagg takes me there in her story. She brings us Maggie Muir, a wonderful older woman who is desperate to find her lost granddaughter. Maggie has some regrets but she will never regret searching for her Cynthia.

‘You don’t have to do everything on your own, Neil. You’ve got this amazing family. Let them help you.’

We meet the three siblings Maggie has adopted years ago, Neil being one of them. Such a wonderful hero this man is. He ticks all the boxes for literary heroes, honestly he does. I especially loved his bathroom scenes. If that sounds intriguing, good. Go buy the book and read it. You’ll be hooked by the first page.

Tagg always writes with such heart and depth that I feel as if I’m there in her stories. And what a good place to be. God sometimes leads us places that don’t seem like the right place to be, but He knows the beginning from the end and He wants the best for His children. And sometimes that best includes the pain of traveling to that good place. We see faith played out in the wonderfulness of Maine’s beauty, rather than always in a church. Sometimes, too, our heart’s longings are God’s whispers to our souls. This one is so good, folks. I can’t wait for the next one in this series. Well done!

My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. I was not pressured to leave a positive review. The opinions here are expressly my own.

Publisher: Larkspur Press
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
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