I’m so excited to share my 5 star review of Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings, which is published on 18th May, but is available to pre-order now on Amazon Kindle for just 99p 🙂
Sometimes what you need is right there waiting for you…
Miss Moonshine’s Wonderful Emporium has stood in the pretty Yorkshire town of Haven Bridge for as long as anyone can remember. With her ever-changing stock, Miss Moonshine has a rare gift for providing exactly what her customers need: a fire opal necklace that provides a glimpse of a different life; a novel whose phantom doodler casts a spell over the reader; a music box whose song links love affairs across the generations. One thing is for certain: after visiting Miss Moonshine’s quirky shop, life is never the same again…
Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this collection of uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This intriguing mix of historical and contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the happy-ever-after.
“Each story is heart-warming, fun and engaging to read. One of those rare books that is literally unputdownable…It is joyous, uplifting, and it leaves you on a high. Joy incarnate!” Frankie Reviews.
Wow! I absolutely loved Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings, which is rather impressive when you consider I don’t read a lot of romance, and I’m not much of a fan of short stories. Perhaps I should start reading more of both after loving this so much.
This is a collection of nine short story romances written by nine different authors who all know each other. However, one other thing these stories have in common is the quirky, weirdly wonderful and somewhat mysterious character known as Miss Moonshine. After reading this book, I feel everyone could do with a dose of Miss Moonshine in their lives at some point. I’m really going to miss her and can’t shake the deep desire to have a rummage around her wonderful shop!
I experienced a mixture of tears, giggles and smiles. While some stories entertained me in a feel-good way, others delved a little deeper within me and touched my heart. I think a lot of readers are going to absolutely adore this book and many of the characters.
Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings begins with two historical stories. Fair Fugitive , a Regency romance, by Melinda Hammond, and Beatrice Marches for Women , an Edwardian romance, by Helena Fairfax. Both of these stories have strong characters and cover emotional, satisfying and thought provoking topics, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Then there are the ones I’d place under more sentimental stories. Take a Chance on Me , by Marie Laval, with its mysterious music box. The House on the Hill , by Helen Pollard, with a house full of belongings and memories of childhood friendship. The Girl Who Didn’t Win , by Kate Field, which is a story of a woman who loses everything. Then finds something of sentimental value belonging to someone else.
Miss Moonshine Says, ‘Go!’ , by Angela Wren is definitely one for fans of vintage racing cars.
While I enjoyed all of the stories and loved most of them, I did have three favourites:
The Man in Her Dreams , by Jacqui Cooper, which is a supernatural romance about a very special and magical necklace. I couldn’t wait to find out where this would lead, while also not wanting it to end.
The Angel Stone , by Sophie Claire, which is an empowering romance about a woman with a boring job, who loves to make jewellery. I think I’ve probably always been a crafty sort. I grew up doing a lot of crafts with my Otley Grandma. From the age of fifteen to eighteen I worked weekends in a hippy shop in York called The Bead Machine, making earrings to sell. Now I run my own online business selling novelty craft buttons, so have gone from crafter to craft supplier. Needless to say, I really connected with this story as it was close to my heart. I also adored the way Miss Moonshine was portrayed in this story, especially with her words of wisdom.
“If it feels like a risk, that’s when you’re truly living.”
“I’ve always thought real life was overrated, don’t you agree?”
While on the subject of Miss Moonshine’s words of wisdom, I just want to squeeze one in from The House on the Hill , by Helen Pollard:
“Time reminiscing isn’t time wasted. Memories are important. They’re not always firmly in the past. Sometimes they lead you to your future.”
Finally, The Last Chapter , by Mary Jayne Baker, a bookish romance that I loved, which isn’t very surprising, when you consider how much I love books and reading. I absolutely love the idea of The Book Defacers’ Club. It’s really not as bad as it sounds. I promise 😉
I will definitely be checking out other books by these authors and hopefully adding a few more books to my huge to be read mountain.
If you’ve made it this far through my review, that’s probably a good sign that I didn’t completely bore you, and therefore it’s quite likely you’ll love this book too. Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings is actually currently available to pre-order on Amazon Kindle for just 99p and is worth every single penny ❤
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