Advertising executive Chloe Walsh thought she was visiting her friend Roisin to get away from it all, but little does she know her kooky friend has a master plan to breathe some life into her sleepy seaside village through a new wellness retreat – and she needs Chloe’s skills.
So starts a community effort to put the retreat, Serenity Bay, on the map. Everyone from Andy at the Surf Shack to Tony at the chocolate shop is involved – even Roisin’s Gran has a few ideas!
But Chloe strikes gold almost too soon, attracting the attention of a major production company. Now a colorful group of celebrities is preparing to descend on Serenity Bay to film a reality TV show. Is the village ready for the fun and scandal that are bound to follow?
Title: Summer at Serenity Bay
Author: Helen Bridgett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 14, 2020
Publisher: ChocLit/Ruby Fiction
My Rating: 4.5 stars
At a time, for many of us, when that Summer getaway vacation just isn’t a possibility right now – here’s a delightful escape that won’t endanger anything beyond your schedule as you get lost in the pages of ‘Summer at Serenity Bay‘.
Since her life wasn’t working quite as she expected, Chloe had no trouble at all in leaving the bright city lights behind to come to the aid of her friend in a quiet, seaside village where life certainly must be less hectic than she’s been experiencing lately. Well, that might normally be true except when Roisin is turning her family farmhouse into a wellness center and wants Chloe’s help to turn Serenity Bay into a sought after resort atmosphere small village where people come for the calm, the fun, the sea breezes, and the wellness center. Everyone in the village is behind the idea — but they might not have expected the reality of their sleepy village becoming overrun by celebrities or the reality show that is now filming at Roisin’s wellness center and the village. The end result is full of the unexpected, unseen twists, and not everyone is exactly as they first appeared to be.
I had such fun with ‘Summer at Serenity Bay‘. In fact, if it weren’t fictional and ‘across the pond’ for me I’d be quite tempted to spend a few weeks in this charming village full of interesting and quirky residents. As it is, I spent an evening (and maybe past my bedtime) simply enjoying Chloe, Roisin, and all the people who either live in or have descended upon Serenity Bay with far different goals in mind beyond a few restful days or a competition that not everyone involved is taking seriously. There are some surprises and twists that I won’t get into for I will not spoil your enjoyment (or discovery) – but I did enjoy every moment spent in this village and would love to make a return visit one day.
If you need an escape, love the craziness of reality shows, enjoy a small town/village feel, and perhaps a touch of unexpected romance then you should be picking up ‘Summer at Serenity Bay‘ right now. I definitely laughed out loud, got annoyed at people, loved the wellness tips, and was captured by the feel of this delightful location. I had a blast, and I’m betting you would, too. Go on, check it out for yourself.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher ChocLit/Ruby Fiction. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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