Midsummer Magic at Miss Moonshine’s Emporium by Mary Jayne Baker, Sophie Claire, Jacqui Cooper, Helena Fairfax, Kate Field, Melinda Hammond, Marie Laval, Helen Pollard and Angela Wren

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Are you ready to meet Miss Moonshine? Life may never be the same again…

It’s summer in Haven Bridge and Miss Moonshine is getting ready for a busy season. From the window of her Wonderful Emporium, at the heart of the pretty Yorkshire town, she watches and waits, weaving plans to bring happiness to all who step through her door. For Miss Moonshine is no ordinary shopkeeper. She may not have what you want, but she will always have what you need…

Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this anthology of uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This magical collection of contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry and wish for a Miss Moonshine in your own life.

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As is my custom with anthologies of short stories, I will review each story and then give an overall rating and review for the book

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A Glitch in Time by Jaqueline Cooper
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This is a story of a swap in time between Nicola and her grandmother Lily and how everything that you do can affect the future 
I loved this story, Lily and Nicola are both confused by their life changes but they have someone who cares about each of them to help them adapt and they both do things that are so important and insightful which have such a positive impact. My only problem with this story was it was too short, I would have loved to spend more time with these fabulous ladies and to see what happens to Nicola following Lily’s talk with Nicola’s boyfriend about expectations and how things can be perceived
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Caught Red-Handed by Sophie Claire
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Set from Ruby’s point of view this story looks at what is important and how an object can have an affect on someone’s life 
I liked Ruby, she isn’t a natural criminal and seeing her realise that she can’t cope with what she has done and the potential repercussions made her seem more real to me. She sets a goal and is determined to stick with it, even if it isn’t in the best of situations and she learns more about herself as well as family secrets which could destroy everything if she let them. I found Ruby’s story to be quite lifelike and could easily see it happening in real life which added to the magic of Miss Moonshines Emporium 
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Three Butterflies by Marie Laval
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Tamsin and Oliviers story is one of 2 very different people being thrust together and realising that they may have more in common than they realised 
I loved how they are both so different but as Olivier begins to relax he accepts more of Tamsins life and how what she does affects the community she lives in. It’s because of Tamsin and her community gardening that Olivier gets ideas that may help save his families business. My only issue with this story is that I wish it was longer and had some more details as it would have been good to understand more about Tamsin and Olivier, their backgrounds and their future
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GU 1909 by Angela Wren
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Maddies dad passed away suddenly tearing her life and her relationship with Simon apart but restoring Miss Moonshines car brings them back together 
I liked Maddie, she is an independent woman in the normally male dominated world of car mechanics but she is stuck in her past and seeing her come out of her shell and develop further into the woman that she could return to being throughout the story made me love her more. I would have liked to have had more information about her dad, the reason for her issues with Simon and details on the restoration (I enjoy cars so would find it interesting). This story could so easily become a full book and I think for me that would work better but I have still enjoyed reading Maddies story
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The Secret of Greymoor Hall by Katie Field 
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Libby meets Gil in Miss Moonshines shop when he is looking for an antique bowl stolen from his families home
I liked Libby, she doesn’t want to date but still feels herself pulled towards Gil and his mission to save his home, she enjoys spending time with him and seeing them together allows her to relax and return to herself and her interests that she had put aside following a break up. I really wish that this story was longer, it could so easily work as a full book, exploring what has happened and what comes next as I was left wondering! 
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The Treasure Seekers by Mary Jayne Baker
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Joley is living in the past, following her parents death she is still living in her childhood home surrounded by memories. She enrols on a TV game show where people swap items and eventually sell the last one at auction
I wasn’t sure on Joley, everyone around her kept telling her that her obsession with the house wasn’t healthy and I think a part of me agreed with her but another part of me also understood that being surrounded by the good memories can be just as important. The main focus of this story was that it doesn’t matter how precious an item is, it’s what it means to a person that has its value and I think this is something that can so easily get forgotten but which is something that I’m sure people can relate to
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Ginny’s Ghost by Helen Pollard
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Following a conversation with a friend who’s partner is a newspaper reporter everyone in town thinks Ginnys building is haunted and it’s starting to affect her work so she allows 2 ghost hunters in to look around and prove that they building isn’t haunted to force a newspaper retraction 
I liked Ginny, she is practical and determined, she has a cake decorating business and it allows her to bring people’s dreams to life but the ghost is causing her problems. She is certain there must be a practical explanation and I really enjoyed seeing the ghost hunters working on finding out what was going on. I could see some of myself in Ginny and I think this helped me to relate to her and get pulled into her story
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I Shall Wear Purple by Melina Hammond
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Jeannie’s children have put her in a nursing home following an accident at home and have then sold the house so now she is looking for somewhere else to live and she runs into Dan her childhood sweetheart, has fate brought them together again
I struggled a bit with Jeannies story, but mostly because I think it could so easily reflect my own life and how quickly things can change. She is still determined to be herself but not everything is in her control and I found that quite hard to read which I think impacted my perception of this story
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Music, Love and Other Languages by Helena Fairfax 
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Edith has fled London and having missed her stop on the train ends up at Haven Bridge where she discovers an old violin at Miss Moonshines which may have the power to show her what is important 
I liked Edith, she has been hemmed in by peoples expectations and as the story develops she allows herself to ask what she wants and what would make her happy. She was anxious and uneasy in her life and I think that this is something that would resonate with people as it did with me and make the reader question what is important to themselves as well, it doesn’t have to be what other people expect of you
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Overall 
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I loved this anthology of stories and they work well together with the common thread of Miss Moonshine who I would love to know more about as she’s a bit of an enigma. Midsummer can be a time full of magic and this book really looks at that and how small things can make huge differences and at times pull people together
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book with a fabulous mix of stories with something that will appeal to everyone in a brilliant setting and with the most amazing character of Miss Moonshine running through the stories and helping to connect them together 
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Midsummer-Magic-Miss-Moonshines-Emporium-ebook/dp/B094W5FVWF/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Midsummer-Magic-Miss-Moonshines-Emporium-ebook/dp/B094W5FVWF/

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Author Bio

The nine Miss Moonshine authors – Mary Jayne Baker, Sophie Claire, Jacqui Cooper, Helena Fairfax, Kate Field, Melinda Hammond, Marie Laval, Helen Pollard and Angela Wren – meet up regularly in the little mill town of Hebden Bridge, on the border between the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire – hence their group name, Authors on the Edge. This picturesque town, home to many writers, artists and musicians, was the inspiration for their magical character Miss Moonshine, and their uplifting series of anthologies featuring romance and happy endings.

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