Mermaid Inn (Matchmaker Bay #1) by Jenny Holiday #bookreview #contemporary #romance #chicklit

Title: Mermaid Inn

Author: Jenny Holiday

Publisher:  Forever

Publication Date: January 28, 2020

Page Count:  481

My rating: 5 stars

About the book:

Eve Abbott has a problem–actually, make that a lot of problems. And they’re all going to get worse the moment her toes hit the sand in Matchmaker Bay. Once a blissful summer escape, now the tiny town just reminds Eve of loss. Inheriting her aunt’s beloved Mermaid Inn is the only reason Eve is coming back. She’s definitely not ready to handle nosy neighbors, extensive renovations, or the discovery that a certain heartbreaker still lives down the street…

Police Chief Sawyer Collins always does the right thing, even when it costs him everything. Like Evie. He’s spent the past ten years trying to forget her–to forget how right she felt in his arms, to forget the pain in her eyes the day she left. The last thing he expects is to see her back in town or to find that the spark between them is as strong as ever. Sawyer knows this is his only chance to prove that his feelings have always been real… before Eve turns tail and leaves for good.

Includes the bonus novella Meant to Be by Alison Bliss!

Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday is the first book in the new contemporary romance Matchmaker Bay series. As with a lot of contemporary romance series the theme to the series is the setting and the main characters will change with each new book so they all can be read and understood as a standalone.

Mermaid Inn opens the series with Eve Abbott who is returning to Moonflower Bay, Ontario after the loss of her aunt. Eve has inherited her aunt’s business, the Mermaid Inn, and is not sure what to do with it. Growing up Eve is familiar with the town and the town busybodies who fancy themselves matchmakers and is hoping to avoid them and her ex, Sawyer Collins.

It’s been ten years since Eve left and her break up with Sawyer and both have been trying to forget one another and the break up. Not long after returning though Eve crosses paths with the one man she can’t put out of her mind and finds out he’s now the police chief of Moonflower Bay and the spark between them certainly hasn’t gone out after all these years.

Ok, two things I absolutely love are combined in this opening of the Matchmaker Bay series, second chance romance and an amazing small town beachy setting so I was hooked. Well, perhaps that should even be three things when you factor in the humorous older crowd in the background matchmaking along the way, adorable! I loved the main couple and the connection rekindling between them and thought this was just a wonderful opener to the series giving it all the stars.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.

From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, spending many years promoting research at a major university, which allowed her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings—minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her on twitter at @jennyholi and @TropeHeroine or visit her on the web at

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9 Comments on “Mermaid Inn (Matchmaker Bay #1) by Jenny Holiday #bookreview #contemporary #romance #chicklit

  1. Great review Carrie. This definitely sounds like a series that I would like. I really enjoy stories with small towns, new beginnings and Inns or B&Bs so this one hits those for sure.

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