LIFE, LOVE AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: A Bell Sound Novel, Book 2 by Sandra Hill
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Welcome to Bell Cove, North Carolina.
Independence Day may have just passed in this small Outer Banks town known for its famous bells, but one ex-Navy SEAL has a declaration of his own to make . . .
Merrill Good knows there are many different kinds of exciting. There’s the adrenaline rush he experienced during his years in the military. There’s the thrill of starting up his own treasure hunting company. But topping them all is the surge of exhilaration he feels every time Delilah Jones crosses his path. Smart, voluptuous, and outspoken, Delilah is a bombshell with a secret that could explode at any moment.
Since Delilah moved to Bell Cove to take over her great-uncle’s Elvis-themed diner and motel, the locals have been nothing but friendly. And that’s a problem. The moment someone gets close enough to figure out her ex-con past, her future will be jeopardized. But keeping Merrill at arm’s length isn’t easy when the rest of her body has other ideas.
Add to the mix Delilah’s little girl who fashions herself “Little Orphan Annie,” a former showgirl grandmother with a gambling problem, a whole town full of quirky matchmakers, and there’ll be fireworks long after the Fourth of July . . .
Leave it to Sandra Hill to provide a fun escape from reality. Bell Sound is one of those places that I want to live in, just so I can sit back and watch all the wacky people and laugh. I was surprised that Merrill, brilliant former Navy SEAL, would choose to move there…but I’m glad he did. He and his salvage crew added a nice layer to the craziness around them. Delilah had a checkered past, colorful grandmother, and a precocious daughter that kept her tied up in knots. I liked her determination, strength and vulnerability. She made a perfect match for Merrill. Was it a little predictable? Yes. But it was an all-around enjoyable romance that left me smiling. I can’t wait for the next one!
*Review copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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My life and my books are a celebration of new beginnings. Although I am a livelong writer–I’m the oddball who liked writing essays in school–it wasn’t until the early 1990s that my writing interest turned to novels. It was a new beginning for me…a totally different career path from the journalism I had been practicing. More than twenty novels later, I am still in love with writing…and with new beginnings.
No wonder all of my books deals with new beginnings in some way or another. In fact, my first novel, The Reluctant Viking, first published in 1994, was about a woman on the brink of divorce looking for a chance to start all over. A new beginning for poor Ruby Jordan. Fast forward more than ten years and you will find there is a theme of new beginnings in all my books. Doesn’t matter if it’s divorce, death, despair, time travel, loneliness, boredom or plain old dissatisfaction, readers want to know that there is a chance for…yep, new beginnings.
One of the greatest gifts we have in this world is to find work we love, which is appreciated by others. I have been especially blessed in that regard.
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