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Mermaid Inn

(Matchmaker Bay #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,085 ratings  ·  290 reviews
Escape to Matchmaker Bay in this hilarious and heartwarming second chance romance from the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly).

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
Mass Market Paperback, 465 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Forever
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Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet and sassy small town second chance romance. Jenny Holiday has written a enchanting entertaining story with a little mermaid vibe. Eve returns to Moonflower Bay after being away for 10 years. Her beloved aunt has left Eve her inn. Eve’s plan is to sell and get out of town as quickly as possible. But her aunt had other plans, Eve cannot sell the inn until after a year. And this is a problem because Eve absolutely does not want to run into her ex boyfriend Sawyer. I know you probably know whe ...more
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I’m going to say it. Even though it’s only February, I’m going to say it. This book will be one of my favourite reads of this year. Again, I know it’s only February but this book was beyond anything that I could have hoped for.

Each time that I read a novel written by Jenny Holiday, I always have the same experience: I find myself fully immersed in the story and while I’m racing through it, I physically force myself to put the book down because I don’t want it to end. This is also my rationale f
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday is everything I needed and more. It is the HEA I needed that was both charming and hot, sweet and sassy, yet is also cute and sexy! Oooh Holiday can really make me blush in this second chance story about Eve and Sawyer who reconnects after ten years, when she has to return to Moonflower Bay (in Canada) when her great aunt leaves her The Mermaid Inn.

I loved Eve’s character and her obsession with making lists, her ability to always get in trouble, and she is a librari
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Forever and NetGalley for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Mermaid Inn
By: Jenny Holiday

*REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟.5
Mermaid Inn is a second chance romance, and it's set in Canada, which is a nice change from the normal stuff I read. Eve and Sawyer were a thing once, but that ended in heartbreak. Now, Eve has inherited The Mermaid Inn, and she is back in town. Obviously, Eve and Sawyer run into one another because, how can they not in a small town
2.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

“The inn is yours… but you can’t sell it for a year.”

The Matchmaker Bay series starts off with a second chance romance between visiting her great-aunt in the summer Evie and local boy Sawyer. They meet very young, grow up as friends, and when puberty hits, so does their love. Their last summer before high school graduation, Evie starts talking abou
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Second chance romances is very hard to pull off--you need to show a real reason why the break up happened, but enough growth that we'll believe it will work out now. And for me, this book really delivered. I think it helped that they were 18 and dummies when they broke up, and that they both had interesting lives in the intervening 10 years. I think Jenny Holiday is a very talented writer, and this book is funny, and heartfelt, and emotional and all the things at once.

One last point: This is a
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Librarian and list maker Eve Abbott was determined to never set foot in Moonflower Bay again. But she's back, a decade later, after inheriting the Mermaid Inn, her great-aunt's B&B. Eve will just sell the place and go back to Toronto. But there goes her plan... There's a clause in the will stating she can't sell it for a year. So instead she'll stay to do the necessary repairs but she didn't count on the meddlesome townfolks and the presence of her first love and heartbreak.

At 18, Sawyer Collin
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
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Lately I’ve been super into small town romances and if they’re part of a series I’m allllll in. I love cute and quaint little fictional towns and a cast of quirky secondary characters that I can get to know over time, plus a new budding romance with each installment? Yes please! On the surface this book had everything I’ve been about lately but it in the end I found it to be lacking.

This started out really strong for me, I really liked both Evie and Sawyer and the opening chapter was both funny
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Eve and Sawyer, childhood friends, teenager lovers. That is until that fateful summer when Eve was visiting the small town on her annual visit with her Aunt, when Eve spotted the love of her life, Sawyer, kissing another girl. And, that was that. Or was it?

I love second chance stories. I especially love small, quirky towns with equally eccentric citizens. What made this story even more interesting was seeing both our hero and heroine re-discovering each other as adults and the fateful decisions
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
After a ten-year absence, Eve Abbott has returned to Moonflower Bay to say goodbye to her great aunt Lucille, who passed away, leaving Eve the Mermaid Inn. Eve spent every summer living with Lucille at the Mermaid Inn, until she was 18 and saw the love of her life, Sawyer Collins, kiss another girl. After that, she went off to college and refused to return to the town that brought so much joy to her life. But even in death, Lucille hasn’t given up on making sure Eve is happy, even if it takes so ...more
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I fell in love with Jenny Holiday's writing while reading her Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. When I saw she was launching a new series with a small-town beach setting, I was all in. As soon as I learned the first book, Mermaid Inn, was a second chance romance, I was even more excited. I didn't get to it before release, but I am so happy I read it when I did. Not only was it absolutely delightful, but it also helped break me out of a bit
I am so excited about this new series from Jenny Holiday. It’s definitely different than the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series but it has the Jenny staples: great friendship, amazing romance, and grilled cheese.

The voice is fresh and fun, and you immediately want to be best friends with heroine Evie. ALSO it is sexy as hell.

The book sets up so much of the look and dynamics of Matchmaker Bay, and I’m ready to book a visit myself. 😂

Second chance romance; high school sweethearts

The hero builds a Fr
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Mermaid Inn is a witty, small-town second chance romance that I absolutely adored. It has a charming lakeside town setting, interesting characters, humor, and heart. Eve and Sawyer were childhood sweethearts, but Sawyer betrayed Eve and broke her heart ten years ago. Eve left Moonflower Bay and didn't return for ten years until she inherited her beloved aunt's Inn. Now she is back in Moonflower Bay, she can't escape Sawyer, who is the town's police chief. Sawyer wants to make amends with Eve and ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
A light, sweet romance. I liked it. Maybe some of the characters were stereotypical but it was still ok for all that.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
After the death of her beloved Aunt leaves librarian Eve in ownership of the falling apart Mermaid Inn, she must return to the the place she once loved but left forever after her high school sweetheart destroyed her heart. Now the police chief and sporting a stupid stupid beard that Eve absolutely does not like, not one bit, Sawyer Collins is an inescapable nuisance who also seems to be doing everything in his power to make sure Eve is happy, despite what he did all those years ago.

A slow burn r
Maria Rose
Coming back to your home town where you experienced a devastating teenaged heartbreak is tough, but when Eve inherits the Mermaid Inn from her beloved and recently deceased great-aunt, she has no choice but to face up to the past and maybe, finally, put it where it belongs. Except that Sawyer, the young man who broke her heart, is still there. Is there enough between them to rekindle what they had and give them a second chance?

Jenny Holiday has the knack of giving the reader a roller coaster of
Elley Murray
It's funny, I don't really care for second chance romances, and Jenny Holiday has gone on record saying second chance is her least favorite trope (and that this book was hard for her to write). And yet, somehow, I still really enjoyed Mermaid Inn. Likely because the first half-ish reads very enemies to lovers, followed by a deliciously slow burn.

I adore the town of Moonflower Bay. My favorite thing about small town romances is that they tend to have a fun cast of quirky neighbors, and Jenny Hol
book bruin
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forever
This was just what my heart needed after coming off of a heavier read. It was sweet and quirky and had me smiling throughout. I can never resist a second chance romance featuring childhood friends to lovers. Throw in some forced-ish proximity and even a little hate love to start and I was sold. Yes, Sawyer and Evie's story was fairly predictable, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment at all. Sawyer was pretty much one big swoonfest for me. He was all the things I love in my heroes and then s ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

First of all, I love that Mermaid Inn is set in Canada, even if it's in the East. The cover first drew me in, but it was the complimentary copy of the second book Paradise Cove, that motivated me to sneak it into my reading stack. I listened to this one on audio and fell in love with the characters and the small tourist town. Eve Abbott is the heroine in this novel, and she has returned to her aunt's inn after her death. She is set upon selling the inn and getting out of Matchmake
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
**Mermaid Inn generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

3 "This place had made her." Stars

This story comes as a fun, enjoyable read. It's a second chance romance that started out really great for me even though almost from the beginning I could predict what was going to happen. Jenny Holiday's writing was engaging, thorough, and convincing. The characters are ones you want to root for and spend time with. The second chance aspect of the story fit well
Gretchen  (About That Story)
This was so charming and sweet! It was light and fun with the right amount of emotion mixed in. I found myself smiling and laughing all the way through. Eve and Sawyer were fantastic. I loved them reconnecting and going through all their ups and downs as they figure out their feelings. A really great second chance romance!

I loved learning about Sawyer and Eve’s history, their struggles, and their motivations. There were a lot of entertaining scenarios happening as they get to know each other all
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked a lot about this unassuming (all white) small-town contemporary romance that's one dog short of going full Jill Shalvis on us. Lovely slow burn, second-chance romance, that really takes its time, which I like. The thing that really sells the book, tho, is that the hero is aware of his feelings and super into the heroine. That said, this book does that incredibly obnoxious thing of ending a chapter right when something is about to happen (they're about to kiss! he's about to confess somet ...more
A small town decorated with moonflowers and Little Free Libraries? Sign me up.

I was going to hold off reading this until spring/summer when the weather is warmer and I can fully immerse myself in a beachy state of mind, but when some of my trusted reviewer friends started raving about it, I couldn't wait.

This is a second chance, small town romance. It takes place in the fictional Moonflower Bay where everyone knows everyone, town festivals happen almost weekly, and gossip spreads like wildfire.
Cortney Walton
Book friends,


I am loving this book! It is about a woman who goes back to her summer home to renovate an inn her aunt leaves her. While she is there she is tossed back into her past concerning a very swoon worthy ex-boyfriend who is the Chief of Police.

It is so sweet and cute. What I wasn’t expecting was the humor. I can’t stop laughing

This book is everything and more. I can’t stop raving about how much I love it. The characters, the plot, the romance, and the humor were spot on.

I had a
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Ugh, this one hurts. I love Jenny Holiday – her Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series is utterly delightful, from the first book to the last.

However, Mermaid Inn, the first in her newest Matchmaker Bay series, leaves a lot to be desired. I was lured in by the blurb – a second chance romance is one of my top 3 favorite tropes, especially because it brings with it the possibility of an excellent grovel scene and I adore a great grovel novel.

Sadly, not only did this book not have the requisite grovel
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
The kiss didn't happen until 213 pages in. I don't care for a slow burn. They only work for me if there's an emphasis on the burn but this was more of a simmer which is okay but just not my jam. Another thing that is a hard sell for me is second chances. The reasoning behind the separation was dumb, it was the usual 'I'm saving you from me so I'll push you away.' I seemed too flimsy a reason to stay away for ten years when she is supposedly the love of his life. I needed Sawyer to be more assert ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mermaid Inn gave me the warm cozies of a Hallmark movie, but a little sexier. Themes are friendship, young love, and second chances. I think we’ll get more books from this world. I’m looking forward to them.

I voluntarily read an early copy.
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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, thoug ...more

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