Nerissa Morgan, forty three and spinster of Mermaids Point. Her true love, her soul mate died many years previous before their lives had really begun. Nerissa has never really moved on it seems.
She is simple waking up and existing each day as the receptionist and live in housekeeper at Mermaids Point Doctors surgery. She doesn’t even need to go far, she has accommodation there as well. Her world is very small.
With the Doctor retiring, Nerissa needs to except the fact that everything is going to change. However she did not bargain for the handsome Tom Nelson to arrive into her life and her life getting much bigger.
Dr Tom Nelson has lost his wife, he threw himself into his work as a GP in London and neglected not just himself but also his two children, who were grieving for their mum. When an incident at school leads to some honest truths, Tom decides it is time to take a break. That break he decides will be a Mermaids Point.
Will it be for a week? Or will the magic of the place, the community and the possibility of his own mermaid in Nerissa, mean that the week will last a lot longer.
This is the second in the series of books set in Mermaids Point. Of course if you come to this book first, you will still find yourself drawn into the place and the wonderful characters that make up the Morgan family, which include Nerissa. It is great to see a woman of a certain age being the main protagonist in this story.
It was also lovely to still see plenty of the characters from the first book and that they were fully involved in the story and not just names mentioned as reference points like you can get in some series of novels. I always think this is what makes Sarah Bennett’s books stand out from some I read.
This is a lovely book of second chances, hope and how the sea can frighten and heal in equal measure and just maybe some dreams can come true, even if you have to wait a while for them! I could not help but fall in love with Mermaids Point and the Morgan family all over again with this book.
Thank you to the publisher via netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point is published today.