Review of Charmed Summer

Charmed Summer

Cottage On Gooseberry Bay, Book #5

Kathi Daley

5 Stars


USA Today Bestselling author Kathi Daley brings you a heartwarming mystery series about finding answers and fostering hope while building friendships and embracing the magic of life by the sea and small town holidays.

Ainsley Holloway had come to Gooseberry Bay to find answers about her past. She’d come to find an explanation for the dreams that haunted her after the death of the cop who’d both rescued and raised her. And she’d come to identify the family she couldn’t remember but knew in her heart she’d once belonged to.

Ainsley hoped that by finding these answers, she’d also find healing. She hoped that once she’d resurrected the memories buried deep in her mind, she’d find peace.

The Cottage at Gooseberry Bay is a series about, not only finding answers, but finding hope.

It’s a series about family and friendship.

It’s a series about shared holidays, festivals, and celebrations.

It’s a series about shared heartbreak and hardship.

And it’s a series about the bond that can be forged amongst strangers when tragedy binds two or more individuals with a common goal.

In book 5 in the series, Ainsley’s PI business is really taking off after her recent successes. She’s busier than she ever hoped to be but when a young woman shows up in town with a charm bracelet and a story to tell, Ainsley finds herself agreeing to a bit of pro bono work. It seems the woman had been left in a church as a baby. The only item found with her that might point to a clue about her past is a charm bracelet. After the death of her adoptive mother the woman decides to look for her birth mother. One of the charms leads her to Gooseberry Bay where she hopes the other charms on the bracelet will lead to the answers she’s after.  (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Ainsley has opened a private investigator’s office, and she has a case to work on.  The case involves a woman who is trying to find her birth mother.  It reminds Ainsley of her journey to find out about her early years.  With the help of her friends, Jemma, Josie and Parker, she follows the clues and tries to solve the case.  And they have to try and figure out what happened to three teenage boys that have gone missing.  The four girls have a lot to work on both cases and find answers.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and that kept me engaged from the beginning to end.  As is usual with this author, there are a couple of mysteries to solve and this reader enjoyed that.  The mysteries were well plotted and not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.    I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Cottage on Gooseberry Bay: Charmed Summer by [Kathi Daley]