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Sail Away with Me

Blue Moon Harbor #3

by Susan Fox

Christmas is coming to Blue Moon Harbor, a cozy dot in the Pacific Northwest where love shines bright . . .
Bookseller Iris Yakimura grew up on Destiny Island and it’s the only place where her painful shyness doesn’t cripple her. An avid romance reader, she believes that one day the right man will come along—one who loves her just the way she is. She never imagines that man will arrive in time for the holidays, like a gift. Or that he’ll be a celebrity musician with a bad boy vibe—and a warm 
heart . . .
Julian Blake spent most of his teens on Destiny Island, before fleeing a mentor turned abuser. Music saved him. He has avoided the island, but now his injured father needs him. Plagued by unsettling memories, Julian’s solace comes from surprising places—and from smart, stunning Iris. When he feels compelled to expose his abuser, will Iris find the courage to stand by his side in the spotlight that will ensue—much less embrace a love that might take her far from home? . . .

Fox’s latest Blue Moon Harbor book definitely deals with a difficult topic.  A good portion of it addresses what happened to Julian, how it affected him (then & now), and how it has caused problems for him in his relationships throughout his life.  It’s ugly and painful but I felt like Fox handles it very well.  Julian needs to come to terms with it in order to have a healthy future and it’s an emotional journey for him & those who love him.

Even though I’m not the most outgoing person, as introverted as I can be I still had a little trouble connecting to Iris.  I know that the Japanese have certain characteristics that most (and definitely the typically brash Americans) can’t understand or really grasp.  I think that Fox does her best explaining Iris and her outlook – and I really love how she describers their history in the area and its impact, even today – but I think that someone that shy/reserved can be hard to understand.  She is a great complement to Julian, but it isn’t easy making her a relatable character.

Full of traumatic issues and a wide range of emotions, Sail Away with Me isn’t the most peaceful read but it is definitely one worth doing.  The end makes up for any pain that the journey causes.