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USA Today best-selling 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."

©2021 Kathi Daley (P)2021 Kathi Daley

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  • Julie Pringle
  • 23-08-21

Horrible Narration

The narration is so bad. It’s almost like there is a robot that ends the sentences a second too late with “she said, he said”. It just throws off the whole sentence. The rest of it is very robotic as well

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  • Mama Cat
  • 22-07-21

A Game Store and a Bracelet

I really enjoyed hearing this 5th cozy mystery in the Cottage on Gooseberry Bay series! It is finely plotted and executed, with excellent clues and fascinating, endearing characters. It held caught my attention from the beginning and held it throughout. The narrator does a wonderful job, especially with conversations and various character voices.

I first met and liked Ainsley in The Inn at Holiday Bay series early in her search about her past. She has learned a substantial amount since moving to Gooseberry Bay, leading to more and bigger questions. Ainsley isn’t used to being an heiress yet and is far more concerned with where her sister might have ended up after she herself was found, then raised by, a police officer who recently passed away.

This cozy is fifth in the Cottage on Gooseberry Bay series, and for those new to the series, there is a summary at the beginning of the novel that tells what she has learned about her birth family so far. She has made good friends in the short time she’s lived here. As a young woman with a background as an investigative journalist, Ainsley investigates various cases for others, and is slowly getting new clients.

The first client in this novel is searching for her birth mother. Ellery was found as a newborn in a church in Washington with only the blanket she is wrapped in and a charm bracelet. She loved her adoptive family, but with them gone, she wants to find her birth mother if possible. One of the charms leads her to Gooseberry Bay, and in Ainsley, Ellery finds someone who completely understands her quest.

The second case is for three teen boys who go missing over the course of a couple days. They attend the same high school but are not in the same circles of friends. The police think the boys left on their own, but the more Ainsley, the sister of one of the boys, and Ainsley’s friends, there is something deeper and darker going on. Something, or someone, lured them away with coined phrases guaranteed to appeal to young people who are going through difficult times.

The characters are endearing and defined very well per their roles. I like Ainsley and her friends and how in a short time they have grown extremely close and work together on searches. Jemma is genuinely interested in how Ainsley’s own family search progresses; each of the friends have a sincere give and take relationship.

I was fascinated to watch the friends work together on these cases. What I heard was realistic, from conversations to steps of their searches. It is amazing to me how much they could uncover, especially in Ellery’s case, and I was sad when they came to what looked like the end of the road for it. I highly recommend this book in any format to fans of the author, of well-written cozy mysteries, and the company of friends who prove that folks don’t have to be related by blood to be family.

From a thankful heart: I won a copy of this audiobook from the author; a review was not required.

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  • Pam W
  • 21-04-21

loved it!

I love the characters of Gooseberry Bay. Narration was wonderful bringing the characters to life.