Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Blog Tour: Starting Over in Bellbird Bay by Maggie Christensen


I am running very late with my post for this tour, so my apologies are due to Rachel from Rachel's Random Resources and Maggie Christensen. The reason I am late is because I was moving house.

Cleo Johansen also moved but for far different reason than I have. Cleo and her daughter Hannah moved to the beachside town following the death of her American born husband Stan. Together Hannah and Cleo had built a life together, but now Hannah is moving out of home into a share house and Cleo is feeling a bit lost.

One of the men that Hannah is going to share a house with is Owen, the son of Will Rankin. Will runs a surf school on the beach for people of all ages and abilities and is something of a local legend. When one of his students takes more than a shine to him, a mutual friend suggests that he pretends to be involved with Cleo to deter her. But what happens if all that does is antagonise the woman?

At first Cleo is reluctant but the more time she spends with Will the more she likes him, but she's not sure about moving forward with a relationship. 

There is a lot going on in this book. There's an environmental fight to save a pristine bay that is home to nesting turtles from a high rise development,  there's a stalker, there's some missing girls which is sparking safety fears in the town and then there is the mysterious American woman who has a connection to Stan. And when some of these events threaten to get in the way for Will and Cleo, they need to decide if what they have is worth fighting for.

It is always a pleasure to get lost in the towns that Maggie Christensen creates. Her books are easy, pleasurable reads which feature older characters taking a chance for happiness when it comes their way! The town is full of people who you could easily imaging spending a fun night around a dinner table or at a pub or even just having a chat with as you wander around town.

I am already looking forward to the next book in the series!

My thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the review copy of this book.

Rating 4/5

About the book

Starting Over in Bellbird Bay

Following the death of her husband, Cleo Johansen and her daughter moved to Bellbird Bay determined to make a new start. Having carved out a new life, Cleo is shattered when a shadow from her husband’s past throws their lives into disarray.

Will Rankin has lived in Bellbird Bay all his life. Now widowed, the former surf champion runs the local surf school and enjoys a close relationship with his son. Content to lead a single life, the appearance of an undesirable stranger is quick to upset his peaceful existence.

While neither Will nor Cleo is interested in forming a new relationship, an unexpected attraction surfaces when a mutual friend suggests they spend more time together.

Set against a background of sun, sea and sand, can Cleo and Will find a way to move forward together?

A heart-warming tale of family, friends, and how a second chance at love can happen when you least expect it.

Purchase Link - getbook.at/StartingOverinBellbird


About the Author

After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations, and historical fiction set in her native Scotland. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her trips to visit family in Scotland, in Oregon, USA or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them. Maggie has been called the queen of mature age fiction and her writing has been described by one reviewer as like a nice warm cup of tea. It is warm, nourishing, comforting and embracing.

From the small town in Scotland where she grew up, Maggie was lured to Australia by the call to ‘Come and teach in the sun’. Once there, she worked as a primary school teacher, university lecturer and in educational management. Now living with her husband of over thirty years on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, she loves walking on the deserted beach in the early mornings and having coffee by the river on weekends. Her days are spent surrounded by books, either reading or writing them – her idea of heaven!


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  1. I like the sound of it. Here's another author for my list! Off to Goodreads.....

  2. Thanks so much, Marg. So glad yo enjoyed it.



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