Starfish Moon (The Brides of Blueberry Cove, #3)by Donna Kauffman

Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Zebra
3.5 Stars

Synopsis: Nestled on the Maine coast, Blueberry Cove is a peaceful retreat compared to the excitement of exotic cities and foreign lands. But it’s also the best place in the world for one woman to find her heart’s true home…

Kerry McCrae’s wanderlust has taken her to parts of the globe most people have only glimpsed in pictures. So why is tending bar at the family pub in Blueberry Cove after her Uncle Fergus’s stroke an easier adjustment than she expected? And why hasn’t she left once Fergus is back on his feet? When tall, tanned Cooper Jaxton walks through the door, she knows the answer in a heartbeat…

Born and raised deep in Australia’s outback, Cooper never planned to leave the wild country he loves. But after almost a year of having Kerry—with her sparkling eyes and outrageous stories—on his cattle station, Cooper was stunned when she left. Suddenly home wasn’t the same without her. Making his way to Blueberry Cove to find her is a risk, but Cooper is counting on the passionate connection between them to convince her that the only place either of them needs to be is together…

Let the honeymoon begin…

Includes a DIY wedding cake recipe!

My Review: Starfish Moon is the final book in The Brides of Blueberry Cove series. This story takes place after the wedding of the oldest sister and just before the middle sister’s nuptials. Kerry McCrae came home from Australia for Hannah’s wedding and while she was home, her beloved Uncle Fergus suffered a stroke. She remained home to take care of him and run his pub. Now, she is still there for Fiona’s wedding. Known for her wanderlust, she has only shared her adventures in Australia, her reason for staying so long and finally her reason for fleeing, with her Uncle Fergus. When Cooper Jax arrives from Down Under, and proposes to Kerry, in the pub, in front of the whole town, Kerry immediately tells him to go home. Well, he is not deterred that easily.

Kerry is a feisty heroine who can hold her own in a pub or on a boat or working as a jillaroo on a huge ranch. This novel was character driven. The family did not play much of a role in this story, it was carried by Kerry and Jax. I will say that their banter and joking, a trademark in this series, was cute. Will Kerry realize that it is time to give up the travel and settle down with a man she loves? Will Jax be able to convince her that they can make a life together? I will say that this was the least enjoyable of the three books in the series. Because these two characters both realized that they loved the other, it was just a matter of convincing Kerry this was the right way to go. Of course they both had fun while Jax was doing the convincing. Jax was a man who has been far too patient, but was going to do his best to ingratiate himself into the town and Kerry’s family. He was giving it one month to see if he could convince Kerry to accept his proposal.

There is no problem reading this as a stand-alone story, but I did read them all, although out of order. I want to go back and read the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove as well to get the full story of this town and their residents. A nice summer or beach read. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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