Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove by Marie Laval
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Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove

Published Date: June 22, 2021

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From the big city to a little yellow mobile library on the Isle of Skye …

When Jenna Palmer agrees to the new position of mobile librarian on the tiny Arrandale peninsular of the Isle of Skye, she knows she’s signing up for difficult working conditions and mediocre wages. But Jenna needs to get away, and a little yellow mobile library called Buttercup could be her escape to happier dreams …

However, whilst Jenna can get to grips with foggy island roads, local mermaid legends and even big purple monsters, she never expected to have to contend with a boss as grumpy as Daniel McGregor, or a young book lover as enthusiastic as his niece, Katrina.

Arrandale might represent Jenna’s safe port in a storm, but could she and Buttercup also become a beacon of hope to Daniel, Katrina and the entire island community?

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Marie Laval

Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher, and in her spare times loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance, and her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global eBook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance). She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!


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Customer Reviews


  1. Debbie Southwell
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    The first thing I have to say is how much I loved this book, the storyline, the characters and the location and of course Buttercup the mobile library.
    Jenna has moved to the Isle of Skye for a fresh start and to escape her ex-fiancé and the emotional and psychical abuse she suffered in his hands.
    Jenna’s new job involves driving the mobile library around the bendy lanes of the Isle so that the people in the remote areas have access to library books but her first journey to the island is far from plain sailing when the skipper of the boat taking her across to the island is taken ill.
    Her new boss is handsome and rugged Daniel McGregor, who calls himself a farmer but owns a significant amount of land and a mansion like home, as well as Mermaid’s Cottage that Jenna will be living in . Daniel has demons of his own though having lost his brother to an accident at sea.
    There is also Daniel’s niece Katrina who adores her Uncle and has come to love Jenna, Katrina who misses her Mum who left her in Daniel’s care when his Brother was killed and so Daniel made up a story about her being a mermaid who sends her shells by dolphin post. However when he realises how much Katrina misses her Mum he has a difficult decision to make, one that could have dangerous consequences.
    Jenna’s ex hasn’t forgotten Jenna either and the part when he reappears on the scene sent shivers down my spine.
    A real page turner that had me hooked from the start, a beautiful story in a wonderful setting, as enchanting as the mermaids of the story.

  2. StaceyR
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    Jenna’s leaving a bad past behind and has taken a new job in Scotland as a librarian for a mobile library. Daniel McGregor’s a farmer and the head of a clan with a mysterious personal past. They have chemistry, but can they get over their trust issues? Throw in a sunken treasure and you have a recipe for a great romantic mystery! I highly recommend it!

  3. Yvonne Greene
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    I loved this story from start to finish. Librarian Jenna and farmer Daniel both have secrets. When Jenna moves to the Isle of Skye to drive Buttercup, the mobile library, their paths cross. With the island backdrop, a host of local characters and a very cute child Jenna and Daniel are thrown together for adventures, fun and heartache. Highly recommend this wonderful novel!

  4. Gill L.
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    Another lovely, entertaining story from Marie Laval. The hero is just my kind of guy – big, rugged, Scottish …. Lots of themes to keep you interested – I can recommend this for a good read any time.

  5. Ruth
    Ruth at

    Entertaining and great fun

    After being made redundant from her library and a particularly nasty breakup with her domineering fiancé, Jenna Palmer applies for the position of running the mobile library in a small community on the Isle of Skye. The job sounds perfect, she’ll be as far away as possible from her ex, doing a job she loves and her home will be a small cottage above a beach.

    The introduction to her job couldn’t be more dramatic, she arrives in a violent storm and her new boss shouts at her. Things can only get better.

    A highly believable and absorbing plot, recommended for a comfort read.

  6. Anne
    Anne at

    Happy dreams at Mermaid Cove has everything you need for a perfect story. Great characters, great story and beautifully written. When Jenna Palmer accepts the job as mobile librarian in Arrandale she isn’t expecting to fall in love, or find such happiness in a beautiful place. Marie once again weaves a beautifully crafted story, there’s lot of tension and drama, and with a hero you could die for. Daniel McGregor is the lord of the manor, Jenna’s new boss and about as sexy as they come. I loved every minute of reading this.

  7. Lyndsey Gilchrist
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    A great story and I’d love a mobile library. The location sounded amazing too and added to the story.

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