Review: Muskoka Shores by Carolyn Miller

I could hardly set this book down! I loved that this story does not start out as the typical man meets woman and both are attracted to each other type of romance. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of attraction and romantic tension throughout the novel, yet the way these two first meet and their initial impressions of each other are far from a typical meet cute!

Muskoka Shores is book one in a new series and it is loosely connected to the Original Six Hockey series, with the main characters from the sixth book of that series, Muskoka Blue, holding their wedding at the beginning of this novel. I had no trouble jumping into this new series, even though I have only read the first book of the Original Six Hockey series. I plan to go back and read the entire series, as that book, The Breakup Project, was a wonderful romance, too!

The author delves into some difficult topics in Muskoka Shores. She addresses body image and the stress that can create for people. Also included in the novel are a cheating boyfriend, an unplanned pregnancy, forgiving what feels unforgivable, and the importance of not allowing the enemy’s lies to undermine the fact that God created us and loves us.

I really liked Joel and Serena and adored watching as their disastrous first meeting eventually moved toward friendship and on to love. I also liked that although Serena began to try to make healthier choices and changed some habits, Joel was attracted to the entire person that Serena was and to him she was beautiful no matter what the scale might say. Their romance was such a joy to read about!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Serena Williamson loves working at Muskoka Shores, the fancy resort on Lake Muskoka, and making couples dreams come true. But after returning from a celebrity wedding to find her own hopes crumbling to dust, she sets out for self-improvement, and to prove her ex was wrong. But when a misunderstanding concerning the new assistant church minister leads to more self-doubt, can she ever really trust a man again?
Joel Wakefield is looking forward to a fresh start for himself and his sister in this beautiful small town beside Lake Muskoka. He hadn’t counted on meeting a curvy cutie with a gift for hospitality and a gracious heart. Can he show her that it’s what is inside that truly counts?



Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher. She loves reading, music, films, gardens, art, travel and international food, and really enjoy creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love.
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives.

Her novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, and Underestimating Miss Cecilia, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc


About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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