I love small town stories, and Debbie Mason is on the blog today with the first in her new Harmony Harbor series. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of this title, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a Book Bundle of the CHRISTMAS, COLORADO series OR one of two $25 Amazon Gift Cards.
Sophie loved growing up in Harmony Harbor, but she left in disgrace deciding she’d not be back. But when circumstances and a fire left her homeless with her young daughter in tow, she returns. I loved that Sophie could go back to the town she loved, and with plenty of tearful reunions and many of her initial fears subdued, she’s starting to settle back in. Most of all, Mia, her daughter, is captivating and collecting the hearts of all who meet her. Now, Sophie’s large and loud family is solidly that: they love hard and hold grudges twice as long. Most notable is the feud between the two matriarchs of the clans, Irish v Italian, and the clever continuation of the battles they both missed.
Liam had always had a crush on Sophie, and seeing her again he’s now reminded of all he lost when she left before she was eighteen, and he told her just how he felt. Now, her return has brought back all of those feelings, and he’s determined to not screw it up this time. Liam is that true stand-up sort of man, always trying to do the right thing, even when it means he won’t get what he wants. But seeing Sophie again, and being captivated by the little Mia, he’s not going to take no for an answer this time.
So freaking sweet and cute: Mia is both the secret and the catalyst to much of the story. How can you not love a man (Liam) who actually takes the time to speak to her as a person, not as a child to be dismissed? And you can’t dismiss his wily grandmother whose recognition of Liam’s blue eyes in a tiny female face starts her on a mission to see her grandson happy.
With plenty of small town gossip and goodwill, lots of family interference for good and bad, and just enough atmosphere to add a touch of holiday spirit to send the sweet charm factor into overload. This is the perfect book to curl up with if you add cocoa and cookies and a cozy fire.
Title: Mistletoe Cottage
Author: Debbie Mason
Series: Harmony Harbor #1
Also in this series: Christmas with an Angel, Starlight Bridge, Primrose Lane
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Forever
Published on: 25 October 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 30 mins
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'Tis the season for love . . .
Sophie DiRossi loved growing up in Harmony Harbor. But after fleeing in disgrace many years ago, it is the last place she wants to be. Left homeless by a fire, she's forced to go back to the small coastal town that harbors a million secrets, including her own. Sophie sees this secret reflected every day in her daughter's blue eyes-and she must keep it hidden from the only man she has ever loved.
Sophie's return is a shock for everyone . . . especially Liam Gallagher. The firefighter had some serious feelings for Sophie-and seeing her again sparks a desire so fierce it takes his breath away. Now Liam will do whatever it takes to show Sophie that they deserve a second chance at love, even if everything they've concealed threatens to keep them apart. In this special town at this special time of the year, Sophie and Liam can only hope for a little holiday magic...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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