Series: Harmony Harbor #1
Published by Forever
Publication Date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
The first novel in a brand new series from USA Today bestselling author Debbie Mason! The series will appeal to fans of feel-good romances by New York Times bestselling authors Brenda Novak, Robyn Carr, and RaeAnne Thayne.
‘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…
If you haven’t yet read anything by Debbie Mason, this is the perfect time to get in on the action because MISTLETOE COTTAGE is funny, sweet and heartwarming, all of the things I’ve come to expect every time I pick up a book by Ms. Mason. Plus she knows how to capture the essence of a small town setting with the good and bad – drama, family, friendships and gossip.
Circumstances have forced Sophie DiRossi to return home after she left abruptly all those years and even if coming back is difficult because of the secrets she has kept all this time, her daughter needs a lot of love and security to overcome being traumatized and Sophie just plain needs a break from struggling so much. What better place to be than home where she always felt safe until she was forced to leave?
Sophie’s return is a shock for Liam, who had been interested in her before she left and having a daughter in tow was even more of a shock. But Liam is a really good man, kind-hearted, generous and willing to lend a hand when needed. It’s so sweet to see the relationship he forged with Sophie’s daughter even before he knew what their connection was and that is actually the best part of this book for me.
I had a few issues with Sophie because sometimes it felt like she hadn’t grown past her teenage years, but for the most part she was easy to relate to: a mother struggling to deal with the hand life had dealt her in the best possible way.
As usual, the secondary characters are stars in their own right, with their own stories which need to be told and I enjoyed the way that turned out here. There were a few surprises but overall, this was a great read. MISTLETOE COTTAGE will definitely leave readers with a smile on the face and happiness in the heart, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series with glee.