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Sunday, November 6, 2016

3 stars-- Mistletoe Cottage (Harmony Harbor #1) by Debbie Mason

And so....Christmas reads. Yes! Christmas reviews are here! lol I'll be doing a #CountdownToChristmas from now until Christmas. Eep! Yall that are anti-Christmas just hold on until tomorrow for a regular review.



I'm a huge fan of Debbie Mason and her Christmas, Co. series so I was excited to see a new series...Harmony Harbor. I ended up having some mixed reactions to it...

So the Quick of it: 
Sophie has come back home with her daughter to start over and lands the gig of revitalizing the town's Inn. Something that'll prove quite the challenge with needing to win over the cantankerous staff, certain townsfolk doing their best to make the Inn fail, and having to be around the man she loved years ago and is keeping one serious secret from.

The Yay:
I really loved the set up for the series and trying to save a town's landmark from being razed and turned into condos. The inn's seen better days but there's a hope that it'll survive and bring life back to not only it's grounds but the town and it's other businesses as well. I loved that. 
And the hero was pretty hero-y too. lol He's a good guy dealing with PTSD after losing one of his fellow firefighters. He does what's right and was just easy to like. As was the heroine's young daughter who is going through her own struggles after surviving a fire. Some of the secondary characters peaked my interest, too.

The Nay: 
The heroine. Usually I freaking LOVE Mason's heroines but Sophia and I did not get along at all and that made me struggle with the book overall. In my eyes she was just an awful woman and barely managed to recover from the things she did during the book. Lies about her daughter's father, keeping the child from him for 7 years, slapping the hero when she was upset (if you want to know why, watch this), acting like a father needs to prove himself before being in his child's life or shouldn't have joint custody (something she was adamant against). She was selfish and I had no sympathy for her struggles over the years. Grr! 
There was also some woo-woo with a ghost that felt awkward to me.

The Verdict: 
Proceed with caution. I struggled with Mistletoe Cottage. It was mainly because of the heroine but really influenced my overall feelings. There were lots of excellent elements that have me excited for the coming books and really saved this one from being rated lower but goodness this heroine tested my patience.

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...

*covers link to Amazon

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