Seriously, the Pacific Northwest is seeming like the place to be thanks to the romances I’ve been reading. I recently finished Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by Joann Ross, which is book two in her Honeymoon Harbor series and takes place in the Pacific Northwest. Two books in, and I am such a fan of this series.
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by Joann Ross
Published October 30, 2018 by HQN Books
Thank you to Little Bird Publicity for sending me a copy. All opinions are my own.
Lose yourself in the magic, charm and romance of Christmas in the Pacific Northwest as imagined in JoAnn Ross’s heartwarming Honeymoon Harbor series.
Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Jolene Harper is forever indebted to the mother who encouraged her to fly—all the way to sunny LA and a world away from Honeymoon Harbor. Although Jolene vowed never to look back, returning home isn’t even a question when her mom faces a cancer scare. Which means running into Aiden Mannion all over town, the first boy she ever loved—and lost—and whom she can barely look in the eye.
Aiden’s black-sheep reputation may have diminished when he joined the marines, but everything he’s endured since has left him haunted. Back in Honeymoon Harbor to heal, he’s talked into the interim role of police chief, and the irony isn’t lost on the locals, least of all Aiden. But seeing Jolene after all these years is the unexpected breath of fresh air he’s been missing. He’s never forgotten her through all his tours, but he’s not sure anymore that he’s the man she deserves.
Despite the secret they left between them all those years ago, snow is starting to fall on their picturesque little town, making anything seem possible…maybe even a second chance at first love.
Joann Ross has struck me again. This book was so good. This is Aiden and Jolene’s romance. These two have history, years of words unsaid and built up feelings and emotions. They are complicated when they don’t have to be.
Jolene was a strong, well written character, with a life she has worked hard to achieve. It has always been her and her Mom, so when Jolene learns of a possible cancer scare her Mom is going through, she rushes home. Joann Ross did such a wonderful job writing Jolene and her Mother’s, Mother/Daughter relationship. She captured the fear of a daughter who may possibly lose her mother and the frustration felt by the mother who doesn’t have answers and has her moments where she wants to process what is going on. Their closeness was a wonderful aspect to this story.
Aiden is a guy with a lot going on. He has recently taken the job as the Chief of Police, which he didn’t want at first, but is actually good at and grows to love. Obviously him being young causes some bad blood amongst a few guys on the force, not to mention a lot of people consider him joining the marines as having “left,” and they just don’t think he deserves the job. There is the internal struggle of feeling like he has to prove himself and ensure his crew are doing the right thing. Aiden is also followed by Bodhi, the ghost of his partner from his last police assignment in California. I can see Bodhi’s character possibly turning some people off to this story, but in a way he represented for me, Aiden grappling with the fact that he can’t take back what happened the night that he died and can’t bring him back. There is definitely some unfinished business when it comes to Bodhi though and I really liked this added subplot.
The romance between Aiden and Jolene was so sweet. Their love for each other goes back to when they were younger, but they never really took it to the next level. This is their chance. They are both back home. Both single, and it is apparent the feelings are still there, but Jolene is only home temporarily. I loved seeing these two who already feel so deeply for each other, explore their feelings more. I loved seeing them give each other a chance. These are two people who have spent so many years apart and had moved on with life, but at the same time, not really. They always knew who their heart belonged to. I loved it. I seriously want more from Joann Ross in this small town of Honeymoon Harbor.