Summer On Mirror Lake
by JoAnn Ross
Published June 11, 2019 by HQN Books
Goodreads Rating: 4.10 Stars
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summertime is the best time to lose yourself in the romance of Honeymoon Harbor…
When he lands in the emergency room after collapsing at the funeral of a colleague and friend, Wall Street hotshot Gabriel Mannion initially rejects the diagnosis of an anxiety attack. But when warned that if he doesn’t change his adrenaline-fueled, workaholic lifestyle he could end up like his friend, Gabe reluctantly returns to his hometown of Honeymoon Harbor to regroup.
As he adjusts to the sight of mountains instead of skyscrapers, Gabe discovers advantages to this small Pacific Northwest town he once couldn’t wait to escape. But it’s irresistible librarian Chelsea Prescott who, along with the two foster children she’s taken under her wing, makes slowing down seem like the best prescription ever.
Over the course of their summer romance, Gabe gets a taste of the life he might have had if he’d taken a different path. But with his return to New York City looming on the horizon, he’ll have to choose between the success he’s worked tirelessly for and a ready-made family who offers a very different, richly rewarding future…if he’ll only take the risk.
Honeymoon Harbor is one of my favorite new series. While Summer On Mirror Lake wasn’t my favorite thus far in the series, I still really enjoyed it.
The constant hustle and bustle is beginning to take a toll on Gabe and he needs to slow down. He takes some vacation time and returns home to Honeymoon Harbor. He meets Chelsea who is the town librarian and has recently taken in two foster children.
This was such a heartwarming story about a guy who at the end of the summer is returning back to his life in the big city, but is now questioning if that’s where he wants to be. He now has three reasons why he’d rather stay put in Honeymoon Harbor.
I really loved Chelsea, our heroine. She’s the town librarian so she comes equipped with all the librarian super powers needed to connect with these two sisters who have fought so hard to stay together in the foster care system and are tired of the constant moving around. JoAnn Ross does an excellent job of writing in that as Gabe pursues Chelsea, he has to understand that she is doing whatever she can to keep these two sisters together so with her, comes them. They are a package deal and he is totally game for it.
I thought it was cute that as these two are getting to know each other, they also have to figure out how to be intimate and find time alone for adult things with two kids in the house. I laughed out loud a few times because Ross wrote that in perfectly. We see Chelsea at some Mom meet ups where they discuss things like, how do you have sex with kids running around?
As I stated in the beginning, this one isn’t my favorite thus far from the series but I still enjoyed it. It was a great story, but I think the first two emotionally hit me a little harder and left a deeper impact. This one definitely had the grounds to but didn’t which is okay. It doesn’t take away from it, that it was a good book.
JoAnn Ross has created this beautiful, cozy, small Pacific Northwest town that with every new book, I am so excited to return to. Living in a big city, I love the small town escape and she didn’t disappoint with this one.
I definitely think if you’re a fan of small town romances, this is a series you should look into. Or if you’re already a fan of Ross’s but haven’t gotten around to reading this series. I have been seeking out other series by hers to hold me over as I await for the next releases in this series, so if you have any recommendations, definitely shoot them my way!