Summer On Mirror Lake by JoAnn Ross

Summer On Mirror Lake

by JoAnn Ross

Published June 11, 2019 by HQN Books

Goodreads Rating: 4.10 Stars

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Plot:

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.

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My Review:

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!

xo.

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Review: Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane

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

5/5 Stars

Thank you to Little Bird Publicity for sending me a copy. All opinions are my own.

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Plot Summary:

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.

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My Thoughts:

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.

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