Publisher: ForeverPublished: February 28, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Overtones
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com
Griffin Gallagher has loved one woman. He has cared deeply for another, but not the breath catching love he has always felt for Ava DiRossi. To this day he doesn’t know why Ava left him and he still cannot help but wonder why.
With the death of family matriarch, Colleen, now some four months before, the fate of Greystone remains undecided. With the town’s mayor and real estate mogul Paige Townsend intent on selling the family home, a mansion turned hotel, to have it converted to condos, Colleen structured her will so that her great grandchildren would ultimately decide the outcome. So far only one of the great grandchildren, Liam Gallagher, is on “team Greystone” but along with his wife, Sophie, and several of the other employees, he’s trying to get his siblings on board. If it makes his wife happy, it makes him happy. With Griffin in town it may be time to bring him on board.
Over the past several years Ava and Griffin have more or less managed to avoid each other. But with him back in town and Ava working at Greystone they seem to be crossing paths more often. And then there are Colleen’s memoirs.
Ah, the memoirs aren’t quite memories of Colleen’s life. Rather they are a book filled with virtually everyone in Harmony Harbor’s secrets – including Ava’s. It is when Ava is searching for the illusive book she and Griffin find themselves alone and very much aware that they have never stopped loving each other.
When I read MISTLETOE COTTAGE, the first in Debbie Mason’s Harmony Harbor series, I wondered how I managed to miss her books for so long. She tells such a good story—a toe curling romance with characters you would like to know. Added to the romance are real life situations many of us face or know someone who has and she deals with the conflicts in a compassionate and caring way.
And then, depending on your belief system, she adds either a bit of whimsy or possibility with Colleen’s spirit remaining at Greystone. (In Mistletoe Cottage Colleen dies at 104 years of age and makes the decision to remain at the manor to help her family). Reminiscent of Topper, both the movies and television series, Colleen does her best to help her family out—often with mixed results. Those results add a bit of humor to the stories, as does Simon the black cat who can see and hear Colleen and Jasper, the long-time butler who doesn’t see or hear her, but knows she’s around. Colleen, Jasper and Simon are really my favorite parts of the books, which is saying a lot because so far I’ve really enjoyed both stories.
I did have a bit of a brow raise over what was going on with Griffin’s wife No. 2, Lexi. It just didn’t ring true to me and I’m not sure how the solution will ultimately play out. We’ll have to see in book 2.
Each of the books are stand alones and except for Colleen’s part in the stories you do not have to read them in order. That said, if you do not read them, you are missing out on some fantastic reads. Now I have to wait for book 3, which just cannot come out soon enough to suit me! This is one very special series.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.