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Author: Debbie Mason
Series: Harmony Harbor, #2
On Sale: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD
Red's Rating: 4 Heartwarming ⭐⭐⭐⭐!


A second chance for romance...

Hidden in Graystone Manor is a book containing all the dark secrets of Harmony Harbor, and Ava DiRossi is determined to find it. No one—especially not her ex-husband, Griffin Gallagher—can ever discover what really tore her life apart all those years ago. With Griffin back in town, it's more important than ever that she find the book before someone else does. Because her ex is still angry with her for leaving him. And he still has no idea Ava never stopped loving him...

Ava is no longer the vibrant, happy woman Griffin had once loved and married, and he would do anything to bring back the sparkle to her brilliant green eyes. But what's never changed are the sexy sparks of attraction between Ava and Griffin, and he won't give her up again without a fight. He knows there's the real possibility of a future together...if the truth doesn't burn the bridge between them forever.


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Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado and Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, three wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella in Ontario, Canada.




She sensed Griffin rising to his feet and heard him placing his mug on the desk. And then he was there, crouched in front of her. He took her mug, setting it on the floor before he gently smoothed the rough pads of his fingers over her cheek. “You know it kills me to see you cry.”

“Still?” she murmured without looking at him.

“Yeah, looks like,” he said, sounding as though the admission cost him.

A tiny flicker of hope ignited inside her. She smothered it, unwilling to put herself in the position of being disappointed. She didn’t think her heart could withstand another blow today.

“I know you did more than smooth the way for my father, Griffin. I don’t believe Gino’s monthly pension checks and insurance will come close to covering the cost. I need to know what I owe you. I doubt I can pay it all at once though, so maybe we could come up with a monthly payment plan?”

At her suggestion, a muscle pulsed in his clenched jaw, and his eyes narrowed. She was familiar with that look. It didn’t bode well for her repayment plan. And maybe because of that small hope that refused to be denied, she raised her hand to trace his stubbled jaw with her finger. “You know that look always annoyed me,” she said, thinking back to how long it had been since she’d touched him this way.

“Yeah, and you always knew how to get rid of it. Never could hold out against you for long.” His eyes darkened as though remembering their standoffs always ended in bed.

“What are we doing?” she whispered, the heat in his eyes weakening her resolve. She had to know if it was just her imagination. She’d deal with the consequences later.


The study door swung open, and her cousin rushed in. “Ava, are—Oh, I…” Sophie’s gaze moved from Griffin to Ava. “Am I interrupting?”

Griffin rose to his feet, and Ava didn’t know if it was relief or regret she saw on his face.

He glanced at his watch. “I better get going. I have to meet up with Sully.”

Ah, so it had been relief after all, she thought, fighting to keep the disappointment from showing on her face.

Sophie smiled, stepping in front of Griffin as he walked to the door. “Welcome home,” she said, giving him a hug. “We’re so glad you took the job.”

“Job?” Ava asked, and there it was again, hope. Only this time it came out in her voice.

Griffin turned with his hand on the doorknob. “Sully offered me a job with the Coast Guard. Thought it was about time I came home.” He held her gaze. “We’ll talk later. If you need me, call.”

Sophie stared at her, openmouthed. “He…You.” Sophie found her voice and looked from the door to Ava. “What did I just interrupt?”

“I’m not sure,” she murmured, glad she was sitting, otherwise her legs might have given out.


Ava and Griffin were once happily married, but then something happened and Ava wasn't quite sure how to handle it, so she stupidly pushed Griffin away, which ultimately let to their divorce. Letting Griffin go was the hardest thing that Ava has ever had to do, and it has haunted her everyday since, and no matter how hard she has tried to convince herself it was for the best, her heart just doesn't believe it. There is only one other person who knows the real reason why Ava pushed her husband away, and she decided to take that little secret that was supposed to be kept just between them, and put it in writing, in a special diary. Now this secret little diary is about to be discovered and Ava can't bare the thought of her little secret being discovered, so she is determined to find the diary before it lands in the wrong hands... the hands of her ex-husband.

Griffin has never really understood what changed between him and his beautiful wife and what caused her to push him away, and ask for a divorce. Walking away from her, and mustering the courage to move on is one of the hardest things he has ever had to do, he's made great efforts to let her be, but his heart has never completely let her go. He is filled with reservations about returning home to Harmony Harbor, and having to face her again, but he also has hope that maybe he'll finally have some answers as to why she walked away from their marriage.

This was my first experience with Ms. Mason's work, and I have to say it left a pretty memorable first impression, those endearing characters of hers really lured me into their little town, and had me never wanting to leave. I thoroughly enjoyed Ava and Griffin's story, it instantly grabbed my attention, and had me flying right through the pages, and staying up well past my bedtime just to see them find their well deserved second chance at a happily ever after. So happy I decided to request this one, it is definitely one of the most enjoyable first reads I have had in a while!!

Highly recommend you acquaint yourself with the folks from Harmony Harbor, they are sure charm their way into your heart, and make you feel right at home!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.




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