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Review by Suze
Harmony Harbor used to be Sophie's hometown. She left when she was eighteen years old hiding a big secret from the people she used to spend time with. When she and her daughter Mia become homeless after a fire she decides it's time to return to her family. Sophie takes a risk because people will want to know what happened all those years ago and she can't avoid their questions. There's one man she especially doesn't want to tell, her childhood crush Liam.
Liam is a few years older than Sophie and when she started to become a woman he knew he loved her straight away. He never had the chance to ask her to be his and he still regrets that. He's surprised to see Sophie after so many years of absence. While Sophie is running his family's hotel he can spend some more time with her and knows his feelings are still the same. However, what made Sophie leave town might come between them. Will they have a chance to be happy together or are they too late?
Sophie is a kindhearted woman. She has been through a lot and she needs a break. Her little girl Mia is traumatized and she needs time and extra love and attention to recover. They are a strong team, which is something I really liked about Mistletoe Cottage. Liam is a good man. He's caring, he's generous and he's altruistic. I immediately loved his connection with Sophie. What they have is rare and beautiful and I adored Debbie Mason's endearing descriptions of their bond.
Mistletoe Cottage is an enchanting story and I fell in love with the story straight away. Reading about the locations was fantastic. The hotel might need a bit of fixing up, but it's a magical place and the same goes for the cottage. Debbie Mason writes about her settings in a wonderful vivid way and she makes everything come to life incredibly well. Harmony Harbor is a great town with interesting inhabitants and I enjoyed reading about all of them.
Mistletoe Cottage is a sweet and romantic story. It has that amazing Christmas spirit. There is a lot of heartbreak, but the festive winter atmosphere makes everything better. It's exactly what I think a good Christmas book should be like. I like that extra spark, the togetherness of people who love each other and the spellbinding effect of wishes that might come true. This first Harmony Harbor book is really special, it's heartwarming and endearing and it brings an abundance of joy and big smiles.
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About Debbie Mason
Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their three wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.
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Liam smiled when Sophie cursed out her brother in Italian. “Problem?” he asked once she returned her phone to her pocket.
“I told Marco Mia can watch Casper the Ghost, and what does he put on? Halloween Five. She’s . . . six, and he’s got her watching horror movies. If that doesn’t give her nightmares, the pop, candy apples, and popcorn will. He’s thirty-one going on fifteen.”
Liam struggled to hold back a laugh. His best friend was an idiot, but he had his back. “Most guys are. Betcha he ends up being Mia’s favorite babysitter.”
“No, that would be you. I think you’re the reason she put up such a fuss about coming tonight.”
He liked the kid . . . a lot, and he liked kissing her mother a lot, too. But he and Sophie had a complicated past. And gorgeous single moms with adorable daughters were not in his wheelhouse. The rules in his playbook might not be as old as the ones in Jasper’s handbook, but they were as non-negotiable. A relationship with Sophie would be the polar opposite of keeping it easy and simple. There was nothing simple or easy about Sophie DiRossi.
“Liam, did I say something wrong?”
“No . . .” He rubbed his jaw. “Soph, about the kiss—”
“You don’t have to say anything. I was upset, and so were you. It was a mistake. I’m sorry. It won’t happen again. You know, I should probably get going. Rosa—”
He grabbed her hand before she took off. “Wait. You have nothing to apologize for. I just don’t think a relationship right now is a good idea for either of us.”
She frowned. “A relationship? How did we go from a kiss to a relationship?”
He didn’t have a clue. “That’s not what I meant to say. Okay, so maybe I thought seeing that you’re a single mother, you wouldn’t be looking for just a good time. You’re not, are you?”
“I’m a healthy twenty-six-year-old who hasn’t had sex in six years. So what do you think?”
He wasn’t thinking. He couldn’t. Every ounce of blood from his head had gone south.
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