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Review by Suze
Ava has a secret and there's only one person who knew. This woman wrote it down before she died together with a number of other secrets she'd been told in her life. Ava is trying to find this memoir, so she can keep her secret safe. Ava works as a maid in Graystone Manor and is taking care of her handicapped father. Everyone in Harmony Harbor knows something changed Ava. She was happily married to Griffin and was well on her way to getting a nursing degree, but all of a sudden she dropped out and asked for a divorce. What happened to Ava and why is she so determined that nobody will find out?
Griffin is back in Harmony Harbor. He stayed away and got married to another woman, but is now single again. When Griffin first sees Ava he's shocked. She's no longer the vibrant woman he used to know. Her clothes are ugly and she is thin and tired. He still sees her beauty though and feels the same way he felt about her all those years ago. Do they have a second chance together or are there too many people and secrets standing in their way?
Starlight Bridge is a gripping romantic story. Griffin is a kind and caring man and when he loves he does it with all his heart. He's a true hero and his protective streak is admirable. He's perfect for Ava. She used to be a gorgeous and talented girl with a bright future, but too many blows turned her into a shadow of the woman she used to be. Griffin doesn't know why she left him and is surprised to find out she still has feelings for him too, which makes him even more confused. I was curious to find out what happened between him and Ava and Starlight Bridge kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.
Graystone Manor is an interesting place to read about. It's a family business and every member is interesting. I was fascinated by the influence of the ghost of the past and the fascinating intrigues of the present. Debbie Mason writes in a thrilling and entertaining way. Her stories are captivating and filled with controlled chaos, true love, mysteries, amazing characters, eccentricities, plotting and friendship. I loved Starlight Bridge, it's a fantastic book and I highly recommend it.
If you love gripping family stories filled with complex romance and mysteries you will definitely like the Harmony Harbor series. The books can be read as standalones, but as they're great I'd advise you to read both Mistletoe Cottage and Starlight Bridge.
About Debbie Mason
Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and the 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, their three wonderful children and son-in-law, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.
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Turning the lever to hot, Griffin left the bathroom to retrieve a bar of soap from his kit. He stopped short at the sight of Ava walking across the room carrying an armful of wood.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
Her mouth fell open, and she dropped the logs…onto her foot. “Crap. Ow. Crap,” she yelped, grabbing her foot and hopping around.
“Ava, let go of your foot. You’ll hurt your arm.”
She ignored him, swearing in Italian while still holding on to her foot with both hands.
He released an exasperated sigh. “Stubborn as ever,” he muttered as he walked toward her and scooped her into his arms. She might be as stubborn as she used to be, but she was at least thirty pounds lighter. When they were together, she’d been all soft, lush curves. She released a surprised gasp and her arms automatically went around his neck. Beneath the smell of damp wool, he caught a whiff of the same perfume she used to wear—Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. It brought back memories of all the times he’d held her in his arms. Seven years of memories, most of them amazing.
He set her on the edge of the bed and cleared his throat. “Do you think your foot’s broken?”
She didn’t answer; she looked like she might be in shock. He crouched in front of her to remove her wet shoes. The old Ava wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing shoes like these. She loved heels, the higher the better. Sexy, strappy shoes that were colorful and blinged out. He never could figure out how she walked in them for hours on end without complaining. But damn, he’d loved watching her do it. He should probably be grateful her taste in footwear had changed too.
This pair though…“For Chrissakes, Ava, there’s a hole in the bottom of this shoe, and look at this.” He lifted the other shoe, flicking its flapping sole.
She made a small choking sound, her eyes huge in her flushed face.
He frowned. “What’s wrong with—”
He scowled and rose to his feet. “It’s not like you haven’t seen it before,” he grumbled, stalking to the bathroom to retrieve a towel. She was gone by the time he came back.
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