One Perfect Year

One Perfect Year

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by Melinda Curtis

He's coming up on her blind side 

How can Shelby Hawkley forgive Gage Jamero for bailing on her when she needed him most? He and her husband, Nick, were the best part of her life. Now her former best friend is back, shaking up the widowed wine harvester's world. The safest bet is to protect herself. Except Gage is awakening feelings that


He's coming up on her blind side 

How can Shelby Hawkley forgive Gage Jamero for bailing on her when she needed him most? He and her husband, Nick, were the best part of her life. Now her former best friend is back, shaking up the widowed wine harvester's world. The safest bet is to protect herself. Except Gage is awakening feelings that are decidedly unfriend-like. 

Shelby is the woman Gage has secretly loved since high school. Starting over—together—could be the best dream he's ever had. If only he can find the courage to say what he should have said all those years ago.

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Melinda grew up on an isolated sheep ranch, where mountain lions had been seen and yet she roamed unaccompanied. Being a rather optimistic, clueless of danger, sort she took to playing "what if" games that led her to become an author.  She spends days trying to figure out new ways to say "He made her heart pound."  That might sound boring, but the challenge keeps her mentall ahead of her 3 kids and college sweetheart husband.

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One Perfect Year 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
HumorMyWay 4 months ago
Shelby grew up in Harmony Valley she married her high school sweetheart who has died. She has moved back home to help her grandfather in the winery. Gage lives in Harmony Valley he, Shelby and her husband have been good friends until her husband’s death than Gage wouldn’t take her calls. With them both being in the same town for a while it is hard for Shelby to forgive Gage for not being there when she needed him most. Gage has his own demons that he is fighting he feels guilty of his friend’s death. Gage has always had strong feelings for her now that they are living close will these feelings come to a head. What are her feelings toward him? The was a cute funny read that will break your heart one minute and leaving you laughing the next. I loved the humor and the fun of the matchmakers. If they have their way these two will be together. This is well written with wonderful characters you can relate to. Before long they seem like family. I hope you give this author a try I really enjoy and love her book there is always humor, heartbreak, love with lots of romance.
LizD1 6 months ago
One Perfect Year ( A Harmony Valley Novel ) By: Melinda Curtis One Perfect Year is the fourth book in A Harmony Valley Novel. I believe One Perfect Year is my favorite so far . I laughed and at times there was tears. Curtis pulled me in right at the start and did not let go till the end. Harmony Valley is mostly elder generation , but the younger generation is starting to come back. This is Shelby and Gage’s story . Shelby’s husband ,Nick, died two years ago and she moved back to start over. Gage just comes back , he is a veterinarian , but he does not plan on staying. Shelby , Nick, and Gage were all friends , but Shelby can’t forgive Gage for not being there for her when Nick died. Shelby just cant get passed the hurt. The elder people in this story want to play matchmaking . You will really love them . Can they get Shelby and Gage together or is there to much hurt? I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.
DaliCastillo More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming! I think a word on the cover describes the story very well:  Heartwarming.  It fits the story perfectly, as I did indeed find One Perfect Year to be a very heartwarming story.  As romances go, the story had a little bit of a different story line.  Many romances are about a past love rekindled, but this one begins instead with a past friendship.   Shelby has been widowed for a few years.  While Shelby, her husband Nick, and Gage had been friends since their school years, Nick and Gage had been best friends.  When Nick passed away, Shelby was counting on Gage to be there for her, but such was not the case.  Consequently, Shelby was very hurt by Gage's absence.  A few years later, Shelby and Gage reconnect.  The story moves through the hurt, pain, and even guilt that both of them had been feeling and moves into a very heartwarming story of forgiveness, love, and new beginnings.  While Shelby and Gage's story is the main plot, the author included a few other threads in the story.  She did so in a way that doesn't take away from or overshadow Shelby and Gage's story.  Instead, they contribute to the story in a way that blends in very well, making One Perfect Year a very heartwarming story. *****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and viewpoints are my own.
emilyk52281 More than 1 year ago
'One Perfect Year'(Harmony Valley Book 4) by Melinda Curtis is a great story. I loved getting to know Shelby, Gage, Mae, Shelby's grandpa and catching up with all the other wonderful people from Harmony Valley. This is an excellent series. Highly recommend to all fans of romance. 
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Shelby Hawkley has yet to recover from the accidental death of her husband. She's come back to Harmony Valley where she fell in love and married. She's looking after her grandfather and helping set up a new winery. Gage Jamero has also come home. He has always loved Shelby even when she married his best friend. Can they put the past behind them and find love? This is such an emotional story. I'll admit that I cried as I watched Shelby and Gage struggle to come to grips with Nick's death and the resulting guilt. They make such a perfect couple. Their attraction was so tender and sweet. I cared for them and wanted them to find happiness. Harmony Valley is filled with caring and loving people. It made me wish I lived there. The secondary characters were powerful. Mae was a wise woman and a matchmaker. She faced death with dignity and courage that touched me. Shelby's grandfather was determined to make sure that she moved on. I laughed at his cantankerous attitude. The story was a tribute to the human spirit. I loved it! I hope that we'll see more stories about Harmony Valley. Melinda Curtis did a wonderful job! She created a story that
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
One Perfect Year is the fourth installment to the A Harmony Valley series. It is the first I have read of the series and loved it. I thought it was a fun, engaging, and, of course, heartwarming. I look forward to reading more of this series. A great, clean read.  5 stars.
KelseyP More than 1 year ago
Shelby Hawkins has returned home two years after the death of her husband to help her ailing grandfather. Gage Jamero is THE vet to call when you have a pregnant racehorse. He is also the best friend of Shelby’s late husband and the protégé of her grandfather. Gage’s mentality is that if he had only asked Shelby out that long ago day in school she would be his, but his buddy got there first. So Gage respectfully bowed out. Now that Shelby is a widow, Gage can’t decide whether to honor his long ago commitment and just be a friend to Shelby or to reveal his true feelings. Shelby’s grandfather has offered Gage the opportunity to revamp the vet office in Harmony Valley and Gage has to decide if he’s willing to give up his dream of being the vet to Kentucky Derby winners or get his chance with Shelby. Book four in the Harmony Valley series is a wonderful, wild ride of emotions wrapped in a great story of likable characters.
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
This is my first Harmony Valley book and I think even though it is part of a series, it can be read alone without you feeling that you are missing something. The cast of Harmony Valley characters are really fun and I really enjoyed each and every character. One Perfect Year is a story which has depth and it really touched my heart. Love this sweet and clean romance story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Harmony Valley novel that I have read, and I want to go back and find out about the other stories and characters I missed.  Gabe is a vet who has become the "go to" doctor when it comes to handling mares giving birth, which is no easy task.  Working with race horses is his dream job and he has been offered a job in Lexington, Kentucky, which would start after the current vet retires.  He had hastily left Harmony Valley two years prior when his best friend Nick died.  Shelby, who had been married to Nick, tried to keep in touch with Gabe, but he refused to respond to all forms of communication.  Since Nick's death, Shelby has stayed in Harmony Valley, and now works at a winery.  She has just moved in with her grandfather, known as Doc, who is pretty fragile in his old age. Gabe commits to temporarily go back to Harmony Valley and work with him to help reopen his veterinarian practice due to the growing population of both people and animals. Doc and Mae, both elderly and endearing to the heart, attempt to use their own life experiences in convincing Gabe and Shelby to get past their grief and move on with life.  I love the characters, the visions of wineries and race horses, and the manner in which the author brings it all together.  
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Melinda Curtis brings Harmony Valley and its residents to life in One Perfect Year. I loved the charming characters, both main and secondary, and the entertaining storyline! The relationship between Shelby and Gage is full of chemistry and was such fun to read. Witty and romantic, this wonderful story warmed my heart and left me smiling. I loved visiting Harmony Valley and look forward to returning again soon! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
What a completely engaging and heartfelt story! One Perfect Year tugged at my heartstrings with its heroine who is a young widow, scared to love again, and the man who has silently loved her since he set eyes on her in high school. The community of Harmony Valley drew me in. It is mostly an aging community and those elderly characters provided for a lot of fun and tender moments. I did not realize when I read this book that it was book four in the series. It can definitely be read as a stand alone novel! Gage was a great character. He returns to Harmony Valley temporarily. Having achieved quite a bit of success as a veterinarian with an equine focus, he specializes in helping thoroughbred horses with difficult deliveries. Shelby has just relocated to Harmony Valley and has a great position with a local winery and has a promising career ahead of her. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Gage and Shelby. There were hurt feelings, guilt, a broken friendship, fear, and hidden love to navigate through. The way the author dove into each of these emotions and wove them into these characters made them come alive to me. I was cheering for Shelby and Gage and hoping they could work things out. This was such a beautiful and sweet story! My thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book that I was given in exchange for an honest review.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance that takes place in Harmony Valley. Shelby returns home to work at the local winery and help her aging grandfather. They both loss their spouses two years ago. Gabe also return home temporarily to help out at the local vet. Gabe ass not been back home since his best friend, Nick died who was Shelby's husband. Gabe has always had thee hots for Shelby since they wee even in school. Shelby, calls Gabe, "Dead Gabe" since he wanted no part of Shelby after the funeral. There is a chemistry between these two, but Shelby does not want love to hurt. I really enjoyed this sweet romance between Shelby and Gabe, very likeable characters. I loved how the whole town was trying to play matchmaker for these two. I received this book from the author for an honest review. I highly recommend this book. I will now go back and read the other Harmony Valley stories.
tammycr More than 1 year ago
I was given an ARC copy for a review.  This is the first book I have read by this author and I must say, I am hooked!  I love the small town romance novels because they make you feel a part of the town.  I especially loved Grandpa and Mae.  These type of characters make the story!  Looking forward to reading more books by Melinda Curtis!
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
Shelby has a lot of baggage. Not only did her husband die, but her best friend all but abandoned her in her greatest time of need. Now Gage is back and things aren't the same as they were before. Shelby is a very compassionate and passionate woman. She loves deeply and holds onto the past. She's afraid of the unknown and often thinks of the "what ifs" in life. Yet, from dogs to elderly ladies, she has just the knack to make those around her feel loved and accepted. I wanted to see her get over her issues because she really has a lot to offer, but I can understand how she wants to protect herself and her heart. Gage let emotion and fear drive him away, but now he's ready to man up. I like Gage, but had a hard time understanding why he struggled making a big decision--love or career? Those choices aren't easy for anyone to make, but the answer was clear for me. I loved returning to Harmony Valley. The characters are quirky and endearing and the setting is heavenly. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this story and felt a lot of emotion in relationship to the events that happened. Mae, an older woman, is selling her old wedding dress store and I could feel her regret at having to do so. There were quite a few humorous moments, especially involving Lucky, the stray St. Bernard. I enjoyed the romantic connections, but wish the tension would have been throughout the story, instead of so close to the end. I look forward to more! Content: Squeaky clean romance (kissing); mild language (one or two mild words); mild violence (relating to injuries sustained from animals); no religious elements. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
jboehmke More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderfully emotional story. Shelby is a young widow, back in Harmony Valley working for the winery. Gage is her former friend, who secretly loved her since the moment they met in school, but his friend, Nick, got to her first. After Nick died, Gage left and never looked back. Now he is back in Harmony Valley as well. With help from the town's elderly residents, including Shelby's grandfather, Shelby is slowly learning how to let go of her pain and trust again. She sheltered herself trying to save herself from the pain of losing someone again. I laughed and cried while reading this story.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Melinda Curtin's One Perfect Year. Welcome to Harmony Valley!! Shelby Hawkley grew up here. She married her high school sweetheart who recently died in a water sport activity. So now Shelby is back in town with her  grandfather to work at a winery in the Valley. Enter Gage Jamero, a veterinarian who grew up in Harmony Valley. Gage, Shelby and her husband, Nick had always been close friends until Nick death then Gage ignored all Shelby calls. So what happens now? Will Gage and Shelby be able to  re-establish their friendship? Why was Gage ignoring her calls?  Why did Gage feel he could have prevented Nick death? Will  Gage let Shelby know he has loved her since high school? Shelby’s grandfather wants Gage to take over his veterinary  practice in Harmony Valley. Will Gage consider this at all?  Gage has been working with race horses and is one of the top  in his field. Would he be able to trade racehorses for small  animal care and treatment? All these questions will need to be answered amidst the shenanigans of the colorful, quirky & fun town people, a big  lovable dog, two kitten and a crazy goose. Very entertaining read!! Thank you to the author for this eBook. My opinion is my own.
NicoS More than 1 year ago
Shelby Hawkley is a young widow who moves back to her hometown of Harmony Valley to pick up the pieces of her life and start living again.  Little does she know that her grandfather and a couple other locals have decided to play matchmaker.  However, Shelby isn’t ready to move on and fall in love again. Not only has she lost her husband, but she’s also lost her former best friend, Gage, who mysteriously quit talking to her after her husband died.  It’s now been 2 years since she’s seen or talked to Gage and it has nearly broken her heart.   Gage Jamero is an up and coming veterinarian who’s starting to make a name for himself treating racehorses.  He’s well on his way to achieving his dream of moving to Kentucky to work exclusively with the thoroughbreds.  But,  just weeks before he’s supposed to be moving to Kentucky, he decides to temporarily help the veterinarian from his hometown rebuild his old practice.   While back in Harmony Valley, it’s inevitable that he will run into Shelby, his former best friend and the secret love of his life.   However, ever since her husband died 2 years ago the two friends haven’t spoken at all due to the fact that Gage has some secrets that he’s sure will push Shelby away forever.   However, resuming their now fragile friendship may be just what the both of them need.  Can Gage get the courage to tell Shelby how he feels?  Can Shelby open her heart to love again and forgive Gage for abandoning her during her time of need?   Oh, this was such a lovely story!  It’s such a sweet tale of loss, friendship, and love.  I LOVED the history between Shelby and Gage.  I thought it was endearing how the townspeople rallied around each other and took care of their own, even if it meant that there was some meddling going on!   It was great to see how Shelby grew and learned to let go of some fears that she had been clinging to and how Gage was willing to put down his pride.  I especially loved the ending.  It couldn’t have been any sweeter or better in my opinion. Although this book is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a stand-alone.  This book was seriously hard to put down and I definitely wasn’t disappointed with how it ended.  I HIGHLY recommend this sweet book.  It was such an enjoyable, heartwarming read and I was hooked until the very last page.  I loved it!   (I received an ARC  of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.  These opinions are entirely my own.)  
finallyfifty More than 1 year ago
One Perfect Year is romance at its best. A tale of how the life challenges change individuals into a better person. This story engages the reader in the compelling plot nuances as the two main characters work out a romance that is stronger for enduring over miscommunication and misunderstandings. A good romance has a story within a story and this book has that particular aspect. Enjoyable, thrilling, and just plain fun, this book brings the reader right into the action. I would highly recommend this book. Loved the characters!!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous story in the Harmony Valley series. After two years Gage Jamero is back where he least expects to be. Back in Harmony Valley facing Shelby, the woman he has loved since high school but who was married to his now deceased best friend. Shelby is furious at Gage for deserting her when she needed him after Nick died but slowly they repair their relationship. When it starts to become more than friendship, Shelby is too afraid of loving again to really let it develop. This is a beautiful sweet romance about learning to love again through the fears and doubts. I definitely recommend this one.