Harmony Bay

Harmony Bay

by Tom Gahan

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Overview

Harmony Bay by Tom Gahan

An adventurous slice of waterfront life where mystery surrounds history. A sweet story with likeable characters. If you're looking for a pleasant read about a single mom and her son discovering the charm of a small town, mixed with bits of history, romance and adventure, this one's for you! Gahan uses vivid descriptions of the details of boating, fishing and aquatic life, as well as the physical and psychological makeup of this fictional bayside community.

Relationships combine with places to play a part in James' life story. James' character is forged by events and his adventures in Harmony Bay. From harrowing life and death experiences on the water to forays into the surrounding hills, each day dawns with a new lesson about life. The boy encounters many wonderful individuals in his new home town. Among them are a magnificent Newfoundland retriever dog named Angus--and Chloe, a beautiful white mare. Angus' master Billy is a kindly closet intellectual and philosophizer who is a physically powerful man strong enough to split firewood with a single blow of his ancient axe. His snowy white beard and recluse nature causes speculation about his identity.

Marine biologist Jake Kane is the local hero who sweeps Dory off her feet, adding an element of romance to the story. James learns a great deal from Jake and the dozens of other colorful inhabitants of this amazing waterfront community.

Harmony Bay, written for a wide audience that appeals to many levels, examines a slice of small-town life. A modern day mystery, drawn from covert events of the American Revolution, weaves through the story.

keywords: American Revolution, History, Romance, Adventure, Marine Life, Storms, Fishing, Mystery, History, Boating

Author Bio - Tom has run the gamut from newspaper columnist to feature writer to speechwriter. His freelance writing has helped build the image of various corporate clients. Harmony Bay: An adventurous slice of waterfront life where mystery surrounds history, a well-received novel, earned a place on an international list of authors at GoodReads.com, "Writers You Should Get to Know." Harmony Bay is a required read at several high schools.

Additionally, many know Tom as the creator of NY State's largest outdoor music festival. This accomplishment earned Tom accolades and numerous awards including the prestigious Gold Key Award from my hometown Chamber of Commerce and two citations from the U.S. Congress. Tom was also named 2009's Civic Leader of the Year for humanitarian work.

Tom is happily married and lives on Long Island's East End in New York.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622872374
Publisher: First Edition Design Publishing
Publication date: 01/09/2013
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Tom has run the gamut from newspaper columnist to feature writer to speechwriter. His freelance writing has helped build the image of various corporate clients. Harmony Bay: An adventurous slice of waterfront life where mystery surrounds history, a well-received novel, earned a place on an international list of authors at GoodReads.com, "Writers You Should Get to Know." Harmony Bay is a required read at several high schools.
Additionally, many know Tom as the creator of NY State's largest outdoor music festival. This accomplishment earned Tom accolades and numerous awards including the prestigious Gold Key Award from my hometown Chamber of Commerce and two citations from the U.S. Congress. Tom was also named 2009's Civic Leader of the Year for humanitarian work.
Tom is happily married and lives on Long Island's East End in New York.

Member of:
Long Island Authors Group
Long Island Writers' Guild
Eastern Long Island Executive's Roundtable.

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Harmony Bay 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book - lots of great character development!
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
I want to live in Harmony Bay! This beautiful story follows Dory and her son James as they start their lives over. We watch James grow and Dory fall in love. The town is filled with fascinating characters and set against a backdrop of history and adventure. Harmony Bay is not a fast-moving adventure tale. Much like the fictional New England beach town the book is named for, the pace is steady and relaxed. I found myself longing for those lazy summers of my childhood spent on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. A great read for younger readers, as well as adults.
MariaSavva_Author More than 1 year ago
Set against the backdrop of the idyllic waterfront location of Harmony Bay, Tom Gahan has weaved a wonderful tale, full of intrigue, mystery, adventure, action, and a twist of romance. Dory McDonough is a young widow; taking her ten year old son, James, she moves to Harmony Bay, a small town, hoping to build a better life for herself and her son. Dory soon learns that there are perils that lurk in the bay that could be just as dangerous as any found in a big city. There are quite a few nail-biting moments contained in this action/adventure. As Dory and James settle in to life in the waterfront town, they get to know their neighbours, some of whom are eccentric, but all of whom are friendly and welcoming. The community in Harmony Bay soon becomes like an extended family for Dory and James. The backstory about the mysterious Christian Carroll-once a resident of the bay-is enchanting. The portrayal of Dory, the single mother wanting to do the best for her son, with all the financial challenges, and her nervousness about introducing a new man into her son's life, is all very realistic and believable. The book is filled with larger than life, well developed characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and could hardly tear myself away from it. Tom Gahan is a truly gifted author who is able to fully engage the reader with his prose. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages who like escapism and adventure. With the references to the American Revolution, the information about shellfish research, fishing techniques, among other things, there is much to learn from this book. It would be a great addition to any English Literature book lists for secondary schools, as I believe young readers would be enthralled by ten year old James's adventures. I also thought that the way the characters relate to each other and the moral messages contained in the story would make it an appropriate book to be included in the school curriculum. The author has created a book that reels the reader in, keeps them interested and entertained. Harmony Bay seems like a real place, and as you read the book you can almost feel the warmth of the community. I was sad to reach the end of 'Harmony Bay', and hope to read more from this talented author in the future. Reviewed by Maria Savva as reviewer for Bookpleasures.