Lose yourself in the magic, charm and romance of Christmas in the Pacific Northwest as imagined in JoAnn Ross’s heartwarming Honeymoon Harbor series.
Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Jolene Wells is forever indebted to the mother who encouraged her to fly—all the way to sunny LA and a world away from Honeymoon Harbor. Although Jolene vowed never to look back, returning home isn’t even a question when her mom faces a cancer scare. Which means running into Aiden Mannion all over town, the first boy she ever loved—and lost—and whom she can barely look in the eye.
Aiden’s black-sheep reputation may have diminished when he joined the marines, but everything he’s endured since has left him haunted. Back in Honeymoon Harbor to heal, he’s talked into the interim role of police chief, and the irony isn’t lost on the locals, least of all Aiden. But seeing Jolene after all these years is the unexpected breath of fresh air he’s been missing. He’s never forgotten her through all his tours, but he’s not sure anymore that he’s the man she deserves.
Despite the secret they left between them all those years ago, snow is starting to fall on their picturesque little town, making anything seem possible…maybe even a second chance at first love.
About the Author
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author JoAnn Ross has been published in twenty-seven countries. A member of Romance Writers of America's Honor Roll of bestselling authors, JoAnn lives with her husband and three rescued dogs — who pretty much rule the house — in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her on the web at www.joannross.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fans of JoAnn Ross will be glad to read the second book in the Honeymoon Harbor series. It's the holidays and a second-chance love story sure to satisfy fans and new readers alike.
There's Aiden Mannion, an ex LA cop, who has had a pretty tough time lately and coming home has its own issues to deal with. Then there's Jolene Wells, who doesn't have a lot of great memories from Honeymoon Harbor, but her mom needs her so she has to come home. Aiden and Jolene have a history together - people don't really know about it and both of them have tried to forget it too. Now, this second time around, will they be able to make things right? This is a small town romance book about people getting a second chance and how they deal with their past. I have to say I was very surprised that the author included a ghost in this story - seemed like it would have been a great story without the ghost but hey, it was a great story overall. I received an advanced readers digital copy of this book from Little Bird Publicity through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and unbiased opinion. Thanks NetGalley and Little Bird Publicity!
"Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane" follows Aiden and Jolene. Their high school romance crashed and burned after Aiden stole a beer and was given an ultimatum by the judge- join the military when he turns 18 or go to juvie. There is also some event that they are both embarrassed by which we learn about later. Now, they are both adults. Aiden was a marine for a while before becoming a police officer in LA. After a terrible shoot-out where his partner was killed and he was wounded, he turned to drink. Recently, his father, the mayor of Honeymoon Harbor, asked him to take over the Police Chief job temporarily until they could find a replacement, and Aiden reluctantly agreed. However, once he was there, he really hit his stride. There's just one little catch- he still sees and speaks to his partner's ghost. Jolene has been working as a make-up artist in Hollywood, with her work earning her an Emmy nomination. As part of the #metoo movement, she signed a letter along with other non-actor people that she knows might get her blacklisted. However, she is ready to start her own make-up and skin care line. She is returning to her apartment in LA when she gets a phone call and learns that her mother has a lump in her breast for which she won't get follow up testing. To add on to that, her apartment is on fire and everything is gone. Taking the opportunity, she heads home to Honeymoon Harbor to convince her mother to go to the hospital for the ultrasound she needs plus give her time to start her new business. On her way back into town, she is pulled over by the new police chief for speeding. The sparks they felt in high school are still there, but they aren't sure if they can leave the past behind and start anew. Following each in alternating third person, we follow their personal and joint journeys toward healing and beginning a new chapter in Honeymoon Harbor. Overall, I really enjoyed the book- they are a great couple, and there is enough other things going on that it felt very fast-paced. There were quite a few mentions about traditional gender roles, and I wasn't sure how I felt about the way they were handled (e.g. cooking is women's work but can be manly when you do it once and a while for romance- I would say that it should be shared equally because both of you eat). However, these were overall very minor, so I found them easy to overlook. I would give warnings though for domestic violence, adultery, and being drugged (though nothing happened/was in the past). I also wasn't sure how I felt about the ghost, but this was an interesting element that gave the book some supernatural flair. I really liked reading about Aiden's work on the police force and the cases he finds/solves. There are some really heart-warming scenes during his work (like the stolen gnome case). I also really loved the mother-daughter relationship that Jolene has, and this really shone throughout the book (I'm wondering if we'll get to hear more about Gloria's new romance). Notably, it's also a clean romance with all action off the page (minor mentions towards the end). It was a quick and fun read with a holiday twist. Please note that I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.