Summer on Mirror Lake (Honeymoon Harbor Series #3)

Summer on Mirror Lake (Honeymoon Harbor Series #3)

by JoAnn Ross

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Overview

Summertime is the best time to lose yourself in the romance of Honeymoon Harbor…

When he lands in the emergency room after collapsing at the funeral of a colleague and friend, Wall Street hotshot Gabriel Mannion initially rejects the diagnosis of an anxiety attack. But when warned that if he doesn’t change his adrenaline-fueled, workaholic lifestyle he could end up like his friend, Gabe reluctantly returns to his hometown of Honeymoon Harbor to regroup.

As he adjusts to the sight of mountains instead of skyscrapers, Gabe discovers advantages to this small Pacific Northwest town he once couldn’t wait to escape. But it’s irresistible librarian Chelsea Prescott who, along with the two foster children she’s taken under her wing, makes slowing down seem like the best prescription ever.

Over the course of their summer romance, Gabe gets a taste of the life he might have had if he’d taken a different path. But with his return to New York City looming on the horizon, he’ll have to choose between the success he’s worked tirelessly for and a ready-made family who offers a very different, richly rewarding future…if he’ll only take the risk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335014139
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Series: Honeymoon Harbor Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 18,606
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

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Summer on Mirror Lake 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 10 days ago
I picked up a JoAnn Ross book back in January for a challenge I was in and loved it. I have been watching for her books ever since. This book is a sweet story that is both entertaining and very endearing. It is a romance, but with a twist of adding some sweet foster children. I really enjoyed the main characters of Gabe and Chelsea. Gabe is a driven man working on Wall Street, that realizes he has to slow down before he ends up like his best friend and mentor. Going home to Honeymoon Harbor for the summer to relax and rejuvenate is the plan, having a summer fling wasn't in his plans, but he is not opposed to it either. Chelsea is a local girl who used to swoon over Gabriel when she was younger. She is the local librarian who will do whatever she needs to do to get people, especially children to read. While trying to get Gabe to allow a field trip to the boathouse, they realize they are both attracted to the other. Of course, neither wants to admit to themselves, let alone to each other. Throw in a couple of adorable and precocious orphans who love the library and do we have a ready made family in the works? This story tugged at my heartstrings. Hannah and Hailey are adorable and have been through so much in their short lives. Unfortunately, the plight of foster children, especially siblings that want to stay together, is not easy. They often get moved around and it is the lucky ones that find a home to remain in until they are adults. Libraries are also often on the chopping block when money is tight, to the fact that Chelsea and the rest of the staff need to get freebies and donations for programs is also realistic. The relationship between Gabe and Chelsea is fun, yet frustrating. I love the humor in their relationship as well as the easy banter between the two of them. I always enjoy the small town setting of romances and Honeymoon Harbor is a great town. The characters from other books in the series are also in this book, but you do not need to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one. The friends and family members encourage and support each other, but do not hesitate to speak their minds and let the others have it when they mess up. I liked that even though it is a small town, they are not all in each other's business. When Chelsea attends a foster parent meeting, she recognizes people from the library, but had no idea they were all foster parents. Their humor and camaraderie was great and rather fun. Overall, this was a delightful story with romance, family relationships and foster families all part of the plot. It was well-written with humor and heartbreak. I definitely recommend this summer story. If you listen to the audiobook, there is an added bonus of Once Upon a Wedding, a novella that preceded this story. I was fortunate to get an audio version of this book, narrated by Ashley Klanac. When I first began listening, I thought her voice was a bit harsh, but I quickly changed my mind and enjoyed her performance. When she was reading the narration part, her voice was clear with great intonation. When she voiced the various characters, she added different voices and inflections to all of the characters, whether young, old, male or female. The emotion showed through in the voices, especially the children. I was quite pleased with how the narration added to my enjoyment of the story. The producer of the audiobook, Harlequin Audio, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating
Anonymous 11 days ago
loved+the+series
Cutiefulpink 23 days ago
I want to start of by saying that I did not read books 1&2 of this series; however, I now wish I had and plan to add these to my voluminous TBR shortly. In saying this, I want everyone to know that though this is the 3rd in a series of books, it can completely be read as a standalone. Every once in a while, another character will be featured, and I found myself asking, what’s their story? But, this information isn’t necessary for this story. Especially when other couples were mentioned, I could hear echoes of previous installments, just faintly. Enough to entice but not required. Smart, Ms. Ross, very smart. This is a fun summertime romance. The plot, characters and story weren’t groundbreaking, but were a real joy to read. I felt good while reading this book and actually learned a great deal of ancillary information, especially about boats and bowerbirds. The lead character, Chelsea, is almost annoyingly perfect – cute smart, witty, energy for days, and selfless. I loved her and hated her a little because I really want to be her. I think maybe she could have had one or two more flaws, but that part seemed saved for Gabriel, the other main character. Gabriel is a man who has been told his life is wrong. High stress job that has provided lots of money but not much else. After a health crisis, he is taking a summer vacation at home. Gabriel’s flaws aren’t as apparent until the end, because, he seems to act like the perfect boyfriend. But once he must decide his priorities, his values come into question. Gabriel is a character I could sink my teeth into, and based on the description, I mean that both literally and figuratively. I loved reading this, especially since it’s summer. I felt the story, and connected with it. I truly wished I was at their lake house. If you enjoy romantic reads, this will not disappoint.
boclairedesigns 3 months ago
The third full length book in the Honeymoon Harbor series by JoAnn Ross didn't disappoint. This is Gabe's story. He returns home, on the doctor's advice, after suffering an anxiety attack at his mentor's funeral. He was so young, only 46, so when the doctor tells him he needs to slow down or that will be him, Gabe listens. Although he tells his brother Quinn, the reason for his return, no one else knows. He meets the local librarian Chelsea and all bets are off. She gets involved with two sisters in foster care, whom she meets and befriends at the library. This is a story about accepting your limitations and realizing life will pass you by if you don't stop and give it a chance. There is a lot of Norse descriptions provided that fit in with the style of the story and Gabe's boatbuilding background so be prepared. They got a bit too much at times so for that reason I would give it a 3.5 out of 4 stars. Still excited for book 4 whenever it comes out. I was provided a free ARC eBook from Net Galley and the publisher for an honest review.
Samantha1020 3 months ago
Summer on Mirror Lake felt like the perfect read to start off my summer reading! I don't read nearly enough contemporary romances or small town romances - books like this always leave me wondering why. There is just something so comforting about them and it almost reminds me of the feeling I get with the cozy mysteries I read. I love the small town vibe, getting to know all of the characters, and the descriptions of the town itself. I always feel like with books like this that these towns feel like real places that I could actually go and visit which is fun in itself! In this book, Chelsea is the head librarian in the town's library and is just focused on living up to her mentor and former head librarian's expectations. Gabe has come back to his hometown from the summer needing a break from the stress of his job. These two meet and the sparks fly almost instantly. I usually don't care for romances that happen super fast but it was different with this book. Gabe and Chelsea decide to have a summer fling rather than a committed relationship and I think that worked for me. It felt more like a fun thing than the insta-love that I cannot seem to get behind. My favorite part of this book though were the two young foster girls that Chelsea becomes caught up with. There was just something about these two girls that tugged at my heartstrings. I was almost more focused on them getting their happy ever after compared to Chelsea and Gabe. I do say almost there because really isn't it all tied up into one thing in the end? My one and only complaint with this book was that I had a hard time keeping track of all of the characters. I'm thinking that this is my fault though as I didn't realize that this was the third book in a series. Looks like I've got a few books to catch up on now! I did finally get a hang of the who's who by midway through the book which helped. And overall, I was satisfied by the way that things played out in the end. It was exactly what I was hoping for which left me feeling content and happy when the book was finished. Overall, I enjoyed my time with this book and am looking forward to reading the previous books in this series. This book has a summer vibe to it that I couldn't help but appreciate. I feel like this book would be the perfect binge read while spent on a hot day at the beach. Or curled up with during a late night baseball game on a summer evening like I did! That definitely worked as well. I think that fans of contemporary romance and just romance in general would enjoy this book. You don't have to read these books in order necessarily (I sure didn't) but it may help you keep track of the characters better if you do. And books like this are just the perfect type of read for this time of year in my opinion! Recommended! Bottom Line: A great summer read and romance! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley as part of a TLC book tour. Thoughts are my own.
paulalala09 3 months ago
Summer on Mirror Lake is a thoroughly enjoyable novel involving the many changes and chances taken in the life of a man on a much needed break from his life. Gabe Mannion is on a self-imposed summer break from his high paced, anxiety inducing hedge fund trader job in New York. He returns to his hometown on Mirror Lake to get his Zen in order. Chelsea Prescott, the local librarian, piques his interest when she approaches him about the summer reading program and about showing kids his Viking boat as he is making it. Only a summer fling with an end date becomes more intense than he bargains for. Add in two foster child sisters and they plus Chelsea infuse themselves into his life and into his protected heart. It is a huge risk for Gabe involving the possibility of a life change that he is not quite ready to have happen. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
AMGiacomasso 3 months ago
It's the first book I read in this series and I was hooked. I loved the lovely setting, the fleshed out characters and the plot. This book is engaging and entertaining, heartwarming and sweet. I look forward to reading other books in this series. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.