The Corner of Holly and Ivy: A feel-good Christmas romance

The Corner of Holly and Ivy: A feel-good Christmas romance

by Debbie Mason

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Sometimes love is just around the corner . . .
With her dreams of being a wedding dress designer suddenly over, Arianna Bell isn't expecting a holly jolly Christmas. Instead, her heart feels about three sizes too small. That is until her high school sweetheart Connor Gallagher returns to town and she finds his mere presence still makes her pulse race. But just when she starts dreaming of kissing under the mistletoe, he announces that he will be her opponent in the upcoming mayoral race....

Hot-shot attorney Connor Gallagher has something to prove. He's tired of playing runner-up to his high-achieving brothers. So when the opportunity to enter the campaign comes up, he takes it. Even if it means running against the only woman he's ever loved. But with a little help from Harmony Harbor's local matchmakers and a lot of holiday cheer, Connor and Arianna may just get the happy ever after they both deserve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538744239
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Series: Harmony Harbor Series , #7
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 27,711
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and the Harmony Harbor series. The first book in her Christmas, Colorado series, The Trouble with Christmas, was the inspiration for the Hallmark movie Welcome to Christmas. Her books have been praised by RT Book Reviews for their "likable characters, clever dialogue, and juicy plots." When Debbie isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family in Ottawa, Canada.

You can learn more at: AuthorDebbieMason.comTwitter

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The Corner of Holly and Ivy: A feel-good Christmas romance 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Christmas stories! This one didn’t let me down. It was one of those that hooks you from the very beginning and you cannot put it down. I can’t wait to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, i loved this read. Looking forward to the next story in this series.
caswrite More than 1 year ago
This fictional contemporary romance story is about Arianna Bell, a woman who is suffering psychologically and physically from a fire that destroyed her wedding dress design business and left her with physical burns and emotional scars. She's staying with "Glamma," her Chanel-suit-wearing grandmother, an outspoken spritely 80 year old who, in her younger years, was a high-demand runway model in Paris. Glamma has decided to run for mayor of their town, Harmony Harbor, Massachusetts, to prevent Daniel Gallagher from becoming mayor. Glamma wants to help the town maintain its small town feel; Daniel Gallagher has plans to develop it its main street into a commercialized area that may attract franchises and other big business but will undoubtedly destroy many of the town's boutique businesses. Enter Connor Gallagher, a Boston attorney and the nephew of Daniel. In addition, Daniel and Arianna had a serious relationship many years before, but it ended when Arianna broke it off. Glamma gets sick and can't continue with the political race, so she (along with Connor and Connor's father, a former Massachusetts governor), talk Arianna into becoming a candidate in Glamma's place. They help her gain the confidence she desperately needs after her accident. A relationship again develops between Connor and Arianna. Because the Gallaghers are one of the founding families of Harmony Harbor, everyone thought that Daniel would win the mayoral race. But as Arianna regains her confidence and becomes allies with the other small businesses in town, it looks like Daniel might not win after all. Then, Daniel suffers a (supposed) heart attack, and talks Connor into running against Arianna. Although they are now opponents, Connor and Arianna can't fight their growing re-attraction for each other. How can they reconcile their different opinions on how the town should be developed? Will they be able to run against each other and still maintain their relationship? Or will their relationship end when one of them eventually wins the vote for mayor? Does this story have a happy-ever-after ending? I guess you will need to read the story to find out. The author does a wonderful job of describing the town and how it is decorated for Christmas (some of the story takes place over the holidays.) If you like Hallmark small-town holiday romances, you will like this book. I'm excited to check out some of Debbie Mason's other books, which also sound like great reads for the holiday season. (Who can resist titles like "Mistletoe Cottage," "SugarPlum Way," and "Snowbound at Christmas" ? I received this fun romance as an ARC from Netgalley and Forever Publishing/Hachette Book Publishing. Was so happy to be introduced to a new-to-me author, Debbie Mason!
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Debbie Mason is one of my favorite authors. I couldn’t wait for her latest, At The Corner of Holly and Ivy to be released. She consistently brings heartwarming stories to life with characters I want to go visit and spend time with. Her towns are complex and there are always people I want to catch up with in each new story. Her conflict is real and stories seem to flow effortlessly. This is no exception. I loved the slow build between Connor and Arianna; they never made a big deal of being together, they just were. This is definitely on my holiday reread list. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
What do you do when your life has been turned upside down? That is a question that goes through Arianna's head on a daily basis. She is still recovering from the fire that destroyed not only her business but also her livelihood. She is so emotionally broken from the thought of never being able to create again that getting out of bed has become harder and harder to do. Connor watched Arianna die and be brought back, he doesn't know what he would have done if she hadn’t made it. His feelings for her have never changed and he realizes that he wants her in his life. When Arianna's grandmother decides to run for mayor and needs her granddaughters help Connor jumps at the chance to insert himself into the mix. Things are looking great and their relationship starts to move forward but Arianna has a deep dark secret that she knows will pull Connor and her apart. Follow along as these two take two steps forward and one step back in a dance called love. This was such an emotional roller coaster of a read it had me laughing, crying, and in the end rooting for love to be conquered. I look forward to seeing what happens next with this wonderful cast of characters
Jolie More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of Christmas themed romances lately. I love reading these types of books. They get me in the mood for Christmas. Plus, they’re romances. And everyone knows how much I love romances. So when the publisher approached me to review The Corner of Holly and Ivy, I jumped at it. I was also excited to read a book by Debbie Mason. I have seen her books around the blogosphere but I never have had the chance to review one. The Corner of Holly and Ivy is Arianna and Connor’s romance. Arianna was injured in a fire that destroyed half the businesses on Main Street, including her business. Harboring guilt over surviving the fire, she has sequestered herself in her house with her grandmother. Connor is an attorney who is back in Harmony Harbor after being blackballed by his ex-employer. Sparks fly when Arianna and Connor, who dated as teenagers, are forced to run opposite of each other in a mayoral race. Old feelings come back as they run against each other. But, Arianna has a secret. A secret that can threaten her and Connor’s love. Can they survive it? I liked and pitied Arianna. She had been through so much before the book even started. The fire did a number not only on her body but on her self-confidence. She wasn’t able to do what she loved, designing wedding dresses. She was living in a state of depression until her grandmother forced her out of it by deciding to run for mayor. I loved her relationship with her grandmother. It was sweet and pure (as weird as that sounds). She would do anything for her Glamma. That includes stepping in for her when Glamma asked her. I also liked how she dealt with Connor and his being around more often. She didn’t want to fall back in love with him. She fought it. Her secret was heartbreaking too!! I liked Connor. He was upfront with his feelings for Arianna right from the beginning. His distress at seeing her die and being brought back to life came off the pages. I also liked how loyal he was to his family. When Daniel had a “heart attack“, Connor was there to take over his mayoral campaign. I did think it was great that he was able to keep a sense of humor while running against Arianna. And he was in tune with his feelings for her. I have to mention Glamma. I loved her. She was outspoken and she supported her granddaughter no matter what she did. I felt awful with what she was going through but I liked that she got a diagnosis. She was one of my favorite characters in the book. Her and Colleen. Colleen’s anger at Daniel and what she did to get back at him was hilarious. It was even funnier because she was a ghost and he had no flipping clue what was going on. Only Jasper and the cat. I do have to mention Daniel. I didn’t like him. I thought he was a manipulator. What he did to his brother and his wife was unforgivable. But, he did get what was coming to him. I laughed that entire scene in the book. I might or might not have said: “You go Colleen“. The secondary character in the book fleshed it out. They all had individual personality and quirks. I loved that these characters were so relatable (both secondary and main). There were 3 major plotlines in The Corner of Holly and Ivy. What I enjoyed about the plotlines is that they went seamlessly from one to another. There is usually some choppiness when transitioning from plotline to plotline. Not here. The first plotline was Arianna and Connor’s relationship, both past and present. I liked that while acknowledged, Arianna and Connor’s past
Vickijean More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I could not put this book down. I would recommend this book to everyone to read.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
In my opinion Debbie Mason is the queen of second chance romances and she does not disappoint with this one! She has a way of creating characters that you want to have as your friends. The writing is exceptional and I just adore all the zany characters of the small town of Harmony Harbor. Arianna Bell has had one heck of a year. First the business and career she loved is gone and now she has to see the former love of her life Connor Gallagher everywhere she turns. The Harmony Harbor matchmakers are determined to see these two reunited. Throw in a little holiday magic and you have one entertaining story. Everyone should have this on their holiday must read list. I highly recommend it.