Review and Excerpt Tour: Starlight Bridge by Debbie Mason: A Harmony Harbor Novel
A second chance for romance...
Harmony Harbor #2
Releasing Feb 28, 2017
A second chance for romance...
Hidden in Graystone Manor is a book containing all the dark secrets of Harmony Harbor, and Ava DiRossi is determined to find it. No one-especially not her ex-husband, Griffin Gallagher-can ever discover what really tore her life apart all those years ago. With Griffin back in town, it's more important than ever that she find the book before someone else does. Because her ex is still angry with her for leaving him. And he still has no idea Ava never stopped loving him...
Ava is no longer the vibrant, happy woman Griffin had once loved and married, and he would do anything to bring back the sparkle to her brilliant green eyes. But what's never changed are the sexy sparks of attraction between Ava and Griffin, and he won't give her up again without a fight. He knows there's the real possibility of a future together... if the truth doesn't burn the bridge between them forever.
Harmony Harbor, a small town, idyllic, where everyone knows everyone but one lady more so than the others. When Colleen Gallagher passed away, she brought with her the secrets of some of people in town. Most of them belong to the widow's club and one of them is Ava deRossi. For more than ten years Ava has been living in a bubble, ever since her divorce with the love of her life, after a very traumatic experience she refuses to talk about. But she did tell it to one person and now that person was Colleen Gallagher, who happens to have written a memoir where every secret she knew was written down, including Ava's. When Ava's ex-husband, Griffin Gallagher comes back, its more important to find that memoir but now Ava is starting to realise that keeping that particular secret wasn't a good idea at all especially when she still loves Griffin.
Starlight Bridge may have a very dark theme beneath all that wonderful characters and charming backdrop but it doesn't take away the message of hope it brings. There is still laughter, friendship, sisterhood, a sense of family, a ghost and of course a cat that seems sentient which makes it all the more special. Its all about acceptance, growth, regret and redemption and yes happiness and hope. A definite feel good comfort read!
“What happened to your arm?” Griffin asked Ava.
She turned to grab the bucket. “I hit it on the service cart. It’s nothing, really.”
“It’s not nothing. Let me see.” He reached for her at the same time wondering what he was doing. Why couldn’t he just leave it alone?
“No. I…” Her gaze jerked to his hand as he gently wrapped his fingers around her fine-boned wrist. She pulled away from him, wrenching her arm as she did. He noted her desperate attempt to contain the pained gasp, the flash of panic in her eyes.
They were the same, her eyes. They no longer lit up with laughter and passion, but they were just as incredibly beautiful as they used to be. Her eyes were the only thing about her that was remotely familiar. Maybe they were the reason he couldn’t let it go. The reason he took her hand, despite her murmured protest, and carefully pushed up the sleeve of her sweater.
His breath hissed through his teeth. Her forearm was almost completely black and blue. He raised his gaze to hers. “You didn’t get this from banging your arm on the service cart.”
She wouldn’t meet his eyes as she tried to push her sleeve back down. “I hit it again last night. Please, Griffin, it’s just a bruise.”
“You sure about that? It looks pretty bad to me. Maybe you have a hairline fracture. Did you let Doc Bishop take a look?”
She pulled away again, and this time he let her go. They hadn’t been alone together in a long time. He hadn’t stood this close to her or held her hand, and he didn’t like the uncomfortable pressure building in his chest. He tried to convince himself that it was nothing—just a reaction to seeing the extensive bruising. His protective instincts were strong. That’s all it was. He’d react the same to anyone with a similar injury. But with Ava, he didn’t want to feel anything. Not one damn thing.
Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their three wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.