Coming home to an estranged father and finding not all is as it seems... Harbor Secrets by Melody Carlson (Review) @AuthorCarlson #READatWhiteFire #LegacyofSunsetCove

Harbor Secrets
(The Legacy of Sunset Cove #1)
By Melody Carlson
Christian Historical
Paperback & ebook, 322 Pages
August 15th 2018 by WhiteFire Publishing


A Peaceful Coastal Town…Threatened by a Storm of Secrets

It's 1916 when newspaper woman Anna McDowell learns her estranged father has suffered a stroke. Deciding it's time to repair bridges, Anna packs up her precocious adolescent daughter and heads for her hometown in Sunset Cove, Oregon.

Although much has changed since the turn of the century, some things haven’t. Anna finds the staff of her father’s paper not exactly eager to welcome a woman into the editor-in-chief role, but her father insists he wants her at the helm. Anna is quickly pulled into the charming town and her new position…but just as quickly learns this seaside getaway harbors some dark and dangerous secrets.

With Oregon’s new statewide prohibition in effect, crime has crept along the seacoast and invaded even idyllic Sunset Cove. Anna only meant to get to know her father again over the summer, but instead she finds herself rooting out the biggest story the town has ever seen—and trying to keep her daughter safe from it all.

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My Review

HARBOR SECRETS is a story of forgiveness, mystery, and family. This story is full of small-town charm, the goings-on of the local newspaper this family has operated for years, and the mystery surrounding rum-runners during prohibition weaved throughout. Historical readers are sure to enjoy the setting and cozy mystery readers are sure to enjoy the mystery that unfolds.

This story was fun, in a cozy mystery way. The small-town setting and historical period were well done. I also enjoyed the characters, although I felt Anna was a little too overindulgent of her daughter, Katy. There really wasn't any romance... there were suitors who were mostly friends, but no sparks or anything more. That might change in future books. I thought the family dynamic of the story was the strongest. There was quite a theme of forgiveness, but that would be the extent of the inspirational aspect of the story, which I didn't mind. It makes it a story that would appeal to both Christian and non-Christian cozy mystery readers.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed reading this. It's on the lighter side with likable characters, some suspense and danger, and plenty of promise for more in subsequent books.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from CelebrateLit, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

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About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

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