I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
'Tis the season for love . . .
Sophie DiRossi loved growing up in Harmony Harbor. But after fleeing in disgrace many years ago, it is the last place she wants to be. Left homeless by a fire, she's forced to go back to the small coastal town that harbors a million secrets, including her own. Sophie sees this secret reflected every day in her daughter's blue eyes-and she must keep it hidden from the only man she has ever loved.
Sophie's return is a shock for everyone . . . especially Liam Gallagher. The firefighter had some serious feelings for Sophie-and seeing her again sparks a desire so fierce it takes his breath away. Now Liam will do whatever it takes to show Sophie that they deserve a second chance at love, even if everything they've concealed threatens to keep them apart. In this special town at this special time of the year, Sophie and Liam can only hope for a little holiday magic . . .
I love visiting a world that Debbie Mason creates. So I was super excited to find out that there is a new small town series to look forward to! Mistletoe Cottage was sweet, with a hint of humor, and a splash of paranormal. The perfect start to a new series. I immediately signed up for the chance to do this blog tour. Read the rest of my review below.
Sophie and her daughter Mia are down on their luck. They are recently recovering from a hellish fire that stole Mia’s ability to talk and almost ripped their cute little family apart. It really was a sad tale. It’s a little bit more heavy then other Debbie Mason books that I’ve read, just because of the major family problems especially when CPS was involved. I was rooting for this small family and appreciating Sophie and her struggles as a single mother. It’s those events that bring Sophie back to Harmony Harbor. A small town with nosy characters, which really is the best thing about those kinds of places. The nosiness.
Small Town Fun
Okay, I admit, I probably wouldn’t want to live a small town. Just because I like to keep my business to myself. But when it comes to reading about them, I love it. The tight knit groups, the families, the stores, the overall quaint location, makes me second guess my opinion about them in reality. It’s always in a small town where major character development occurs and happily ever afters are just sweeter.
The splash of paranormal
Now this is new. I really liked this little addition. With Mia’s role it was even cuter. Without giving too much away, let’s just say a ghost is involved and will stay involved throughout this series. Kind of a matchmaker figure. There is always a quirky character in a Debbie Mason series and I was happy to find that this was it.
Ah… the romance
What’s better than a hot fireman? A sweet, non arrogant one that’s what! Spencer was really sexy. I really couldn’t find fault with him. Sophie maybe, because of her stubbornness, but Spencer was really easy going. Sometimes that’s all I want in my heroes.
Fire seems to be the theme here and it really follows Sophie and Mia around. Might have been an “Oh, I saw that coming from a mile away” thought but that did not hamper my good feelings towards this story. I can’t wait for more!
Liam smiled when Sophie cursed out her brother in Italian. “Problem?” he asked once she returned her phone to her pocket.
“I told Marco Mia can watch Casper the Ghost, and what does he put on? Halloween Five. She’s . . . six, and he’s got her watching horror movies. If that doesn’t give her nightmares, the pop, candy apples, and popcorn will. He’s thirty-one going on fifteen.”
Liam struggled to hold back a laugh. His best friend was an idiot, but he had his back. “Most guys are. Betcha he ends up being Mia’s favorite babysitter.”
“No, that would be you. I think you’re the reason she put up such a fuss about coming tonight.”
He liked the kid . . . a lot, and he liked kissing her mother a lot, too. But he and Sophie had a complicated past. And gorgeous single moms with adorable daughters were not in his wheelhouse. The rules in his playbook might not be as old as the ones in Jasper’s handbook, but they were as non-negotiable. A relationship with Sophie would be the polar opposite of keeping it easy and simple. There was nothing simple or easy about Sophie DiRossi.
“Liam, did I say something wrong?”
“No . . .” He rubbed his jaw. “Soph, about the kiss—”
“You don’t have to say anything. I was upset, and so were you. It was a mistake. I’m sorry. It won’t happen again. You know, I should probably get going. Rosa—”
He grabbed her hand before she took off. “Wait. You have nothing to apologize for. I just don’t think a relationship right now is a good idea for either of us.”
She frowned. “A relationship? How did we go from a kiss to a relationship?”
He didn’t have a clue. “That’s not what I meant to say. Okay, so maybe I thought seeing that you’re a single mother, you wouldn’t be looking for just a good time. You’re not, are you?”
“I’m a healthy twenty-six-year-old who hasn’t had sex in six years. So what do you think?”
He wasn’t thinking. He couldn’t. Every ounce of blood from his head had gone south.