I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Love is the best medicine
Olivia Davenport has finally gotten her life back together. She's left her painful past behind, started over in a new town, and become Harmony Harbor's most sought-after event planner. But her past catches up to her when Olivia learns that she's now guardian of her ex's young daughter. With her world spinning, Olivia must reconcile her old life with her new one. And she doesn't have time for her new next door neighbor, no matter how handsome he is.
Olivia may act like she's got everything under control, but Dr. Finn Gallagher knows a person in over her head when he sees one. He'd really like to be the shoulder she leans on, but Olivia makes it clear she doesn't want his help. Since he's returned to town, his waiting room has been full of single women feigning illness. Yet the one woman he's interested in is avoiding him. But with a little help from some matchmaking widows and a precocious little girl, Finn might just win Olivia over.
Primrose Lane is another sweet addition to the Harmony Harbor series. Expect laughs, tears, and ghostly intervening.
I was anxiously awaiting for Olivia’s story. Her secret was one that I really wanted to know about. I absolutely loved that Olivia was a troubled soul. She was a character that chose to block out pain with medication and did not hesitate taking the extra pill to alleviate it. I felt so sorry for her but at the same time a little angry that she chose to numb herself to the outside world. The topic might have been a little heavy at first but it didn’t remain the main focal point of the story. One thing I can say as this series is totally different than the Christmas ones. There are darker tones in this one, but not so much that it takes away from the enjoyment. The charm is still there and I love the role that the children play in this series as well.
The romance between Olivia and Finn is kind of like an enemies to lovers type thing. He believes that she’s a druggie and she believes that he’s a class A jerk.
“You’re a judgemental and sanctimonious ass, Finn Gallagher. And if I never see you again, it will be too soon.”
I didn’t agree with some of the things that Finn did to Olivia, but if she didn’t mind, well then I guess I shouldn’t either. But seriously, in my opinion, he did stick his nose where it didn’t belong.
I loved Olivia’s use of “Holy fig newton” all the time. It was a cute little saying and I found myself uttering it after reading this. And I chuckled when Finn started using the say as well.
Suspense lovers will love this story since it has a villainess in it and some scary instances toward the end of the story. It builds up and crescendos nicely. The ghostly matriarch makes her appearance again and those scenes are the ones I most look forward to.
Besides the somewhat heavy beginning and the slightly annoying aspects to Finn and Olivia, I really thought this was a great story that challenged both characters to grow up and accept their fates.
I recommend reading this series from the start.
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