Published by Forever on October 30, 2018
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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.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
THE CORNER OF HOLLY AND IVY is the next book in the series by Debbie Mason that takes place in the lovely small town of Harmony Harbor. It is a heartwarming Christmas story with several unusual twists and turns, and a wonderful HEA at the end of the emotional rollercoaster.
Arianna Bell thinks she has lost everything after being injured in a fire that destroyed her business. Her spirits pick up, however, after her high-school boyfriend Connor Gallagher returns to town and wants to rekindle their relationship. Through a twist of fate, Arianna and Connor find themselves running against each other for mayor of Harmony Harbor. If that isn’t enough to tear them apart, Arianna is keeping a dark secret; no, make that two secrets, that are sure to affect everyone if they become known.
My heart went out to Arianna. While she seems to be wallowing in misery, it seemed to me that she had every right to wallow. Facing the loss of her business plus a possible career-ending injury, most of us would wallow for a while. I found her to be a believable, well-written character. I was not as impressed with Connor. While I did like him and felt that he and Arianna went well together, I also thought that at times, especially during the mayoral campaign, he said and did some things that seemed out of character for someone who professed to love Arianna so much.
There was a large number of colorful secondary characters that added depth to the story. Some were very loveable while others were, by design, very difficult to like. Connor had a very large, complex family, and there were times that I wished I had a chart in order to keep track of everyone!
The storyline was complex and well-written. It easily held my interest from start to finish. I had not read the previous novel in which these characters were introduced, and at times I wished I had. For the most part, however, it worked well as a stand-alone novel.
I’m looking forward to the next Harmony Harbor novel so that I can catch up with Arianna, Connor and all the other wonderful people of this charming small town. Thank you, Debbie Mason, for sharing them with us.