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.

Titles in the Harmony Harbor series include:  Mistletoe Cottage – Christmas with an Angel – Starlight Bridge – Primrose Lane – Sugarplum Way – Driftwood Cove – Sandpiper Shore – The Corner of Holly and Ivy –

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.

Titles in the Harmony Harbor series include:  Mistletoe Cottage – Christmas with an Angel – Starlight Bridge – Primrose Lane – Sugarplum Way – Driftwood Cove – Sandpiper Shore – The Corner of Holly and Ivy –

Title:  The Corner of Holly and Ivy
Series:  Harmony Harbor #7
Author:  Debbie Mason
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  October 30, 2018
Publisher:  Grand Central publishing – Forever
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I love Debbie Mason’s Harmony Harbor series, especially the Christmas themed stories… however, I’m going to suggest to brand new to Debbie Mason readers that reading the previous book, Sandpiper Shore before this one will make many events much more clear.  Is it absolutely necessary?  Probably not, but Harmony Harbor is a small town series that builds, at times, on previous couples and events.  It’s not always possible to go back to the very beginning… but I would suggest trying to read Sandpiper Shore as well as The Corner of Holly and Ivy.  Just a suggestion.

There was a time when Connor Gallagher and Arianna Bell meant the world to each other.  High school sweethearts, it seemed their future was set in stone… until it wasn’t and they broke apart.  They might no longer be a couple but that never diminished the love that was still very much alive, buried deep in broken hearts.  When Arianna’s world fell apart, the fire destroyed her business and dreams leaving her burned and injured in its wake it seemed that nothing would ever be the same again for her.  As her grandmother set her sights on the Mayor’s seat, Arianna was pulled into helping her gain that dream… until her grandmother had to withdraw and encouraged Arianna to take her place.  Connor has never forgotten his first love, and if the truth were told he never stopped loving her.  His return to Harmony Harbor was very much because of the recent events in her life… although he might not always acknowledge that fact.  Life often has a strange sense of humor for with Connor’s return the possibility of a second chance with Arianna seemed quite clear… right up until he also stepped in for a withdrawing relative in the mayoral race.  Now pitted against each other how in the world will love find a way for this couple?

The Corner of Holly and Ivy is a delightful return to a small town that I adore.  With a second chance at love, a bit of suspense, visiting with old friends this was a fun, emotional Christmas romance that touched my heart, made me laugh and have hope for the future of this couple.  Frankly, I’ve never met a Debbie Mason story that I didn’t enjoy, and this one is no exception.  I had fun with Connor and Arianna, cried a bit, laughed out loud and experienced the magic of a small town Christmas season.  If that doesn’t equal a great Christmas Romance, then I don’t know what does.  If you’re in the mood for a lovely, wounded couple to rekindle their love, small town antics and a lovely Christmas season – then The Corner of Holly and Ivy is perfect for you.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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