I am a sucker for books that have ‘sea’, ‘bay’, ‘beach’ and other nautical terms in their title. The same goes for inns and castles. Half Moon Harbor is a good read for romance lovers who love a man with a good Irish brogue.
Desperate heroines seem to be the feature this week. Grace Maddox has been a hot shot lawyer who chucked it all and bought a boathouse in a small Maine harbor town. Why? We only know that it is to be close to her family. Although the town is not on the tourist circuit, she plans to build a successful inn.
Brodie Monaghan owns a stretch of harbor that is mortgaged to the government. He has emigrated from Ireland to resurrect his legacy, one that goes back several centuries. He has broken many hearts in the small Maine town, but it all goes haywire when he manages to anger the local rich lady. Turning down this one costs him big when she sells his land to someone without his by your leave.
Brodie and Grace meet and are fascinated by each other. They try to stay in their own boathouses, but are inevitably brought together. Soon, they are cuddling under the covers. Grace has a painful past and is trying to locate a family member who has no idea she is living in the small town of Blueberry Cove.
The powers that be have big plans for the town and try to badger Brodie into a sweet deal. The caveat is one married realtor who is eager for some TLC from him. Does Brodie choose to fulfill his dreams at any cost, even at the cost of love? Does Grace make peace with her family and get to keep Brodie?
Half Moon Harbor is a fast read and is great for summer, best enjoyed by the poolside or on the beach. Some of the book is predictable, and some parts a bit too goody-goody. But it is a feel good book that most readers will enjoy. Yes, it has its share of passionate encounters thrown in!