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HALF MOON HARBOR
Mass Market Reissue
“Witty dialogue, sexy heroes, Donna Kauffman’s a must-read!”
Bold, brash, Irish–Brodie Monaghan’s been breaking hearts ever since he arrived in Maine to rebuild the family business. Still, there’s one woman he just can’t wow. Grace Maddox claims she’s now part owner of Monaghan Shipbuilders, and she has her own dreams for the weathered dockside buildings. Tiny Blueberry Cove has a way of welcoming strangers with wide open arms, but is the sleepy coastal village ready for the fireworks these two spark?
DIY is so much better with two. . .
Includes an easy do-it-yourself restoration project!
“Kauffman’s second Bachelors of Blueberry Cove contemporary (after Pelican Point) explores themes of home, family, and belonging in a warm, positive story filled with deep-hearted, articulate characters who learn to trust as they open themselves to love. Charming Irish shipbuilder Brodie Monaghan spurns the adulterous advances of Cami Weathersby. She takes her revenge by selling off a portion of his family’s shipyard property for the price of the back taxes. Despite his anger at Cami, Brodie is quickly charmed by the buyer, Grace Maddox, who intends to respect the history of the boathouse even as she turns it into a inn. The romantic arc hits a perfect mix of lust, affection, and playful humor. Even more notable are the sincere, insightful, and low-tension friendships between Grace and architect Langston DeVry, and between diner owner Delia O’Reilly and Grace’s estranged brother, Ford. Strong character ties between past and future books make the series unusually cohesive and give the tiny Maine town an emotional sense of place despite little attention to the scenic locale.”
“HALF MOON HARBOR is Book two in Donna Kauffman’sBachelors of Blueberry Cove series. Having never read the previous book in this series, I was still able to enjoy this book without being confused. Grace Maddox is a newcomer to Blueberry Cove, Maine but Brodie Monaghan’s family has been building ships in the area for over a hundred years and more. Being new to this series helped me associate with Grace as a newcomer.
Brodie is an easy character to like. He has a lot of Irish charm and knows how to use it — a fact that Grace is very much aware of and is amused by. He’s extremely hard-working and trying to hold onto his family’s shipbuilding business and legacy. It only adds to his appeal that he is also a nice guy getting over an unrequited love. I like that when Grace showed up at his boathouse, telling him something he didn’t want to hear that he handled himself well rather than act petulant.
I liked that Brodie and Grace never have an antagonistic relationship, in spite of having very different ideas about the same piece of property. I also loved how honest with each other they are when it comes to their feelings. The chemistry between them is electric and makes for a lot of sexy scenes.
One of the things I love about HALF MOON HARBOR is the assortment of complex and interesting characters. Donna Kauffman does a great job of avoiding having characters act in a predictable way. In addition to the yummy hero, I liked Grace a lot too. She has a lot of inner strength. Growing up, she didn’t have the tight-knit, big family that Brodie did. All she had was her older brother, Ford, until he left her for the military. She obviously has feelings of abandonment, but rather than wallow in self-pity, she carves out a successful legal career and then makes plans to put her dream of owning an inn and reconnecting with her brother a reality. Graces strikes me as being very real and a strong woman. I loved the addition of her dog Whomper and her very good friend and celebrated architect, Langston deVry. I’d enjoy seeing both in future books. Cami Weathersby made a fabulous “bad guy” and I loved how that situation got resolved.
HALF MOON HARBOR is exactly the kind of character-driven, sexy, well-written story that I live for. I very much look forward to the next book in this wonderful series!”
“Kauffman continues her Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series with an enchanting story. Witty dialogue, wonderful Maine scenery and a hero with swoon-worthy Irish brogue make it a great read. There’s no fluff here; Kauffman has constructed well-developed characters and set the stage nicely for the next installment.
“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.
“Grace Maddox has plans for the old Monaghan Shipbuilding company property and they do not include sexy Irishman Brodie Monaghan. Brodie is fresh over from the old country with plans to overhaul his family’s old ship building company in the town of Blueberry Cove, Maine. He can’t believe some woman thinks she has the right to get in his way, no problem though, because if there’s one thing Brodie knows how to do, it’s how to charm the ladies. Strangely enough though, Grace doesn’t seem interested. Hmmm. Seems like Brodie may have to try extra hard this time.
A charming romance with a handsome Irishman, an intelligent woman and a lovely town on the coast of Maine. I finished it in one sitting.”
“I was drawn by the cover of this book and then wanted to read the book. I hadn’t read anything by Donna Kauffman before and wasn’t sure as I began. However it wasn’t long before I was drawn in by this warm, sexy, small town story.
Brodie has returned to Half Moon Harbor to recreate the shipping business once begun by his ancestors. Unfortunately it has lay wasting for many years and now he owes back taxes to the local council. Right from under his nose the revengeful real estate agent sells a piece of the shipping yard to Grace. The revenging agent – Cami, doesn’t mention to either Grace or Brodie what she is doing, and so both of them are a surprise to each other. Not the best way to start of a relationship of any kind.
Brodie is warm, charming and full of the Irish. He is talented and is obviously going to eventually be successful in his ship building venture in the cove. He is very likeable, direct, honest and shows a lot of integrity. It is not long before he recognises the true value of Grace. Just as he had recognised the lack of integrity in Cami, had rejected her and which is why now Cami has her guns pointed at him.
Grace has quite a background, both parents died early in her life and apart from one older brother – Ford, has no family. She has come to the harbor in Maine to reconnect with her brother. He is much older and has completed quite a few tours as a serviceman. These have changed him, and while Grace is anxious about reconnecting, her need for family and love is greater. One of my favorite scenes is when Grace goes to the island where Ford is living for that first reconnection – very moving.
The other favorite scene is when Cami breaks in on Grace and Brodie and meets her just dues. Very satisfying. Other things I loved about this book were: Whomper the pet dog that Grace has, the scenery details and the formation of various relationships.
This book is the second one in the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove, I am already looking forward to the third one out later this year, the story of Delia – Grace has formed a great relationship with her in Half Moon Harbor – and hopefully Ford, Grace’s brother.”
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