Carlson, Melody. Harbor Secrets. Cumberland, MD: WhiteFire Publishing, 2018.
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A Peaceful Coastal Town…Threatened by a Storm of Secrets
It’s 1916 when newspaper woman Anna McDowell learns her estranged father has suffered a stroke. Deciding it’s time to repair bridges, Anna packs up her precocious adolescent daughter and heads for her hometown in Sunset Cove, Oregon.
Although much has changed since the turn of the century, some things haven’t. Anna finds the staff of her father’s paper not exactly eager to welcome a woman into the editor-in-chief role, but her father insists he wants her at the helm. Anna is quickly pulled into the charming town and her new position…but just as quickly learns this seaside getaway harbors some dark and dangerous secrets.
With Oregon’s new statewide prohibition in effect, crime has crept along the seacoast and invaded even idyllic Sunset Cove. Anna only meant to get to know her father again over the summer, but instead she finds herself rooting out the biggest story the town has ever seen—and trying to keep her daughter safe from it all.
I love reading stories written by Melody Carlson. Her characters are interesting and usually show growth. Her plots are well-researched and well-developed. Harbor Secrets is no exception.
During prohibition there were heated opinions on either side of the issue. Much like Anna the newspaper editor main character, author Melody Carlson presents both sides of the issue. Obviously both the author and the editor have a bias but I thought both sides were well-presented throughout the story.
The story opens with strained family relationships – a situation which gradually changes over the course of the story. Readers are reminded that things aren’t always as they seem, that there is usually more to a story than what is evident on the surface, and that sometimes our opinions of people need to change.
And if you like romance – the potential is there. Three men are showing an interest in Anna.
Like mystery and intrigue? The whole idea of bootleg alcohol and how it is getting in to the community will appeal to you.
Interested is woman trailblazers? In the early 1900s a woman newspaper reporter was unusual, an editor more so, Anna is editor in chief in her father’s absence of an almost all-male staff.
The fact that both adults and teens figure prominently in the story give this book appeal both for the adult and young adult markets. I would not hesitate to add Harbor Secrets to my K-12 Christian school library. I think it would even be appropriate for the middle schoolers.
I want to thank Melody Carlson and Celebrate Lit for the complimentary e-copy of Harbor Secrets. I look forward to reading more books in the series – The Legacy of Sunset Cove. Look for my review of Riptide Rumors next month.
About Melody Carlson
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.
Melody Carlson has an exciting new historical series set in Oregon of 1916! Family, romance, homecoming, and an ambitious newspaperwoman make a recipe for fun. #READatWhiteFire #amreading #ChristianFiction
Have you checked out Melody Carlson’s new historical series yet? Oregon’s prohibition sets the perfect backdrop for danger and romance! #READatWhiteFire #ChristianFiction #LegacyofSunsetCove
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