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Herons Landing

(Honeymoon Harbor #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  966 ratings  ·  131 reviews
There’s no place to fall in love like the place you left your heart

Welcome to Honeymoon Harbor, the brand-new, long-awaited series by beloved New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross, where unforgettable characters come face-to-face with the kind of love that grabs your heart and never lets go.

Working as a Las Vegas concierge, Brianna Mannion is an expert at making ot
Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by HQN
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DJ Sakata
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“On our first date, she cited all this damn research claiming vegans lived nine years longer than meat eaters.” Jarle’s teeth flashed in a grin in his flaming red beard. “After a week of grazing, I decided that her statistics might be true, but that extra time would be nine horrible baconless years.”

Dottie’s going to love dressing you. I swear to the Goddess that woman’s goal in life is to get every Northwesterner looking like a unicorn vomited out rainbows.

Jarle tends to fall in
Kate Olson
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this first book in a series because the second book is on my holiday reading list, and now I’m DYING to start that one before my holiday reading is officially allowed to begin on Thanksgiving.
Heron’s Landing is the first in the Honeymoon Harbor series, set on the Pacific Northwest coast. This book is a sweet, tender, cozy romance with actually way more 🔥 than I expected. I absolutely loved it and am so excited to continue the series ❤️ Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is book #2 and it releas
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
It's a 'widower romance' that I feel lacked a lot of romance. ...more
Scott Rhee
The Pacific Northwest is apparently a popular setting for romance novels. I have only been to the Seattle, WA area once in my life, and it was for only a few days, but I will admit that it is beautiful country. I saw primarily forests and mountains on my stay, mainly because I tent-camped overnight at Mt. Rainier National Park, so I didn’t get to spend a lot of time in the city proper or in the trendy little towns scattered around Seattle.

Based on what I have read, the place is full of romantic
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
I read a lot of Jo Ann Ross in the past. Her Shelter Bay series was one of my favorites. I don’t know why I hadn’t read her in a while. I had forgotten how wonderful her books are. What a treat to return to her books just in time for the start of a new series. After reading Herons Landing, I’d say her Honeymoon Harbor series promises to be just as addicting as Shelter Bay. And with her vivid descriptions of the Pacific Northwest, like Shelter Bay, Honeymoon Harbor is a place I plan to visit aga ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, work-project
I have a low tolerance for small town single titles contemporaries (too much filler, too much improbably cutesy, I'm here for the romance - give me that not the seventy billion cupcake shops that somehow manage to stay in business in towns with populations of 2000). Anyway. Sorry tangent. Even though I found the pacing slow going at times and I wanted more of the romantic couple, this is a really well done small town contemporary. The setting is lovely, the secondary characters interesting, and ...more
Chris Conley
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love JoAnn Ross’s books. There is such a strong blend of characters you want to know, a community where you want to live and back stories that give all of those things dimension.
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This first book in JoAnn Ross's new series Honeymoon Harbor was a great read. You are introduced to the Harper and Mannion families and a whole cast of characters that inhabit the town. I liked how the story evolved around Brianna Mannion and Seth Harper from their days as children to their adulthood. I found myself wishing the author had got to the romance sooner, but in the telling you could experience the sexual chemistry between the two and when it hit them, it was the romance and heat you w ...more
Dnf at the end of chapter 3. Bored. No my favourite may be yours so don't take my opinion on it. ...more
Asheley T.
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2018-read
Herons Landing features Brianna Mannion and Seth Harper, who end up working together on a restoration project for a historical home in the area.

There are several things about this book that make me enjoy it: the small-town setting by the water and the family relationships being the major ones. But I also loved that the coming-together of Brianna and Seth was the result of the pair working together on a home restoration. I’ve read several books in the past where restoration or building was a majo
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful start to the new series. A heartwarming story that will melt your heart. It will make you laugh and cry. A great cast of characters that interact so well together. I hated to see the story end.
JoAnn Ross introduces readers to the small town of Honeymoon Harbor and the residents that make up this lovely town. When Brianna Mannion decides to quit her high-profile job as a concierge in Las Vegas, she falls in love with this big old Victorian house that she loved as a child in her hometown of Honeymoon Harbor. But when she returns home, she finds her childhood friend Seth Harper grieving for the loss of his wife (and Brianna’s best friend) and she is determined to make her dream a reality ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like a second chance at love is harder emotionally when love has already come and gone. Regardless of it left, the person a story focuses on is weighed down with feelings that don't exist in other types of romance stories. Grief and guilt are usually at the forefront. Grief colors their life in darkness. Guilt pokes holes in their attempts to move forward/on. I believe that patience is needed when entering a relationship with someone who's dealing daily with these emotions, and that it ta ...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by Netgalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

It is always nice to leave home for a while but given the chance to move back most people will take it.

Ms. Ross delivers another great read. Full of great characters that have already become family with the promise of more to come. I have already settled in at Honeymoon Harbor waiting with Brianna and Seth for the guests to start arriving. Brianna has wanted Seth since forever but he only had eyes for Brian
Linda Smatzny
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Modern day romance that features Brianna Mannion and Seth Harper as the main characters. Brianna has returned home to Honeymoon Harbor to purchase a Victorian and turn it into a bed and breakfast.
Seth is the contractor that she hires to do the work. They have been friends forever. Seth is still brooding over the death of wife two years earlier. The book also includes a novella set in 1985 featuring John Mannion and Sarah Harper as the main characters. These two are Brianna's parents. The book wa
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't get the whole "loving my best friend's husband until she dies and I get him" thing. And that everyone in the town though that it was time for Seth to move on (who are they to declare this?) and she's the one to do it with.


May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A slow and sweet, emotionally charged read. While it lacked in heat and intensity, I still thought it was an enjoyable tale and would definitely recommend to readers who enjoy a second-chance-at-love romance.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book to read about a man dealing with the death of his wife due to a suicide bomber and a highschool classmate finding love.
Shirley Penick
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this first book in the new series. Looking forward to more! It was fun to see mentions of other favorite characters from Cold Water Cove.
JoAnn Ross introduces readers to the small town of Honeymoon Harbor and the residents that make up this lovely town. When Brianna Mannion decides to quit her high-profile job as a concierge in Las Vegas, she falls in love with this big old Victorian house that she loved as a child in her hometown of Honeymoon Harbor. But when she returns home, she finds her childhood friend Seth Harper grieving for the loss of his wife (and Brianna’s best friend) and she is determined to make her dream a reality ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about love and friendship, heartbreak and healing, loss and second chances. This is a story that will have falling in love with the lead characters, only to feel like one of the family as you let all those that surround them into your heart. This is a story by a new-to-me author that opens a new series that will have a home on my wish list as long as it's being written. Yes, my friends, I fell that hard for this book.

Brianna is SUCH a great leading lady, though she'd never steal
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heron's Landing is the first book I've read by JoAnn Ross in a long, long time. It immediately brought back all of the "down home" small town romance feelings her books are known for. Admittedly I'm not a fan of a hero being in love with someone else first, as is the case in this book. Seth Harper tragically lost his wife, and for two years he's just been going through the motions. Then his childhood friend, and one of his wife's best friends, returns to town and shakes his world upside down.
Sara Strand
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to start by saying I'm giving this one four stars only because it was a little slow for me. Maybe I'm just used to more fast paced novels but this one was kind of dragging for a bit. But that's not to say the story isn't worth it, because it is. The romance between Seth and Brianna is sweet and that almost feels meant to be. For as much as Seth regards Zoe as his soul mate, I don't know if that's really true- maybe she wasn't and her death (as tragic as it was) needed to happen in orde ...more
Romantic Reads and Such
I love contemporary romances where it is all about the people. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an equal opportunity reader and enjoy a love story with a little paranormal twist, historical setting, or a bit of a whodunit. But there’s just something special about a book that just lets you live the character’s life with them for a bit.

Brianna has come home after years away, ready to make her old dream come true and become the owner of a B&B. It brings her back to family … and the man she’s always loved.

Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good story. It was JoAnn Ross so I knew it would have a HEA, but the story getting there was so intense and emotional! I will admit that in the beginning, Honeymoon Harbor, along with Seth and Brianna, reminded me a lot of Shelter Bay (her previous series) and it's characters. It definitely has a similar feel. But the more I read, the more wrapped up I got in their unique story. Seth's wife was a soldier, killed in Afghanistan. He has so much grief and baggage to try and get over ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The synopsis of this story made this book sound like a quick and easy, truly intriguing read.
It was and it wasn't. In the first few chapters alone, you are introduced to so many different characters it's hard to keep track of who's who. As the book went on, I caught on and actually grew to love the story. I have a love for some of the characters that I hope to see again in a continuing novel.

Brianna Mannion - Our main girl in the story. She has returned back to her quaint, quiet little hometow
Kate Vale
It was clear to me that Honeymoon Harbor was based on Port Townsend on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Having been there, it was easy to imagine various places of business and those Victorian houses lined up along the bluff above the town. In this story, we meet Brianna Mannion, whose skills making high-end hotel guests happy come in handy when she's confronted by conflicts in her own hometown. Not so easy is how she plans to interact with Seth Harper. She's had a one-sided crush on him for yea ...more
Sherrill Cannon
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“There’s no place to fall in love like the place you left your heart”

I loved this descriptive blurb line, because it captures the essence of this new series about Honeymoon Harbor. JoAnn Ross is one of my favorite authors and I am so happy to find new families to love. Since Brianna has always been in love with Seth, even though Seth fell in love with her best friend Zoe who was tragically killed in an accident overseas, it was fitting that their common love for Zoe was able to reconnect them.
Herons Landing by JoAnn Ross is the first book in a series about Honeymoon Harbor. There was a prequel setting up how one set of parents met. There are more books planned as well. The novel seems to be quite long, but reads quite quickly. Honeymoon Harbor is in the Pacific Northwest with towering trees, ocean breezes, houses on cliffs overlooking the water and a town that is working on rebranding itself.

Brianna Mannion has worked her way up into richer and more elite hotels as a concierge. She i
Herons Landing by JoAnn Ross is the first book in her Honeymoon Harbor series. I took a break from small-town contemps for a while, but Ross is a favorite and this new series appealed to me. I ended up really enjoying it, though the beginning was somewhat problematic for me.

I really loved the town and citizens of Honeymoon Harbor. Bri's family, their friends and the entire town really came to life. There were several times I cracked up at their antics, or got a little nostalgic for my own hometo
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New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross has written over a hundred novels for a bunch of publishers. Two of her titles have been excerpted in Cosmo and her books have also been published by the Doubleday, Rhapsody, Literary Guild, and Mystery Guild book clubs.

A member of the Romance Writers of America's Honor Roll of best-selling authors, she's won several awards, including Romantic Times's

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