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Deep Harbor

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  983 ratings  ·  122 reviews
In this stirring new novel, acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels delves into the remarkable ways in which moments of crises can lead to our greatest acts of courage . . .

When Carol Ann "CJ" Jansen lost her beloved older brother, Kick, in a boating accident, she came adrift. Kick had taken on the role of caring for his little sister after their paTimes
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read quite a few books by this author and I have enjoyed them all. They have tugged my heartstrings in different ways.

I downloaded the book due to the cover, it made think of beauty and feelings, and of course, the blurb. The story started with a bang, CJ worked for a Congressman who had some nefarious dealings and insider trading in stocks and was soon found to have committed suicide. Our brave protagonist started investigating which soon led to some powerful people being incarcerated.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised with this story by Fern Michaels! It starts off as a political mystery / thriller then changes course to romance with her characteristic dog! A huge surprise ending adds to the enjoyment of this great story! 8 out of 10.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Thirty-four year old Carol Anne Jansen (CJ) works as chief of staff for Snapper Lewis, chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee for the past 12 years. The book starts out strong as CJ overhears a confrontation in Snapper's office and hides under her desk to avoid being discovered. A few days later, Snapper is discovered in his car, the apparent victim of suicide by carbon monoxide. CJ is executor of his will and she discovers some potential evidence of insider trading by the c ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too much of a lot of things: too much about wine. I felt as if I was taking a class in it. Way too many references to the guy who wore too much cologne. Too many references about parents deaths, brother's death, too much about her fear of the water. As it went on, it became more and more unbelievable -- while in WITSEC she was in a beautiful little town with wonderful people who took her in as part of their family and she even got a dog! And of course met a wonderful man. And the ending took the ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this one up because it sounded exciting: A woman who is the chief of staff of a high ranking congressman stumbles upon corruption in Washington and possibly involving her boss. It sounded like a good thriller, and the first half is one, but then the book changed speeds and I found myself wishing we could get back to the exciting stuff. I think the different parts of the book made the storyline feel choppy. The author brings things full circle in the end, but I think a little more of the ...more
Diane Saul
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
C. J. works as an aide for a Congressman. When her boss commits suicide she is convinced it has to be murder. Her investigation leads her down a dangerous and emotional path.

This book held my interest but it wasn’t a 4* book. It had suspense, romance, some laugh out loud humor, and a few twists. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
Feb 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Deep Harbor is the latest offering from Fern Michaels. It's everything readers have come to expect from the author: intrigue, dynamic characters, romance, a few twists and turns and a well written thoughtful story. Don't miss this book. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
CJ has lived a life with so much tragedy involved. First her parents are killed in an Accident and then her brother is accident
So , she is skeptical when her boss and ( mentor ) commits suicide.
CJ feels it deep in her gut that he was murdered.
This starts a wild ride and a another great Fern Michaels read !
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A patron brought this one in with the statement, "I couldn't put this one down. It was wonderful!" Another patron nearby repeated the praise. I gave it a try. Honestly, if I didn't have their build up, I'd have stopped after a couple chapters. I kept reading it hoping to get to the "good parts". I never did.

The story revolves around C.J. Hanson. She's had more than her share of heartbreak. Her parents were killed in a tragic accident when she was 10. Her older brother, Kick, has raised her whil
Linda Walters
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I like Fern Michael's as an author. But I also find that I either love the books that she has written or they fall in the middle for me. What I mean is that while I don't hate them they are just okay. That's where this one fell for me. Even though CJ was a good enough main character and her deceased brother's long- time lover Colin was good also. They had each others backs even after her brother "Kick" died. Colin is there for her once again as she pulls him into the mystery that SHE gets pulled ...more
Erica Whelan
Jul 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deep Harbor is by Fern Michaels. This is a riveting book by Fern Michaels. It is very difficult to put down even when you must. It is easy to read but just when you think it is over, something else pops up. It is very realistic and deals with matters that are questioned in congress today. It begins in Washington, D.C., and moves to Southern Florida and back. It is definitely contemporary.
Carol Ann “ CJ” Jansen lost her parents at an early age. Her brother, Kirk, stepped in and took care of CJ a
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
34 year old Carol Anne janson aka cj is preparing for her run as she often runs.Cj works for a Congress man and discovers a man agaisnt him.Cj lives in her dead brother's house.Cjs parents died when she was 10 her brother helped raise her until he died in a boating accident.Her brother owned a chain of restaurants with his partner.Cj inherited enough money to retire at age 30 but chose not to.The congressman knew this day would come but wants to be remembered as his dedication to as a congressma ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
An incredible plot with intriguing characters. I really enjoyed the relationship CJ had with Colin, it was very heart-warming. In fact, the relationships formed between the characters were all enjoyable. It was especially fun to witness the relationships forming as CJ started to expand her world. The story had some very suspenseful moments as the plot thickened. As well as, some hilarious OMG moments that kept me chuckling.
I have been a fan of Fern Michaels forever, so I was super excited to re
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I need ten stars for a rating and it would be 7/10 today. Deep Harbor by Fern Michaels. What was the dog, unattented in the stroller, all about? Sure thought it would have a key role in the drama. Just boyfriend finding out who she was wasn't enough. The bad guys had to have planted that to run her down...but no? Seems like all the drama was wrapped up too fast at the end, just to get it over with. At first the plot didn't seem to be going anywhere. By 6/10th of the way through it got a bit bett ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was going to give this book four stars, but I've got to say, the ending was really good. So I upped it to five. Deep Harbor is the story of CJ Jansen, who is the administrative assistant to the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee. CJ overhears a man threaten her boss one evening which leads to a series of events that changes CJ's comfortable life. This book is sort of like two books. CJ's boss commits what looks like suicide but CJ suspects is murder. After playing Nancy Drew with her deceas ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've read any book by Fern Michaels. This was a great book. It held my attention from the beginning. The storyline and characters were riveting. CJ was strong and tenacious, just the type of person I'd want to have my back. She was a dedicated employee to her boss Snapper so finds it hard to believe that he committed suicide. After much research into his life causing numerous attempts on hers, she enters WITSEC.

She's assigned to Booth Bay Harbor and falls
Darlene A. Ford
I'm not sure what this book was. My first thought was that it was a comedy. However, the situations were very serious. But the two main characters seemed to be more on a lark than serious investigating. Same with the witness protection. I've never been in witness protection so maybe it is all fun and games and wine. I'm still wondering about George. After seeing him the two main characters selected one of their own doctors to travel to California to exam him and see how bad his condition really ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure….this is not the type of book I normally read so I’m sure that plays a part in my review. Although I have read a couple Fern Michaels novels in the past, this story was below ok for me and the more I read it the more I felt like it was similar to other story-lines in recent novels. The constant on-going references to the parent’s deaths, the brother’s death, the “bad guy” with the cologne, the wine, etc, etc I found extremely irritating. How many times is it necessary to mention ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Best-selling author Fern Michaels once again presents a mystery/thriller with some romance to sweeten the plot. In this book, CJ (Carol) is the assistant to Congressman Snapper Lewis when she sees an unknown man threatening Snapper in his office. Later, the Congressman is found dead in his office and it is ruled a suicide. CJ can't believe that Snapper would take his own life and she digs into the situation and finds that there may have been some criminal activity in his past. Afraid that she ma ...more
Donna Hines
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Inheritance is the root of all evil but for Carol (CJ) it came as a shocker!
It was full of more than she bargained for and after already losing Kick her beloved brother she needs some closure but she sure as heck wasn't going to find it immersed in a political culture that rotated around Snapper the Congressman in town.
Snapper Lewis sounds like the perfect name for a man in politics but it's also linked to possible corruption and it's up to CJ not to turn a blind eye and simply ignor
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
When you pick up a book by Fern Michaels you always anticipate a wonderful read. This one is no exception but it is a little different from many of her titles. Political intrigue and suspense start the story and Carol Ann, a secretary to a Senator overhears a conversation she shouldn't. After being put in witness protection the story turns in to very nice romance. Colin runs a fishing business in Maine and is interested in the new lady in town. Carol Ann has several major hangups, including fear ...more
Kathleen Gray
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
CJ's had a lot of tragedy in her life- her parents, her brother, and now her boss all died too soon. Her boss, Congressman Snapper Lewis, didn't really commit suicide, did he? CJ pokes around but then realizes that she's gotten too close to an uncomfortable truth. So, perhaps wisely, perhaps not, she takes off and moves to a small coastal town. Small towns are good places to hide, until they aren't. This is romantic suspense so keep your eye on her love interest- a charter boat captain. Thanks t ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this from Net Galley for my honest review. Fern Michael's has done it again! I absolutely love all her books and The sisterhood series! I just say this was an amazing stand alone read! I fell in love with CJ's character! This book is full of mystery right until the end! This book shares CJ's sad past and her fight to find the truth in what happened to her boss, at the same time finding herself! This is a 5 star book! I was on a rollercoaster of emotio ...more
Katie Stout
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not put Deep Harbor down, Fern Michaels is one of my favorite authors and proved to me again why I love her books so much. She has a way of grabbing your attention, and adding suspense to a novel, but not in a bad scary way that makes me need to walk away, but in a way that I needed to know what is going to happen next in CJ's quest to find the truth. This book has heartfelt moments, suspense, and love. Fern goes into great detail about the charters backstories that makes you really root ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
CJ aka Carol Ann Jansen works for a congressman that to her surprise is implicated in corruption. Along with her deceased brother's partner, she uncovers more and more information always believing that there is more to the corruption story. unfortunately, the story dragged in spots causing this reader to lose interest once or twice. The book wraps up neatly and all questions are answered in the end.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were times when this seemed to drag on and I wanted to hit the next track button but I was afraid some important nugget of information so I powered through. Then other times it would pick up and I wanted to yell slow down I need more of this. In the end the balance worked out and we got the entire story.
Another excellent story that makes you want to look towards her next book.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A little mystery, some humourous parts, light romance, and a few things that make you shake your head and say really and enough already. I have always enjoyed reading books written by Fern Michaels. Having said that, this one is a bit different than some of my favorites by this author. A little different than the ones she has been writing the last few years about the vigilante group of women.
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