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The Corner of Holly and Ivy by Debbie Mason
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I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

The Corner of Holly and Ivy
by Debbie Mason is the 7th installment of Harmony Harbor and perhaps my favorite so far. I love second chance love stories and this is that. Arianna Bell and Connor Gallagher were high school sweethearts who were forced apart by their respective family members. When Arianna was severely burned and nearly died in the store fire at the end of Sandpiper Shore, Connor realizes his feelings for Arianna never went away. Now he is determined to prove that he still loves her and wants her back.

I’ll admit that when I started this book I was more than a little hesitant. I didn’t like Arianna. She was terrible to Jenna in Sandpiper Shore, and I wasn’t sure how Debbie Mason could redeem her character. BUT she does that in the very first chapter. Arianna lives with her grandmother, taking care of her. The two are very close and Arianna’s near brush with death has made them closer. Her grandmother has dementia. Y’all mine does too, so I almost immediately connected with Arianna. Arianna is struggling with her own demons, her new scars both physically and mentally, all while taking care of her grandmother who isn’t slowing down and refuses to recognize she has a problem. My heart broke for Arianna and I cheered her on as much as I could.

Connor is my new favorite Gallagher. He basically gives up everything to show Arianna he loves her and is going no where. I promise I’m spoiling nothing in saying that because it is clear from the first chapter what his intentions are. I found myself swooning for him and yelling at Arianna to look past her hurt and see the man who loves her.

The Corner of Holly and Ivy is different from its predecessors as it deals with heavier subject matter. While it is still a light, easy read, it comes with heavy emotional baggage. Set aside some tissues when you read y’all….consider yourselves warned. If you enjoy contemporary romance, I highly recommend it.
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Reading Progress

November 10, 2018 – Started Reading
November 10, 2018 – Shelved
November 12, 2018 – Finished Reading
November 13, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-new-release-challenge
November 13, 2018 – Shelved as: chick-lit
November 13, 2018 – Shelved as: contemporary
November 13, 2018 – Shelved as: hohoho-readathon-2018
November 13, 2018 – Shelved as: holiday
November 13, 2018 – Shelved as: new-in-2018
November 13, 2018 – Shelved as: romance
November 13, 2018 – Shelved as: received-for-review
January 3, 2019 – Shelved as: 2018-finishing-the-series-challenge

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