by Marcia Evanick

September 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7708-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Harbor Nights by Marcia Evanick is set in Misty Harbor, Maine. Ms. Evanick has written a book which is a straight contemporary romance, and I found to be just what the book doctor ordered.

Joanna Stevens and her daughter Norah have had the very foundation of their lives ripped out from underneath them. They have moved to Maine to start anew. They begin to rebuild their lives, while avoiding talking about the very serious issue that has irrevocably changed their lives.

Norah and Joanna are both adjusting to life in Maine. Norah has a job as a reporter with the weekly newspaper. Her column is controversial and often has the town in an uproar. However everyone does feel that she does a great job in stating the facts, and presenting them in an impartial manner.

Joanna is having a bit more trouble adjusting to her new life. Suddenly inspiration strikes and she decides to find a job. She has never worked outside her home, and only gets a job because of the recommendation of a young mother who is looking for some assistance at her job in an art gallery.

Both Stevensís women are finally enjoying life in Maine. The only thing that could improve life would be if they could get over the tragedy that has sent their lives spiraling out of control. When Joanna finally accepts an invitation to lunch from Karl James life takes a new twist. Norah sees her mom getting back out into the dating world and decides that Ned Porter, the son of their next door neighbor who has been quite helpful is also a safe date.

Both women finally feel secure enough in their relationships to allow their secret out, and to at last discuss it with one another. The airing of this allows them to fully move forward in their relationships, and in the end everyone will live happily ever after.

Ms. Evanick wrote a story that had me wanting to live in the little town of Misty Harbor. I am a truly warm weather person, but would gladly live through a harsh Maine winter if I could live in a town that had people as warm and friendly as those of Misty Harbor.

Harbor Nights had all the elements I look for in my stories. A nice quaint setting, a wonderful happy ever after ending, and characters who felt like people I could easily see walking down the street. The only down side to Harbor Nights was how much I enjoyed it, because I know I have other books by Marcia Evanick in my TBR pile, and now Iíve got to find some time to dig them out and get to reading.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Sandi.

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