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Lose yourself in the magic, charm and romance of Christmas in the Pacific Northwest as imagined in JoAnn Ross’s heartwarming Honeymoon Harbor series. Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Jolene Harper is forever indebted to the mother who encouraged her to fly—all the way to sunny LA and a world away from Honeymoon Harbor. Although Jolene vowed never to look back, r Lose yourself in the magic, charm and romance of Christmas in the Pacific Northwest as imagined in JoAnn Ross’s heartwarming Honeymoon Harbor series. Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Jolene Harper is forever indebted to the mother who encouraged her to fly—all the way to sunny LA and a world away from Honeymoon Harbor. Although Jolene vowed never to look back, returning home isn’t even a question when her mom faces a cancer scare. Which means running into Aiden Mannion all over town, the first boy she ever loved—and lost—and whom she can barely look in the eye. Aiden’s black-sheep reputation may have diminished when he joined the marines, but everything he’s endured since has left him haunted. Back in Honeymoon Harbor to heal, he’s talked into the interim role of police chief, and the irony isn’t lost on the locals, least of all Aiden. But seeing Jolene after all these years is the unexpected breath of fresh air he’s been missing. He’s never forgotten her through all his tours, but he’s not sure anymore that he’s the man she deserves. Despite the secret they left between them all those years ago, snow is starting to fall on their picturesque little town, making anything seem possible…maybe even a second chance at first love.


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Lose yourself in the magic, charm and romance of Christmas in the Pacific Northwest as imagined in JoAnn Ross’s heartwarming Honeymoon Harbor series. Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Jolene Harper is forever indebted to the mother who encouraged her to fly—all the way to sunny LA and a world away from Honeymoon Harbor. Although Jolene vowed never to look back, r Lose yourself in the magic, charm and romance of Christmas in the Pacific Northwest as imagined in JoAnn Ross’s heartwarming Honeymoon Harbor series. Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Jolene Harper is forever indebted to the mother who encouraged her to fly—all the way to sunny LA and a world away from Honeymoon Harbor. Although Jolene vowed never to look back, returning home isn’t even a question when her mom faces a cancer scare. Which means running into Aiden Mannion all over town, the first boy she ever loved—and lost—and whom she can barely look in the eye. Aiden’s black-sheep reputation may have diminished when he joined the marines, but everything he’s endured since has left him haunted. Back in Honeymoon Harbor to heal, he’s talked into the interim role of police chief, and the irony isn’t lost on the locals, least of all Aiden. But seeing Jolene after all these years is the unexpected breath of fresh air he’s been missing. He’s never forgotten her through all his tours, but he’s not sure anymore that he’s the man she deserves. Despite the secret they left between them all those years ago, snow is starting to fall on their picturesque little town, making anything seem possible…maybe even a second chance at first love.

30 review for Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Heartwarming romance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When you are a romance junkie it’s hard not to fall for the sweet romance stories that come out this time of year. This one was a perfect read to kick off the holiday season. My first story by Joanne Ross is a look at life in small-town USA where high school sweethearts never truly got over each other. You can get lost in the descriptions of this beautiful town in small-town atmosphere. Getting ready for the holidays in Honeymoon Harbor brings back memories Heartwarming romance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When you are a romance junkie it’s hard not to fall for the sweet romance stories that come out this time of year. This one was a perfect read to kick off the holiday season. My first story by Joanne Ross is a look at life in small-town USA where high school sweethearts never truly got over each other. You can get lost in the descriptions of this beautiful town in small-town atmosphere. Getting ready for the holidays in Honeymoon Harbor brings back memories from when I was a kid. You can almost smell the pie in the oven and the cider on the stove. And romance is definitely in the air in a beautiful way. Reading this story reminds me so much of the Christmas movies we binge watch during the holiday season. Even Christmas in July has found me watching those hour after hour. The author brings us warm comfort and cozy hearts across the pages. Although it’s part of a series, I did not have an issue following the story. There is a lot of conversation about people in the town which is very true to life in a small town. My mom and I used to have conversations very similar to the ones that happen in this story. This story is definitely one that will bring out the romance in your heart and the warm memories of the holidays into your soul. It’s a wonderful choice for the upcoming holiday season; sweet and heart warming. * copy received for review consideration full review - https://amidlifewife.com/snowfall-on-...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Does anyone else love holiday movies like the ones on the Hallmark Channel? If so, this book totally reminded me of one and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out it will eventually be a made for TV movie. And while it definitely features holiday magic it’s not necessarily a Christmas book, in fact it covers the month of November as well as December making it the perfect read for now. This is the second in a series but I did not read the first book and had no issues starting here. It’s set in Does anyone else love holiday movies like the ones on the Hallmark Channel? If so, this book totally reminded me of one and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out it will eventually be a made for TV movie. And while it definitely features holiday magic it’s not necessarily a Christmas book, in fact it covers the month of November as well as December making it the perfect read for now. This is the second in a series but I did not read the first book and had no issues starting here. It’s set in a town called Honeymoon Harbor which is full of charming and interesting characters and is also complete with a quaint little setting making it an ideal sweet read. Jolene was a typical and extremely likable heroine who comes back home to visit her mom and Aiden is a typical swoon worthy hero who is back home and acting as the temporary chief of police. What was not typical about the both of them (and the supporting characters) was that they felt genuine and their budding romance was incredibly tender and sweet which was just what I was in the mood for when I picked this one up. If you like second chance romances give this a try! Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane in three words: Adorable, Charming and Effortless.

  3. 5 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    I am a romantic at heart. I love a happy ending and a really good romance. Having it be set during the holidays just sweetens the deal for me. JoAnn Ross is a new writer to me but it looks like she has written a number of romance series. This isn’t a book that I would normally pick up but I loved that it was set in the Pacific Northwest on the coast. I think the PacNW offers a unique setting for romances—-its a rugged, stormy, unpredictable, and unforgiving coastline so I thought that the setting I am a romantic at heart. I love a happy ending and a really good romance. Having it be set during the holidays just sweetens the deal for me. JoAnn Ross is a new writer to me but it looks like she has written a number of romance series. This isn’t a book that I would normally pick up but I loved that it was set in the Pacific Northwest on the coast. I think the PacNW offers a unique setting for romances—-its a rugged, stormy, unpredictable, and unforgiving coastline so I thought that the setting would add to the story. I have mixed feelings about this book and the writing. The characters were your typical romantic cliches and that was fine by me. Jolene was a small town girl turned big time makeup artist and Aiden is a former bad boy who turned Marine/cop with a broken life and past. While they had a history, it was immediately apparent to the readers what that past entailed. I liked the classic cliche—I mean, sometimes romances aren’t known for their twisted plots. I got exactly what I hoped for on that front—-a classic and likable romantic story. I found Aiden sexy and could easily love him and the hero. Jolene wasn’t my favorite, but let’s be honest if I’m reading a romance I’m there for the love interest/hero. I was satisfied with Aiden and the general plot of the story—especially the holiday parts. I felt like that added a lot in the way of extra romance. What I took issue with was the writing. I felt like the writing was a little too relaxed and conversational—-plus I wasn’t really sure what this book was trying to be. Romance isn’t always the Pulitzer Prize so I get that it’s supposed to be more relaxed and easy reading……something you read by the fire on holiday in this particular case. But for me I just felt like I had read other holiday romances that I liked better when it came to writing. The story was more enjoyable in this one, but the writing was distracting. It just seemed to meander and there were too many times when the author had to explain things to the reader that weren’t necessary. For example, early on when Jolene has learned about her mom’s lump, Jolene is talking about how much she owes to her mom and how everything has been so good for them but then the author jumps in and has to tell the reader ‘except for that lump’—-or something to that effect. For me I was like well—-dah. I don’t need to be told that. It was distracting and I felt like I was being told a story rather then experiencing a story if that makes sense. The other issue I struggled with was the incorporating of too many different genres for lack of a better word. There was a paranormal element that I wasn’t expecting, of course the holiday part, a little talk of Catholic guilt which made me think of Christian fiction, and then there was the romance itself. I don’t know it just seemed like there was a little much going on for me. The paranormal part—for me—-was unnecessary. I think the story would have stood alone without it or having the friend be incorporated in a different way. The book felt really long as well. It seemed really bogged down by too many explanations and too many words. I felt like I had been reading for such a long time and that I should have been further in the plot than I actually was. While I struggled with this one and had a hard time with the mechanics, I did get exactly what I was hoping for. A romance that was heartwarming and tender. I love the whole ‘the one that got away’ troupe so that aspect of the story was fun for me and I was invested in the characters enough to finish the book, but on the whole this one was just ok for me. See my full review here

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews

    Who’s a sucker for small town romance? THIS GIRL!! If you are as well, then Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is just the book for you. Throw in the Christmas season and you’ve got yourself a holiday romance that can compete with anything the Hallmark Channel is offering. Also, like me, if you’re a sucker for a second-chance-romance, this will make it all the more perfect! In all sincerity, I just really loved the way Jolene and Aiden circled and reconnected with each other. Sweet, needed, and exactly Who’s a sucker for small town romance? THIS GIRL!! If you are as well, then Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is just the book for you. Throw in the Christmas season and you’ve got yourself a holiday romance that can compete with anything the Hallmark Channel is offering. Also, like me, if you’re a sucker for a second-chance-romance, this will make it all the more perfect! In all sincerity, I just really loved the way Jolene and Aiden circled and reconnected with each other. Sweet, needed, and exactly what each other deserved. Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is a perfect stocking-stuffer-read and will put you firmly in the holiday spirit! Follow us on KT Book Reviews Twitter Facebook Pinterest tumblr YouTube Book Babblers Instagram

  5. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is the second book in the Honeymoon Harbor series by JoAnn Ross, although it is my first book from the author. Although there are clear references to the characters in book one, it is not necessary to understand their story to enjoy Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane. That being said, I am now interested in giving Herons Landing a read to find out more. If I’m being completely honest, Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane wasn’t quite a full four-star rating. It was, however, close eno Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is the second book in the Honeymoon Harbor series by JoAnn Ross, although it is my first book from the author. Although there are clear references to the characters in book one, it is not necessary to understand their story to enjoy Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane. That being said, I am now interested in giving Herons Landing a read to find out more. If I’m being completely honest, Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane wasn’t quite a full four-star rating. It was, however, close enough that I needed to round up. It’s a sweet romance, one that is perfect for the festive season. We have a second chance romance, and two characters dealing with their past. The way the relationship blooms between the two was great to watch, and I found myself sucked into the other side drama that was introduced to us throughout the story. The reason this wasn’t quite a full four-star rating is because I found myself more invested in some of the side elements than in the main storyline. There was a small mystery to enjoy, and this really captured my attention as I’m quite the mystery fan. We were also introduced to what I imagine will be the basis for the next book in the series, and if I’m right I really enjoyed the way the characters interacted. Nevertheless, Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane was a great introduction to JoAnn Ross and I’ll certainly be back for more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    BookAddict

    Aiden and Jolene were sweethearts in high school but life took them in different directions. Him to the military and then to LA as a cop, and her to Hollywood. Ironic they ended up living near each other, but they don’t get a chance to reunite until they both return home to Honeymoon Harbor. The town's juvenile delinquent from a founding family is now the police chief, and the girl from the wrong side of the tracks has made a name for herself as an Emmy-nominated makeup artist. I’ve been a fan o Aiden and Jolene were sweethearts in high school but life took them in different directions. Him to the military and then to LA as a cop, and her to Hollywood. Ironic they ended up living near each other, but they don’t get a chance to reunite until they both return home to Honeymoon Harbor. The town's juvenile delinquent from a founding family is now the police chief, and the girl from the wrong side of the tracks has made a name for herself as an Emmy-nominated makeup artist. I’ve been a fan of this author for years, so I was excited to read an early copy of this book. There were a lot of things I liked about it, but it could have been a bit shorter without losing any substance. I found myself skipping over many passages that rehashed previously revealed information but didn’t add to the story or move the storyline forward. I loved the small-town setting and the vivid, sometimes quirky supporting characters. Aiden and Jolene were complex, fully developed and likeable so I had no trouble connecting with them and becoming invested in their story. I also really enjoyed the addition of Bodhi, and while a ghost character is a departure for Ms. Ross, he added a lot to the story and helped Aiden work through some things. I also liked the subplot of Jolene's mother finding love again. And really, what's better than love and romance at Christmas? Any fans of Ms. Ross will thoroughly enjoy this book. *I reviewed this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide a review and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diane Saul

    Aiden Madden, ex LA cop, has gone back to his hometown, Honeymoon Harbor, after a shooting that results in him being shot and his partner killed. His partner has come back to haunt him. Jolene is a successful Hollywood make up artist. She returns to town when her Mother has a health scare. Aiden and Jolene were a couple for awhile in high school. I was surprised this book had a ghost, not my favorite genre. Not what I would expect from a Ross book. For me the book dragged in parts. This is a seco Aiden Madden, ex LA cop, has gone back to his hometown, Honeymoon Harbor, after a shooting that results in him being shot and his partner killed. His partner has come back to haunt him. Jolene is a successful Hollywood make up artist. She returns to town when her Mother has a health scare. Aiden and Jolene were a couple for awhile in high school. I was surprised this book had a ghost, not my favorite genre. Not what I would expect from a Ross book. For me the book dragged in parts. This is a second chance romance that I would have liked much more without the ghost. This is also the 2nd book in a series but it could be read on its own. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is book two in the Honeymoon Harbor series. Jolene was the character from the previous book I was most looking forward to learning more about. I enjoyed the small-town setting and the romance. The book had a paranormal element I wasn’t expecting that seemed out of place given this is a contemporary romance. Still, I can't deny I enjoyed those parts, so I guess I can't complain too much. I did struggle a bit with the pacing. Parts seemed to drag on. Overall I liked the Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is book two in the Honeymoon Harbor series. Jolene was the character from the previous book I was most looking forward to learning more about. I enjoyed the small-town setting and the romance. The book had a paranormal element I wasn’t expecting that seemed out of place given this is a contemporary romance. Still, I can't deny I enjoyed those parts, so I guess I can't complain too much. I did struggle a bit with the pacing. Parts seemed to drag on. Overall I liked the story, however. Not quite as much as the first book, but still.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    3.5 stars. Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is #2 in JoAnn Ross' Honeymoon Harbor series. This time its another delectable Mannion brother and the woman he's loved since forever, but somehow they never quite worked it all out when they were young. Now they are older and wiser and for varying reasons find themselves back in Honeymoon Harbor.  Aidan with a bit of arm twisting from his father takes on the role of police chief to fill in a gap. And he has to be the ideal man for the job for any small town 3.5 stars. Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is #2 in JoAnn Ross' Honeymoon Harbor series. This time its another delectable Mannion brother and the woman he's loved since forever, but somehow they never quite worked it all out when they were young. Now they are older and wiser and for varying reasons find themselves back in Honeymoon Harbor.  Aidan with a bit of arm twisting from his father takes on the role of police chief to fill in a gap. And he has to be the ideal man for the job for any small town. He has lots of experience, is totally a good cop who isn't going to take any nonsense when its needed and has a really soft heart when it comes to those in distress. Jolene is a talented young woman but she has had her share of trauma but is now back in town to support her mother. She provides the feel good mother/daughter relationship in the story, and while she doesn't want to make any commitment that will tie her down, it has to be said she hasn't lost her feelings for Aidan. A small town, feel good story with just enough tension applied along the way to boost interest for the reader. And yes there is a little bit of Christmas happening in the final chapter. And as well an ephemeral  character Bodhi, mate and working partner of Aidan who provide some extra interest to the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality After yesterday’s book of sad I really felt the need for a happy-ever-after pick-me-up, and Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane delivered. That I had two books in a row with “lighthouse” in the title but that they are complete opposites has turned out to be a good thing. Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is the second book in the author’s Honeymoon Harbor series. I haven’t read the first book (I haven’t read this author before) but I didn’t feel lost or left out. Honeymoon Originally published at Reading Reality After yesterday’s book of sad I really felt the need for a happy-ever-after pick-me-up, and Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane delivered. That I had two books in a row with “lighthouse” in the title but that they are complete opposites has turned out to be a good thing. Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is the second book in the author’s Honeymoon Harbor series. I haven’t read the first book (I haven’t read this author before) but I didn’t feel lost or left out. Honeymoon Harbor seems like one of those cozy small towns (like Haven Point and Sullivan’s Crossing and Icicle Falls and Thunder Point) where everyone does know everybody’s name and everybody’s business. And where a stranger in town – or a new reader – can easily pick up enough backstory to fit right in. Not that either the hero or the heroine of this little tale need much background to get up to speed on all the town doings. Both Aiden Mannion and Jolene Harper grew up in Honeymoon Harbor. Aiden, in spite of – or perhaps because of – being the mayor’s son was the town bad boy. Jolene was the daughter of a teenage mother who worked three jobs to keep the two of their heads above water while her ne’er-do-well husband was in and out of jail. Jolene grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, and Aiden’s antics kept him there. Of course, they fell in love in high school, but they kept their trysts a secret. He was worried about tarnishing her reputation by publicly being the girlfriend of the town bad boy, and she feared that the scion of one of the founding families wouldn’t want to be known as the boyfriend of a girl whose mother was rumored to be turning tricks. Of course none of the rumors about Jolene or her mother were true, but that never stopped people from spreading rumors – or lies. Aiden left town for the Marines, and then for several years in the LAPD. Jolene left town and never looked back, parlaying her mother’s talent for hair and makeup into an Oscar-nominated career in Hollywood. Now they’re both back in town. Aiden because his cop partner was killed in an ambush, and Jolene because her mother is sailing up the river DeNial about a cancer scare. They’re both back in town to pick up the pieces of the lives they left behind. Aiden finds himself the town’s chief of police after the old chief has a stroke. Jolene has come to make sure her mother gets the tests she needs, and to figure out where to go from here after her apartment goes up in flames and her career goes up in smoke after she signs a well-publicized #MeToo petition. Which puts them both back in town for the Christmas holidays, ready for their own second chance at their first happily ever after. Just like the Hallmark movies that Jolene and her mother love to binge. Escape Rating B+: Sometimes you just get the right book at the right time. This was one of those books at one of those times. I wanted a sweet story with a happy ending, and that’s what I got. And I feel so much better! There is a lot to love about this heartwarming story – and my heart is very warm after reading it. It teeters just on the edge of being too sappy, but never quite falls over that edge. It also flirts with some of the classic romantic tropes that can easily go wrong – but thankfully never goes there, either. Jolene’s trip to help her mother is a case in point. This isn’t a weepy tear-jerker story, so her mother Gloria has NOT been diagnosed with cancer. Instead, a recent exam found a suspicious lump in her breast, and Gloria is just refusing to get the tests to determine whether there is something to worry about. While Gloria’s friend shouldn’t be revealing her secrets to her daughter, everyone in her mother’s salon heard her when she got the phone call – so not exactly a well-kept secret. Not that there are many well-kept secrets in Honeymoon Harbor, except the ones that absolutely have to be. The story here, in its ebbs and flows, is Jolene and Aiden’s journey, not to their past, but to their present – complete with a ghost of Christmas present perched on Aiden’s shoulder. All of the loose ends of their lives, both their first teenaged love and their current adult trials are all wrapped up with a nice, neat bow at the end of the story. If you like a good happy-ever-after, this one is a treat.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Farr

    "Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane" follows Aiden and Jolene. Their high school romance crashed and burned after Aiden stole a beer and was given an ultimatum by the judge- join the military when he turns 18 or go to juvie. There is also some event that they are both embarrassed by which we learn about later. Now, they are both adults. Aiden was a marine for a while before becoming a police officer in LA. After a terrible shoot-out where his partner was killed and he was wounded, he turned to drink. R "Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane" follows Aiden and Jolene. Their high school romance crashed and burned after Aiden stole a beer and was given an ultimatum by the judge- join the military when he turns 18 or go to juvie. There is also some event that they are both embarrassed by which we learn about later. Now, they are both adults. Aiden was a marine for a while before becoming a police officer in LA. After a terrible shoot-out where his partner was killed and he was wounded, he turned to drink. Recently, his father, the mayor of Honeymoon Harbor, asked him to take over the Police Chief job temporarily until they could find a replacement, and Aiden reluctantly agreed. However, once he was there, he really hit his stride. There's just one little catch- he still sees and speaks to his partner's ghost. Jolene has been working as a make-up artist in Hollywood, with her work earning her an Emmy nomination. As part of the #metoo movement, she signed a letter along with other non-actor people that she knows might get her blacklisted. However, she is ready to start her own make-up and skin care line. She is returning to her apartment in LA when she gets a phone call and learns that her mother has a lump in her breast for which she won't get follow up testing. To add on to that, her apartment is on fire and everything is gone. Taking the opportunity, she heads home to Honeymoon Harbor to convince her mother to go to the hospital for the ultrasound she needs plus give her time to start her new business. On her way back into town, she is pulled over by the new police chief for speeding. The sparks they felt in high school are still there, but they aren't sure if they can leave the past behind and start anew. Following each in alternating third person, we follow their personal and joint journeys toward healing and beginning a new chapter in Honeymoon Harbor. Overall, I really enjoyed the book- they are a great couple, and there is enough other things going on that it felt very fast-paced. There were quite a few mentions about traditional gender roles, and I wasn't sure how I felt about the way they were handled (e.g. cooking is women's work but can be manly when you do it once and a while for romance- I would say that it should be shared equally because both of you eat). However, these were overall very minor, so I found them easy to overlook. I would give warnings though for domestic violence, adultery, and being drugged (though nothing happened/was in the past). I also wasn't sure how I felt about the ghost, but this was an interesting element that gave the book some supernatural flair. I really liked reading about Aiden's work on the police force and the cases he finds/solves. There are some really heart-warming scenes during his work (like the stolen gnome case). I also really loved the mother-daughter relationship that Jolene has, and this really shone throughout the book (I'm wondering if we'll get to hear more about Gloria's new romance). Notably, it's also a clean romance with all action off the page (minor mentions towards the end). It was a quick and fun read with a holiday twist. Please note that I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    What a way to kick off the holiday small town romance season! Aiden has tried to outrun his past from Honeymoon Harbor when he joined the marines. Even after he got out, he stayed out of the pacific northwest and joined up with the Los Angeles Police Department. But when he and his partner get ambushed, Aiden gets shook when his partner is killed. After quitting the force, Aiden returns to the pacific northwest to become a hermit and live out his days; unfortunately, his partner follows him as a What a way to kick off the holiday small town romance season! Aiden has tried to outrun his past from Honeymoon Harbor when he joined the marines. Even after he got out, he stayed out of the pacific northwest and joined up with the Los Angeles Police Department. But when he and his partner get ambushed, Aiden gets shook when his partner is killed. After quitting the force, Aiden returns to the pacific northwest to become a hermit and live out his days; unfortunately, his partner follows him as a ghost. With much convincing from Honeymoon Harbor’s mayor, Aiden’s dad, he returns to his hometown to become chief of police. But his past is waiting for him when he returns. His old flame Jolene Harper has also returned back home and she might just be the most difficult thing he has had to deal with. Jolene Harper also ran from her past as the poor girl. There is plenty of history between Jolene and the mean girls of the area, but she just let it make her better. Now in the big leagues of make-up design for movie sets, Jolene finds that people are fickle no matter where you go. When she gets a call that her mother has a suspicious lump in her breast and refuses to have it check out, Jolene returns home to help her deal with it. But she didn’t count on Aiden being in town either. The only boy she ever really loved, can she take being in the same town as him again? Could there be a better candidate to open the holiday small town romance season? I think not. This was really a fun book to read that was played out by an expert. Everything fell into place right when it was supposed to. The main characters were perfectly flawed so that you could relate to them and still pull for them at the same time. The villains, if that is what you want to call them, had just the right amount of distastefulness to keep the reader against them. I can’t think of a better book to draw me into the holiday romance. There is some strong language throughout this book as well as some scenes that would be better suited for mature audiences. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debi Lantzer

    This is the week that I'm sharing all the new Christmas books being released this year! Let's face it folks, Wal-Mart has started their holiday decorations, so maybe a few good Christmas stories will help get you in the mood! Today's post is about Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross.  It is technically the second book in the Honeymoon Harbor series. The first story, Home to Honeymoon Harbor, was a prequel novella.  Next came Herons Landing, which was the first book in the series.  Next cam This is the week that I'm sharing all the new Christmas books being released this year! Let's face it folks, Wal-Mart has started their holiday decorations, so maybe a few good Christmas stories will help get you in the mood! Today's post is about Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross.  It is technically the second book in the Honeymoon Harbor series. The first story, Home to Honeymoon Harbor, was a prequel novella.  Next came Herons Landing, which was the first book in the series.  Next came Once Upon A Wedding, which was a novella containing the third story. So now we are on Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane which is officially book two. (Kind of complicated, but you can get clarity on it if you head over to the author's website.) To be clear, I hadn't read anything previously in this series - novella, prequel, book or otherwise - so I can honestly say this book served as a stand alone.  I'll be a little more honest with you - I think if I had read at least book one, I believe the characters might had a little more depth based upon some of the reviews I've read on the story. Either way, I enjoyed this book and will pay attention so I can pick up any future stories in this series. There's Aiden Mannion, an ex LA cop, who has had a pretty tough time lately and coming home has its own issues to deal with. Then there's Jolene Wells, who doesn't have a lot of great memories from Honeymoon Harbor, but her mom needs her so she has to come home. Aiden and Jolene have a history together - people don't really know about it and both of them have tried to forget it too.  Now, this second time around, will they be able to make things right?  This is a small town romance book about people getting a second chance and how they deal with their past. I have to say I was very surprised that the author included a ghost in this story - seemed like it would have been a great story without the ghost but hey, it was a great story overall. I received an advanced readers digital copy of this book from Little Bird Publicity through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and unbiased opinion. Thanks NetGalley and Little Bird Publicity!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Negar Arvanaghi

    Hallucinating is comforting, but he better not tell anyone. Bodhi sounds like a character. He was lucky to have him as a partner and friend. Oh, his dad is good. Good for her. She's not giving up. Her business is a great idea. Poor Charlene. That's a good memory she has with her mom. James is going to end up on the other side of a domestic abuse call one day. He's doing a good thing for Amanda. Ugh they really should have reported Deputy Jerkface. Huh, Miranda Priestley did have Helen Mirren hai Hallucinating is comforting, but he better not tell anyone. Bodhi sounds like a character. He was lucky to have him as a partner and friend. Oh, his dad is good. Good for her. She's not giving up. Her business is a great idea. Poor Charlene. That's a good memory she has with her mom. James is going to end up on the other side of a domestic abuse call one day. He's doing a good thing for Amanda. Ugh they really should have reported Deputy Jerkface. Huh, Miranda Priestley did have Helen Mirren hair. Haha, young Ryan is whipped! Snort. Did he get detention at home and at school, I wonder? What is this, a town prank on an old lady? Entitled prick. Intriguing. Ah, Michael Bannion. She has great fantasies. Madison married IV? Why am I not surprised. Their poor kids. The DC murdered his wife and Bodhi. Who doesn't love a Christmas love story. It would be so cool if she could also hear Bodhi! "Only" spousal abuse? A few more days, and Aiden might have gotten him for murder. Is that preferable, S.A. Douchebag? I hear ya, Mrs. Hooper. That was very nice of Ashley. A classy move. You're a good man, Quinn. Aww, Jarle is so cute. Hell no. I would have run screaming from that house as soon as I saw one cat. Ugh, she's better off staying home and building up her business. Aside from Shelby, what else is waiting in California? That was sneaky. He's lucky she didn't choke on the omelet. You definitely have unsuspected depth, Bodhi, to paraphrase Jimmy Stewart. Yay! So long, sucka! I hope you rot in jail. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    booksofallkinds

    Magical, romantic, and completely heartwarming, SNOWFALL ON LIGHTHOUSE LANE by JoAnn Ross is a wonderful Christmas romance story that is sure to put you in the festive spirit. Jolene Harper has worked very hard to make it in an industry that is rife with creeps who try to take advantage. But when her apartment burns down and her mom gets a health scare, a holiday break in her hometown of Honeymoon Harbor is just exactly what she needs to plan the next step in her career and look after the woman w Magical, romantic, and completely heartwarming, SNOWFALL ON LIGHTHOUSE LANE by JoAnn Ross is a wonderful Christmas romance story that is sure to put you in the festive spirit. Jolene Harper has worked very hard to make it in an industry that is rife with creeps who try to take advantage. But when her apartment burns down and her mom gets a health scare, a holiday break in her hometown of Honeymoon Harbor is just exactly what she needs to plan the next step in her career and look after the woman who sacrificed everything for her. But Jolene didn't plan on bumping into Aiden Mannion, the bad boy turned good, who was her first love and brings back memories of her most humiliating moment from all those years ago. And while he still sets her pulse racing, Jolene is determined to keep her distance. Can first love become forever love? Or will the baggage from both of their pasts keep them apart? With a beautiful setting and a really engaging community, SNOWFALL ON LIGHTHOUSE LANE by JoAnn Ross has plenty to keep a reader hooked from beginning to end. I loved all of the characters but there was something extra special about Jolene and Aiden which came alive on the page, and I found myself cheering them on more and more as I got to know them. If you love a romance with depth then this is definitely the book for you and I look forward to more from this author. *I voluntarily reviewed this book via Netgalley

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Figueroa

    Jolene while her mother did her best everyone else seems to want to bring her down with being bullied and harassed by others. Then when she was able to with the encouragement of her mother she set off to LA where she can do what she does best hair and makeup. Then when she finds out that her mother could have cancer she jets back home in support of her mother. The last thing she expected was to see Aiden a guy she had a thing with in the past. Aiden who is back from the marines now newly appoint Jolene while her mother did her best everyone else seems to want to bring her down with being bullied and harassed by others. Then when she was able to with the encouragement of her mother she set off to LA where she can do what she does best hair and makeup. Then when she finds out that her mother could have cancer she jets back home in support of her mother. The last thing she expected was to see Aiden a guy she had a thing with in the past. Aiden who is back from the marines now newly appointed as the police chief and it seems old feelings haven't gone away. I loved a good second chances at love. Gives people times to grow and better themselves to the point where they can truly be an authentic version of themselves. I enjoyed seeing the romance between Aiden an d Jolene. I loved how caring and supportive Jolene was towards her mother, you can really see that bond, there's also that bond they have with the Gilmore girls which was pretty entertaining throwing in random moments of similarities. I'm a fan of Gilmore girls and I appreciated the references. I loved the small town feel and loved seeing everyone do their part in helping one another out. I enjoyed seeing Aiden's POV in him working on a case to help an abused women and finding an unstable man that's on the run. With all that, there was also the holiday cheer that could be found in this book making it a perfect time to read this enjoyable book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.

    Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is the second book in the Honeymoon Harbor series. However; this can be read as a standalone. I did not previously read the first book, and had no issues jumping into the story. I am not really sure why, but this was a slow start for me. I picked this up and put it down several times before actually jumping in. I think I read over the first chapter three different times. I liked the beginning, but I was not loving it. I liked enough to want to read more and I am happy Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane is the second book in the Honeymoon Harbor series. However; this can be read as a standalone. I did not previously read the first book, and had no issues jumping into the story. I am not really sure why, but this was a slow start for me. I picked this up and put it down several times before actually jumping in. I think I read over the first chapter three different times. I liked the beginning, but I was not loving it. I liked enough to want to read more and I am happy to have finished the story following Jolene and Aiden. I was finally in the mood for a holiday read, and this was the perfect book to jump into the holiday season. It is no secret that I love a good second chance romance, and I loved how Jolene and Aiden come back together after so many years. Aiden is also a Marine which is another thing I love about a story. I loved the plot surrounding our characters and the direction the story took as I continued to read. I do feel there was some pacing issues and I found myself wanting to skip ahead on some parts. Overall, an enjoyable read. I look forward to checking out more from the author in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Jolene Wells knows what its like to grow up without all the cool things in life. Being on the wrong side of the tracks has that effect on people but with a hard-working mom encouraging her to reach for her dreams, Jolene left Honeymoon Harbor and made her way to the bright lights of Los Angeles. She hasn’t really been back to her hometown in years, preferring her mom come visit her in LA. But when her mom faces a cancer scare, there is nothing Jolene will do than run back home and help her in an Jolene Wells knows what its like to grow up without all the cool things in life. Being on the wrong side of the tracks has that effect on people but with a hard-working mom encouraging her to reach for her dreams, Jolene left Honeymoon Harbor and made her way to the bright lights of Los Angeles. She hasn’t really been back to her hometown in years, preferring her mom come visit her in LA. But when her mom faces a cancer scare, there is nothing Jolene will do than run back home and help her in any way she can. But that means running into Aiden Mannion, the one guy she fell in love with as a teenager and never really forgot. Aiden was the black sheep as a kid. Getting into trouble, doing stupid teenager stuff that had him join the marines. But with everything he has endured while serving in the military has left their mark on him and he is back in Honeymoon Harbor to heal and see where he should go next now that he is done with the military. Running into Jolene was a surprise, but the sparks fly between these two and as they grow close once again, can the past be put to bed for the future to open for them? Can Jolene and Aiden give their romance one more chance this time? I just loved the first book, Home to Honeymoon Harbor, when I read it and this second book in the series, SNOWFALL ON LIGHTHOUSE LANE, is just as good. I loved meeting some new faces as well as some old friends from book one. Ms. Ross delivers another heartfelt and at times, emotional story that will leave you spellbound and flipping the pages on a cold snowy night while rooting for these two people to find their own happy ever after. The story is full of amazing well written characters that are vibrant, diverse and just down right enjoyable to read about. I really enjoyed meeting some new faces in the Mannion family as well as catching up with other residents of this wonderful town. I love small town stories, and this is by far becoming one of my favorites to read now. Ms. Ross does a great job in capturing the heart of Honeymoon Harbor as well as the residents there. The story flows smoothly, keeps the reader glued to the pages and leaves you with a smile on your face when the last page is read. This is a story of second chances, of forgiveness, of secrets coming out and being upfront with someone. Its also about love in all its forms-from parental to friendship to romance. Ms. Ross delivers a story that readers will enjoy for the ages and one I couldn’t put down. If you enjoy small town stories with engaging characters and storylines that will just grab your heart and not let go, then grab this series and get ready for the feels when you read the Honeymoon Harbor books. I can’t wait to see who is next to find their own happy ever after in this unique and romantic town in book three. This is an objective review and not an endorsement

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rosemarie Grainer

    Welcome 2nd story in Honeymoon Harbor This is a great story with a bit of Christmas cheer, but not too over the top for any other time of year, if you know what I mean! Honeymoon Harbor is a super small town I would love to visit! It's fun to read about the Mannion family and all the rest. Former bad boy Aiden is back home and the new police chief. Jolene is home due to extenuating circumstances. The chemistry of their secret relationship from high school is still there, but do they want to jump Welcome 2nd story in Honeymoon Harbor This is a great story with a bit of Christmas cheer, but not too over the top for any other time of year, if you know what I mean! Honeymoon Harbor is a super small town I would love to visit! It's fun to read about the Mannion family and all the rest. Former bad boy Aiden is back home and the new police chief. Jolene is home due to extenuating circumstances. The chemistry of their secret relationship from high school is still there, but do they want to jump back in? This story has an engrossing pace, a positive tone, a character oriented storyline with some steamy scenes and unique characters, who make you feel at home with them. There is a secondary romance that happens, and Bodhi was an inspired addition! I loved his comments. I can't wait for the next one to come out! Enjoy!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dannielle

    This is a sweet story with two characters that are getting a second chance to be together. Each has personal issues that they have to deal with. Aiden is dealing with survivor's guilt (and his dead partner's ghost) while Jolene's mom has a health scare. I loved Aiden in the role of sheriff, and seeing him deal with his deputies. I was also really interesting in Jolene's business, and hope that she makes appearances in future books. The whole town is great.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    A Wonderful Return to Honeymoon Harbor A wonderful return to Honeymoon Harbor. Jolene and Aiden share a past, and both fell out of the love they had for each other as teenagers. With both of them back in Honeymoon Harbor, we get to join them as they rediscover their love and move forward. A touching story of family, second chances, and love. I highly recommend it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Thanks to HQN and netgalley for a review galley. Fans of JoAnn Ross will be glad to read the second book in the Honeymoon Harbor series. It's the holidays and a second-chance love story sure to satisfy fans and new readers alike.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This story deserved a five star review but there were too many missing words or additional words. I love this author's writing which flows smoothly from scene to scene while allowing the characters to tell their stories. Good read except for the editing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Jolene Harper, born on the wrong side of the tracks moved to LA and created a career as a movie make up artist but she is now back home. The first person she runs into on her return is Aiden Mannion. The former teen bad boy, ex marine, ex LA cop is now Chief of Police of their small town.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Jolene and Aiden's book. I enjoyed it. This has been a good series. Excited about the next one.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    A great holiday read. I loved Bodhi, such a lovable addition to the story. This is a story of two people getting a second chance to be together.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    A great read! A great second chances book. I love this series and this book is no different. Loved the ghost he brought lots of laughs.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Hubley

    It was a great book and I can't wait for Gabe's story next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne

    Read my review on RomanceJunkies.com by clicking on the link below: http://romancejunkies.com/reviews/sno...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane G

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