Harbor Secrets (The Legacy of Sunset Cove #1) by Melody Carlson

Published August 15th 2018 by WhiteFire Publishing

A Peaceful Coastal Town…Threatened by a Storm of Secrets

It’s 1916 when newspaper woman Anna McDowell learns her estranged father has suffered a stroke. Deciding it’s time to repair bridges, Anna packs up her precocious adolescent daughter and heads for her hometown in Sunset Cove, Oregon.

Although much has changed since the turn of the century, some things haven’t. Anna finds the staff of her father’s paper not exactly eager to welcome a woman into the editor-in-chief role, but her father insists he wants her at the helm. Anna is quickly pulled into the charming town and her new position…but just as quickly learns this seaside getaway harbors some dark and dangerous secrets.

With Oregon’s new statewide prohibition in effect, crime has crept along the seacoast and invaded even idyllic Sunset Cove. Anna only meant to get to know her father again over the summer, but instead she finds herself rooting out the biggest story the town has ever seen—and trying to keep her daughter safe from it all.

4.5 Stars: 

In 1916 there was a lot happening in the US. Women had received the vote, but were still treated poorly, especially in roles that were traditionally male. Prohibition was also in full swing and rum-running was ignored in some cases, and being investigated by others. With Anna McDowell returning to Sunset Cove, Oregon with her sixteen year old daughter Katie, her life and those of her family and friends will change forever. Taking over the reins at her father’s local paper, Anna has her work cut out for her. Mac’s stroke has left him debilitated, but with Anna’s return home, he is beginning to improve. Anna is not welcome by all at the paper, but she is determined to do a good job and set the paper up of a long run financially, once she returns to Portland. Unfortunately, others have different ideas.

Anna is a wonderful MC of this story. She is a strong, smart, independent woman who stands up for what she believes in, and it doesn’t hurt that she is attractive as well. She has instilled those same traits in her daugher Katie and that is not always a good thing. I love Katie’s outlook and easy acceptance of others. Her love for her newly discovered grandfather shines through as she works to help him improve his health. The story was well-plotted and paced. There was family drama, mystery, danger, a bit of romance and friendship and caring. This was a quick read as I was curious to find out what was going to happen to Anna. She puts herself in some dangerous situations to be able to report the story, but also to support the right. There is also some politicking going on with a dirty mayor and an upcoming election. Overall this is a great story with a bit of everything, especially secrets. I enjoy reading books by Melody Carlson and I look forward to what is next in Sunset Cove. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.


Melody CarlsonAbout the Author: Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

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