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What does Harbor Secrets have that other books don’t?

Harbor Secrets, The Legacy of Sunset Cove Book 1

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About the Book:

Title: Harbor Secrets: The Legacy of Sunset Cove Book 1

Author: Melody Carlson

Publisher: White Fire Publishing

Release Date: August 14, 2018

Genre: Religious Historical Fiction


Back Cover Copy

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.




About Melody Carlson  author photo Melody Carlson


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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Book Review:

Anna is certainly a character to admire. Her willpower and drive push her well beyond what might be considered normal boundaries. I cheered several times (can’t detail the circumstances without spoilers…sorry).

High in mystery and suspense with the who-done-it leading the reader around in a merry chase. You have a wide array of potential suspects and that makes the reading engaging. I wasn’t ready for Harbor Secrets to end and I would love to read more about Anna and Katy’s adventures. I can see them as quite the mother/daughter investigative duo.

My only drawback was the lower Christian aspect. So low, in fact, it seemed non-existent. But as far as a good, clean, exciting mystery, this one wins.

Reading about the Prohibition era isn’t something new, but Harbor Secrets took a turn I’d not experienced before and characters discussed the pros and cons of Prohibition. It’s not often you’re given the ‘bad’ side of an argument, so I applaud Melody Carlson for showing that even though we might not agree with a decision, that person has every right to choose their own side.


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