20 June 2019

Harbor Secrets | Book Review


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.

Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Release Date: August 14, 2018



Take a lovely trip to a coastal Oregon town with Melody Carlson’s Harbor Secrets. There’s adventure, there’s danger, and yes, there are a few secrets. If you enjoy historical fiction, it’s a trip worth taking.

When her estranged father suffers a stroke, Anna McDowell and her daughter relocate to Sunset Cove. She steps into her father’s newspaper as editor-in-chief, and being a woman in a man’s world comes with a whole mess of problems. Add to that the complicated relationship she has with her father, the onset of statewide prohibition, and a mysterious story that won’t let her rest, and life in her hometown is not as idyllic as Anna hoped.

I enjoyed delving into this historical story with Anna. There are times it is slow and predictable, and yet, the setting and characters kept me fascinated. All in all, Harbor Secrets is an entertaining read, and I look forward to reading the next book.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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, TrueColors, 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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