About the Book
Book: Freedom in Friday Harbor
Author: Annee Jones
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2023
Will the 4th of July fireworks light the way to freedom from the past and perhaps the blossoming of new love for Summer and Ace in Friday Harbor?
Seattle marketing specialist Summer Connelly welcomes the assignment to supervise the construction of a company float for the annual 4th of July parade in Friday Harbor, WA. Not only will it be a chance to prove her leadership skills to her boss, but an opportunity for a much-needed escape, especially since she hasn’t taken any time off since her divorce was finalized over a year ago.
Ace Lockhart works himself to the bone at his Portland contracting company, but something in his life feels off. When doctors tell him his elderly father has taken a turn for the worse, he heads to Friday Harbor to be with the old man, simply because no one else in the family will even speak to him.
As fate would have it, Summer’s plans for the parade look like they could go up in smoke before any fireworks are even set off. Can Ace be the ticket to light at the end of the tunnel? Will their days together lead to fireworks in more ways than one?
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I’m always for books that accurately portray mental health struggles and I appreciated the struggle Summer endured and that she was in the process of seeking professional help. That to me, is wonderful to see in Christian Fiction or any fiction novel really. I also appreciate that the story didn’t dive too deep into the grittiness of her traumatic past. While there is a place for trauma stories in fiction, sometimes it’s okay not to go into all the details and focus on the future.
I enjoyed the first half of this story, and the gentle way their friendship began to blossom. However, I think their relationship jumped ahead suddenly and then there wasn’t enough time spent on a solid conclusion. I realize it was done along a short timeline, but I personally prefer longer timelines when it comes to romance. I felt like the book skipped a third act, so to speak, and just jumped to the conclusion. Even in shorter novels, characters need to progress in a logical sequence of events emotionally and relationally.
All in all, the novel is a nice, sweet summer romance read.
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About the Author
Annee Jones is an international bestselling author of romance, fantasy, and mystery. She is passionate about writing stories where dreams come true and love wins!
Professionally, Annee works as a disability counselor where she is honored to help her clients navigate through complex medical and legal systems while rediscovering their wholeness in Spirit.
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Friday Harbor is a real place located on San Juan Island off the coast of the Pacific Northwest: https://www.visitsanjuans.com/friday-harbor
I visited Friday Harbor several years ago and loved its quaint charm & the people I met who live there year-round. My visit was the inspiration for this book.
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