About the Book:
Hidden in Graystone Manor is a book containing all the dark secrets of Harmony Harbor, and Ava DiRossi is determined to find it. No one-especially not her ex-husband, Griffin Gallagher-can ever discover what really tore her life apart all those years ago. With Griffin back in town, it's more important than ever that she find the book before someone else does. Because her ex is still angry with her for leaving him. And he still has no idea Ava never stopped loving him...
Ava is no longer the vibrant, happy woman Griffin had once loved and married, and he would do anything to bring back the sparkle to her brilliant green eyes. But what's never changed are the sexy sparks of attraction between Ava and Griffin, and he won't give her up again without a fight. He knows there's the real possibility of a future together... if the truth doesn't burn the bridge between them forever.
I enjoyed this romance that had a little ghost story thrown in for good measure. Readers soon learn that Ava is among the people harboring secrets, and in her case, the main person the secret is hurting is herself. Her secret is why she left her beloved husband and her secret is why one of the other charcacters called her "mouse". Once that secret comes to light--and not via that book--healing begins.
The only real problem I had with the book was the ending--it was just too happy, just too pat, and frankly, not quite realistic. Still romance novels are supposed to end with happily ever after so...Part of the ending revolved around the difference between romantic love and friendly love between a man and a woman and whether friendly love can exist if one or the other is romantically involved with someone else.
The book is part of a series but stands well on its own, though there are a couple of times when characters seem to come out of nowhere.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B.