One Perfect Year by Melinda Curtis – Excerpt & Giveaway

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

One Perfect Year (A Harmony Valley Novel)One Perfect Year
(Harmony Valley #4)

Melinda Curtis

Adult Contemporary Romance

March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming


He’s coming up on her blind side

How can Shelby Hawkley forgive Gage Jamero for bailing on her when she needed him most? He and her husband, Nick, were the best part of her life. Now her former best friend is back, shaking up the widowed wine harvester’s world. The safest bet is to protect herself. Except Gage is awakening feelings that are decidedly unfriend-like.

Shelby is the woman Gage has secretly loved since high school. Starting over—together—could be the best dream he’s ever had. If only he can find the courage to say what he should have said all those years ago.


“I miss him,” Gage said.

“Don’t.” Her shoulders deflated as if pressed down, threatening to bend her over. She kept herself upright by pushing her palms onto her knees. “You weren’t around when I needed to talk about Nick, when I needed to share the things that made him special with someone who knew him as well as I did. Where were you?” Her voice made her sound hurt and disappointed. She hated it. She was a professional. She couldn’t break down tonight. “I can’t talk to you as if I just saw you yesterday.”

But she wanted to. That once young, innocent part of her she’d assumed was long dead and buried—that stumbling, lonely misfit—wanted to.

She covered her lips with her fingers, but that didn’t stop the lonely misfit from talking. “Gage, marriage to Nick…your friendship…they meant everything to me and for one precious year, I had both. I felt I had what everyone else took for granted.” Dropping her hand, Shelby drew a shaky breath. “Let’s face it. I’m not the same person anymore.”

“I’m sorry.”

Shelby let Gage’s words drift by with the river.

“I’m sorry,” he said again. “I can’t tell you how often I started to get in touch. But what would I say?” He clasped her hand.
It was a very un-Gage-like moment. He wasn’t a touchy-feely sort of person.
She’d taken her gloves off. The warmth of his skin heated her palm. But his touch sent more than physical warmth. It offered more than belated comfort. The feel of his hand around hers—an intimacy she hadn’t experienced since Nick—sent a prickle of awareness along her spine.

Awareness? Of Dead Gage?

“There’s nothing more to say.” She snatched her hand back from his and hopped to her feet. Breaking their connection, reassembling the I-don’t-careexpression on her face, she almost tripped over a tree root as she backed away. “Friendships are like seasons. There’s a cycle. A beginning, an end. Ours ran its course.” Friendships cooled. People moved on, except among those who stayed here in Harmony Valley. “Time to get back. We’ve got a long night ahead.”

She turned away, one hand cold. The other, the one Gage had held, still tingled.

Awareness of Gage? It was a fluke. A product of her loneliness.

When they got back to the others, she almost believed it.

Award winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, and the indie pubbed Bridesmaid series. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”. Melinda also writes independently published, hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age except a lot hotter.”
Tour-Wide Giveaway

Grand Prize: An Autographed Set of the first 3 Harmony Valley Books

, Summer Kisses, and Season of Change) (US only or ebooks to an international)

Additional Prizes:

– Happy Bee Day Mug with
candy and Sweet and Heartwarming Bracelet (US

only – if international winner pulled then a single ebook from author’s back list)

– Bee Salt and Pepper Shaker
and Sweet and Heartwarming Bracelet (US

only – if international winner pulled then a single ebook from author’s back list)

Ends March 15th


  1. lkish77123 says:

    I love the Harlequin books and these three all sound like great stories (I peeked on Amazon). I would love to win copies of them to read.

  2. I love Melinda’s writing.

  3. mrsmac19 says:

    Looks like a great series! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  4. SHELLEY S says:


  5. Thanks for the feature! 🙂

  6. Rita Wray says:

    I like the premise of the story. Sounds like a good read.

  7. This looks like a great read 🙂

  8. Very interesting. Does she stay true to her dead husband and feelings of abandonment by Gage, or will she let her friend back into her life and love? I’d love to find out how Gage is going to help her through this dilemma.

  9. bloomerbear says:

    I hope your tour is amazing and it goes well! This book seems that it’s going to be a hit from what I read! Good luck!

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    thank you

  10. This sounds like a great series. I’m looking forward to beginning it. Best of luck with your tour!