Disrupting Harmony

An Orchard Hill Romance

Harmony Solberg is a well-known TV personality.  She had her own show called Harmony at Home, which she recently quit to write a cookbook.  She didn’t need to work as her family has money but she can’t stand to just sit around.  Besides, she doesn’t really get along with her parents who want to control her and she doesn’t have any siblings.  Harmony lives in a restored Victorian house in Orchard Hill and attends the local church.  When she arrives home after a trip to visit her parents, she finds that the triplets that have moved next door have picked most of the flowers out of her garden.  Going next door, she meets her new neighbor and puts in her complaint about his triplets.

Joseph Velasquez had moved in next door to Harmony.  Joseph’s wife died several years ago from breast cancer leaving him with 2 sons and a daughter who are now teenagers.  His one sister is in rehab and Joseph has taken over the care of her triplet daughters.  Having out grown his old house, Joseph has bought a big rambling fixer-upper Victorian house.  He’s in construction so he knows that he can do all the repairs and upgrades.  Unknown to Harmony, Joseph did her house!  With so many children, Joseph is very active in the church’s youth programs and is currently in charge of the Fall Fling. 

Joseph’s children find Harmony to be fun to hang around with and while Harmony who has never really been around children before finds herself a little over whelmed a few times enjoys their visits.  Soon, they find themselves occasionally having meals together and doing chores.  Joseph finds himself attracted to Harmony but isn’t pushing the issue, even though his match making younger sister is trying to help!

Things change when Harmony’s old producer and boyfriend comes to her house trying to woo her back.  Harmony wants nothing to do with him and Joseph finds her trying to get him to leave.  With help, he does leave but Harmony is extremely upset and Joseph is at a loss as to what to do.  Things get even more up in the air when Harmony is given a contract to look over for a national TV show.

Does she really want to quit TV or will this very lucrative contract lure her back?  She seems to like being with the Velasquez kids but does she like Joseph too? 

This book is part of a series located in Orchard Hill but you don’t need to read the rest to enjoy this one.  The common thread through the series is a pair of matchmakers.  They really don’t impact the story that much though they are in it.  What is nice is characters from previous books seem to make appearances in future books so that when you finish reading about one set of characters you get to see how they are doing later.  Though I have never read any of the other books in this series, I enjoyed this fun little romance.

I enjoyed all the characters in this book.  While the primary characters of Harmony and Joseph were the most developed, most of the secondary characters were given their own personalities and quirks.  The teens were going through normal teen issues such as Abby wanting to date and her dad telling her she’s too young.  Other character issues and developments are things like Joseph’s sister, Hope worried because her brother doesn’t like her fiancé, Oliver.  The only characters that aren’t truly developed and given their own personalities are the triplets.  They are pretty much lumped into one big mess.

While this is a romance novel don’t expect any steamy sex scenes.  This book while not preachy is heavy with Judeo-Christian values.  Church has a central place in all of their life styles.  Many chapters start with Biblical quotes and prayer in mentioned.  Still you don’t need sex to feel love and parents need to be good role models for their children even when they’re not around. 

Because this book does not have graphic sexual scenes, it would be appropriate for an older teen to read and enjoy.  That doesn’t mean that a mature person wouldn’t enjoy this book also.  I am far from being a teen and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Joseph, Harmony and 6 kids.

Book Blurb for Disrupting Harmony

Orchard Hill Residents – lock up your hearts!

Pansy Parker and Misty Green are rivals in romance. Each believes she is the town’s best matchmaker. Now, they’re going to settle the question for once and for all. They’re keeping track to see who can make the most matches in a year’s time.

No heart is safe in Orchard Hill – not even their own.

Harmony Solberg is happy with her quiet, orderly existence. Then, widower Joseph Velasquez and his brood of noisy children, teenagers, and pets, moves next door, shattering her peace. Against her will, she is drawn into the children’s lives. Soon she’s sewing Halloween costumes and helping out with the church’s fall harvest party.

Harmony realizes that she’d rather have a loud, chaotic life with Joseph and family than go back to her lonely old life, but Joseph doesn’t seem to think she’s cut out for it.

Will she be able to convince him, with a few tricks and maybe a treat or two?

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2008 3.25