Monday, August 10, 2015

Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

Hope HarborOverview: Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life—and love—altered her plans. Now she’s home again—with a floundering farm to run…a tragic secret…and a wounded heart. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets and devastating regrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help with a project that is close to her heart, winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives—including their own.

ISBN-13: 9780800724528 | Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/07/2015 
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My Review: I love Irene Hannon. After reading Hope Harbor, I have officially added her to my favorite authors list. While this book is quite different from the thriller I read (Buried Secrets - Men of Valor series), I enjoyed this sweet, sweet romance very much. I was turning page after page to find out what the outcome of the changing tide for Hope Harbor would be.

I could relate to both Tracy and Michael's pasts. I think that's why I loved them so much. Their struggle with the tragedy and the guilt, anger, and loneliness that results from grief is something I can certainly identify with, and the author handled these feelings and emotions without bogging the story down with them. The progression of each character in the story felt natural and flowed flawlessly throughout the book. I loved reading about Anna and her hurts and hopes, too. Her side story was just as interesting and exciting as the main story.

The message of the book, as the overview states, is about change. Sometimes, letting go of the past regrets, failures, hurts, and anger is the hardest thing we will ever do. In the end, though, it's so worth it. Each of these characters had to battle their pasts in order to embrace the future God wanted for them. I loved how the author mingled a healthy dose of faith, love, and grace in her story, as well as the hard feelings of bitterness, anger, and regret.

Overall, Hope Harbor certainly lived up to it's name. It has renewed my hope in the future God laid out for me. God certainly knew what he was doing when I was given a copy of this book. I look forward to more exciting, faith-filled works from this amazing author.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*

IrenepicAbout the AuthorIrene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a Christy Award finalist, and Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.

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1 comment:

  1. New follower here. I just finished reading Hope Harbor and enjoyed reading your review.