Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sea Rose Lane (A Hope Harbor Novel) by Irene Hannon

A beautiful coastal town that holds treasure beyond the shores. Inviting and warm to all who are blessed to live here. Small town hospitality lingers with such grace. Yep, this is a place I could get use to calling home. What a sweet dream.

I love spending a few hours in a book that allows me to relax and enjoy. Irene Hannon is a favorite of mine. Now, her suspense series ROCK!! She is the best of the best. But I too have so enjoyed her contemporary novels. They carry such heart and transport the reader on a journey of love, grace, and redemption. 

Hannon is gifted at bringing out the best in each character. Her words flow as they draw the reader in deep. The cover caught my attention for this selection, but more so it was that it was another selection from Irene! 

I enjoyed getting to know these characters. Okay, so if you read the blurb you get the gist of the two main characters. You have a beauty of a girl who welds a hammer and has a growing business, an out of work attorney who has come home to see his dad, and you too have the dad, who is refurbishing his home into a B&B. But...there is so much more to this story. That's what I might just love the most about a novel like this. The stories within the story. 

It was so unexpected to meet a Cuban refugee, an elderly woman with a cat named Methuselah, and the man in town that seems to know more about those living in this sea coast town than themselves. I know, right? I would have never guessed to meet these characters. We not only meet them, but we get to know their story. It unfolds gently as their stories intertwine with those of the main characters.

This wasn't a deep read for me. It was an afternoon visit to a town where the people really care, where they want to make a difference in the lives of others, and where there is always room for hope.

You will find a love story that grows from a friendship that is unexpected. Forgiveness of self and of past regrets. Dreams renewed and a God bigger than anyone's doubts about what's possible when we let our guard down and allow others room to see us for who we really are. 

So, see, you won't be disappointed. You may just find yourself wanting to go back to Hope Harbor. We are given the opportunity to pack a bag and visit again in spring of 2017 when we meet new characters and a new hope in Sandpiper Cove. 

This novel was a gift from Revell for sharing my review with you.

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame.

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