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Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

I discovered Irene Hannon’s romantic suspense novels last year and loved them! Her characters were quite complex and her books were just hard to put down. I was quite intrigued when Revell offered Hope Harbor for review since this book does not have the suspense and mystery that the books I’ve previously read by her did. Overall, I don’t think I enjoyed it as much, but the book still offered plenty to like.

**I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

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. When tragedy strikes and changes her plans yet again, she finds herself back in her hometown with a floundering farm to run and a heartbreaking secret. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help save a struggling charitable organization, the winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives–including their own.

Fan favorite Irene Hannon brings a whole new cast of characters to life in a charming Oregon seaside village. Emotional and heartwarming, this story invites readers to come home to Hope Harbor, where love and hope bloom–and hearts heal.

“What we want and what God sends our way are often two different things–but He always has our best interest at heart.”

-Charley Lopez, Hope Harbor

 

This novel certainly shined with it’s characters and their individual stories as well with the interconnectedness of the people in the community. The setting was also quite well developed and I often felt transported to the Oregon coastline.

Each of the main characters in this story enters onto the scene with their own secrets. Each of them seems to be looking for something or trying to figure out how to handle some sort of tragedy in their past. For me, as long as I was curious about the characters, I was engaged in this story. However, as the mystery started to dissolve and I learned more and the plot became a bit more external, I started to lose interest.

Overall, the novel was still a decent read. I enjoyed it enough and wanted to see how it would end, but I was a bit less engaged during that latter portions. This was a sweet story that dealt a lot with grief, guilt, and forgiveness–wonderful lessons that we all need to be reminded of every once in awhile.

About the Author:

Irene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.

Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!

Since then, she has written more than 45 romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have been honored with two RITA awards—the “Oscar” of romantic fiction—and she is a six-time finalist. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, a Carol award, three HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Retailers Choice Award, a Booksellers’ Best Award and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviewsmagazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as a top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011. In addition, she is a two-time Christy award finalist.

Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full-time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing.  A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.

When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.

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