Friday, July 17, 2015

HOPE HARBOR By Irene Hannon
Irene Hannon is one of my favorite Romantic Suspense authors but she does a tremendous job with this contemporary romance set in Hope Harbor, Oregon.
In the opening scene, Michael Hunter arrives in Hope Harbor filled with emotional hurt and guilt over the loss of his wife. As often happens  with all of us when we are already feeling low, things go from bad to worse.  He finds his plans and motel reservations have fallen through and, still debating that he has made the right decision to come to Hope Harbor, his wife's favorite place, he doesn't know what to do.
Michael meets the heroine of the story, Tracy Campbell when he steps out in front of her and causes her to have a bicycle wreck--not a great first impression. Tracy is struggling with her own dark secrets and the financial stress of possibly losing her generational family cranberry farm.
Feeling dejected and all alone, Michael sits down on a bench in view of a taco stand. Charlie the Taco Stand Owner, sends some tacos to Michael through the town recluse, Anna Williams. Anna doesn't know why but she comes to Michael's aid offering to rent him the annex to her home--maybe because he reminds her of her son from whom she is estranged.
Whether you believe in divine intervention or not, we all have experienced times in our lives when things could not be explained or times when we simply needed something to happen to change the direction of our lives for the better.
What is endearing about this novel and makes it a page turner, is the interaction between the characters that draws you into the story and makes you like them and want to see them overcome the adversities life has sent their way. You want to cheer them on and help them make better choices. There is hope and it certainly can be found in Hope Harbor.
I received this ebook from Netgalley for an honest review. I enjoy Ms. Hannon's romantic suspense genre books much better but this makes for a lovely relaxing read.

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