Title: Hope Harbor
Author: Irene Hannon
Release Date: July 7, 2015 (paperback)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the book:
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.
An absolutely incredible “coming home” novel!
Hope Harbor is a small town along the Oregon coast. It is filled with wonderful characters that are such a joy to connect with. This is the type of town where people help each other because they truly live as a community. I wish that I were able to live in this type of small town where everyone knows and cares about each other.
There are so many fabulous people. Some of them seem to have such an uncanny sense about what will be happening that it was surprising when things fell into place. It made me think of this quote from Albert Einstein, “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
Some of the characters that really made me smile were: Charley, Floyd, and Gladys. You will have to read the book to find out which ones are human. I got a kick out of the two clergymen in the town also.
There were a number of the main characters that were living with regrets or guilt from the past. I really enjoyed reading all the words of wisdom from others that helped direct them to God so that they could trust Him with the future. They each found that they were going to have to face the past and deal with before they could move forward. It was a marvelous exploration into how God wants us all to grow and mature throughout life.
This book is very reminiscent of Debbie Macomber’s series Cedar Cove, which I absolutely love.