Do you like books about sweet romance, fresh starts, second chances, and healing? If so, then Hope Harbor is for you.
I’ll be honest, I was really really excited to read this book. It was on back order for a bit so I didn’t get it until about 5 weeks after I ordered it, and let me tell you, the excitement built during the time that I waited.
Here’s what the back of the book jacket had to say:
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.
Though I found the book rather slow to start, and didn’t like that we weren’t getting all the details about each of the characters’ stories up front, I quickly realized that the point of the slow reveal was to leave me as the reader wondering why Tracy and Michael needed healing and what had hurt them so badly. I think if all that information had been front-end-loaded like I found myself wishing it had been, I’d have been disappointed because there’d have been no element of surprise to it.
Once the book got going, I loved the character development, and found that I couldn’t wait to keep reading… I did devour this book quite quickly, actually. I loved Anna, and I loooooved Charley. What great characters! Irene Hannon did an excellent job of drawing me in with lovable and relate-able personalities. I understand why she’s won awards, as the front cover says she has.
Anyway, in the end I do recommend this book. It’s very sweet, and I loved how it all resolved in the end.
I received this book free from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review, in association with Graf-Martin Communications.