of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
JennaCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully writtenSeptember 26, 2015JennaCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hope Harbor is a beautifully written romance from the amazing Irene Hannon. With strong themes of hope, forgiveness, grace, and of course, love, Irene has penned a memorable tale about two people who are struggling to overcome tragic heartbreak, and end up finding hope in the Lord, and each other. They both have secrets and mountains of guilt, and feel unworthy to ever be loved again. Hope Harbor is a story that chronicles their journey of healing and redemption and reaffirms that even in the darkest hour, hope is never lost.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. This is my honest review.
Jackie LaytonKYAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved this storySeptember 10, 2015Jackie LaytonKYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm so glad I bought this book right before vacation. I had time to really enjoy reading this story and getting to know the characters.
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming, poignant, and full of hopeAugust 31, 2015Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Hope Harbor is very different from Irene's popular suspense novels, and that's a good thing as far as I'm concerned. Although suspense isn't my favorite genre, Irene Hannon is one of the few suspense authors that I do enjoy - yet it's her contemporary romances that I enjoy most. Rather than being action packed, Hope Harbor is a heartwarming story, poignant, uplifting - and, as the title suggests, filled with hope. It is a character-driven story with sweet romance, charming setting, and characters so real that they could live around any of us.
The story is set in the fictional small town of Hope Harbor, Oregon - and I could so easily visualize an evening walk on the beach with the famous sea stack rock formations in the distance. The small-town, coastal setting and close-knit community brought Macomber's Cedar Cove to mind. Tracy's family cranberry farm also featured prominently and I enjoyed learning about the methods and hard work that go into the process.
Tracy and Michael's growing feelings for each other are first based on friendship, which is something I love to see in a romance novel, and the chemistry between them feels real. Michael's landlady, Anna, has a strong role, and all three of these characters are burdened with guilt and devastating regret over past actions. Who of us can't relate to that in some form or fashion, having discovered that guilt has only one cure? And then there's Charley, with his much sought-after fish tacos, who has an almost supernatural insight into people's deep, unspoken needs. I suspect there's some spiritual symbolism embodied in this beloved character.
As I reflect back on Hope Harbor, I'm impressed at the way Irene brings these characters into interaction, using both their natural talents and spiritual giftedness - all in a way that begs the question, coincidence, fate . . . or God? I loved Charley's pointed words to Anna that coincidence is "God's way of remaining anonymous."
The spiritual theme of forgiveness is unmistakably, but gently, woven throughout - forgiveness not just of others, but of self. This story made me step back and reflect on how I treat loved ones, impressing upon me how essential understanding and empathy are, and how crucial being willing to take that first step to initiate reconciliation can be. Above all, Hope Harbor is a story of hope.
I have become invested in this community and eagerly await the next Hope Harbor book, coming in summer 2016. Highly recommended to all readers.
Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMAugust 26, 2015FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I thoroughly enjoy Irene Hannon's suspense novels and I quickly devour them as soon as they are on the market. Much to my delight her contemporary fiction titles are every bit as good. She's a talented author and is able to switch genres with ease.
The interesting part is that even her contemporary fiction books have that suspenseful element to them that makes the story fly by. In Hope Harbor she introduces us to Michael Hunter who is a widower seeking a way to realign his life. He has come to Hope Harbor looking for a time of relaxation and reflection. Through a series of mishaps he meets cranberry farmer Tracy Campbell. If you had to rely on first impressions Tracy would surely write Michael off.
Tracy has regrets of her own that leave her unwilling to take the risk of being involved with anyone again. When Michael begins to pursue her in order to apologize for their initial meeting she quickly decides it is in her best interest to avoid him. Besides she's got enough on her plate with a failing farm and a charity endeavor that has quickly gotten out of hand.
I enjoyed riding along as the two of them developed a friendship that blossomed into more. In this instance I think I liked the side stories even more than the main one. This quaint little village on the Oregon coast is a place that looks idyllic but just like the rest of America it is also full of hurting people. The interesting part was that Michael came to Hope Harbor to rest, recharge and heal. But God also chose to use him during this time to bring hope and healing to those around him.
If you're looking for a story about hurting people that receive healing then this is the one for you. I enjoyed the complexity of the story and the vibrancy of the characters and I think you will too.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
love2read4 Stars Out Of 5A Decent ReadAugust 20, 2015love2readQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4If you are a fan of a sweet, gradual Christian fiction, this is for you. Hannon walks us through the two main characters' back stories and allows us to see the hurt they both carry as they struggle to make a relationship work between the them. Their stories seemed believable and I sympathized with poor Tracy's story of the loss of her husband. The one standout character to me however was Anna. Anna was an authentic character that truly shined in this novel. Overall, the story felt rather slow for me and I wished there had been a little more intrigue. It was a good book, just not excellent in my opinion. 3.5 of 5 stars.