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Its About Time MamawCleveland, TexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Disciples in ChristAugust 19, 2015Its About Time MamawCleveland, TexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tracy Campbell works as hard as her Uncle Bud on the family cranberry farm. Bu things are not looking very good for the farm financially. She must do something to keep the farm out of the red even though she already has two jobs, one as an accountant and the other volunteering for a charity, Helping Hands.
As she is out running errands she is literally knock off her bicycle by a complete stranger. Even though he was polite and apologized she brushed him off and went about her way, she needed to get back to the farm and doctor her bruises.
Michael Hunter has taken some time off work to clear his head so he decides to visit Hope Harbor. When he arrives it is not what he expected. He is greeted by one disaster after another. Which includes no place available to book a room and he knocked a young woman off of her bicycle. As he ponders who this woman is so he can make amends for the accident another woman interrupts his pondering. She introduces herself as Anna and after a short conversation and seeing the predicament the young man is in she informs him she has an apartment for rent on weekly basis. At least now he has a place to stay.
Tracy, Michael and Anna had something in common they each lost their spouses to death. Anna has become a recluse and is estranged from her adult son. They all have secrets and the pain and lack of forgiveness was causing problems in moving on with their lives. Blaming God seemed to their biggest problem.
This trio seemed to work well together supporting each other in their journey to forgiveness, God, life and love. For some there was reconciliation and for others there was romance. They heard God and knew he had a plan.
There are many characters in this book that had a hand in God's plans for this trio. I call them Disciples in Christ.
I had a hard time putting this book down and when I finished the book I sorry it ended.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Revell/Baker Publishing for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This is my honest opinion.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Welcome to Hope Harbor, where hearts heal and love blooms!August 12, 2015Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The one thing about our pasts is that no matter how far we try and run from them, they still remain. Such is the case for Michael Hunter, a man searching for answers in a world that seems to have spiraled out of control. He heads to Hope Harbor along the Oregon coast hoping to find a fresh start for his busy charitable work in Chicago. After losing his wife, he is hoping that Hope Harbor lives up to its name. However when he arrives, he finds that his lodging accommodations have been changed due to an unexpected fire and just when he thinks he will have to move on further up the coast, things change. Call it a coincidence, luck or just simply God's way of remaining anonymous, when long time recluse Anna Williams offers Michael a room to rent. Seems she doesn't talk to anyone and Michael has provoked a long seated emotion that has been locked away for decades.
Just when things are beginning to look up, Michael quite literally knocks Tracy Campbell off her feet or off her bike, when he steps out on the street in front of her causing her to crash and lose some of her groceries and sustain minor injuries. Giving Michael a bit of well placed advice to watch where he is going, she rushes away before she has to speak with him any longer than necessary. The news she has for her Uncle Bud about their family business Harbor Point Cranberries. It seems unless they can find a way to infuse more money into the business they might have to sell to companies that are more efficient and can turn a bigger profit than what her and her family have been struggling to do for years now. If only there was a way to find the answer to keeping the family business quite literally afloat.
I received Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon compliments of Revell Publishing and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review outside of a complimentary copy of the novel and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. I think my favorite quote from this novel is simply this, "You know what they say about coincidence - it's God's way of remaining anonymous." This is so true for each of the characters that are joined together from Charlie, the lunch truck driver who doles out Scriptures along with his world famous fish tacos, to Anna Williams who rescues animals she meets along her walks in town, to the unlikely couple found in Michael and Tracy, who are both grieving from their past relationships and looking for a future that God seems to be masterfully orchestrating. Come home to Hope Harbor, where hearts heal and love blooms! This is the first novel in the Hope Harbor series and I can't wait for more, this one deserves a 4.5 of out 5 stars in my opinion and will be checking out Irene Hannon's other novels as well.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Never too late for second chancesAugust 11, 2015Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you would have asked me a few years ago if I was a fan of Irene Hannon's books, I would have said "no." In fact, I remember reading a few and then realizing they weren't in my preferred genre. It wasn't that they weren't great stories, but I didn't like the mystery. I'll admit it. I'm easily scared so I have to guard my mind more so than others. With that said, I decided to give her previous series a try after reading the synopsis of the book. I loved that series and realized that I do enjoy Irene Hannon! I'm so glad I gave her a second chance. This book does have some mystery, but I think the romance and the main message of the book spoke louder to me than the mystery. I really enjoyed this book and how she has once again told a beautiful story of forgiveness.
Michael and Tracy have experienced what it feels like to have their heart ripped out of their chest... something that many people can relate to. They have both lost their spouse and have to figure out how to move on. They both deal with their grief in different ways.
I appreciated how Hannon was able to weave the characters into the story so effortlessly. All of the characters were strong with characteristics that made it easy to relate to. They took on real-life issues and it was neat to watch their story played out on the pages. There were several times where they story took a turn that I wasn't necessarily expecting, but it made me keep turning the pages.
I am looking forward to more by Irene Hannon now!
I received this book free from Revell Publishers and CFBA in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Jen PenMidwest5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful start to a new series...August 11, 2015Jen PenMidwestQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4SUMMARY:
Traveling to the coast of Hope Harbor, Oregon, the hometown of his late wifes childhood, Michael Hunter is searching for answers, peace and closure. Returning to her familys cranberry farm after the death of her husband, Tracy Campbell finds she must dig deeply for a means to save it from financial ruin. Along with a few surprise characters along the way, Michael and Tracy must overcome their pasts, express forgiveness, accept grace and chance their hearts once again
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Though not the usual genre from Irene Hannon that I have read previously, I enjoyed this first book in a new series. Romance, humor, forgiveness, pain and mystery all blended for a quick read which I actually found worked. Deeper messages of hope, love and faith also contributed to the novel. Impressed the author can write just as well in a different genre than her suspense novels, I look forward to continuing with the next book in this series, available summer of 2016.
4.5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Hope Harbor from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5"Hope Harbor" certainly lives up to it's name!August 10, 2015ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love Irene Hannon. After reading Hope Harbor, I have officially added her to my favorite authors list. While this book is quite different from the thriller I read (Buried Secrets - Men of Valor series), I enjoyed this sweet, sweet romance very much. I was turning page after page to find out what the outcome of the changing tide for Hope Harbor would be.
I could relate to both Tracy and Michael's pasts. I think that's why I loved them so much. Their struggle with the tragedy and the guilt, anger, and loneliness that results from grief is something I can certainly identify with, and the author handled these feelings and emotions without bogging the story down with them. The progression of each character in the story felt natural and flowed flawlessly throughout the book. I loved reading about Anna and her hurts and hopes, too. Her side story was just as interesting and exciting as the main story.
The message of the book, as the overview states, is about change. Sometimes, letting go of the past regrets, failures, hurts, and anger is the hardest thing we will ever do. In the end, though, it's so worth it. Each of these characters had to battle their pasts in order to embrace the future God wanted for them. I loved how the author mingled a healthy dose of faith, love, and grace in her story, as well as the hard feelings of bitterness, anger, and regret.
Overall, Hope Harbor certainly lived up to it's name. It has renewed my hope in the future God laid out for me. God certainly knew what he was doing when I was given a copy of this book. I look forward to more exciting, faith-filled works from this amazing author.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*