1. Starfish Pier, Hope Harbor Series #6
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    Starfish Pier, Hope Harbor Series #6
    Irene Hannon
    Revell / 2020 / Trade Paperback
    $9.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 38% ($6.00)
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Christian Contemporary Romance
    March 27, 2020
    Fhlady
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have loved every single book in the Hope Harbor series, and the newest one doesn't disappoint. Hannon depicts the most realistic, enjoyable characters in this series. Once again, we have Charlie and his taco stand along with his seagulls and seal, the friendly minister and his BFF priest, and all the wonderful small town shops that fill Hope Harbor. But our focus is on some newcomers: Steven Roark, ex-marine and now captain of a fishing boat, along with his brother Patrick, and Holly Miller and her neighbor Pete Wallace, a retired widower. Each of them is hiding something that is affecting them both emotionally and mentally.

    Hannon deals with some really tough issues in this book, but she handles them with finesse: abortion, pro-life, alcoholism, end-of-life termination, capital punishment, and opposites being attracted to one another. But with a strong Christian message, she depicts how each of us facing issues such as these can learn that "no sin is too great to be absolved --if contrition is sincere," "that trust is integral to faith," and, finally, that "love isn't always easy...because we're all different. We don't fit together as cleanly as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle."

    Don't miss this excellent series. The books can be read as stand alones, but I especially like the movement from one to the next. Best of all, there are more to come!

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    March 8, 2020
    Frosty
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Irene Hannon's Hope Harbor series is one of my favorites. Seems like they get better and better with each new book. This story, featuring Steven and Holly, hits on some weighty issues. Hannon handles them beauty and grace. Besides Steven and Holly, Steven's brother Patrick has demons to conquer and Holly's neighbor is about to make a decision that will change his life. I love the way all their stories are woven together with threads of faith. The gorgeous setting and recurring characters of Hope Harbor enhance Hannon's storytelling and makes me hungry for fish tacos! If you read Starfish Pier and enjoy it, make sure to go back and read the first five volumes of this wonderful series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  3. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartwarming
    March 7, 2020
    Faye
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Opposites attract and spark fly in Hope Harbor for ex-Delta Force member Steven Rourke and first grade teacher, Holly Miller, as the town comes together to raise money for Helping Hands. Holly is a teacher, pacifist, and pro-life advocate, she has taken on the task of helping to organize the fundraiser for Helping Hands. She is new to town and is excited to jump right in and get involved with the community. She is very persistent, outgoing and friendly. Steven came to Hope Harbor for rest, and to rebuild his relationship with his brother. He loves his brother dearly, but is having trouble re-establishing that relationship. He is more reserved and has his doubts about others. I loved coming back to Hope Harbor, Holly is a beautiful and passionate person, her parents are very loving and supportive. While the 6th in a series, it stand well on its own. I loved how Holly is supportive of Steven and his family. Overall, an engaging small town story of faith and overcoming differences. I loved the relationships and many wonderful people that they get to know and love. Heartwarming, and inspiring, it was a very satisfying read. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  4. Clover, SC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Love Hope Harbor!
    February 26, 2020
    Susan
    Clover, SC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    'God wouldn't be interested in the likes of him.'

    Irene Hannon once more takes her readers back to the quaint, peaceful, and encouraging town of Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast. I've grown to love this place, even if I'm not a beach person. The residents work their way into your heart and you just can't help but love them. My favorite is Charley, the taco man, who I'm convinced in an angel. Just my opinion.

    This time in Hope Harbor, we meet Holly Miller and Steven Roark, both of whom have issues that plague them from time to time. Holly's is physical, due to a birth defect, and Steven's is emotional. Along the way, we hear from both the town's pastor and the priest, who are completely endearing. I want to visit the priest's meditation garden! Issues arise that have both Holly and Steven in turmoil and they have to search their hearts to determine if they can overcome these deeply felt emotional qualms if they are to even have a chance at a happily ever after.

    Irene Hannon is always good. Just good. She delves into her characters' hearts and gives the readers glimpses of what lies beneath. She also manages to incorporate plot lines of secondary characters into these wonderful Hope Harbor stories. This one's was precious. Another great read from an author I love. Recommended.

    *My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion stated here is entirely my own.+
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