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KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing!April 6, 2020KavRCanadaGender: femaleI'm sporting a HUGE Cheshire grin because...this series!!!!!! There aren't any words to convey all the awesomeness within the pages of all the Hope Harbor books. Each one reads superbly as a standalone but, honestly, why wouldn't you want to read them all?!
Starfish Pier is the sixth (and please say there will be many more...please, please, please!) so I think we can officially elevate Charley to folk hero status now. His sage wisdom, open heart and listening spirit guide not only Hannon's characters, but this eager reader as well. And the sparring clergy are back too! Love the way the author has created so many memorable characters in a town so aptly named because it's brimming with hope and you will be too once you've spent some quality time within these pages.
Holly and Steven are about as opposite as you can get -- staunchly opinionated on moral matters that should make romance impossible. Hannon delivers one emotional sucker punch after another as she draws her readers into a labyrinth of angst. And, oh, their back stories! The way she dangles tidbits of information without a full reveal for sooooooooo long I was about jumping out of my skin waiting for the full story! Happy agonizing sigh of sheer readerly bliss. And that's all I'm going to say about them because you really need to discover their issues on your own reading adventure.
And along with the main romance, we get the additional viewpoints of three other characters who are weathering their own storms. Messy lives collide, revealing how interconnected we actually are. One act of kindness or a hesitant word can cause a ripple effect that reaches further than we can imagine.
I finished Starfish Pier feeling buoyed up. Hopeful. Comforted. Encouraged. And with a deeper understanding of why God called us to live in community. The perfect message for these uncertain times. My heart is full.
I listened to the audible version narrated by Therese Plummer who is absolutely amazing! She has such a beguiling style and an incredible gift for creating distinctive voices for every character. I think I'd listen with rapt attention if she read from the phone book!
LGHudson4 Stars Out Of 5TOUGH VS TENDER!April 3, 2020LGHudsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ex-Delta Force operator Steven Roark has moved to Hope Harbor to learn to forget his past and live in civilian life. He is running a Charter Fishing business and he will be close to his brothers family. First Grade Teacher Holly Miller is also a recent newcomer to Hope Harbor. However, instead of being a recluse, she has immersed herself in the lives of the people of the community. At first glance, these two have absolutely nothing in common. However, as author Irene Hannon continues this beautiful story, she aqallows readers an inside look at their lives and reveals they have much in common. It is a story of tough vs tender; shared hurts bringing people together; finding out the facts before jumping to conclusions and realizing that love never fails. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Revell and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
Sarah OSouth DakotaAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5tough subjects, good readApril 1, 2020Sarah OSouth DakotaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I would say this book does discuss some very tough issues. The author had a way of getting to the heart of the matter that's for sure. I did feel like the book dragged some. I like Steven why he faced his own demons he had a big heart of wanting to help those around him. As in all Hope Harbor book Charley, Gladys and Floyd make appearances through out and I always love them they have a way of adding a good laugh to the story, but Charley has away of knowing just what to say when it needs to be said and giving the guidance and wisdom. I had mix feeling on Holly but in the end she grew on me. Over all this is a good clean read and may be suitable to all. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion
MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Return to Hope Harbor and Discover Starfish PierMarch 31, 2020MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have been enjoying the Hope Harbor series by Irene Hannon since reading Hope Harbor, book one in the series. I have been watching for Starfish Pier to become available since I finished reading the previous book, Driftwood Bay. Irene Hannon is a wonderful author, whether she is writing a series such as Hope Harbor or suspense filled novels with high intrigue. I have become a steady fan over many years.
Hope Harbor is just the place you want to come to for relaxation, a view of the ocean and small town camaraderie at Charley's Fish Taco truck. It is not the place you come to if you want to be removed from all human contact. Holly Miller encounters just such a man when her new neighbor Pete moves next door. Meeting him soon after encountering an abrupt Steven Roark surprised her when everyone else in her new town were so friendly. At times I wondered how this would all tie together, but that is part of what makes Hannon's books so good to read. There seemed to be so many roadblocks for Holly and Steven, yet I couldn't help but wonder "why not?" Each had reasons they couldn't let go of that would hinder a loving relationship.
Letting go of the past can be difficult in order to live in the present. Sometimes that very idea of community can be stifling when we encounter the same people wherever we go. But sometimes that is the very thing that can heal the heart. This book touches on some of the issues many face in our society today. They are not sugar coated but bring a message of hope where these wonderful characters are facing a challenge. They are all fictional, of course, but each serves a purpose to bring the story together in the end. Characters and locations from the previous stories are woven into the story and mesh with this new set of characters.
I appreciate receiving an advance copy of the book for review from NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own, but I do recommend this book with 5 stars. It is like visiting one of your favorite locations and visiting with good friends.
Fhlady5 Stars Out Of 5Great Christian Contemporary RomanceMarch 27, 2020FhladyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.