Thursday, July 30, 2015

Irene Hannon's: Hope Harbor

Title:  Hope Harbor
Author:  Irene Hannon
Pages:  352
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Revell
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Irene Hannon’s latest novel, Hope Harbor really captured my heart from the word go!  The male lead character is Michael and he has come to Hope Harbor to hopefully gain some peace in his troubled heart and soul.  At his first stop, he runs into problems with his motel reservation and then he knocks a young lady off her bike by accident as he is crossing the street.  He faces the young lady named Tracy, apologizing and thinking this is the end of their meeting, but alas it isn’t so!
As I discovered reading the tale of forgiveness, redemption, hope and new beginnings, my heart was captured by both the tough times some of the characters had gone through.  One of the characters named Charley runs a little food business right by the beach, selling fish tacos.  While they don’t sound pleasant to me because I don’t like fish, this Charley is a real friendly small town guy.
Tracy is part owner of a cranberry farm as well as a CPA.  Her past has left scars on her heart that cause her to run anytime someone draws near.  As readers continue to delve further into the book, so many interesting interactions take place between the hometown residents.  One of the funnier ones is the friendship between a priest and protestant pastor, especially when they go golfing.
Hope is the main theme of the story, but it is also born out of risking rejection when seeking to make amends with a person from one’s past.  I think if some of the characters didn’t risk, their hope couldn’t have been restored.  One other point I got from the book is that our God is a God of second chances, and the wisdom to know how to proceed when an opportunity presents itself for another chance in a relationship was touching.
I learned something about sea gulls too, but I will leave that for you to discover when you read this work of fiction!  I look forward to Irene’s second book in Men of Valor series coming Spring of 2016 as well as book two in the Hope Harbor series due to be released in summer of 2016.  I already have a couple of novels on my 2016 watch list!  Yeah!  Enjoy the story!

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