Hope Harbor

51-cykMBlOL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Book Review: Hope Harbor

Author: Irene Hannon

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Revell’s website description of Hope Harbor:

Come home to Hope Harbor—where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life–and love–altered her plans. Now she’s home again–with a floundering farm to run . . . a tragic secret . . . and a wounded heart. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets and devastating regrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help with a project that is close to her heart, winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives–including their own.


Hope Harbor is the first book I’d read from Irene Hannon, so I was excited to give a new author a try. Unfortunately, I picked a busy time to try to read this book. I’m currently back at college, where reading anything aside from the assigned textbooks is rather difficult. So, I’m sad to say, I struggled to finish this book. Here’s what I liked:

Cranberry farming is something I know nothing about. Zilch. Nada. So reading about a cranberry farmer as the heroine of the story was really interesting. I love novels that I can learn something from and Hope Harbor was one of those for me. The complexities of the characters and the past failures and current dilemmas were all well thought-out. Irene took her characters on a difficult journey. Guilt can be very difficult to eradicate, depending on the past experience, but Irene handled this in a wonderfully realistic and hopeful way.

As far as things I didn’t like…there really wasn’t anything in particular. Part of the reason I had a difficult time finishing this book was the busyness of the season. I also lost interest as I neared the end of the story, which may be because of the time I had to spend away from the book when life got in the way of my reading time.

In all, I did enjoy Hope Harbor and I am glad I tried out a new author.

About the Author

Biography from Revell: Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction novels, including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series, along with That Certain Summer and One Perfect Spring. Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist. Find her online at http://www.irenehannon.com

I was given a review copy of Hope Harbor from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.


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