“I wish I could change my life with Julie, and I know you wish the same about your husband – but we can’t. Maybe the best way we can honor their memory is to learn from our mistakes and do better if we get a second chance,” Michael confesses to Tracy in Irene Hannon’s novel, Hope Harbor.
This hundred and fifty-three page paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary romantic fiction. With no profanity or overtly sexual scenes, topics of pregnancy, illness, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
In this tale set in the fictitious town of Hope Harbor on Oregon’s coast, two broken hearts are challenged when they are given second chances in life. Born and raised on the seventy acre three-generation cranberry farm outside of town, Tracy Campbell keeps her romance and passion in check having lost her husband two years ago. Returning to help her uncle and his new wife handle the never-ending projects on the farm, she is guilt-ridden and full of regret as she purposely spreads herself thin by having too many commitments.
Michael Hunter has emotional issues of his own. Having lost his spouse eighteen months ago, the non-profit executive from Chicago takes a road trip to the Pacific Northwest to deal with his self-pity and despondency toward God, wondering if his grief will end.
Little do both individuals realize how everything happens for a reason, and God’s plans are for a purpose when Tracy asks Michael to volunteer with the flailing Helping Hands, an organization that helps those in need.
With an older woman who has spent decades dealing with a broken relationship, a young teen who has made a mistake, and a food cart owner that always happens to be in the right place at the right time, the story of two people needing to move on is predictable yet tender and sweet.
The bestselling author of over forty-five novels, Hannon has received two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and is a two-time Christy Award finalist. Her husband and she live in Missouri.
Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
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