“I don’t want to start having feelings for a man who won’t be around long,” BJ Stevens admits in Irene Hannon’s novel, Sea Rose Lane.
~ What ~
Second in the Hope Harbor series, this three-hundred-sixty-eight-page paperback targets those interested in a romance that blends professional vocational choices with small town living. With no profanity or sexual scenes, the topics of suicidal thoughts and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes an excerpt from another book series, author’s notes and biography, and advertisements.
In this current-day story based in a fictional coastal town in Oregon, thirty-four-year-old BJ Stevens has rid herself of the Los Angeles scene and is contented being an architect, construction business owner, and Helping Hands volunteer. When Eric Nash is abruptly laid off from his high-paying lawyer position in Portland, he returns to his roots, only to find his childhood home being changed into the bed and breakfast his father has always wanted.
When BJ and Eric met under unfortunate circumstances, the sparks fly, forcing Eric to reconsider going back into the corporate world. BJ, leery of men due to her sheltered past, sincerely doubts the man she wants can or should stay in town for her.
~ Why ~
If you have read the first one in the series, you will remember some of the secondary characters in this story. Since I live in Oregon, I like how the scenery is well-depicted and the town is realistic. The additions of a heartbroken Cuban and feeling worthless elderly woman were weaved in nicely.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like continuing stories of small town living and everyone knowing each other’s business may not care for this clean Christian romance. Those who do not believe in God may pass it up too.
~ Who ~
The bestselling author of over fifty novels, Hannon has received three RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and is a two-time Christy Award finalist. She and her husband live in Missouri.
~ Wish ~
The tale was predictable in both the romance and relationship departments, so it had little anticipation. I also wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you like a romance that focuses on getting out of the professional rat race and finding what makes a person happy, this is a quaint love story.
Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book to read and review.
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