Title: Sandpiper Cove
Author: Irene Hannon
“I told you earlier – here in Hope Habor, we take care of our own,” Lexie tries to convince Adam in Irene Hannon’s novel, Sandpiper Cove.
~ What ~
The final book in the Hope Harbor series, this three-hundred-fifty-two-page paperback targets those interested in a romance that challenges different backgrounds when living in a small town. With no profanity or sexual scenes, the topics of bullying may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes an excerpt from a new book series, acknowledgments, author’s biography, and advertisements.
In this current-day story based in a fictional coastal town in Oregon, thirty-five-year-old widowed Lexie Graham lives with her mom and five-year-old son. As the city’s police chief, she has little time for romance until she meets an ex-con, Adam Stone. While she tries to uncover who has been vandalizing the resort area, she asks for Adam’s help in steering a lonely high schooler away from bad friendships.
With Adam trying ardently to change and forget his past, he wonders how a woman with Lexie’s class and status could be interested in an ex-con like him. Lexie, realizing she is stepping out of her comfort zone, must accept her guilt-ridden past to move on with relationships.
~ Why ~
If you have read the first two in the series, you will remember some of the eccentric and cherished characters who are weaved through this tale. I live in Oregon, and I like how the book’s scenery is well-depicted and the town is realistic.
~ 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 moving from the past and forgiving oneself, this ending of the trilogy of small town living will be a good choice.
Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book to read and review.
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