Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Hope Harbor: Book Review
Summer is coming to an end, and so does my annual summer hiatus. I've read many good books in the last couple of months. I'm not sure I have read this many in several years. I think I am officially out of my reading slump!
Over the next few weeks I will be doing book reviews for the books I have read. (Did you know as a blogger you can receive free books? Publishers like Revell, will give bloggers free books in exchange for their honest review)
First up is Hope Harbor...
Do you like a good fiction book? I do too. I love getting lost in a story, especially romance with christian overtures.
I chose to review Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon because lately I've been reading a lot of nonfiction and miss my first love of reading, fiction. Plus I spent a week at the beach on our annual family trip and wanted something a little different to read. I wanted a story I could get lost in. And that is what I found in Hope Harbor. Great beach read!
The story takes place in the small coastal town of Hope Harbor, Oregon. Immediately you are drawn into the story of Tracy Campbell and Michael Hunter and want to know more.
The characters are relatable, mysterious, and interesting because they have both been through life trials that threatens their future happiness.
They deal with past regrets and shame which as a reader makes for an interesting read.
Michael and Tracy try to figure out how to move forward while not being consumed with the past.
In a lovely story that keeps a steady pace, Irene Hannon does a good job of moving the characters along so that you do not get bored.
Michael arrives in the city of Hope Harbor after a tumultuous year of loss and regret. He comes seeking refuge or answers...he's not sure. All he knows is he needed a time out from his life. However when he arrives everything starts to go wrong and he's not sure if he's made a mistake.
After some strange (divine) meetings with 3 of the locals he decides to stay...
Tracy calls Hope Harbor home. She works alongside her uncle at the local cranberry farm-which is struggling to stay afloat. Working the land and living in Hope Harbor is all she has ever wanted, but she is running from a past that has left her grief-stricken and haunted with guilt.
There are a few other characters such as Charley, the local food truck owner who always seems to a strange sense for reading people and giving timely, wise advice.
Anna, the town recluse who refuses to let anyone in after her son abruptly leaves after an argument one day.
Tracy's uncle, Uncle Bud, who raised Tracy after her parents were killed and loves her as his own.
The supporting characters really round out the book and give us additional relational life lessons.
Will Michael find what he is looking for? Will Tracy forgive and allow herself to move forward? You'll have to read the book to find out!
Hope Harbor is a powerful story of the healing powers of forgiveness and love.I really enjoyed the story line and it lent itself to be a good reminder to me on letting go of the past and forgiveness. I think you'll enjoy it too!
(*Disclaimer-I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.)
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