Hope Harbor: A Novel by Irene Hannon, IreneHope Harbor: A Novel by Irene Hannon, Irene

Hope Harbor: A Novel

byIrene Hannon, Irene

Paperback | July 7, 2015

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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.


Praise for Irene's Contemporary Romances

"Captures the reader from the very first pages. Irene Hannon knows the power of words and the miracle of faith."--New York Journal of Books on That Certain Summer

"Beautiful storytelling . . . a gem of a read."--RT Book Reviews on That Certain Summer

"Hannon's multithread plot is woven beautifully together to create a tapestry that will enchant romantics of all ages."--Publishers Weekly on One Perfect Spring

"Irene Hannon is one great storyteller."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber on One Perfect Spring


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.

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Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including That Certain Summer, One Perfect Spring, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, three HOLT Medallions, a Daphne ...
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Title:Hope Harbor: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8 × 4 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:8 × 4 × 0.5 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0800724526

ISBN - 13:9780800724528

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Second Chances I was sent a copy of Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor, by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Set in the small coast side town of Hope Harbor Oregon, the lives of three strangers, all dealing with loss are about to be changed forever. Michael Hunter hopes to find some peace of mind when he decides to take a trip to the town his late wife vacationed in as a child. Here he would cross paths with a struggling cranberry farmer and an antisocial widow who keep their own personal pain guarded close to their hearts. Hope Harbor is a story about new beginnings and second chances. This is my first time reading a book by this author and I enjoyed the descriptive writing style the story followed. I didn’t find the plot to be overly exciting, however it brought a sweet smooth reading experience for this reader and it kept my attention throughout. A handsome stranger coming to town and changing the lives of a known recluse and a workaholic in such a short amount of time does seem a bit too good to be true. I found Michael’s character to be a bit too perfect, even though he was battling with his own grief and guilt. Tracey was a hardworking character and I enjoyed the parts that showed her relationship with her Uncle Bud. She did tend to be rude to Michael at times. Thankfully Bud was able to be a voice of reason. The true meaning behind Hope Harbor, was able to eclipse these character irks though. The point of the story is that things do happen for a reason and blessings come in all shapes and sizes. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy contemporary fiction that centres on second chances.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Second Chances This is my first time reading a book by this author and I enjoyed the descriptive writing style the story followed. I didn’t find the plot to be overly exciting, however it brought a sweet smooth reading experience for this reader and it kept my attention throughout. A handsome stranger coming to town and changing the lives of a known recluse and a workaholic in such a short amount of time does seem a bit too good to be true. I found Michael’s character to be a bit too perfect, even though he was battling with his own grief and guilt. Tracey wad a hardworking character and I enjoyed the parts that showed her relationship with her Uncle Bud. She did tend to be rude to Michael at times. Thankfully Bud was able to be a voice of reason. The true meaning behind Hope Harbor, was able to eclipse these character irks though. The point of the story is that things do happen for a reason and blessings come in all shapes and sizes. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy contemporary fiction that centres on second chances.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book! I haven't read a book by Irene Hannon that I haven't loved. She is becoming another favourite author of mine.
Date published: 2015-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Take a Vacation to Hope Harbor "Come home to Hope Harbor - Where hearts heal… and love blooms." Hope Harbor is the first book I have read by bestselling author Irene Hannon, and I'm so glad to have discovered her. Charmingly, her prose sparkles with both realism and a tiny hint of the extraordinary. From the first pages, the town of Hope Harbor and all its residents tugged me in like a warm embrace. Interestingly, the story is revealed through the eyes of several characters - this technique provides depth and insight to a well-rounded plot. Although the slow pace and easy-going setting give the feeling of a gentle and relaxing novel, the messages of love, forgiving yourself, and moving on from the past are portrayed with a richness that is anything but 'fluffy'. Unfortunately, occasional comments and references, plus several plot situations, are moderately inappropriate for the Christian genre. In some cases these details are dealt with accordingly, making the inclusion of them more understandable, but other times the unexpected words and ideas are completely uncalled for. Additionally, while faith and belief in God are treated with importance, they are not at the forefront as much as they could - and perhaps should - have been. Overall, Hope Harbor is a contemporary story that deftly weaves a lovely setting, sweet story, and realistic characters into a novel worthy of praise. If you can step over the hurdles that mar an otherwise nice story, you will most likely find pleasure and relaxation in the pages. And if you have your own painful stories from the past, this book may even act as a soothing salve to ease the hurt, and help you step into the future God has planned for you. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ENTERTAINING AND INSPIRATIONAL! One man is looking for answers by running away and a woman is looking for answers by struggling to stay. Michael Hunter and Tracey Campbell are unexpectedly thrown together in their totally opposite pursuits. Both have faced the loss of their spouses in very different ways, and grappling with moving ahead. Yet they are not the only ones in the seaside town of Hope Harbor that need healing and solutions. Anna Williams, a widow, has never healed over the death of her husband and estrangement from her only son. Then there is Grace, the unwed teen and her family that desperately need relationships repaired from years of misunderstandings. God joins all of them by surprising circumstances. He uses their hurts and godly characteristics to help one another. This is a delightful story with so many facets; romance, godly love, self-sacrifice, faith, and forgiveness. On the opposite of the spectrum there was stubbornness, pride, guilt, unforgiveness and bitterness. These myriad emotions made the characters seem real. It reminded me of how I have seen God work in my life and others by means we could never imagine. As I read the book, and was able to look into each character’s hearts and minds, and I could see where they were fighting God and trying to choose their own paths, attempting to “fix” their problems. I saw myself at times when I have not trusted Him for the results and made things so much harder on myself. Just as most people tend to do, each person had put God in a box, deciding their “impossible” situation was hopeless and refusing to give the Lord control. This book is not only extremely entertaining, but a wonderful testimony of God’s power. Can’t wait for the sequel! I do wish the author had included the recipes mentioned in the book. Especially for Tracey’s cranberry bread! I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have shared are my own.
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hope Harbor is the Place Where Old Friends Meet Hope Harbor Irene Hannon Book Summary: 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. When tragedy strikes and changes her plans yet again, she finds herself back in her hometown with a floundering farm to run and a heartbreaking secret. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter's. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help save a struggling charitable organization, the winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives--including their own. Fan favorite Irene Hannon brings a whole new cast of characters to life in a charming Oregon seaside village. Emotional and heartwarming, this story invites readers to come home to Hope Harbor, where love and hope bloom--and hearts heal. Review: I love the flow and writing of Irene Hannon. This book is no different. While the story line was not my typical type, I still find myself captive to the book. I liked the variety of stories going on all at once and the flow from one group of characters to the next. I did find the overall story line between Tracy and Michael to be fine and what their secrets were, for me they were alluded to before they told the each other the story. I really liked the story of Anna. That was my favorite story. The novel was very gripping and the characters were varied and plentiful. It was truly a slice of life that seems caught in time with great interaction between characters. For those who love Irene Hannon or new to her writing this is a great example of her skill in storytelling. I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolutely incredible "coming home" novel! Hope Harbor is a small town along the Oregon coast. It is filled with wonderful characters that are such a joy to connect with. This is the type of town where people help each other because they truly live as a community. I wish that I were able to live in this type of small town where everyone knows and cares about each other. There are so many fabulous people. Some of them seem to have such an uncanny sense about what will be happening that it was surprising when things fell into place. It made me think of this quote from Albert Einstein, “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” Some of the characters that really made me smile were: Charley, Floyd, and Gladys. You will have to read the book to find out which ones are human. I got a kick out of the two clergymen in the town also. There were a number of the main characters that were living with regrets or guilt from the past. I really enjoyed reading all the words of wisdom from others that helped direct them to God so that they could trust Him with the future. They each found that they were going to have to face the past and deal with before they could move forward. It was a marvelous exploration into how God wants us all to grow and mature throughout life. This book is very reminiscent of Debbie Macomber’s series Cedar Cove, which I absolutely love. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Place of Hope Hope Harbor and the name of this town imply much, as we journey with its year round residents and a new visitor. This is a story of hope, and letting go of old hurts, and most of all forgiveness, whether for ones self or towards others. There is so much going on here, and yet there is peace and tranquility, walking the beach, and of course, Charley’s, offering fish taco’s to die for. Charley seems to have a great gift, and a heart for God; he is at the right place at the right time. We have two hurting people who have lost their spouses, and both having so many regrets, they need to forgive themselves, but easy to say and hard to do. We also have a town recluse who has not seen her son for almost twenty years, so long to hold on to hurts, and a long time waiting for forgiveness on both sides. Come along and watch Charley work his magic with his can’t be beat taco’s, sure made me hungry for some, and how life is about to change in this quiet small town. I for one was ready to pack up and move, bet you will be too. I received this book through Revell Reads blogger program, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story of hope and healing So much more than a love story. In fact, I'd consider it the perfect example of the ultimate love story -- the one we each share with God. Honestly, I was moved to tears quite a few times during my reading experience. And even now, as I write this review I'm getting all teary eyed. How to convey why? Let me try to explain. Told from multiple viewpoints, this is more than just Tracy and Michael's 'winds of change' story. Diverse characters, all harboring pain from regrets they can't seem to overcome, have important roles to play. Hannon does an incredible job of weaving their stories together, expertly building them into a crescendo of a climax that left me sobbing. The author's brilliance is evidenced by the way each character's story intersects. Story threads merge and blend and become something so much bigger than each individual triumph. I found it totally moving. The inspirational thread is strong but not overbearing. It flows as a natural extension of characters who strive for relationship with their Heavenly Father. And there's this one character, Charley, who is pivotal to the whole plot though he really takes a backseat in the overall scheme of things. But I have my suspicions about Charley which has me grinning from ear to ear. Hope Harbor dishes out hope and healing, not just to the characters within its pages, but to the readers on the outside looking in. Definitely one for the keeper shelf. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2015-07-14