LSBBT BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon (Contemporary Romance)

A Hope Harbor Novel, Book 5 
Genre: Contemporary / Christian / Romance
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: April 2, 2019
Number of Pages: 368

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After tragedy upends her world, Jeannette Mason retreats to the tiny Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor to create a new life. Vowing to avoid emotional attachments, she focuses on running her lavender farm and tea-room—until a new neighbor with a destructive dog and a forlorn little girl invades her turf. But she needn’t worry. Dr. Logan West is too busy coping with an unexpected family, a radical lifestyle change, and an unruly pup to have any interest in his aloof and disagreeable neighbor. Yet when both Jeanette and Logan find themselves pulled into the life of a tattered Christian family fleeing persecution in war-torn Syria, might they discover that love sometimes comes calling when it’s least expected? Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites readers back to the charming seaside town of Hope Harbor, where they are sure to find peace, healing, and a second chance at happiness.

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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

In this touching return to Hope Harbor, our hearts are filled with moving insights on love, loss, hope, and redemption. Featuring richly authentic characters struggling with grief and loss, their lives all unexpectedly converge to show them how to, in fact, live again. While this was my first experience reading this series, I never felt that I was missing anything nor was there any reason to feel that I had to read them in order.  Just like the people within the story, you are lovingly welcomed wherever you chose to begin.  

“This town is filled with unexpected blessings.”

Despite all of the unimaginable heartbreak many of the characters have experienced or are suffering with, there was something so incredibly peaceful drifting through the air of this welcoming community. The beachy atmosphere, Jeanette’s lavender farm and tea room, Charley’s sage presence, and the reflective inner thoughts and prayers of characters all contributed to tamping down the tension that could otherwise begin to emotionally overwhelm the reader. 

Three families are each navigating different stages of their lives while also exploring how the changes they are suddenly faced with will affect the relationships around them. Individual backstories are seamlessly interwoven into the narrative and I was immediately drawn into the story and captivated by the characters from the very beginning.  The author’s writing style expertly crafted such believable emotions into their development that brought them to life, and many times, I found myself smiling, laughing, empathizing, and crying right along with them. While each individual circumstance of loss is unique, the experience of grief is something that we can all relate to, so it was quite inspiring and such a pleasure to read about complete strangers jumping right in to help and encourage others regardless of whatever pain they themselves might be facing as well. By pulling together to ease the burdens of others when it was least expected, each begins to heal and ultimately finds the peace needed for a fresh start.

“It’s easy to get discouraged in the midst of life’s storms. But God has our back – and when the raft we’re clinging to begins to sink, he’s always ready to extend a hand. All we have to do is trust him enough to take it and let go.”

This graceful story serves as a gentle reminder to seek out goodness and light no matter how much darkness and despair may surround you. The characters prayers and Christian references became an encouraging beacon of hope and added depth to their emotional understanding and needs. 

The romance aspects of the story are slow-burning, subtle, and more conversational in tone rather than being in your face, which I greatly appreciated. The interactions between Jeanette and Logan hint at their vulnerabilities, and as they gradually begin to get to know one another, they open themselves up to an uplifting and adoring relationship. I also enjoyed that the story’s focus was predominantly on family, new beginnings, and working to move forward as the past is accepted.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Hope Harbor and look forward to returning to this special community! Perhaps next time, Charley will be the center of attention, and we can discover why his second chance included fish tacos and two seagulls named Floyd and Gladys.

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, and Pelican Point, as well as Dangerous Illusions and the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, and she is a member of that organization’s elite Hall of Fame. Her many other awards include National Readers’ Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers’ Choice, Booksellers’ Best, Carols, and Reviewers’ Choice from RT Book Reviews magazine, which also honored her with a Career Achievement award for her entire body of work. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist. 



Grand Prize:  
A Copy of Driftwood Bay + Oregon Coast RainGlobe
1st Runner-Up:  
A Copy of Driftwood Bay + Book Lover’s Coffee Mug
2nd Runner-Up:  
A Copy of Driftwood Bay + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
April 2-12, 2019
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Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Irene Hannon! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

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