Hope Harbor (Hope Harbor Series #1)Irene Hannon
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 ... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 7, 2015
- UPC: 9780800724528
- Height: 0.80
- Width: 5.40
- Length: 8.20
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Jul 7, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 0800724526
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- Hope Harbor by kp on 6/26/2016
In Irene Hannon's book, Hope Harbor, you find Michael Hunter rolling into Hope Harbor, Oregon, only to find the hotel, where he had booked reservations, locked down with no explanation in sight!
Michael is taking a leave of absence from his job in Chicago in the hopes of sorting out his life. Now he simply must find a new place to rest his head for the next few weeks. When Michael visits the beach area and he meets Anna Williams, it seems he has found an answer to his problem. Anna has an annex on her house that is available for rent to tourists. Michael latches onto this opportunity for a quiet spot to rest while he continues searching for a new direction for his life!
After Michael literally stumbles into Tracy Campbell, he has no idea that they each both have pain from their past that needs healing. Watch and see how God will intervene and meet Michael and Tracy's needs in this little coastal town that lives up to its name, Hope!
- Heartwarming, poignant, and full of hope by Carole on 8/31/2015
Hope Harbor is very different from Irene's popular suspense novels, and that's a good thing as far as I'm concerned. Although suspense isn't my favorite genre, Irene Hannon is one of the few suspense authors that I do enjoy - yet it's her contemporary romances that I enjoy most. Rather than being action packed, Hope Harbor is a heartwarming story, poignant, uplifting - and, as the title suggests, filled with hope. It is a character-driven story with sweet romance, charming setting, and characters so real that they could live around any of us.
The story is set in the fictional small town of Hope Harbor, Oregon - and I could so easily visualize an evening walk on the beach with the famous sea stack rock formations in the distance. The small-town, coastal setting and close-knit community brought Macomber's Cedar Cove to mind. Tracy's family cranberry farm also featured prominently and I enjoyed learning about the methods and hard work that go into the process.
Tracy and Michael's growing feelings for each other are first based on friendship, which is something I love to see in a romance novel, and the chemistry between them feels real. Michael's landlady, Anna, has a strong role, and all three of these characters are burdened with guilt and devastating regret over past actions. Who of us can't relate to that in some form or fashion, having discovered that guilt has only one cure? And then there's Charley, with his much sought-after fish tacos, who has an almost supernatural insight into people's deep, unspoken needs. I suspect there's some spiritual symbolism embodied in this beloved character.
As I reflect back on Hope Harbor, I'm impressed at the way Irene brings these characters into interaction, using both their natural talents and spiritual giftedness - all in a way that begs the question, coincidence, fate . . . or God? I loved Charley's pointed words to Anna that coincidence is "God's way of remaining anonymous."
The spiritual theme of forgiveness is unmistakably, but gently, woven throughout - forgiveness not just of others, but of self. This story made me step back and reflect on how I treat loved ones, impressing upon me how essential understanding and empathy are, and how crucial being willing to take that first step to initiate reconciliation can be. Above all, Hope Harbor is a story of hope.
I have become invested in this community and eagerly await the next Hope Harbor book, coming in summer 2016. Highly recommended to all readers.
Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 8/26/2015
I thoroughly enjoy Irene Hannon's suspense novels and I quickly devour them as soon as they are on the market. Much to my delight her contemporary fiction titles are every bit as good. She's a talented author and is able to switch genres with ease.
The interesting part is that even her contemporary fiction books have that suspenseful element to them that makes the story fly by. In Hope Harbor she introduces us to Michael Hunter who is a widower seeking a way to realign his life. He has come to Hope Harbor looking for a time of relaxation and reflection. Through a series of mishaps he meets cranberry farmer Tracy Campbell. If you had to rely on first impressions Tracy would surely write Michael off.
Tracy has regrets of her own that leave her unwilling to take the risk of being involved with anyone again. When Michael begins to pursue her in order to apologize for their initial meeting she quickly decides it is in her best interest to avoid him. Besides she's got enough on her plate with a failing farm and a charity endeavor that has quickly gotten out of hand.
I enjoyed riding along as the two of them developed a friendship that blossomed into more. In this instance I think I liked the side stories even more than the main one. This quaint little village on the Oregon coast is a place that looks idyllic but just like the rest of America it is also full of hurting people. The interesting part was that Michael came to Hope Harbor to rest, recharge and heal. But God also chose to use him during this time to bring hope and healing to those around him.
If you're looking for a story about hurting people that receive healing then this is the one for you. I enjoyed the complexity of the story and the vibrancy of the characters and I think you will too.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- great start to a new contemporary series by Sue on 8/17/2015
The previous books I've read by Hannon have all been suspense books, and I was curious how she would handle a contemporary romance novel. HOPE HARBOR lays all the ground work for a continuing series set in fictional Hope Harbor, one of those ideal small towns, similar to Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove (although a little quieter). A quick glance at the last pages show advertising that another book RETURN TO HOPE HARBOR will follow next year, yet I never felt like this first book was overladen with extra characters who would likely reappear in later works. Hannon centers this story on Michael Hunter, a Chicago nonprofit executive who has come to this western small town for an extended visit. Clearly he has a reason for coming, but readers have to wait awhile before they discover why. Hunter's vacation does not start well -- first, he finds the small motel where he had reservations has suddenly closed. Then he accidentally runs into a young woman on her bike, causing her to loose her groceries and hurt her hip. Of course, you know that there will be romance between the two, and you won't be disappointed. Hannon has created very likable characters in both Hunter and the young, hardworking Tracy. Local color comes from the struggling cranberry farm which has been in Tracy's family for years and the eccentric food truck owner Charley. Faith lessons in forgiving oneself and second chances are there for both Tracy and Michael, while Michael's new landlord, widow Anna has need for a different kind of forgiveness. Warm hearted and sincere, this novel is a quick read, but one that will leave you satisfied; it is perfect for a late summer read as you travel. Personally, I will welcome novels by Irene Hannon. She's shown she is a success at writing suspense series and now contemporary romance. I would like to see her branch out again, into those contemporary novels which go beyond romance into deeper stories of character and faith. I received a copy of HOPE HARBOR from Revell Reads for my honest review.
- ENTERTAINING AND INSPIRATIONAL! by NARITA on 8/7/2015
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.
- Hope Harbor is a Great Place to Meet Old Friends by Robin on 8/4/2015
by: 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.
- A Place of Hope by Maureen on 7/27/2015
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 tacos 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 tacos, 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.