Sea Rose Lane (Hope Harbor Series #2)Irene Hannon
Sea Rose Lane is the second book in Irene Hannon's Hope Harbor seriesAfter losing his job, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed & breakfast. Instead of plotting his next car... Read More
After losing his job, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed & breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief who's invaded the house with her motley crew.
As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces to create a program for Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: May 10, 2016
- UPC: 9780800727543
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 362
- Publish Date: Jun 7, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 0800727541
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- A sweet, lovely story by Vera on 6/30/2016
This story is simply a sweet and gracious, definitely lovely read. No, it isn't an "old lady's' story" because its appeal is multi-generational.
The characters are believable and you'll want to get to know them yourself and walk alongside them as they experience life in Hope Harbor. The author's lovely coastal town depiction with its special charm just grows on the reader. Makes you want to throw your own stuff in your car and head down the road to Hope Harbor.
As the two newest arrivals to Hope Harbor meet and begin to grow on each other, a sweet romance begins budding.
I missed reading Hope Harbor, book one in the Hope Harbor series. After reading BJ's and Eric's story (and those other wonderful Hope Harbor resident's stories) in Sea Rose Lane, I certainly will try not to miss reading Ms. Hannon's next book in this series. I always know an Irene Hannon book will be a delightful read, well done, and with wonderful characters.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Revell to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review nor compelled to render a positive review.
- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 6/29/2016
You know a book is good when you come to the end and want to visit the place where the story is set. The Hope Harbor series is like that for me. My rational mind knows that it is a fictional setting but my heart longs to visit a place where second chances abound.
I fell in love with this darling little sea side town in Hope Harbor and now after reading Sea Rose Lane I am even more smitten with the place and the people. The main characters have compelling stories but the supporting characters are really what make them unique.
I enjoyed reading about the tension filled romance between architect BJ Stevens and attorney Eric Nash. The two are like oil and water . . . but then Irene Hannon works her magic and adds an emulsifier like a community project and suddenly the oil and water not only mix but complement each other.
As I said it's the supporting characters that intrigue me. Who is this mysterious painter and fish taco maker? He seems to always have been there, but where did he come from and how does he know what he knows? And please let there be more to Luis' story. Such a survivor and an over comer!
I look forward to the next Hope Harbor book, Sandpiper Cove, but be forewarned it doesn't release until April 2017. Fear not, Irene's next book in the Men of Valor series, Tangled Webs, releases this fall!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- Down by the Sea Shore by Becky on 6/9/2016
Everything was going well for architect BJ Stevens. She was successfully restarting her life in the small town of Hope Harbor, until Eric Nash crashes into her world, literally. Distracted, Eric rear-ended BJ's truck with his BMW. Eric is everything that BJ has been running from: a man who is good looking, successful, and married to his job. Because of that, BJ hopes to never see him again once the accident is cleared up. She is disappointed to discover Eric is the son of her current client, and he has just returned home to Hope Harbor.
BJ attempts to keep her distance from Eric. However, avoiding someone in a small town, and on her work site, is almost impossible. Despite never being very friendly to him, Eric persists in trying to get to know BJ. Everyone says Eric is a genuinely good guy. However, he has also made it clear he is waiting for an opportunity with a new legal firm, and will be instantly gone when he gets it. BJ does not want to risk her heart with someone who has no intentions of sticking around, but as time goes by, BJ finds herself falling for him.
One of the things I really liked about this story is that all the characters are really well developed. They have depth, and feel like real people that can be identified with. Finding out what makes BJ tick is very interesting. BJ has regrets over things she wishes she had done differently before her grandmother passed away. Those regrets motivate her to help many people.
I also liked that this book contains a lot more than just a romance story. For instance, Eleanor is a sweet elderly lady on a fixed income who can no longer do minor house repairs, or drive to get her groceries. She wants to stay in her home, but needs a way to accomplish those jobs, and others like it. Eleanor prays she will not have to go to a senior facility, but can still find a way to contribute to life from her own home.
Next, there is Luis who was a doctor in Cuba. He faced many hardships to come to this country, including the death of his wife, during their escape. Now in the United States, none of his medical training counts, and he works construction jobs for BJ. He is a compassionate man, but is beaten down by loneliness from the loss of his wife, and the difficulties of adjusting to living in a new country. He is having trouble finding meaning in life.
Eric, himself, is having problems. He always loved to paint, and considered himself somewhat of an artist. But in the years he has been practicing law, he hasn't picked up a paint brush, or had the time to do it if he had wanted to. Since returning home, he has started painting again, and is overwhelmed with how much he loves it, and has missed it. He is surprised to find himself toying with the idea of finding a way to keep painting.
One of the most interesting characters of them all is Charley, a man of mystery. He is an artist, but also runs a food stand--when he feels like opening it. Charley always seems to be in the right place, at the right time, for almost everyone in Hope Harbor. This is especially true for Eric, BJ, Luis and Eleanor. Often times, he almost seems like it might be one of God's angels.
I really enjoyed this 5-star book, and highly recommend it. It is full of real life problems, and realistic ways that people cope with those issues, as well as, how they include God in their lives. This book is part of the Hope Harbor Novel series, but I did not read the first one, and was able to follow this story without any problem. I suggest this book for anyone who enjoys well-written fiction with a story-line that will keep your interest, you will not be disappointed.
The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Sea Rose Lane, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
- Sea Rose Lane by kp on 6/1/2016
In the Irene Hannon's latest tale, Sea Rose Lane, Eric Nash makes quite the entrance into his hometown of Hope Harbor, Oregon. While he is talking on his cell phone, he runs his car into the rear end of BJ Stevens's truck!
After an unexpected layoff from his job, Eric has some time on his hands to visit his father before he finds a new place to continue building his career as a lawyer. Soon after Eric lands back at his childhood home with his damaged BMW, he discovers that his father is having his home remodeled to convert the space into a B&B. Eric is surprised to find that his father's architect is none other than BJ Stevens! As Eric learns more about who BJ really is and his feelings for her begin to grow, you realize that this life transition will not be as simple as Eric originally expected!
Watch and see as BJ and Eric join forces to help those in need in their town. You get a strong feeling that God is growing something bigger than either BJ or Eric could have imagined!
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my unbiased review.
- Feel the Wind on Your Face and the Love in the Air by Suzie on 5/31/2016
As someone who spent quite a bit of time along the Oregon coast during my childhood (not to mention being a resident of a small town), I can completely picture the fictional town of Hope Harbor. The combination of a close-knit community with breathtaking views is one I want to be a part of. Fortunately, Irene Hannon has issued an open invitation to her readers.
In exchange for a glamorous life as a hot-shot architect in Los Angeles, BJ has settled down in the quaint town of Hope Harbor where she gets to set her own rules and work at her own pace. But when attorney Eric Nash slams into her life, she begins to wonder if her quiet life is enough. As the two of them spend time together, they’re interest in each other grows. Eric plans to go back to a high-stress, long hour job and neither wants to get their heart broken so they form a friendship that quickly blossoms after a few false starts.
The side characters are what make Hope Harbor unique. BJ’s employees both have interesting and difficult pasts they’re struggling to overcome. Then there are the senior citizens and the resident food truck owner who dishes advise along with his fish tacos, Charlie.
A story about letting go of one dream in order to realize a bigger, better one and of releasing yourself from past mistakes, Sea Rose Lane is one of (like the town’s name suggests) HOPE. Cozy up with this one and enjoy. You can almost feel the breeze and smell the salt in the air.
****Revell and NetGalley provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.