Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Book Review: "Hope Harbor"

Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon is more than a sweet Christian romance. It’s a story of community. It’s a story of hurting people finding healing in community. It's a story of God's anonymous work through people, places, and circumstance.

In this book, we meet Tracy Campbell, a widow running a struggling cranberry farm with her uncle and his wife. We also meet Michael Hunter, a burned-out executive from Chicago who is seeking peace from his past. We meet Anna the recluse whose only social activity is rescuing all the wounded animals she finds in the woods behind her home. And we meet Grace, the new-to-town teenager whose desperate loneliness leads her to make a life-changing mistake that threatens to destroy her family.

We also meet a lot of quirky characters who contribute as the wounded find their way: Charley, Floyd, Reverend Baker, and Father Kevin. These fill out the Hope Harbor Community in a joyful way.

Set in Oregon with ties to Chicago, Hope Harbor is the story of God at work behind the scenes with everyone’s best interests at heart. As Michael says in one scene, “It’s odd how life rarely turns out the way we plan, isn’t it? I tend to grumble about the unexpected twists and turns, but my wife always called it divine Providence.”

Readers who enjoy following intertwining story lines, seeing the author show how everything can work together for everyone’s good, will be inspired by this book. I received a complimentary copy from Revell in exchange for this honest review.

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