Thursday, 17 November 2016

Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon

Two People Starting Over... In A Town Known For Second Chances

Back Cover: After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to Hope Harbor - only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed and 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 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 help Hope Harbor's older residents, might they also find healing, hope and a new beginning themselves?

Review: I have reviewed many of Irene Hannon's novels. A prolific and talented author, she knows how to spin a tale and weave life into her characters. Her crime fighting novels are certainly her forte (Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice and Private Justice series) but you can't rule her out as a lovely addition to the sweeter, gentler genre of romance writing. Due to her talent for writing trouble, you can always count on her books to have twists and turns, a fact I definitely appreciate.

Sea Rose Lane is set in the charming village of Hope Harbor. Hope Harbor seems like a paradise placed apart from the world, and you can't blame the characters in this novel for seeking it out as a refuge. BJ Stevens has been knocked around the block a few too many times by life. As much as she has the architectural talent to work in a big city, she has sought out the quite of Hope Harbor to heal her wounds. Her compassionate heart and empathy lead her to rescue a new immigrant and employ him on her rather unusual crew and to begin a campaign to help the elderly in Hope Harbor. Settling into the quite town, BJ Stevens begins to not only heal but to make a difference in the lives of those around her.

When Eric comes along, BJ is not impressed. He disrupts her peace and quiet and stirs up drama way too often. However, as Eric slowly begins to unwind after transitioning from the big city to Hope Harbor, BJ begins to see that gentle, kind man that everyone said was there. Slowly and tentatively, a friendship begins to develop. As the days roll forward though, will a forgotten passion and a tragic story bring them together or send them back to their separate lives?

Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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