Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hope Harbor

GIVEAWAY

HANNON, IRENE
HOPE HARBOR

Come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms. 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. Now she's home again--with a floundering farm to run . . . a tragic secret . . . and a wounded heart. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter's. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets and devastating regrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help with a project that is close to her heart, winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives--including their own.

My Review:

So much more than a love story. In fact, I'd consider it the perfect example of the ultimate love story -- the one we each share with God. Honestly, I was moved to tears quite a few times during my reading experience. And even now, as I write this review I'm getting all teary eyed. How to convey why? Let me try to explain.

Told from multiple viewpoints, this is more than just Tracy and Michael's 'winds of change' story. Diverse characters, all harboring pain from regrets they can't seem to overcome, have important roles to play. Hannon does an incredible job of weaving their stories together, expertly building them into a crescendo of a climax that left me sobbing. The author's brilliance is evidenced by the way each character's story intersects. Story threads merge and blend and become something so much bigger than each individual triumph. I found it totally moving.

The inspirational thread is strong but not overbearing. It flows as a natural extension of characters who strive for relationship with their Heavenly Father. And there's this one character, Charley, who is pivotal to the whole plot though he really takes a backseat in the overall scheme of things. But I have my suspicions about Charley which has me grinning from ear to ear.

Hope Harbor dishes out hope and healing, not just to the characters within its pages, but to the readers on the outside looking in. Definitely one for the keeper shelf.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Hope Harbor please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 19 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

35 comments:

  1. Your review makes me really want to read this. Sounds so inspirational.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I just loved it, rubynreba. Really had a powerful affect on me. Good luck.

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  2. Looks like a great read. kamundsen44 at yahoo dot com. Kim

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    1. It definitely is, Kim. Good luck.

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  3. I love reading Irene Hannon's books, this one sonnds great. sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  4. I just read another blog post on this book & I enjoyed your thoughts on it today.. I'm wanting this in my TBR list !
    dkstevensne AToutlookD otCoM

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    1. I think it belongs on your TBR list -- but I was surprised to read a few negative or 'iffy' reviews about Hope Harbor. It really impacted me and it's so strange to think that other readers didn't feel the same way. Goes to show we're a unique bunch with varied tastes. Good luck, Deanna.

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  5. Another great one......I would love to read it! Thank you for sharing, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  6. I am a HUGE Irene Hannon fan - love her books! This book sounds so intriguing...another book I need to add to my "Must Read" list :) Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!

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    1. She's a talented -- and versatile -- author, that's for sure. Good luck agboss.

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  7. This is a not to miss author . This book is on my want to read list.
    Deanne
    Cnnamngirl at aol dot com

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    1. Absolutely, Deanne. Good luck.

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  8. Hope Harbor sounds like a story of second chances... I love the setting in Oregon on a cranberry farm, so interesting!
    Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. It is interesting, Merry -- I always think of cranberries being grown in Maine. Had no idea they were grown in Oregon too. Good luck.

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  9. I haven't heard or seen anything about this book, but your review makes me want to pick it up!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's fantastic, Patty. Good luck.

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  10. Thanks for another honest review and from other comments I see not everyone reads books quite like you do. I've loved everyone of Irene's book and now because of you I'm looking forward to this one too. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Irene Hannon is a go to author for me as well whether it's suspense, or contemporary romance. She knows how to tell a story! Good luck, Becky.

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  11. Sounds interesting and I love to read about how God gives us second opportunities.
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Then this is definitely the book for you, Karen. Good luck!

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  12. thanks for the opportunity to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dod com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck.

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  13. Thanks for the great review. I can't wait to read the book. It is on my TBR list.
    ldwrncpn(at)comcast(dot)com

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    1. Good luck, Lori! It's a great read.

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  14. Hello Kav. you have made me really interested in reading this book. Sounds good and different than most. Good job with your review. Would love to be your winner.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Thanks, Maxie, glad I got you interested. I think it's an amazing read. Good luck.

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  15. This book looks very interesting I would love to read it.

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  16. Thanks for such a great review. Definitely makes me want to read it.

    mo1202007ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Melissa. Good luck.

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  17. Another beautiful cover. I am very excited to read this one!

    tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. It's a story to get excited about! Good luck, trosado.

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  18. I haven't read any books yet by Irene Hannon but her books are definitely going on my TBR list.

    Sheri
    hspruitt at frontiernet doT net

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