Sunday, April 29, 2018

"Pelican Point" by Irene Hannon

I know I sound like a broken record when it comes to Irene Hannon's Hope Harbor series ... but these books remind me of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series. And that's a very good thing!

A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career.

Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home--and she's determined to save the Pelican Point landmark.

Sparks fly as the two go head to head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. And as they work together, might Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?

Bestselling author Irene Hannon invites readers back to their favorite town for a story that will light a beacon of hope within their hearts.

Pelican Point is another lovely return to the small Oregon coastal town of Hope Harbor. Each book in the series stands alone (I somehow missed book three, so I can attest to the fact that you don't have to read all the other books before this one), but several characters weave throughout all the stories.

This book is about two Hope Harbor newcomers—newspaper editor Marci and surgeon Ben. Though they are on opposing sides when they meet—he's come to town to sell the lighthouse his grandfather left him, while she's determined to save the lighthouse—their sparks are undeniable. Each is hesitant to get into a relationship because of things in the past and plans for the future, but they soon come to care for each other deeply.

While I enjoyed the Marci-Ben romance, I was even more interested in the secondary plot involving a young married couple, Rachel and Greg. They moved to Hope Harbor after Greg lost a leg while deployed overseas, and their story was full of marital strife, family drama, reconciliation, and hope. I loved it so much!

The novel also features a bit of suspense, which I wasn't expecting. The suspense was done very well and came off as realistic—no surprise, really, as Hannon has written a bunch of romantic suspense novels! I was surprised to find suspense in a Hope Harbor novel, but I thought it really added to the plot.

While the novel does deal with some serious issues, the tone remains light, breezy, and warm. It's a perfect summer read! 4-1/2 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of Hannon's Hope Harbor (4-1/2 stars) and Sea Rose Lane (4 stars).

Irene Hannon, who writes both contemporary romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 50 novels. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romance fiction) and she is a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame. She has also received a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. Other awards for individual books include National Readers' Choice, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers Choice, Booksellers' Best, and Reviewers' Choice from RT Book Reviews. She is also a two-time Christy award finalist.

A former corporate communications executive with a Fortune 500 company, Irene now writes full time. To learn more about Irene and her books, visit

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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