Thursday, April 22, 2021

Review: "Blackberry Beach" by Irene Hannon

It's time for a return to Hope Harbor - one of my favorite book series!

Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside.

Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss--and he has no plans to change the life he's created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. He's had enough drama to last a lifetime. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. And as their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected . . . and discover that, with love, all things are possible?

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you to come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

I always love returning to Hope Harbor with each new release in Irene Hannon's series, and I so enjoyed my time reading Blackberry Beach. This novel features two romances for the price of one - the main couple is coffee shop owner Zach and Hollywood actress Katherine, while the secondary couple of career woman Stephanie and widower Frank is older and oh so adorable. As always, beloved Hope Harbor characters Charley, the two ministers, and seagulls Floyd and Gladys make appearances. 

I loved how faith and conviction played into Katherine's career debate, and Zach's family struggles felt very real - each of them went on very personal journeys throughout the novel in addition to their romance, and I appreciated that they both felt fleshed out apart from each other.

While I didn't connect with this book quite as much as some others in the series, I still greatly enjoyed the experience of reading it, and I recommend it to fans of the series and of sweet romance. 4 stars. 

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Read my reviews of the Hope Harbor novels Hope Harbor (4-1/2 stars), Sea Rose Lane (4 stars), Pelican Point (4-1/2 stars), Driftwood Bay (4-1/2 stars), and Starfish Pier (5 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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