Book Review: Driftwood Bay By Irene Hannon

About the Book:

  • Series: Hope Harbor
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (April 2, 2019)
  • Language: English

After tragedy upends her world, Jeannette Mason retreats to the tiny Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor to create a new life. Vowing to avoid emotional attachments, she focuses on running her lavender farm and tea-room–until a new neighbor with a destructive dog and a forlorn little girl invades her turf. But she needn’t worry. Dr. Logan West is too busy coping with an unexpected family, a radical lifestyle change, and an unruly pup to have any interest in his aloof and disagreeable neighbor.

Yet when both Jeanette and Logan find themselves pulled into the life of a tattered Christian family fleeing persecution in war-torn Syria, might they discover that love sometimes comes calling when it’s least expected?

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My Thoughts:

Have you ever heard the phrase, “cry a river of tears, build a bridge and get over it?” Well, I cried a river of tears with this book and “built a bridge,” but I don’t think I can get over it. This book made me an emotional mess. I haven’t cried that much for story people in a long time. My heart broke for all the pain and sorrow they faced in life. I had some trouble getting started, but I think it was because I knew what an emotional story this would be, especially since it involves children. The heartache for each of these three families was overwhelming.

I’ve read several of Irene Hannon’s romantic suspense books, but this is the first contemporary romance of hers that I’ve read. I own all the previous Hope Harbor books, but haven’t had the opportunity to read them, and now I have moved them to the top of my TBR. The town of Hope Harbor is like the perfect hometown. The people are kind and help one another and in “Driftwood Bay” have even reached out to a family in need half-way around the world.

I recommend this book for those who love contemporary novels full of spiritual truth and for those who love a good cry. You’ll definitely get one here.

Favorite quotes:

“Life is a risk, mi cielo. Don’t let fear stop you from being everything God intended you to be. Go. Learn. Live. Love. What you and I share won’t change with geography. It will always shine as bright as the stars…”

“I can see why keeping people at arm’s length is safer for your heart—but it’s kind of like that old saying about boats. While they’re safe in harbors, that’s not what they’re built for. I think that’s true for the heart too. It can’t fully be alive without love.”

“Loss is a very real part of the human condition, no question about it. Nothing on this earth lasts forever. Lives are filled with endings—and beginnings. No matter how hard we try to maintain the status quo, the world changes around us… and changes our world in the process.”

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspense. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. Irene invites you to visit her at her website,

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