Driftwood Bay (Hope Harbor Series #5)

Driftwood Bay (Hope Harbor Series #5)

by Irene Hannon

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ISBN-13: 9780800728816
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Series: Hope Harbor Series , #5
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 56,730
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, and Pelican Point, as well as Dangerous Illusions and the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, and she is a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame. Her many other awards include National Readers' Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers' Choice, Booksellers' Best, Carols, and Reviewers' Choice from RT Book Reviews magazine, which also honored her with a Career Achievement award for her entire body of work. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.

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Driftwood Bay (Hope Harbor Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
jebsweetpea 3 days ago
In the sleepy town of Hope Harbor, another story is unfolding. Meet Jeannette, the owner of the towns lavender and tea shop. She has successfully built a hedge around her home. Physically and emotionally. She has vowed to keep everyone at a distance as being hurt hurts too much. Her new next door neighbor, Dr. Logan West, though is going through hurts of his own raising his niece of whom he knows nothing about. As these two neighbors' lives intersect, hearts begin to soften. In this sweet story of healing past hurts, you will find some familiar faces from previous books in the Hope Harbor series. Mainly Charley, the taco making, artist town sage who makes an appearance in every book along with his two side kick seagulls Gladys and Floyd. Walk along the shores of Jeannette and Logan's lives as you discover how these two have more in common than meets the eye. The author does a great job setting the scene and developing the characters in a nonsensical way that keeps the reader interested throughout the book. Revell Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
ARS8 5 days ago
One of the things that I have been really enjoying about the Hope Harbor novels is the complexity and the weaving of the characters’ lives. No matter where they have come from or what problems they are having, each person is important to the others. Especially in Hope Harbor. This is Jeannette’s story and she has been in Hope Harbor for about three years and she runs the tea shop. She wants to live a solitary life. She works very hard to stay closed off to other people, but as others in Hope Harbor, know that will certainly change. Changes are expected especially when Dr. Logan West and his 4 year old niece Molly, and his rambunctious puppy Toby (whom I found an endearing character in the story) move in next door. Logan and Molly are learning to live with each other and getting to know each other after a few traumatic life events throws them together. Logan was a good father figure and I appreciated his openness to love Molly and care for her even when it interrupted his life. We also have a Christian family who are refuges from Syria and have come out of tragic circumstances themselves. The grandmother, father, and little girl, Elisa are trying to learn a new language in a new country in spite of the horrific conditions they survived. But if anybody can start anew, we know those that come to Hope Harbor can. Charley the fish taco guru and someone who knows things beyond what he should returns and as always helps everyone find their way. As providence would have it, all these characters meet at just the right time and when they open up their hearts miracles can happen and hope grows. I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
TShoemaker 6 days ago
Irene Hannon never disappoints, whether is is a Hope Harbor series book "Where Hearts Heal and Love Blooms," or one of her amazing suspense novels, you will always find yourself unable to put her books down. Driftwood Bay, book five in the Hope Harbor series, is once again a hit for me. I'm always so happy to revisit with Charley the fish taco/artist with his angelic disposition. While new characters are introduced, you always get a little glimpse into how characters from past books in the series are doing - I love that! Irene's series are so great, because they're like stories that just keep going...and I never want them to end. In Driftwood Bay, I was especially touched by Irene's book dedication to her beloved mother. Yes Irene Hannon, I'm quite sure she loved this one - I know I did! Give yourself a reading treat and enjoy this story that inspires, challenges it's characters, has a touch of faith, a little chaos and suspense, and a whole lot of love!
vics49548 6 days ago
This is the first book I’ve read by author Irene Hannon but it won’t be my last. I seriously found myself having trouble putting this one down. The characters are multi-faceted; nothing shallow about them. The scenic descriptions made me feel as if I were in Hope Harbor. The entire story was compelling. A tale of hope after tragedy, of fear turning to faith, and helping others becoming a way of healing, Driftwood Bay is not “fluffy” yet has it’s light moments as you laugh at a naughty puppy. You will fall in love with the characters, I promise. If you enjoy contemporary Christian fiction with light romance then you’ll enjoy this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
summer_no9 7 days ago
This book was a beautiful writing and compelling to read with that also come with an unexpected and extraordinary of the love story that will be reminding us of how much complicate of life and love had come to this character or us no matter in what situation, in any place that can be crumble to our life or may let you feel down but there is always a hope, faith and fight for new life again. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Revell Reads for this review”.
Teadrinker 9 days ago
Jeannette Mason has moved to the tiny town of Hope Harbor and opened a tea room and lavender farm in Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon. She is hiding from the world after facing tragedy in her home town in Ohio. Her new neighbor, Dr. Logan West faces challenges of a different kind as he is unexpectedly the guardian of a little girl and got a new unruly puppy before moving to Hope Harbor as the new doctor in the urgent care clinic. Despite their own challenges, they unexpectedly come together to help the new Christian refugee family that the town's churches have been assisting--Miriam, Thomma and Elisa. I have only read book one in the Hope Harbor series so far, but I enjoyed Driftwood Bay and I think it could be read as a stand-alone book even though it is the fifth book in the series. However, some of the characters continue as I have read the first in the series and enjoyed Charley and his fish tacos once again. . .I can almost smell them! As a tea enthusiast and gardening, I was looking forward to a book with a tea room and an herb farm. I am so glad I was drawn in by those things. It has been a long time since I have read one of her books, but I can see why Hannon is an award winning author. The plot was compelling and I didn't want to put this book down. I enjoyed every one of the characters and the complex story-line. I also liked that she included the Syrian family and including their feelings, frustrations and challenges that seemed so realistic to me and current with the times. I have just one complaint about Driftwood Bay--I was hoping for the recipe for the lavender short bread cookies that Jeannette makes and everyone raves about. Even better would have been if one of the characters had passed me a sample and the recipe! I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Just finished this book, and I loved it! It didn't disappoint. Loved the setting, and how the different characters of the other books were mentioned there too. Especially Charlie, Floyd and Gladys! Great story of hope, healing and God's love.
PinkGranny 11 days ago
I was waiting for Driftwood Bay to be published since reading the author's tease in Pelican Point, book 4 in the Hope Harbor series. It is like meeting up with an old friend and catching up on their lives. We vacation along the Oregon Coast for about a week each summer and the charm of Hope Harbor resonates with me. Logan is new to Hope Harbor and although Jeanette has been pouring herself into her new business for over a year, she hasn't really connected with many people and that was her plan when settling in the tiny coastal town. Irene Hannon has the gift of creating characters that she can delve into and bring out their best traits and leaves them happy for the changes. Logan and Jeanette do not seem, at first to have any chance of becoming good neighbors let alone friends. I enjoyed the pace that their pasts emerged as they began to change. Charlie, a constant in all Hope Harbor books, has the wisdom and insight that leaves many wondering how he can know their thoughts or what they need. Does he have special gifts or are his words of advice simply coincidence? Either way, he is near when least expected and knows when you "might" show up for one of his famous fish tacos. I recommend this book with 5 stars simply because it is that good. Hope Harbor is a special place in the heart of Irene Hannon's fans. Just enough magic inspired by faith, love and a wonderful location to change the hearts of those who need it most. I am already looking forward to book 6 in this series.
More_Than_A_Review 12 days ago
Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon has the most appealing characters. The story of Jeanette and Logan was woven together beautifully with that of the family from Syria. the most appealing characters Characters are real, the story line original and the emotional and Jeanette runs a lavender farm and hosts a weekly Tea. You know she has come to Hope Harbor to escape something bad but you are not exactly sure what until much later in the book. Her story touched me because we know a family that had a similar situation happen. The story of Logan and Molly was at moments heartbreaking and other times just precious. I could just see her putting her hand in his. The details of having an unruly puppy were written so well you could feel the frustration right along with Logan. I adored how Hannon used the little girl Molly to share some profound truths. I always finish Hannon’s books way too soon. You don’t want them to end because you fall in love with the characters. Time flies as you are following them on the journey. Hannon did an extraordinary job of revealing the trials of a family moving to the states from a war torn country. Another area that I felt Hannon excelled in this book was ‘showing’ Logan’s character versus ‘telling’. She revealed his character several times in small ways that he handled his patients at the hospital. And extra kudos to the book cover designer for capturing the essence of the story beautifully. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
WifeandMomtoFive 15 days ago
I had the privilege of reading Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon. I really enjoyed this Hope Harbor Novel. Jeanette Mason has settled in to her seclusive lifestyle at Hope Harbor. She is at the seaside town of Oregon and enjoying life on her lavender farm. She keeps to herself. Why is that? New to town is Dr. Logan West. Along with his daughter, or is it his daughter? Why is Jeanette so seclusive? What happened in her past? I really enjoyed Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon. This was the first novel I had read by Irene. It was captivating and a great read. {Think great weekend getaway book or beach read!!!} I think what I like best is once I finished the novel, I realized that there are other books in the series. However a “pet peeve” of mine is when you have to read the next book in the series to find out the ending or read a book prior to this book to figure out exactly what’s going on. There are additional books in the series but they are not dependent on this book. And vice versa. I really enjoyed Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon. I would highly recommend this book. I was given a free copy by the publisher for my honest review which I was happy to do.
amybooksy 16 days ago
I found the fifth book from Irene Hannon’s wonderful Hope Harbor series, Driftwood Bay, to be a pretty good read. I found this installment to be an emotional one. It is story of faith and inspiration, hope and overcoming pain and grief. I loved the character of Jeanette. I felt a connection to her from the start. I enjoyed her interactions with Logan. I give Driftwood Bay four and a half stars and recommend it to other readers. A beautiful well written story. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
KayleesKindofWrites 17 days ago
My Review: Genre: Romance, a little suspense/mystery. My Rating: 4 stars. My Recommendation: 16 up for romance. My favorite character/s: Logan, I love how he's so kind and loving even when he's eh, ignored or rather pushed away. I did feel bad that he almost lost people he cared about! My Verse for Logan is Luke 6:31  And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. (King James Version.) My Thoughts: Aw, this story was so sweet! I loved the whole move from the city to a little town and everything. This is my first read by Irene Hannon and I must say I was hooked with the first page. I will be sure to try another book from the author and you should too! Warnings: None. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it!
kp68 20 days ago
Irene Hannon closes out her Hope Harbor series with Driftwood Bay. Jeanette Mason has decided to start over in Hope Harbor after she experiences a traumatic loss. What she did not expect is for her plans to be upset by Dr. Logan West and his young niece, Molly, who become her new neighbors. All Jeanette wants is a quiet life with no emotional connections! When Jeanette, a former teacher, volunteers to help a Syrian family, who have relocated to Hope Harbor, learn English, she continues to emotionally connect with new people in her world! Hold on to see how God uses these relationships to draw Jeanette out the shell she has made for herself and live the life He has planned for her!
PrincessGlor 21 days ago
Wow, just WOW!!! I don’t have enough words to describe how much I love and adore this book. It was utterly charming in ALL the ways. There are several characters that I fell in love with which makes it impossible for me to pick a favorite character. I just want to hug all of them!! The story was a beautiful tale of hope after tragedy and learning how to live again...as Molly says in the book, “Love is better than lonesome.” How right she is! But how hard to leave the fear behind..This book does as superb job of showing characters choosing love over loneliness. I adored this book and I will read it again and again..this will easily be on my best 2019 reads!! I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Carol-Kelley 22 days ago
Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon is a sweet romance about lost and found hope. Jeannette Mason owns a lavender farm in Hope Harbor and because of an incident from the past, she is stays to herself. Dr. Logan West is the new doctor in town and he and his niece moves in next door along with his rowdy dog. Logan is a new at being a dad and having problems relating to his niece. There are many characters in Hope Harbor who you have met in previous book in this series. A lovely book about learning to connect with life and live again. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher/NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
WildflowerMom 23 days ago
Another enjoyable story set in the lovely Oregon coastal town of Hope Harbor! A cast of characters from young to old come together to live, learn and love following heavy losses. A refugee family receives help to start over, along with a newly arrived doctor struggling with single parenthood, and a neighbor determined to keep people at arms length. I loved the mix of people in this touching story and how they represented all walks of life. Everyone was grieving a big loss and dealing with major life upheavals. Sweet little Molly and Elisa finding friendship across language and cultural barriers was icing on the cake, along with a tender romance between the adults worked into the story. I was happy to see the return of Charley, the local prophet, who takes center stage in this one, as he doles out his timely words of wisdom at the fish taco stand. Found myself getting a bit impatient for Jeanette's backstory, and for her to open up. Her part of the story was a good reminder to not hold onto fear or keep our gifts bottled up when we are meant to live in community with each other. As Charley said, " Life is a risk...Don't let fear stop you from being everything God intended you to be." Recommend for readers who enjoy contemporary Christian romances. This book easily reads as a stand alone. 4.5 stars (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
Traesmama 23 days ago
My favorite Hope Harbor book to date!! Driftwood Bay encompasses a range of emotions fear, loneliness, heartache, and new beginnings as we meet Hope Harbor’s newest residents the Shabos and Logan West with his niece, Molly, and get to know the lavender farm lady, Jeanette Mason. While their stories are unique to each other, circumstances and language barriers do not stop a bond from forming as they each deal with loss. Ms. Hannon draws you in as you walk each of their journeys. Even though I haven’t experienced the same exact situations as they have, I found myself relating to the feelings they experienced and have felt at times myself. We get a glimpse of what they struggle with and get to watch as God works in their lives leading to a building of faith and life changing experiences. Resident sage, Charley, is once again in hand to offer divine wisdom with his fish tacos. While Hope Harbor is a fictional town, I always find myself wanting to move there when I read the book. It is a wonderful book giving you the feelings of home, faith, and love while dealing with daily struggles. This series and Driftwood Bay are must reads! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
ganderson523 24 days ago
Hope Harbor is a small town on the Oregon coast where one can go to for a new beginning, become part of a caring community, heal their spirit and find hope. Dr. Logan West and his niece, Molly, are new residents of the town. Logan was living a hectic life as an ER physician in San Francisco until his soldier brother was killed and then their mother died leaving him the sole guardian of Molly. He took the job of physician at the local urgent care center in Hope Harbor for a slower paced life for Molly's sake. She is having a hard time adjusting to life without her Nana. Logan is trying really hard but it is not going well. He even got a rowdy beagle, Toby, hoping to make Molly happy. All it has done is gotten him acquainted with his neighbor, Jeannette, owner of a lavender farm, that Toby has enjoyed destroying. Jeannette is not a stranger to grief either. She is distancing herself from people. If she doesn't care for anyone, she can't get hurt again. Logan would like to get to know her better but she is pushing him away. The caring townspeople have welcomed a refugee family from Syria into their midst, providing them with an apartment, car, belongings and even a job for Thomma, father of Elisa and son to Mariam. The three are all that is left of their family that was killed in a church bomb in their homeland. The family has been Christians for years and persecuted for their beliefs. Mariam is holding the forlorn family together. Thomma misses his wife so much and every time that he looks at his daughter, he sees his wife. Elisa realizes that her father doesn't want anything to do with her. She and Molly become fast friends when Mariam becomes babysitter of Molly and Elisa while Logan is working. This is story of broken hearts that need mending and overcoming the fear of loving again. With God's help and guidance, the characters in the story have to trust and have faith in new beginnings, relationships and healing hurts. Charley, the local taco maker who serves out of his food truck, is very wise and also serves up advice. He seems to be able to see into hearts and give sage advice that is just what is needed at that moment. Hope Harbor is a lovely town that is great to revisit from time to time. Driftwood Bay is a lovely addition to the series. I received a complimentary ARC from Revell through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions stated are mine only.
tiggeruoSO 24 days ago
When broken people need hope after loss or just finding a place to start over what better place then a town named Hope Harbor. I love the fun characters in this small town of Hope Harbor, no matter what or who needs something it seems like they are always willing to come together and help each other out. I love how the Priest and the pastor are always joking around yet always helping those in town no matter who it is. I think in all the books I have read in the Hope Harbor Series Charley is my favorite character he reminds me of the Bible verse that talks about Entertaining angels unaware. The story in this book just broke my heart about how the little girls lost so much. I had a hard time putting this book down while it dealt with a lot of loss it also had points of laughter and fun. I loved that this book was a good clean read and was so powerful. If you are looking for a really good book you can't go wrong with this series. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion
Ellen-oceanside 24 days ago
DRIFTWOOD. BAY...Irene Hannon Logan was sure he wasn’t thinking when he got a beagle,Toby, seeing the mess, that he had gotten into the trash again. Molly his niece coming into the kitchen, where was Toby she had let him out, without a leash.Being a single parent, he wasn’t cut out for. As a doctor sewing up cuts he was. he was the new ER Doctor. Jeanette in her garden found the culvert of who was digging up her lavender plants, Toby.. The rate that dog was going, her Lavender Farm with the lavender for her tea room, would be out of business. What would Toby do when the tea room was busy. Thinking she came to be neighborly and now he knows what those straggly plants Toby brought home. Both of them struggling over tragedy in their lives, wanting the serenity of Hope Harbor and the ocean. Finding the people cheerful and ready to help. Once again we are back in Hope Harrbor , and meeting with a few new people. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion by Net Galley and Revell.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 24 days ago
'Ignoring a need would be wrong.' Irene Hannon takes her readers back to Hope Harbor for this fifth offering in the wonderful series. I love this little town on the Oregon coast and its inhabitants, especially Charley, the fish taco man, who, I'm convinced, is an angel. Jeannette Mason has come to Hope Harbor after a grievous loss and is determined to shut herself off from every sharing her heart again. She has a wonderful business with her lavender farm and tea room and is completely happy with her life. But is her heart happy? Logan West has moved to Hope Harbor after his mother and brother die and he is left to raise his 5 year old niece alone. He thinks a small town will be best for the little girl, who doesn't seem to have an ounce of happiness in her. Even the beagle puppy he buys for her has upended his life. Then both Jeannette and Logan find themselves joining the town in making welcome a Syrian Christian family fleeing war torn Syria and begin to discover that love sometimes involves risks and doors God opens need to be walked through. Once again Hannon has crafted believable and human characters, people with heartaches and fears and struggles with their Christian walk. I am a forever fan. Loved this and finished in one day. Recommended. *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. No review was required. The opinions stated here are expressly my own.
MaureenST 24 days ago
From beginning to end this story tugs at your heart strings, and it doesn’t let go. The author has set this book back in Hope Harbor, and as with the other books in this series, this town seems to be there for one another, and you have to love Charlie, and his seagull friends. This story features two hurting little girls, not yet gone to school, but both have lost their mom’s or grand mom, and are grieving. Adjusting to a new place, and one a new country, they share a universal language and new friendship. I loved that the author gives us and epilogue, it really wraps up the book beyond the ending, and completes the read for me. I received this book through Net Galley and the Revell Reads Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous 28 days ago
While I haven’t read all of them, I’ve read enough books from the Hope Harbor series to have a connection with some of the supporting characters in this book. (And I’d really love to see a story that features the Fish Taco guy!!) Each book in the series focuses on two people who are overcoming some sort of past struggle, who find and help each other through to the other side, and eventually end up as a romantic couple. This book features Jeanette and Logan – one stays locked within her own walls, while the other is trying to start a new life with his niece. As a sign of the times, there is also a Syrian immigrant family that plays a prominent role. Because of the main characters’ reluctance to interact, this book starts off a little more slowly than usual. While not my favorite of the series, the author still does a great job of setting the scene and making the reader feel like they are along for the journey…
sesquius 29 days ago
Previously I read Pelican Point of the Hope Harbor Novels and was just a bit disappointed with it. However, this book, Driftwood Bay, is the best one out of the two  that I have read. Despite my misgivings based on the previous book, this one far outshined it. For a brief synopsis, Jeanette has lived for the past three years on her lavender farm alone and happy with her choice. She has a few acquaintances in town but for the most part keeps them a bay from really knowing her. A new neighbor moves next to her. A doctor and his niece whom he is raising. Together these two figure out a way to coexist.  This story also had a subsequent story about a Syrian family who moves into the area. Jeanette plays a part in their family, along with Logan, her neighbor. This time the dueling stories were interacting and weaved throughout the book. There was a reason for the story of the Shabo family and I was so glad to see how seamlessly it melded together. There is a reason why Irene Hannon is a three-time Rita Award winner. This book proves her merit as an author. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy, with no requirements for a positive review.
FayJac 3 months ago
Irene Hannon is a new writer for me. She does a great job on this book. It is about people who have suffered losses in their families and have a hard time opening up to love and loss again. Jeannette is the owner of a Lavender Farm and tea room and has closed herself off from everyone and everything for three years. Circumstances and needs begin to open her heart. Some of those needs come from a neighbor and a refugee family who have also suffered major losses. The stories of these families will keep you intrigued and advice is offered as they struggle with their losses. The characters in this story are unique and life-like. This is a very good book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good story or a romance. (Please Note: While an electronic copy of this book was provided to me for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, the opinions expressed are my own.)