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Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish.
Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine.
Lauded by Library Journal as "a master at character development," Irene Hannon welcomes readers back to this charming Oregon seaside village where hearts heal--and love blooms.
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A Hope Harbor Novel
By Irene Hannon
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Adam Stone slammed the door on his decrepit Kia, expelled a breath, and surveyed the damage.
The rustic, one-room cabin he called home appeared to be untouched this go-round. But it would take some serious sanding to get rid of the profanities spray-painted on the small outbuilding that housed his woodworking shop.
At least the vandals hadn't broken any windows this time.
But where was Clyde?
Breaking into a jog on the gravel drive, he scanned the surrounding woods that offered peeks at the pristine Oregon beach and choppy April sea a hundred yards away.
"Clyde! Come on out, boy. It's safe."
Silence, save for the distinctive trill of the sandpiper that gave this secluded cove its name.
He clamped his jaw shut. Damaged property, he could deal with. But if those thugs had done anything to ...
A soft whimper came from the direction of the workshop, and the swinging door he'd rigged up for the adopted stray gave a slight shimmy.
Adam switched direction, digging out the keys to the shed as he goosed his jog to a sprint.
"I'm here, boy. Hang on." He fumbled the key as he inserted it in the lock, tremors sabotaging his fingers.
Clenching his teeth, he tried again. It was crazy to worry about a dumb mutt who hadn't had enough sense to move out of the path of a car. Letting yourself care for anyone — or anything — was an invitation for grief.
And he didn't need any more of that.
Yet walking away from a hurt, defenseless creature hadn't been an option on that foggy day by the side of Highway 101 when he'd found the injured pooch barely clinging to life.
The lock clicked, and he pushed the door open.
From the corner of the shop where he'd wedged himself behind some scrap wood, Clyde poked out his black nose. He whimpered again, his big, soulful brown eyes filled with fear.
Adam exhaled, his tension whooshing out like CO being released from a soft drink can.
Clyde was scared — but okay.
Hunkering down, he held out his hand and gentled his voice. "You're safe, boy. Come on out."
Clyde didn't budge.
Adam sat cross-legged on the rough-hewn floorboards and waited. Pushing any creature to trust if they weren't yet ready to do so could backfire — no matter how well-intentioned the overture. The small white scar on his right hand from the night Clyde had mistaken a friendly reach for a threat proved that.
But these days, it didn't take long for the mangy mongrel to emerge from a hiding place.
Less than fifteen seconds later, Clyde crept out and inched toward him, limping on his bad leg.
As the dog approached, Adam fought the urge to pull the shaking mass of mottled fur into a comforting embrace.
Instead, he remained motionless until Clyde sniffed around, stuck a damp nose in his palm — and climbed into his lap.
All forty-three pounds of him.
Only then did Adam touch the dog.
"No one's going to hurt you, fella. Everything's fine." The last word hitched as he stroked the mutt. "I'm here, and I won't be leaving again until I go to work tomorrow morning. We'll spend the rest of Sunday together. I might even grill a burger for you too instead of making you eat that dog chow the vet recommended. How does some comfort food sound?"
Of course the stupid dog had no idea what he was saying — but his soothing tone seemed to calm the canine. Clyde's shakes subsided, and when their gazes connected, the mutt's eyes brimmed with adoration.
A sudden rush of warmth filled Adam's heart — but he quickly squelched it. How pathetic, to be touched by a dog's affection.
Besides, it was all an illusion.
Dogs didn't feel emotions.
Without breaking eye contact, Clyde gave his fingers a quick, dry lick. As if to say, Yes, we do. And I think you're great.
Pressure built in Adam's throat as he smoothed a hand over Clyde's back, his fingertips feeling every ridge of scar tissue that had been there long before their lives had intersected sixteen months ago, when both of them had been in desperate need of a friend.
Maybe he was reading too much into the dog's reaction.
Maybe he was being too sentimental.
But for today, he'd let himself believe the abused pooch did have deeper feelings.
Because while he'd made a few friends in Hope Harbor during the year and a half he'd lived here, the only one waiting for him in Sandpiper Cove at the end of each day was Clyde.
And without the canine companion who'd claimed a wedge of his heart, his life would be even lonelier.
* * *
"Happy Monday, Lexie. How's your week starting out?"
Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham leaned a shoulder against the side of Charley's taco truck and considered the man's question as she gave the picturesque wharf a sweep.
Planters overflowing with colorful flowers served as a buffer between the sidewalk and the sloping pile of boulders that led to the water. Across the wide street from the marina, quaint storefronts adorned with bright awnings and flower boxes faced the sea. A white gazebo occupied the small park behind Charley's truck, where the two-block-long, crescent-shaped frontage road dead-ended at the river.
All was peaceful and predictable ... as usual.
Just the way she liked it.
"So far, so good. Everything's been quiet."
"Looks can be deceiving, though. You ordering for one today?"
"Yes." She studied the taco-making artist, who hadn't changed one iota in all the years she'd known him. Same leathery, latte-colored skin. Same long gray hair pulled back into a ponytail. Same kindly, insightful eyes.
It was comforting to have one unchanging element in a world that liked to throw curves. The town sage and wisdom-dispenser could always be counted on to offer sound advice and brighten her day.
But his looks-can-be-deceiving comment didn't leave her feeling warm and fuzzy.
Squinting, she took another survey of Dockside Drive. Nothing amiss in town, as far as she could see. Nor did there appear to be any issues meriting attention on the water. The long jetty on the left and the pair of rocky islands on the right that tamed the turbulent waves and protected the boats in the marina were as unchanging as the sea stacks on the beach outside of town.
Everything seemed normal.
Maybe Charley's comment had just been one of those philosophical observations he liked to throw out on occasion.
Whatever the impetus for his remark, she didn't intend to dwell on it.
"What kind of tacos are you making?"
"Cod's the star today." He pulled a handful of chopped red onions out of a cooler and tossed them on the griddle. The savory aroma set off a rumble in her stomach. "Enhanced by my grandmother's secret lime cilantro cream sauce."
"Sounds great, as always."
"We aim to please." He flipped the fish on the grill and sprinkled some kind of seasoning over the ingredients on the griddle. "So did you find any clues out at Adam's place?"
At the non sequitur, she blinked. "What are you talking about?"
"The vandalism at Adam Stone's place yesterday." He stirred the onions. "Didn't he report it?"
"Not that I'm aware of." And she would know if he had. Every crime report landed on her desk.
"That surprises me, seeing as how this was his second hit."
There'd been two incidents of unreported vandalism inside the town limits?
"Well, I can't solve crimes if people don't report them." A prickle of irritation sharpened her tone.
"I suppose, given his history, he might prefer to stay off law enforcement's radar. You do know Adam, don't you?"
She called up an image of the man she'd seen only from a distance. Six-one or two, lean, muscled, dark hair worn longish and secured with a black bandana, bad-boy stubble, usually attired in jeans and a scuffed black leather jacket. She wouldn't be surprised if he sported a few tattoos too.
In other words, a guy who'd feel at home in a motorcycle gang — and who fit the hard-edged name everyone in town except Charley called him.
"I know who he is." When an ex-con came to town, the police chief did her homework. "But we've never spoken."
"Is that right?" Charley set three corn tortillas on the counter beside him. "He's a regular at Grace Christian. I assumed your paths had crossed."
They might have if she still went to church.
Not a subject she was inclined to discuss over fish tacos on a public street.
Interesting that the guy went to services, though. She wouldn't have pegged him as a churchgoer.
"No. I work a lot of Sunday mornings." Like all of them. On purpose.
"Well, I hope you get a handle on this vandalism before it escalates to a lot worse than spray-painted graffiti, a few broken windows, and some uprooted flowers." He gestured to the planters along the wharf as he began assembling the tacos. "Rose and her garden club members spent hours salvaging what they could of the flowers after the last incident. And quite a few of the planters are damaged. They're being held together with spit and prayers."
"We're working the case as hard as we can, but whoever is doing this is picking times when no one is around. With our small force, we can't be everywhere at once 24/7."
"I hear you." He wrapped the tacos in white paper, slid them into a brown bag, and set them on the counter in front of her. "It's a shame about Adam's place, though. He's had too many tough breaks already."
"Not much I can do if he doesn't bother to file a report." She dug out her money.
"But there might be a clue out there." Charley counted out her change and passed it over.
And maybe you should check that out.
Charley didn't have to say the words for her to get his message. The man never pushed, but he had a gentle way of nudging people in directions he thought they should go.
Lexie sighed and shoved the coins into her pocket. "I suppose I could swing by his place."
"Couldn't hurt. But he won't be home until later."
He and the rest of BJ's construction crew were in the middle of building Tracy and Michael's house out at Harbor Point Cranberries. Given the small-town grapevine, showing up at the farm out of the blue to talk to him might not be the best plan. Who knew what people would think if law enforcement tracked him down? And a man who'd paid his debt to society didn't need any more hassles.
"I could stop by after work, on my way home." Not that there was much chance she'd find a clue lying around a day after the fact. "How do you know what happened out there, anyway?" "Adam came by for tacos yesterday afternoon. I think a Sunday visit to my humble truck is his weekly splurge."
An order of tacos from Charley's was a splurge?
The man must not be saving much of the money he earned working for BJ.
Then again, if you were starting from scratch after spending five years in prison, it could take a while to refill the well.
"Thanks for lunch." Lexie picked up the bag, the tantalizing smell tickling her nose.
"Enjoy." Charley grinned, gave her a thumbs-up, and greeted the next customer in line.
Bag in hand, Lexie eyed the tempting benches arrayed along the curving wharf — but there was a mound of paperwork waiting on her desk, and she'd procrastinated too much already.
She picked up her pace. Maybe after dinner tonight, she and Matt could come down and watch the boats for a while. He always enjoyed that — and it would be a pleasant end to the day.
Especially if her official visit with police-shy Adam Stone turned out to be less than cordial.
* * *
Someone was coming down the road to his cabin.
As the crunch of tires on gravel echoed in the quiet cove, Adam stopped sanding.
He never had visitors.
None were invited; none came ... except for the vandal — or vandals.
But since this visitor wasn't attempting a stealth approach, it wasn't likely another attack.
Clyde edged closer and emitted an anxious whine.
"No worries, fella." He bent and gave the pooch a reassuring pat. "It might just be someone who took a wrong turn."
An unfamiliar Civic nosed out of the woods a hundred feet from the cabin. The car didn't set off any alarm bells — but the uniformed figure visible through the open driver's-side window did.
His heart stumbled.
Why was a cop paying him a visit?
As if sensing his sudden apprehension, Clyde rubbed against the leg of his jeans and gave another small whine.
He bent down to stroke the dog again, keeping a wary eye on the woman who emerged from behind the wheel.
Though they'd never exchanged a word, he knew who Lexie Graham was. Everyone in town did. Not only was she the police chief, but her stint with the State Department in some far-off hot spot lent her an intriguing air of mystery. Plus, she was Hollywood-worthy stunning.
Until now, however, he'd only seen her from a distance.
As much distance as possible.
No reason to tangle with a woman who was daunting even from far away ... and who held a lot of power in her hands.
Up close, however, she was much more intimidating — in a different way.
As she approached, he tried not to pay too much attention to the sleek, lustrous dark hair pulled back at her nape. Or the lush lips and model-like cheekbones. Or the tall, willowy frame that had curves in all the right places.
But ignoring all those assets was difficult.
He might be an ex-con with an ugly background who had no hope of ever finding a decent woman willing to share his life, but he was also a man.
And no man who was still breathing would be immune to the chief's obvious charms.
When she stopped six feet away from him and removed her shades, the air whooshed out of his lungs.
Her eyes were as blue as the cobalt sea on a sunny day in Sandpiper Cove and fringed by dark, sweeping lashes that belonged in a mascara ad.
"Mr. Stone, I'm Lexie Graham. I don't believe we've met." Her voice was businesslike but pleasant, with a faint trace of huskiness.
He stared at the slender, graceful fingers she extended until a nudge on the leg from Clyde jump-started his brain.
In silence, he transferred the sandpaper to his left hand and gave her fingers a firm squeeze.
After a few moments, she arched an eyebrow and flicked a glance at their still-clasped hands.
He released her fingers at once.
"Sorry to bother you at home, but I understand you had some vandalism here yesterday — for the second time." She surveyed the side of the workshop, where remnants of the crude graffiti clung stubbornly to the wood despite his liberal application of elbow grease.
How in the world did she know his place had been targeted twice?
"Who told you that?"
"The source isn't important. I'm curious why you didn't report the damage."
"There wasn't much to report."
"Breaking the law is breaking the law."
"Look ... I don't want any trouble."
"You've already had trouble. And whoever did this could come back again."
"If they do, I'll deal with it. This isn't high-end property. They can't break anything I can't fix."
She folded her arms and adopted the wide-legged stance police used to intimidate.
It did not endear her to him.
"Dealing with lawbreakers is the responsibility of law enforcement." Her voice was harder now, and there was steel in her eyes. "And you're not the only victim. There are quite a few others — all innocent citizens who don't deserve this kind of hassle. Some are older and far less capable than you of fixing the damage."
"I'm sorry for that, but I don't want to get involved." His response came out stiff. Defiant, almost.
Not a smart attitude to take with a cop.
But instead of getting mean and nasty with him, the chief uncrossed her arms ... let out a slow breath ... and angled toward the water visible through the trees.
Several silent seconds ticked by.
When she turned back, her features — and tone — were friendlier. "I can understand why you'd prefer to keep your distance from trouble. But we're getting nowhere solving this. I need more clues, and I hoped you might let me nose around and see if I can spot anything that could help us identify and apprehend the culprits before these minor annoyances ratchet up and someone gets hurt."
Her request wasn't unreasonable.
And as he'd learned in the school of hard knocks, being reasonable earned you brownie points — especially if you had nothing to hide.
"Fine." He flexed some of the tightness out of his shoulders. "Search all you want, but I doubt you'll find anything. I didn't."
"Thank you. Any other damage besides that?" She motioned toward his workshop.
"Not this visit. Three weeks ago, they broke a window in the cabin and tore out one of the steps to the porch while I was at work."
"They must not have been worried about anyone hearing them." She inspected the new riser, pristine and raw compared to the weathered gray wood around it.
"This is an out-of-the-way spot, and no one's here on weekdays except my dog, Clyde."
At the mention of his name, the canine peeked out from behind his legs.
The chief's manner warmed a few more degrees as she dropped down to one knee and held out a hand. "Hey, Clyde."
"He's skittish around ..."
Before Adam could finish the sentence, Clyde sidled out from behind his legs, sniffed the woman's hand, and moved close enough for her to pet him.
He even gave her fingers a lick.
Adam's jaw dropped.
"You are one handsome guy, you know that?" Clyde started wagging his tail, and she chuckled — a deep, throaty sound that set off an odd flutter in Adam's stomach. "Yeah. You know it." She lifted her chin. "What breed is he?"
"Uh ... mutt."
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Sandpiper Cove is the third book in the Hope Harbor series and it does not disappoint. Irene Hannon takes us back to the wonderful little town where Charley is still offering great wisdom and Reverend Baker and Father Murphy continue their lighthearted bantering. Lexie Graham is the town’s police chief. She has earned her place and has a great reputation for doing what is right. When the ex-con living outside of town experiences vandalism, she gives him the benefit of the doubt, especially after meeting Clyde. Adam Stone expects to be judged and pretty much figures he has earned it. But Hope Harbor offers a lot of surprises and Lexie Graham is one of the best. The budding romance and suspense of Brian’s struggle with the school bully makes Sandpiper Cove a page turner. I am a fan of Irene Hannon already so it is not hard to rave about this book. But there is no embellishing when I say I think it is the best of the Hope Harbor series.
Loved reading this book as well as ALL of Irene Hannon's novels!
I've thoroughly enjoyed the entire Hope Harbor Series by Irene Hannon. Sandpiper Cove was no different. Praise for Sandpiper Cove: Lauded by Library Journal as "a master at character development," Irene Hannon welcomes readers back to this charming Oregon seaside village where hearts heal--and love blooms. The setting was one thing that I've enjoyed with each of the Hope Harbor novels, I get a feel of this small Oregon seaside village. There are times when I can smell the salty ocean air. There is a harbor seal named Casper who turns up in each book, but always at an inopportune time. A character named Charley sells taco's from a taco truck located on the water at a public park that has a serene setting. Charley knows all, he is the voice of reason for many of the characters. Sandpiper Cove has well-developed characters. Lexie, the heroine, is a cop. Adam, the hero, is an ex-con. Nothing like two opposites attracting! The romance unfolds slowly and on the page. A page-turning read that keeps you in the moment. Grab your copy today!
I have enjoyed each book in the Hope Harbor series. Sandpiper Cove was so wonderful, it was hard to put down. I love the characters and how their relationships developed and grew. The scenes were written in such a descriptive way, I felt as though I was watching a movie. I love the messages of faith and the wisdom of characters like Charley and Annette. The romance was sweet and clean. So many of the characters have stayed with me. Irene is a favorite author of mine; her books never disappoint. Her books always offer something different, she is not a predictable storyteller. Do not miss this series!
One of the best parts of this book was in the author’s note at the end when she states there will be another book in her Hope Harbor series. Reading this and the other books in the series is like glimpsing a small snapshot of what true Christianity is about. On occasion as Reverend Baker and Father Murphy get together, the reader may start to question that statement, but these two men hold each other in high regard and simply love hassling each other about their differences as the pastor of Grace Christian and the priest at St. Francis. I have mentioned Charley’s fish tacos in the reviews of the previous books in this series, but I have failed to mention his knowledge of what is happening in Hope Harbor and his obvious wisdom. Somehow Charley seems to have insights into the lives of his customers that even they do not realize and often has a word for them that either helps deal with situations from the past or prepares them for what is about to happen. In this story, the main characters are Lexie Graham, the chief of police in Hope Harbor, and Adam Stone, who is called Stone by almost everyone who knows him. He is an ex-convict who was led to become a believer by the pastor of the local church who also served as chaplain in the prison. Upon his release, Stone came to Hope Harbor because Reverend Baker assured him he would be welcome and helped Stone find a job and a place to live. One of my favorite lines in the book was spoken by Stone when he and Lexie were talking about the furniture he built as a hobby. He was explaining to her his reason for making furniture: “Creating beauty out of discards, turning rejects and scraps into something functional…” (page 114). That line so beautifully sums up a theme that weaves its way through the entire story, beginning with an ex-con and the dog he rescued after finding it beside the highway after a car had hit it and continuing with a teenage boy who got in with the wrong crowd. Oh yeah, not everything is roses, but helping lift up others is clearly communicated. I believe you will love the story.
Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon starts you off immediately in a house break in and a torturing of a dog but not a torture torture. Whoever it was it was cruel to the dog when they destroyed the work area and painted bad things into the wood in the shed. Adam, is the care taker, he found and now owns the shy disfigured dog. Adam is an ex-con but a new CREATION - guess which one trumps the other???? that's right CHRIST:) The dog, like Adam does not trust anyone until the day he met the Sherriff Lexie - they both felt a little trust that day -- when she did an investigation into the woodworking and all the graphite and the breaking and entering. Adam was very impressed at how knowledgeable she was. Lexie treated him with love, trust, and respect - friendly right from the start and he had her on his heart from the start and she had him on her heart from the same. How do you go from graphitti to having someone stay on their mind and heart? How do you go from someone being on your mind to asking an ex-con to help this boy stop doing things that could lead to things that could lead to a life like his - a life of crime - GOD has plans and Adam is listening - thank GOD he is. Is this enough to get Lexie's attention? Would Lexie ever truly care for an ex-con? Could she ever like him as he cares for her? I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lexie Graham, single mom and police chief, is flummoxed. A rash of vandalism in an otherwise crime-free area has her wondering what’s going on in her beautiful Oregon hometown of Hope Harbor. Adam Stone is an ex-convict and seems to be the target of many of the acts of vandalism. Is he the perpetrator and just trying to throw everyone off his trail? Irene Hannon has written a captivating story of life in small town Americana. Her story is richly detailed with a wonderful cast of characters whom you come to love as you get to know them. She undeniably understands the meanings of small-town life, friendship and faith. Her story resonates deeply with all three. In addition, she examines redemption and second chances. Sandpiper Cove has a deep underlying tone of Christianity and belief, genuinely illustrated by many of the residents of Hope Harbor. I enjoyed the dynamics between the different town’s people and their neighbors. I think I would enjoy being a town member myself, especially since it’s near water! Sandpiper Cove: A Hope Harbor Novel is the last in a series. However, each book is written in such a way as to be a standalone. I received a complimentary copy of this book from LibraryThing. I was under no obligation to post a review.
I absolutely love Irene Hannon’s books! She has an amazing way with words and her books are just absolutely fantastic! This is the second book I have read of hers and it did not disappoint! I read another of this series, not necessarily based on the same characters but the books take place in the same location, Hope Harbor. It was nice to read a book that was placed in a familiar town, with brief touches on previous characters. It made for an easy read! This book offers up a life lesson about doing good things, helping other people and overall not judging people based on what you see on the outside. It is an inspirational tale of redemption and moving on. I loved the characters and both the main characters, Lexie and Adam, are going through things that you can relate to. Adam doesn’t believe in himself and has a hard time being in the public’s eye given his prison background, yet Lexie sees beyond that and can’t help falling for him! Her son Matt is adorable and reminds me of my own boys! His spunk and tenacity makes you laugh and his love of Clyde (the dog) warms your heart! Overall this is a love story between two unlikely people that really tugs at the heart strings. I flew through this book in a hurry! I absolutely loved the characters, the story and the town of Hope Harbor. The sea calls to me lol! If you are in the mood to laugh and fall in love, this is the book for you. It is definitely a series to check out, not just this one but all of the Hope Harbor novels. Irene Hannon has quickly became one of my favorite authors! I suggest you go see for yourself!
Sandpiper Cove was the first book I’ve read by author Irene Hannon. I hope to read other books by this gracious and gifted author. I loved reading this book. It was a real treasure with stories of grace and redemption in the lives several characters who live in Hope Harbor. This book is an example of why I like to read books by Christian authors who write about faith and show it lived out in their characters and everyday life. Sandpiper Cove tells the story of Adam Stone, an ex-con who moved to Hope Harbor with the hopes of starting a new life for himself. He’s quiet and a bit of a loner. However, crime which he was hoping to get away from, comes to his doorstep, not once, but twice. Getting to know the police chief, Lexie Graham, was not on his list of things to do. However, providence was at work in the lives of these two people and their friends, family and co-workers. I really liked the characters in this book, both the main characters and supporting characters. It felt like I could walk into Hope Harbor and meet these people and feel welcome. They were people I would want to know. I liked the relationships in this book and how it showed people can impact others for good or bad. I appreciated that Sandpiper Cove was a safe book, one that did not assault me with vulgarity, profanity, sexual immorality and violence. I highly recommend Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon. This book was a pleasure to read. The only problem I encountered was that it ended. I look forward to reading more of Irene’s books. I would like to thank NetGalley and Revell publishers for the opportunity to read Sandpiper Cove. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Irene Hannon has caught my attention with her Hope Harbor series, and after the previous book there was no way I was missing out on the next one, and boy was it worth the wait! Being the police chief is not a simple job; it's harder for Lexie Graham raising her teenage son. You don't have time for things like romance, even less so when a case of vandalism is popping up all over Hope Harbor. Yet enter in ex-con Adam Stone, he's not looking for love either, let alone the police chief. Yet when circumstances bring them together sparks fly. This type of relationship falls outside the normal type of relationships you'd find in christian romance, so I couldn't wait to see how Irene Hannon would handle this tricky situation. She did an amazing job of presenting both the attraction and the challenges to be dealt with between them. The book couldn't have been better, and if you're looking for a good book to take on a road trip, a long flight, or just snuggle up at home then pick this one up. You won't be sorry! That's all for now folks, until next time I hope you have a blessed day! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Having only read this author suspense novels, I already knew I was in for a treat with her contemporary one! I was especially intrigued because this is set on a fictional town on the Oregon coast where I live. What a treat to visit new places without even leaving my house! That being said, I jumped at the opportunity that was given me by the publisher to read Sandpiper Cove. Have you ever felt too far gone for redemption and a second chance at life? Especially when the choices you’ve made in the past were deliberate? That’s how Adam Stone feels! Ex-con, who made all the wrong choices growing up, landed him in prison for a time. Hopeless & desperate until one man reached out and showed him a better way. Clinging to a God he didn’t know, Adam thus began to want to make a better life for himself. Even at the expense of living like a hermit on the outskirts of Hope Harbor. He’s a broken hero who knows he’s been given one last chance to make things right and good. He enamored me! His childhood was no picnic, thus making his thinking a bit skewed and his heart reluctant to get close to anyone. That is until Lexie walks into his life! Single mom and police chief, she finds an opportunity to help both him and a troubled youth to walk the right path. Having been burnt in love, the last thing she wants to do is get involved with anyone, especially an ex-con who she knows little about. Will these two broken people allow God and the town of Hope Harbor heal all wounds? This author hard-hits tough areas in life! She doesn’t sugar-coat messy pasts or make everything perfect in one day. She shows how God can take a person’s heart and change them from the inside out! Not an easy or overnight process and the person must be willing to change. She doesn’t hide the pain someone goes through or how it has long-lasting effect on her characters. What she does show, is a hope-filled faith in God and the support of good people in our lives. Each one of these characters dug deep in my heart, making me feel as they were my own friends. I loved the vivid scenery, almost like being on the beach where I live. Adams dog Clyde took center stage, what a faithful companion who’s thrived on love & tender care! I loved everything about this book, especially the faith message and watching love grow between Adam & Lexie! The romance was just the right pace and I enjoyed seeing it blossom, perfect hero and heroine for each other. Even if they don’t think so at first! This was the only book in the Hope Harbor Novel series I’ve read, and you bet I will be going back to read the other two! Although this is a great stand-alone and the author gave glimpses of the previous books. If you’re looking for engaging characters who live real lives, a beach escape, faith-filled hope that comes from God & sweet romance, than I highly recommend this one! *I was provided with a complimentary copy by Revell publishers. No favorable review was required and all opinions expressed here are strictly my own*
Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon has been one of my favorite books yet. This book has two main characters; Lexie Graham and Adam Stone. Both individuals carry a lot of weight from their past. We meet single mother/widow Lexie Graham first. She is the Chief of Police in Hope Harbor, located on the Oregon coastline. She struggles with her past so much, that she doesn't attend church anymore, even though her five year old son and mother attend every Sunday. Next, we meet Adam Stone, an ex-con. Adam has struggled alot with his past choices in life. He struggles often with the fact his parents abused and didn't care about him even in jail. Adam Stone has come past a lot of things with God's help and attending church regularly. However, his life is about to be turned upside down when he meets the police chief. Lexie Graham has a case of vandalism going on in Hope Harbor and Adam Stone is one of the victims. When Lexie finds out about the kid and accomplice who committed the crimes, she knows the best person to help the kid get back on the right track. Her special assist is Adam Stone. Through the entire case, Lexie and Adam begin to communicate to each other. However, their communication becomes a little more than just friends. Can Lexie, the police chief, and Adam, the ex-con, have a relationship that won't damage each others accomplishments? Or will the they become the towns biggest object of gossip and rumors, which will destroyed all they have? Also, will Lexie and Adam let their past experiences and situations hurt what they have or will they learn to forgive and release the guilt that is heavy on both of their hearts? You will just have to grab a copy of this great read from Irene Hannon to find out. Lastly, I want to mention I received this book complimentary from Revell Publishers for my honest opinion, whether good or bad.
This is the 3rd book in the Hope Harbor Series by Irene Hannon. She has sculpted another soft, quaint, sea-side novel that is filled with hope. You can feel the sea breezes as you read about Lexie Graham and Adam Stone and the events that tie them together. Each helping the other, walls being broken down, pasts brought to the forefront with forgiveness as the tie that binds it together. Mix in previous characters from other books, a taco truck vendor who bestows wisdom and has an uncanny look in to each person's trials and strengths, and a kid headed down the wrong path who becomes attached to the felon and you have the daily going-ons in this small, Oregon town. I enjoyed how the author ties in previous characters, but they feel new to the reader. Her descriptive words and storytelling keep the reader engaged throughout the entire book. If you are looking for a story that keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat, this is not it. If you are looking for a book that is not too heavy and has a feel-good flow, you will enjoy this one. There wasn't really anything I didn't enjoy about this book. If you need to know the stories of the secondary characters, then you'll enjoy her previous two books, which are constructed along the same lines as this one. Reveal Books sent me a complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
Sandpiper Cove is the latest in Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor collection and I think this one is my favorite yet. Meeting up with some old friends like Charlie (the taco man who always knows what to say) and the rest of the town’s residents, we finally get to see police chief Lexie get her love story. What an interesting twist of events it is when she falls for former convict Adam Stone, who is trying to turn his life around. Starting off with a favor to help a troubled teen, Adam and Lexie do have an instant awareness of each other, but both know it is in their best interests to take things slow. Starting with friendship Lexie opens up about the tragic end to her marriage and Adam lets Lexie in on his troubled and painful past. Soul mates I think are the best words for this couple and I was thrilled to watch their romance take off. However, Charlie gives Adam some forewarning as seeds of mistrust and lies are sown on Adam’s new found life. Don’t judge from the outside appearances was a recurring theme and one that many of us should take to heart. This was a lovely little romance and I am happy to have found out that there will be another in this series. This is a series for those who enjoy romance in small towns. I received a copy of the book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
"Sandpiper Cove" is part of the A Hope Harbor series by author Irene Hannon. Lexie Graham is the police chief of Hope Harbor and she is also a mom with no husband. Adam Stone has no intention of getting involved with anyone especially the police chief, after all he is an ex-con. Adam is asked by Lexie to help with a problem she has and they start to have feelings for each other. What are they going to do? They are not even at all alike. Can they find a way to have a life together? I really liked this novel a story of hope family, and love. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are mine. I give this book a 5/5.
Quite chancy, the premise behind Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon. Small town Police Chief Lexie Graham gradually falls for a man with a prisoner's past. What will happen to her reputation? In addition, she trusts this same man, Adam Stone, to mentor a teenager who is headed for trouble. How can this NOT end in disaster? This is the first Irene Hannon book I have read that is not romantic suspense. Hannon excels in this category as well. I was surprised to see that this is book three in Hope Harbor series. Sandpiper Cove stands alone well. I love the people of Sandpiper Cove. From Lexie and Adam, who take turns doubting the wisdom of a relationship like theirs; to Taco Charlie; the "feuding" pastor and priest; and Matt and Annette. While most townspeople are sweet and caring, some carry huge burdens they struggle to move beyond, and others just cause those around them to struggle. Fortunately for us readers, Hannon draws her subjects with enough flaws or conflicts with others that we are quickly caught up in their struggles. The resolutions seem realistic and plausible in real life. The faith component makes the book shine as the message is deftly woven into its fabric. I was thrilled to read that Ms. Hannon will be returning with us for more of Hope Harbor in the future! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review, and all opinions are solely my own.
As always this book did not disappoint. I laughed and cried while reading this wonderful romance, I wish at times that I lived in a town like Hope Harbor. The characters are all wonderful. I wonder sometimes if Charley isn't some kind of angel. Adam and Lexie and Brian and Brenda learn many lessons. I look forward to many more stories based here in Hope Harbor. I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
I was so impressed with this touching story! Lexie and Adam lived such different lifestyles, made very different choices, yet both faced horrible pain in their pasts. These were two people who, at first, would sound like opposites and unlikely to ever form a bond. However, I loved the way the author showed how God could take a person and truly make them a new creation. This story was sweet and deeply moving. It delved into many complicated emotions for both Lexie and Adam regarding their past troubles. And I think the author did such a good job of creating a strong, yet complicated, character in Adam. It was hard to watch him second guess things and sometimes feel that he couldn’t possibly be worthy of anyone. It also was a beautiful love story that seemed to grow naturally throughout the novel. Sandpiper Cove is the third book in the Hope Harbor series, yet can be enjoyed as a stand alone, too. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Sandpiper Cove is full of charm! Irene Hannon has crafted a community that springs to life on the page, and I always delight in the time I spend in this seaside setting. Lexie Graham and Adam Stone are contrasting characters, yet they share more in common than they realize. I loved their story and the complexities of their relationship; theirs is my favorite Hope Harbor romance to date. As with each visit to this special place, I also enjoyed the endearing cast of secondary characters and the wisdom they dispensed. Hope and healing resonate through this heartwarming series, and I’m already anticipating its next installment! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
I really enjoyed this novel in the Hope Harbor Series. I was drawn to the characters instantly and could visualize the setting in my mind as I continued to read this easy story. It wasn't difficult to be pulled into the plot and becoming emotionally invested in the outcome. I was a little concerned as I got to the end of the story that so many pieces of the plot weren't wrapped up but the epilogue ties it all together believably, leaving me satisfied overall. Ms. Hannon delivers characters with depth creating a balanced story that left me wanting more by the time I turned the final page. I haven't read any of the other Hope Harbor Series books so I don't know if there's further development with the main characters from this book but Ms. Hannon does a great job bringing these characters to life that I want to know more about them, which means I'll be picking up the rest of the series soon! Overall, this is a great book that doesn't come off preachy (in fact, I very much appreciated the delicacy in which Ms. Hannon handles the faith component in this novel) and will be one of my top summer recommended reads for 2017 ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
This is the third installment in the Hope Harbor series, but is easily a stand alone story. I do encourage you to read the first two books to feel the full impact of the series though. This story takes place in a seaside village along the Oregon coast and the community literally comes alive. The characters are very strong, but complex. This story centers around Lexie Graham and Adam Stone. I love stories that show love can bloom between the most unlikely of characters so this book was perfect. We all of guilty of making bad decisions, but what if that one bad decision has a lasting impact on your life. As a young man, Adam Stone, did just that, made a bad decision. That decision landed him in prison where he spent 5 years paying for his crime. Reverend Baker from Grace Christian had ministered to him during prison and offered to help him get settled in Hope Harbor once he was released. Adam has lived on a lonely stretch of beach for 18 months working in construction, but his life is about to change. Lexie Graham, Chief of Police, has been dealing with a rash of vandalism in the area. She must check into all possibilities and that includes Adam Stone. She has heard nothing but good things about Adam, but he was an ex-con and needs to be ruled out as a suspect. Her arrival at his rental reveals more than she anticipated. First he has also been a victim and second she finds a clue to who the perpetrator might be. I really liked both of these characters. Lexie and Adam have a past that has shaped them into the people they are, but are trying not to let their past define them. Lexie doesn't let others opinions influence her, but instead seeks the truth out. She stands firm on what she believes in. She has a job to do and doesn't let her personal feelings get in the way. She reaches out to help a young man that she feels is not only deserving, but also feels that it will prevent future grief. I just loved how Adam was willing to open up about his past mistakes in order to help others. This is a book I would recommend to anyone. *I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
** “You know … it’s interesting how our paths often smooth out if we give God a chance to pave the way, isn’t it? … But too often people let setbacks cloud their judgment. They give up … make mistakes … take detours that lead to dead ends or get them lost — when what they should do is ask for guidance and listen for direction.” ** Irene Hannon delivers another lovely tale located in the idyllic town of Hope Harbor, Oregon, in “Sandpiper Cove.” Adam Stone has been living in the coastal town for a year and a half now. He has a steady construction job, attends church weekly, and volunteers within the community. The only “problem”? He’s an ex-con — one filled with self doubts and insecurities. The beautiful Lexie Graham is a single mom and chief of police. Her “problem”? She still can’t get over why God would take her husband from her five years earlier, and she can’t get over the guilt of his death. A series of vandalism bring the two together when Lexie must investigate not only who vandalized Adam’s property, but also injured his beloved dog Clyde. As the two grow closer and closer, they must decide if they can put aside the differences in their backgrounds and pursue a relationship. In the meantime, Adam becomes closer to teen-ager Brian who is involved in the acts of vandalism — even becoming a role model and mentor to Brian, which amazes the self-doubting Adam. But “Sandpiper Cove” is more than just a romantic story. It is a lesson in second chances with so many other goodies — adapting being the key to survival; we all have gifts that can brighten others’ lives; we can’t change our past; finding that ember of hope in our lives; believing in one’s self; finding the courage to try again; smoothing out our flaws just takes a little effort; and, as Charley the always awesome taco guy says, “We can’t recognize possibilities unless we’re open to them.” As Adam prays: “Please keep us all safe, and help us remember that even when clouds hide the sun, it keeps on shining — just like your light.” In addition to all those great words of wisdom, Hannon also fills her story with great characters — Lexie and Adam are both very real and very flawed, and therefore relatable; Charley always knows just the right thing to say; Lexie’s adorable almost-five-year-old son Matt and mother Annette; Luis, the inspiring handyman from Cuba we met in an earlier book; and the lovable dog Clyde, with his gimpy gait and slow-to-trust demeanor. I can’t wait to read the next Hope Harbor book. Perhaps we’ll see the story of newspaper editor Marci, who seemed to have a secret? Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
When I think of Irene Hannon, I think of suspense and thrills. But, I must say that this book, really was amazing. She is absolutely wonderful in her writing styles. Her books are unique and captivating and always have a message within the pages for the readers to reflect on. I loved that! Lexie and Adam's characters are very complex yet blended smoothly in the story line. It's a powerful story line. Some of the issues in the story, really hit home with me as I have two teen sons who have faced some of the same issues. It's very heart wrenching, yet Ms. Hannon's words are inspiring. I loved being able to feel a part of the story and understanding some of the characters feelings. I loved the characters that Ms. Hannon added to the story. They all wrapped around Lexie and Adam and complimented them well! There were a few occasions I found my self chuckling out loud when the secondary characters showed up in the story. It rounded out the feels of the book. I would definitely recommend this book to all with 4 star praises! It's filled with heart stealing characters, a plot that will leave you thinking long after you've shut it's pages, and inspiring words that you just might need to read. I loved every minute of this book and it's definitely a keeper on my shelf! While this is the 3rd book in the Hope Harbor series, it's definitely easy to read as a stand alone. Although there are characters I'm hoping we will see more of in future books (hint, hint, Ms. Hannon!) and some that I'm looking forward to reading about in previous books. Great job, Ms. Hannon! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Irene Hannon won me over in the very first pages of the very first romantic suspense novel I read of hers. But as I have discovered through her Hope Harbor series, she also writes excellent contemporary romance. Sandpiper Cove is her best yet in that genre. There is delightful romance and a touch of mystery. The beautiful underlying theme has to do with broken lives and the second chances that are available for putting those lives back together. Several of the characters are given opportunities that they never expected to have, and the results make for a very engaging story. Lexie and Adam are the main characters and love interests in the story. A delightful cast of other characters -- like Charley, the taco guy (one of my favorites) -- helps to weave together an extremely enjoyable story. Fans of great inspirational fiction should enjoy this and the other books in the series. Sandpiper Cove would work as a stand-alone, but I would definitely recommend reading the entire series in order to get to know all the characters who carry through the stories. Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy of this book. I was delighted to share my own personal thoughts in this review.
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, SANDPIPER COVE is the third book in Ms. Hannon's Hope Harbor series. It easily stands alone, but fans will want to read Hope Harbor and Sea Rose Lane so they meet more of the towns residents. I loved the banter between the Catholic priest and the protestant minister. The two are obviously close friends who know what buttons to push. I also love the taco guy (I cannot remember his name but he is full of wisdom.) Some of the prior characters from earlier books make cameos in this book, but not in the major player way. Adam Stone. He might be an ex-con but he is a dream. Kind, loving, considerate, good to animals, hard working... a model citizen in ways that even people who aren't ex-cons would be wise to emulate. He is a sweetheart. My heart broke for him and I loved how he faced his fears and reached out to another trouble teen. Lexie started out a bit tough to get to know -- but as a police chief she has a reputation to uphold. Once she loosened up a bit she was just as sweet as Adam. I loved her mom, too. I am so happy to know there will be a fourth Hope Harbor book and I cannot wait to read it. But first, there Irene Hannon is starting a new romantic suspense series. If you love romantic suspense don't miss her books, she is one of the best. This is not romantic suspense, but a straight romance and I absolutely loved it. If you love Christian romance, don't miss SANDPIPER COVE or the other books in this series. A must read.