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Hope Harbor

(Hope Harbor #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,722 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life–and love–altered her plans.

When tragedy strikes and changes her plans yet again, she finds herself back in her hometown with a floundering farm to run and a heartbreaking secret. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. Th
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Cathy Daniel
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an ok book. It was pretty slow moving and I can't say much happened. Very much character driven. Honestly I skimmed towards the end! They contemplated everything. I mean EVERYTHING! At one point I wanted to scream JUST OPEN THE ***** ENVELOPE! (You'll see what I mean) Ready to dive back into suspense or funny books. Just something with action. Or just something happening lol
Andrea Cox
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
by Andrea Renee Cox

If you like great chapter-ending hooks, this is the book for you. This was my first novel by Irene Hannon, and while I found it cute, it was also predictable. I figured out two major plot points less than twenty pages into the story (which made the lead female seem dense when she was completely shocked at one of them much deeper into the plot). However, the characters and setting were well established and felt realistic to me. The way the beach and Charley's and the cranberry
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So much more than a love story. In fact, I'd consider it the perfect example of the ultimate love story -- the one we each share with God. Honestly, I was moved to tears quite a few times during my reading experience. And even now, as I write this review I'm getting all teary eyed. How to convey why? Let me try to explain.

Told from multiple viewpoints, this is more than just Tracy and Michael's 'winds of change' story. Diverse characters, all harboring pain from regrets they can't seem to overc
Michael Hunter arrives in Hope Harbor hoping that the town will live up to its name. He is trying to come to grips with the way that his life has been changed over the last year or so. He's wanting a place where he can relax and not be bothered with the running of a charitable organization. Yet he doesn't count on the unexpected encounters he has in the town. Tracy Campbell grew up in Hope Harbor. She loves it there and never planned on leaving. But life and love changed her plans. Now she's bac ...more
Beckie Burnham
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Irene Hannon is well known for really great romantic suspense fiction. She is one of my favorites in that genre. But she also excels at contemporary romance, and her latest novel, Hope Harbor, is an excellent example! With well-drawn characters, a wonderful small-town setting, and a message of hope and reconciliation, this novel provides more than pure entertainment. Not your run-of-the-mill fluffy romance, Hope Harbor gives the reader a touching reading experience that will last well after the ...more
Donna (More Than a Review)
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Providence seems to be the key word in this story from Irene Hannon. I have been a huge fan of her romantic suspense books and her family drama books are just as captivating. In Hope Harbor we meet Michael, who has taken a leave of absence to escape his past and try to find answers.

Michael meets several residences of Hope Harbor that make an impact on his life. Annie who is the town recluse becomes his landlord much to the surprise of her, Michael and the town. Annie's story is secon
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hope Harbor was such a beautiful story, full of characters with complicated pasts, and unsure futures. I really enjoyed this story and they way the author allowed the reader to slowly unfold the layers of secrets, regrets, and guilt that various people in the story carried around.

Another thing that made this book such a joy to read was the way the author intertwined the characters and their journeys. Tracy and Michael are the two main characters. They are a widow and a widower who both feel that
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
First, let me talk about Michael and Tracy. Their chemistry right from the beginning was tangible. You could almost hear the air crackle with it whenever they shared the same page, but as you might expect they both dragged along quite a bit of baggage. Too much to insure smooth sailing in the romance department. Both widowed tragically, both dealing with a boatload of angst and grief that's still very much alive and well... both adamant that romance is completely off the table forever. You can r ...more
Katrina Epperson
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, I don't even know where to begin with this review.

Let me start by saying I absolutely loved this contemporary romance.

The beautiful cover only gives you a glimpse at the wonderful story enclosed.
We are introduced to the small town of Hope Harbor and the vivid descriptions will literally transport the reader there, or at least it did me. We are introduced to two characters that are dealing with a lot of emotional baggage.

Tracey Campbell grew up in Hope Harbor on a cranberry farm at the
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
HOPE HARBOR is a lot slower than Ms. Hannon's trademark romantic suspense, and in this particular book, the sexual tension is almost nonexistent. There is a romance, but no sparks. The main story seems to be how Michael Hunter comes to town in search of peace and hope for his own life, but ends up offering it to everyone else.

Anna is an older character in this book who is estranged from her son, she benefited the most from knowing Michael as her life transforms greatly. But is it enough to end
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This is my eighth Irene Hannon novel and I love her work.

Hope Harbor, however, wasn't as well done as her prior novels. I found Michael to be difficult to visualize. Some descriptors had me thinking he was a white collar guy with no handyman experience and then he would be helping repair fences. The other concern I had was with the sheer number of widows and widowers in Hope Harbor. Even the seagull, Floyd, was a widower.

Overall, Hope Harbor fell a bit flat for me. Despite that, I eagerly await
Shannah Mauney
Hope Harbor certainly lived up to it's name. It has renewed my hope in the future God laid out for me. God certainly knew what he was doing when I was given a copy of this book. I look forward to more exciting, faith-filled works from this amazing author. Read my full review:
3.5 stars

This one has been on my shelf to read for a long time. I really enjoyed this tale of small-town life, farming, and healing. My favorite character was Anna...such an interesting side story, to see her decide how to live life again. (view spoiler)
Natasha Polak
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked on this plot from the very beginning. A very compelling read! Each character was interesting to see grow throughout the book, and Irene Hannon's ability to keep you in suspense was very well done. It's been a while since I've read her work, but now I will be sure to read the rest of this series really soon!

In Hope Harbor, it starts out with Michael Hunter who comes to the area for what was supposed to be a vacation, but from the onset, it was a life-changing experience. Not only bec
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
It took me a little while to get truly immersed in this story. Although I knew it was written by Irene Hannon, who consistently writes fantastic suspense and lovely contemporary, I was otherwise unaware of the true bones of this story. But when I did get further into the story, I was captivated by the town of Hope Harbor and its assortment of colourful residents.

Michael Hunter might have thought the town of Hope Harbor was the perfect vacation place to sort out his troubled thoughts, but he nev
Melissa Lee
I was sent a copy of Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor, by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first time reading a book by this author and I enjoyed the descriptive writing style the story followed. I didn’t find the plot to be overly exciting, however it brought a sweet smooth reading experience for this reader and it kept my attention throughout.

A handsome stranger coming to town and changing the lives of a known recluse and a workaholic in such a short amount of time does se
Teresa Snyder
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This was not a typical Irene Hannon book. The story line was good - there were several stories intertwined - but it was flat. There was no chemistry between the hero and heron. The relationship between Anna and John was emotional at one point, but they were secondary characters. It was JUST a slow moving, uneventful story. Even the epilogue was just so-so.
Real Rating: 3.5 stars.

I think I may have had too many high hopes for this book. I ended up being a smidge disappointed in this one.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I didn't realize this was Christian fiction until I got a little ways into it. I'm not even sure how it ended up on my Kindle but suffice it to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this story!
I just finished reading Pelican Point, Book 4 in this series, for a review and liked it so much that I wanted to read the prior books in this series. Book 1 definitely did not disappoint. I liked it even more than Book 4.

Hope Harbor is rich, warm, inviting and made me just want to curl up and live there. It's colorful small town feel and its warm, wonderful townspeople just drew me in to the story. Hannon's writing is superb and makes for a beautifully written love story.

Tracy Campbell, a widow
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Irene Hannon is an author I’ve heard of for quite some time, but I have never tried her books. Hope Harbor was an excellent place to start with her library of stories. I liked the fact that the protagonists Michael and Tracy are older (mid 30s), and because of the tragedies in their lives seem even older and mature. The book encompasses the stories of several people in the village of Hope Harbor, Oregon, and as such the book is told through multiple points of view. Rather than being distracting, ...more
Short and sweet, but overwhelmingly sad for the first half. The MCs were too guilt ridden and the telling of the story constantly referred to or hinted at the MCs's sad stories without revealing anything. I found myself a little annoyed with that.

There's absolutely no OP drama and the message of God throughout was nice. This was a completely clean and safe read. Unfortunately, I also found this a bit coincidental and boring.
Sarah Vanscoyoc
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
“’If only.’ Those must be the two saddest words in the world.” - Mercedes Lackey

This review is going to be a bit different from my usual MO, as you can probably already tell. I’m not including this quote because it’s found in the book, or because the author used a variation of it, but because it came to mind while I was reading this book and I feel it sums up one of the main themes of the story quite well. Much of the focus of the story is regret. All of the characters feel it in some way, a few
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 "healing" stars.

Hope Harbor is an absolutely outstanding Christian romance that touches on numerous relevant topics that will resonate readers. While this terrific novel has an all star cast of likable characters and an engaging storyline, it is how seamlessly and naturally Irene Hannon works lessons of faith into the plot that makes it a truly delightful and thought-provoking read.

Michael Hunter's heart is heavy with grief and regret when he begins his vacation in the picturesque town of Ho
Karen Collier
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Some of my favorite contemporary romances aren’t just romances. Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor is not only a sweet romance between a widow and a widower who never expected to find love again. It’s also a story of overcoming regrets, reconciling with estranged family, and recognizing divine providence in the little things that can make a big difference in our lives. Colorful secondary characters and engaging subplots interweave with the main plotline to add layers and texture to this beautifully told ...more
Denise Hershberger
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first contemporary romance by Irene Hannon. Usually you will find me reading one of her romantic suspense books but I’m glad I didn’t shy away from reading Hope Harbor because it was a powerful story with excellent characters, a wonderful selection of plots, and wonderful romance.
I love books with characters that experience real life hardships and have honest character flaws and the characterization in Hope Harbor was probably its greatest strength because the three prominent charact
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy by NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.

HOPE HARBOR is a story that involves forgiving one's self and moving on. It also involves putting pride and hurt aside and reaching out to reconnect to love ones.

Michael Hunter traveled from Chicago to Hope Harbor, Oregon to visit the vacation place that his deceased wife had loved growing up. Michael and Julie planned to go to Hope Harbor for a visit but they never made it before Julie passed away. Michael feels guilty that
Dan Curnutt
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another good Christian novel. I think that Christian writers are starting to get better at putting together novels that are entertaining as well as providing good Biblical Lessons for the reader.

I want to thank Revell Publishing as well as Irene Hannon for making a review copy of this book available to me through Net Galley.

In this Romantic Novel we find Michael Hunter a widower and Tracy Campbell a widow who are both soured a bit on life, on marriage and on God. Because of the circumstances of
Dora Hiers
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Meet the major players. Tracy Campbell, part time accountant and full time cranberry farmer. Michael Hunter, guilt-ridden, grieving businessman from Chicago who came to Hope Harbor to honor a wish of his late wife. Anna Williams, recluse, taking in wounded animals to make up for the two-decades-long rift with her estranged son. Charley, artist and taco maker (and angel?). And Floyd, a lonely seagull.

"In the beginning he brought his wife, but he's been coming by himself for the past four months.
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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. Ot ...more

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