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Low Country Hero

(Safe Haven #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Welcome to Safe Haven, where love--and a second chance--is just around the corner...

Sunny, carefree days splashing in the ocean--it's the life Anna George has always wanted for her five-year-old twins. And now that they've made it to Safe Haven, South Carolina, she won't let anyone stand in her way. Not the abusive ex she's just escaped and not the rugged contractor who ca
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by HQN
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heartfelt, tender, and inspiring!

Low Country Hero is a heartwarming, emotive tale that takes us to Safe Haven, South Carolina and into the lives of Anna George, a young mother on the run with two little girls, no money, and an abusive ex that won’t let her go that easily, and Sean O’Dwyer, a dependable, compassionate contractor whose past has left him not only burdened with guilt but determined to stay familyless.

The prose is smooth and fluid. The characters are scarred, kind, diligent, and wary
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain is a heartwarming story full of hope and compassion. Primarily a romance, it also contains a trickle of suspense. Set in Safe Haven – a charming little beach town in South Carolina, this is a heartfelt story about healing and second chances, of kindness and acceptance, friendship, love and the strong bond of a close knit community.

For Sean O’Dwyer, Safe Haven has always been home, the small town that accepted him and his brothers when they had nowhere to go
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Anna is fleeing form a life no one wants to have, two young children, no income, fearing for their safety. A strong, brave, and protective Anna pulls everything she has together to start a new life for her and the her two daughters. Breaking and entering was never something she thought she would do, striving to do what best, life becoming interesting quickly when Sean involves himself in the mix. Beaten down and broken, Anna slowly pieces her life back together while living in the shadows.

I gave it a good shot (89%) because I thought the setting was great, but I never connected with the characters. I think there was an overage of domestic violence references, more instances with a variety of people than was necessary for the story to hold my interest. There was something missing for me as a reader that I couldn't pinpoint.

I'm not rating this because I don't feel it's fair for the amount of skimming I did, and I'm not finishing the book.

I appreciate the digital copy given by the p
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
3.5 Stars

This is my first read of this author. I didn't realize this was the start of a series. Having finished it, I now think I could go into it more objectively. It reads like the start of a series. We get the make up of the small town. We meet lots of secondary characters. There are a couple of other story lines going on besides the one with Anna and Sean. So, fair warning, this appears to be a family saga and although there is somewhat of a resolve to this story, there are many questions le
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This is my first book by this author. Based on book titles, I expected this to be a romance novel and nothing else. I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that it was way more than a romance novel - even though there is romance in it. The book is about spousal abuse and how it affects not only the partner being abused but also the children who are aware of the situation.

Anna arrives in Safe Haven, SC, after a long drive from MN with her 5 year old twins. Even though she didn't know anyone i
Hallie Szott
A heartwarming start to Lee Tobin McClain’s new Safe Haven series, Low Country Hero delivers a story that readers of contemporary romance should not miss.

Anna George escapes to Safe Haven, South Carolina with her five-year-old twins, believing it a place she’ll be safe from her abusive ex. Sean O’Dwyer, a contractor struggling to find peace with his past, cannot deny the connection he feels with Anna. Together, they embark on a story full of family, friendship, community, romance, and healing.

Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first installment in the Safe Haven series, Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain is a poignant yet heartwarming romance.

Former soldier Sean O'Dwyer has returned to Safe Haven, SC after several years away. He remains close with his brothers, Liam, who is a police officer in town and Cash, who returns frequently to visit his family.  Sean is dedicated to his foster mom, Ma Dixie, and he is trying to help his foster brother, Tony, who is struggling to escape his ex-wife Brandi. Needing some pe
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book more than I did. But unfortunately it had some glaring red flags that turned me off from the beginning. First, The prologue had me hooked. It was sad and desperate and draws you right in. But after that things immediately took a bad turn... within minutes of meeting a domestic violence counselor the COUNSELOR starts talking crap about another woman and gossiping about if anyone believes her claims. The whole thing with Tony’s wife and the “she’s a liar and made it up” ...more
Patty Champion
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a can't miss book. It is so good I stayed up all night reading it. I can't wait for the next one. I cannot gush enough good things about this book.
Sean's father was abusive and is the reason his mother disappeared. Sean and his brothers figure that she is dead, or is she, Anna and her twins are running from an abusive husband. An they make a relationship work? Who is Rita could she possibly be Sean's long lost mother?

Thank you netgalley and harlequin for allowing me to read this title f
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Low Country Hero, the first book in Lee Tobin McClain's Safe Haven series, introduces readers to the O'Dwyer brothers, three siblings who found a home in Safe Haven, South Carolina, after their mother disappeared.

This first installment is oldest brother Sean's story. Newly returned to Safe Haven following a divorce, he discovers a woman and her young daughters squatting on the property he's renovating. He soon learns that the woman, Anna, is a victim of domestic abuse, and he can't help but be d
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Low Country Hero is the first book in Lee Tobin McClain's new Safe Haven series. It is a southern novel set in the small coastal town of Safe Haven, South Carolina. Anna George comes to live in Safe Haven with her young twin daughters after escaping her abusive husband. While she is staying in an empty cottage by the beach she meets contractor Sean O'Dwyer, who has been hired to renovate the cottage and surrounding community. A slow friendship and romance begins as Anna struggles to escape her p ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With every romance I read, I look for that one story that will leave its indelible mark. The one that will uplift and inspire. The one that will shine a light in the darkness, remind me of the good still out there in our world and restore my faith in humanity. The one that will encourage me to be a better version of myself and leave me better for having read it. Low Country Hero is that story.

Sean O'Dwyer was raised in the small, seaside town of Safe Haven, SC, and doesn’t remember much of his
Jessica Higgins
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun romance with just the right amount of suspense to make for a great read.

Trying to protect her five-year-old twins, Anna George has left her abusive husband and fled to Safe Haven, South Carolina. All she wants is a safe place to raise her girls and try and figure her life out. As she drives into the town, she finds what she thinks are some abandoned cabins and hopes to stay until she can get on her feet. She quickly discovers that the cabins are being refurbished by a contractor, Sean Dwye
Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it

Low County Hero is the first book in the Safe Haven series. After reading this, I am happy to know there will be more books following in the series. This was a romantic suspense that focuses on domestic violence. Even though I knew some of the things that would happen I still really enjoyed this.

This follows two different stories, but they are intertwined. I do not want to give too much away, but I loved both stories around Anna and Rita. This opens up with an intense prologue which caught my a
Kathryn Linke
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Low Country Hero was my first time reading Lee Tobin McClain's work and I wasn't disappointed. The first title in the Safe Haven series is an emotional, heartfelt and inspiring story with a touch of intrigue and suspense. Anna and Sean's story is one of family, friendship and community told in multiple points of view.

The hero and heroine are both strong, courageous, and damaged characters.

Anna George has been dealt a bad hand in life. She's a survivor, and has dealt with her fair share of loss
Marie Pinkham
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Low Country Hero is a riveting story that grabs your attention at Chapter 1 and keeps on throughout the book. It is set in a small southern coastal town where everyone knows just about everyone. A town where nearly everyone has your back and is ready at a moment's notice to step in when needed. Sean and Anna's story in the first in a series of three. It is heartfelt, and romantic, but tension-filled, as Anna hides out from her abusive ex while also learning to let her guard down and trust. A who ...more
Linda Rainey
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romantic Suspense

This is a book about overcoming insecurities to find love.
I enjoyed the storyline,the amazing characters,the suspense,twists and turns.
The subject of domestic violence and how it affects the entire family
was dealt with in a sensitive manner.
This book is recommended for those who love Christian romantic suspense.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this story and I especially like the author who is going to be writing about the two brothers also. This one is about Sean, who works construction, rebuilding a campsite, and he finds a women amd 2 little girls who've made themselves at home in one of the cabins. She's not much on telling him what's wrong, and they make a pact, that she can stay there and help him do the renovations and he'll take her where she can get good day care for the girls. Everything works out until her ex figure ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What a great story. I could not put this book down. Ms. McClain was able to tackle the very tough subject of abuse from the perspective of the abused spouse as well as that of how the abuse affects the children as an adult. I loved the characters of Anna and Sean as well as the others in the story. I like the way that Sean was able to earn the trust of Anna and her girls. And I loved that Anna was able to learn to trust. I don’t want to say too much because I hate spoilers and I don’t want ...more
Olivia Farr
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: other-reviews
"Low Country Hero" begins with a bang-20 years ago, a woman comes to the small town, Safe Haven, with her three boys and stops in a tourist shop. The abusive husband she had escaped comes after her with a gun and leaves her beaten on a road outside of town. In the present, Anna is heading into town from Montana where she left her abusive ex behind with her two 5-year-old twin girls. She isn't sure where to go but finds the cabin hotels she had stayed at as a child and breaks in.

Sean is doing con
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book for review and unfortunately, it was not the right book for me due to some upsetting content that I didn't realize would be present. I want to say that it is not a poorly written book and I think there are readers who will really enjoy it, but you might want to know more about this one before picking it up. This is a book that is heavily about domestic violence and its impact on both children and partners. It is very heavy and was not what I was expecting.

Low Count
Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain comes out later this month. The author is new to me, although a quick look at her blog page show a number of series prior to this one. I enjoyed the storyline, characters and the warmth of the area. (Not just because it is cold here!) Lee Tobin McClain novel also includes spousal abuse, not an easy subject to add into a novel.

Sean O’Dwyer and his brothers, Liam and Cash were left in Safe Haven by their mother and suspicious circumstances. The town helped ea
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
**Low Country Hero generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

3 "That's all we have to do." Stars

This book was my first from this author and won't be my last especially as Low Country Hero is the first of a new series. With an interesting and enthralling setting that plays a major part in the story, Lee Tobin McClain introduces us to two main characters who have very delicate and painful histories. McClain, from the third person POV, gives us a slow burning romance w
Kate Vale
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of the Safe Haven series that introduces us to Anna George, a young woman fleeing from an abusive ex even as she's seeking a safe place for her 5-year-old twin daughters. When she discovers some abandoned cabins not far from the beach, she breaks in and settles there, hoping no one will find them. But the first person to do so is Sean O'Dwyer, the contractor in charge of renovating the old cabins for the owner. And after pepper-spraying Sean, Anna has to confront the attraction she feels f ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars for this newest release from Lee Tobin McClain. It's a story of heartbreak and suffering but also of love and triumph, set in a small town of Safe Haven. The main characters Anna and Sean are real and likable and they both have broken and painful pasts. Anna's twin daughters are adorable and steal many scenes in the story. The author addresses quite a few difficult topics in this book like domestic violence and foster care. The book is well-written with a nicely paced plot and lots of ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, for-review, kindle
Low Country Hero is the first in a new series about a small town called Safe Haven. It's a town known for being a safe place to recover and find new life. This is Anna and Sean's story. The prologue was pretty in your face brutal and sad. But, it sets up the reason for Sean and his brothers to be raised in Safe Haven.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I thought it did a nice job of dealing with the reality of domestic abuse. However, I thought the romance between Anna and Sean
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Lee Tobin McClain's books for a few years, so I was excited to hear she was launching a new series featuring three brothers. The low country of South Carolina is always an appealing setting in my opinion, and the author did a wonderful job creating the small town of Safe Haven that readers could fall in love with. Low Country Hero is a sweet blend of wholesome romance with deeper layers, including a suspenseful subplot. I enjoyed the unique, diverse cast of characters as well ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wouldn’t it be nice if a place named Safe Haven really existed? A place literally designed to shelter s from our particular burdens and filled with mostly kind hearted people with good intentions. Somewhere that refuge is offered to those in need of a clean slate to start over.

Safe Haven, both the book and the town, seemed to me to be a metaphor for our relationship with God. God is there to take us in, protect us, and help us, if only we accept His guidance and place our trust in Him. But just
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Anna and the twins escaped Beau she never expected to be surrounded by the wonderful people she met. Sean is still struggling with the disappearance of his mother when he was a teenager. Watching these two relationship grow will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. The characters in this book are all very special people who feel like family. I had the honor to review this book for the author for a honest review. I would give this book a higher rating than a fi ...more
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