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Driftwood Bay

(Hope Harbor #5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,128 ratings  ·  219 reviews
After tragedy upends her world, Jeannette Mason retreats to the tiny Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor to create a new life. Vowing to avoid emotional attachments, she focuses on running her lavender farm and tea-room—until a new neighbor with a destructive dog and a forlorn little girl invades her turf. But she needn't worry. Dr. Logan West is too busy coping with an une ...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published April 2019)
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Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Driftwood Bay returns readers to Hope Harbor, where faith and romance, friendship and community come together to give hope and new beginnings.

Jeanette likes the privacy her little lavender farm and tea rooms in Hope Harbor give her. She is good at shutting out the world and she likes it that way. When Logan West and his niece, along with their boisterous beagle, move next door they, along with the new refugee family in town, threaten the walls Jeanette has built around her heart. Will she let th
Sarah Grace Grzy
Ahh, I'm so happy right now! Irene Hannon is an incredibly talented author and knows how to weave together a cohesive plot with realistic and loveable characters. It is no wonder she is a seven-time RITA Award finalist and three-time winner. But I will be honest and say that I tend to be skeptical of her works—particularly her romances—as they just aren’t always my cup of tea. But when I saw Driftwood Bay, the synopsis really grabbed my attention, so I thought I’d give another a try. And I am ve ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm rereading the whole Hope Harbor series via audible editions and am loving Therese Plummer's narration so much! She breathes life into these characters and heart and humour into her interpretation of Hannon's exquisite words.


Rambunctious beagle alert!!!!! Perfect for comic relief, exasperating interruptions and copious warm fuzzies! That right there is enough of a reason to read Driftwood Bay. But there's so much more to this divinely magical story (the whole series, really) that elevate
Andrea Cox
The cover attracted me to this book. Once I read the story, I was even more captivated by the beautiful cover. It perfectly displayed the distance Jeannette insisted was best for her. I liked that Logan’s family and pooch were also featured on the cover.

This story was truly a love letter to the grieving hearts out there. The grief in this story was real, palpable, and exquisitely expressed in various POVs, from the very young to the aged and a few ages in between. It made me weep on more than on
Susan Snodgrass
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
'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
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

"Ignoring an obvious need would be wrong."

Jeannette Mason has been ignoring everything, and everyone around her, since moving to Hope Harbor, Oregon . . . . ..she has convinced herself that there's safety in loneliness . . . or so she thought. Who could have imagined that a precocious puppy from next door, digging up and absconding her beloved lavender plants, could create such havoc in Jeannette's carefully guarded little corner of the world?

Dr. Logan West impulsively purchased a pet
Kelly Bridgewater
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Irene Hannon visits her iconic Hope Harbor with a new-to-him single father and a woman trying to flee her past with her Lavender garden. With a hint of romance, Hannon flows through the pages of Driftwood Bay with flair and hints of love. The predictable plot moved along at a nice rate. I really liked the idea of the community coming together to support a Syrian refugee family who needed to learn English, have a place to stay, and earn their own money. Hope Harbor appears to be a wonde
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and deeply emotional, this is arguably the best of the Hope Harbor books. I highly recommend it.
- Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -
A heartwarming novel about loss, grief and redemption, “Driftwood Bay”, by Irene Hannon, takes us back to the small, tight-knit community of Hope Harbor, introducing new characters and subjects.
Paralyzed by fear and sorrow, Jeannette, the heroine, leads a quiet, solitary life centered around her lavender farm, until two young girls, a rambunctious puppy and an handsome doctor make her question whether she should continue isolating
Karen R
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
3.5 stars
Let me start by saying that I love this series. Its setting is wonderful and the characters have come to feel like family. Overall, this installment is good and I especially liked the storyline featuring Syrian refugees and their struggles with leaving their own country, learning a new language, and trying to figure out a strange new life.
What didn't really work for me was the character of Molly. It's very tough to write a believable child character and this one just didn't do it for m
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DRIFTWOOD BAY is Irene Hannon's fifth book in this popular Hope Harbor series, but it easily stands alone. I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters, all suffering from loss--such huge losses--and struggling to find themselves in their new home, their new normal.

Logan is a dear, and going all out to show his niece love, but she wants none of it. But in reality its far different.

Charlie - the fish taco guy - I am convinced is an angel in disguise. So wise. We all need a Charlie in our
Maureen Timerman
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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 f
Jennifer Ritter
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Driftwood Bay is the latest Hope Harbor novel by author Irene Hannon. Dr. Logan West has relocated to Hope Harbor, Oregon, to take on the task of running the local clinic. He has purchased a nice little house for himself, his niece Molly, and their overactive beagle Toby. The untrained pup is a runner who escapes to the neighbor’s lavender farm and digs up the plants. Jeannette Mason is not amused, and her first contact with the new neighbor is not very pleasant.

Although Logan West has put himse
Lisa Malmquist
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jeanette Mason moves to Hope Harbor after a horrible family tragedy. She sets up a lavender farm and tea room. She keeps herself extraordinarily busy for a reason. She doesn't want to think about establishing new relationships or getting too close to anyone.
Her new neighbor, Dr Logan West, is the family doctor that has just moved to town from San Francisco with his niece and a dog that loves to dig up the lavender bushes at Jeanette's farm.
He has his own losses to try and heal and his new respon
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Logan West has moved to a small seaside town, making a new life for himself and his five-year-old niece. Molly’s life has been turned upside down with the death of her father and grandmother, and now she must live with an uncle she hardly knows. Even though Logan is determined to do his best with the little girl he clearly loves, somehow he has fallen short and cannot connect with Molly. Their next door neighbor is also struggling with losses of her own, and has built fences and walls, both lite ...more
Janet Robel
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming and beautifully written book! Great for the beach or anytime reading. I can see why this author is so popular. This is character-driven with a clean romance. The writing is addictive, and it's easy to get absorbed in the pages. ...more
Abigail Harris
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 to
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This book is perfect reading when you want something somewhat light, inspirational, and characters that will endear themselves to you.

Jeannette is running from tragic memories.  No one could blame her but God has other plans for her in this world and I enjoyed reading how he spoke to her and gently nudged her to get involved in the community despite her desires to stay on her farm and keep to herself as much as possible.  Logan has been thrown into a situation he never expected to find himself,
Liz F.
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars, romance
Driftwood Bay is a charming story with engaging characters.

While the story line was very intriguing and such, there were a few details that annoyed me, but let’s start with the good things! ;)

The setting of Driftwood Bay... I loved reading about the town of Hope Harbor. Hope Harbor sounds like a beautiful spot with lots of fun people. It is such a great fictional world!

I think my favorite character is Molly. She is such an adorable little five year old, especially at the end of the book. ;) I
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warmth, wisdom, hope, and fish tacos - that's what you get from reading Irene Hannon's latest Hope Harbor novel Driftwood Bay, and it's a delightful combination that blends wholesome family drama, realistic life transitions and a cute small town with just enough romance to keep things interesting.
I must confess, I haven't read the previous four installments in this series, and when I agreed to review this novel, I didn't realize it was a Christian romance. In truth, I'm glad I didn't notice that
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 ...more
Lisa Johnson
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Driftwood Bay (A Hope Harbor Novel #5)
Author: Irene Hannon
Pages: 368
Year: 2019
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The titles of the books in the Hope Harbor series are Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, Pelican Point and Driftwood Bay. The author has done a marvelous job of storytelling the author brings to readers hearts and minds a message of hope.
Each novel has characters that are continuations from previous books, while also introducing us to new characters and insigh
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Every return to Hope Harbor is like going home. Irene Hannon has created a wonderful town that's always a pleasure to visit—it's the hometown you wish you had.

This installment focuses on Jeannette, a woman who runs a lavender farm and tea room, her new neighbors Logan and his niece Molly, and a Syrian refugee family recently relocated to Hope Harbor.

I especially loved Jeanette's story. After a devastating loss, she decides life will be easier if she doesn't let anyone in. But when Logan and Moll
Suzie Waltner
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read and enjoyed every book in Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor series, but Driftwood Bay is hands down my favorite. One I will come back to read again. Because this story is a powerful and emotional one that deals with the difficult subjects of loss and grief.

Through Logan, Jeanette, Molly, and the three members of the Shabos family, Hannon examines different ways people grieve. And though it would be impossible to cover every reaction to loss, Hannon’s approach is very well-rounded.

For me, th
Tabitha Bouldin
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since this is the first book I’ve read by Irene Hannon, I have nothing to compare it to other than my own observations. I thought it was lovely. Driftwood Bay focused on the pain of grief and how hurting people often shy away from making any deep, lasting relationships. This is shown through more than one character, and it helps set the stage for others overcoming their pain and guilt.

While we are drawn into Thomma’s pain early on and given insight into his grief, Jeannette’s past stays deeply b
Lisa Hudson
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I always enjoy reading Irene Hannon’s books. Her writing is always believable, moving and full of insights. Driftwood Bay (Hope Harbor #5) is a prime example of all the above! It is the story of individuals struggling with the loss of loved ones and deciding whether or not they are going to choose to allow anyone to ever again cross the doorway to their hearts.

What I like most about Driftwood Bay is that Hannon doesn’t just choose to tell about the hurt of losing someone you love
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: review, inspys-2020
It's been a long time since last I read a novel by Irene Hannon, especially one that is in the contemporary genre. This novel is one I read in consideration of the INSPYs, and it's also a novel I found to be a very easy, "relaxing" kind of read. Or as these reads are better known, my favorite kind of reading.

We meet and follow Jeanette and Logan, two people hurt by the past. In this future they find themselves neighbors, and Jeanette's heart is melted by the young child Logan is responsible to
Rachel DeVaughn
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such an enjoyable book to read! I loved that the story had continuing characters like Floyd and Gladys the seagulls; and Charlie who makes the tacos out of his truck. This can be read as a stand alone novel or read in order of the series.

Dr. Logan moves to Hope Harbor and becomes neighbors with Jeanette. They immediately hit it off but they are both hesitate to have a relationship until they can work through their own personal grief and faith to be able to allow love into their life. I
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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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