Book Review: Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

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Do you ever feel like you’re unworthy of something? That you don’t deserve anything good in your life because of bad choices or mistakes you’ve made in the past?

Step into Adam Stone’s shoes. As an ex-convicted intent on starting over and living a good but solitary life, Adam is content with his little home on the edge of the Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor. But when Police Chief Lexie Graham enters the picture, the loneliness he’s tried hard to bury is as obvious as the blue of the Pacific.

 

Book Review: Sandpiper Cove

With the help of two young boys, a slew of townspeople, and a fish-taco-selling artist, will Adam discover that God wants more for him? That he was made for community?

This is a story of God’s grace and forgiveness. A story of letting go of the past and clinging to those who support you. Sandpiper Cove is a beautiful reflection of God’s endless love for each and every one of His children.

I’m looking forward to visiting Hope Harbor again (and I’m looking forward to my trip to the Oregon Coast this summer even more). Pick up the newest installment in the lives of the residents of the town where “hearts heal and love blooms.” today.

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Loves Park’s Valentine Volunteers Strike Again

I really loved Courtney Walsh’s Paper Hearts and was excited to learn her next book, Change of Heart (due on March 1, 2016), is set in the town of Loves Park, Colorado and the return of the quirky Valentine Volunteers.

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As the wife of a Colorado senator, Evelyn Brandt has a life others can only envy. But when the FBI shows up while she’s hosting a luncheon, claiming her husband has embezzled from the state, the mirror of her picture-perfect world is shattered. When the rest of Evelyn’s husband’s indiscretions are revealed to the public, Evelyn wonders if she’s the only one who didn’t know about his affairs.

Trevor Whitney let go of his friendship with Evelyn and Christopher Brandt long ago but when Evelyn’s left with nowhere to go, Trevor offers the guest house on his farm. But can he handle having the woman he once loved live right next door? Will his protective gruffness keep his heart safe?

When the Valentine Volunteers force Evelyn and Trevor to work together, Evelyn begins to realize the ways her marriage to Christopher changed her over the years. Instead of becoming the person she hoped to be, she became the person her husband molded her into—someone she doesn’t like. Does she have the strength to shed that persona and become someone who can stand on her own two feet?

In truth, I’m still not sure how I feel about the whole man secretly loving a married woman for the past ten years thing. But the one thing Trevor allows himself to do (in secret) is romantic and sweet. And Evelyn’s transformation is a powerful one when she realizes what other people think of her doesn’t matter.

Add in the nosy Valentine Volunteer women (Gigi, Doris and Ursula) and you’ve got some entertainment thrown into the struggles of our main characters. I think Ursula, the blunt, tell-it-like-it-is, woman is my favorite of the three. While she doesn’t sugar coat anything, she’s truthful and sees beyond the masks people put in place.

Overall, the story moves along nicely—with some predictability in there—but there seemed to be something missing or maybe some kind of disconnect for me. By no means was this a bad book, just so-so, it was a little bit of a disappointment after Paper Hearts. Maybe just a fluke on the author’s part or perhaps simply where I’m at in my life (I’ll admit that as a single woman in her forties, it’s sometimes hard for me to be happy for someone who gets two chances at love while I’m still awaiting my first one), I’ll most definitely give Walsh another try when her next book is released.

***The Tyndale Blog Network provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Love without End by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Kimberly Welch has come to King’s Meadow, Idaho because she has nowhere else to go. Her best friend offers her and her teenage daughter a place to live after their belongings are reposessed. When Kimberly’s daughter, Tara, is given a horse that needs to be broken in, she turns to Chet Leonard–a man who owns a ranch in the area. With no money and no job, she doesn’t know how she can possibly pay him but she also understands taking the horse away from Tara will damage their relationship further.

Chet Leonard has had his own share of heartache. He’s oldest son died at seventeen and then his wife walked out on him and their two remaining sons without a glance back. The pain still overwhelms him sometimes but he continues to run his horse ranch and raise his two sons to love the Lord. When Anna McKenna, better known to Chet as Nana Anna, returns to the ranch after years away, hope seems to come into his household again. And it’s not just Nana Anna who is bringing that hope. No, the beautiful widow, Kimberly Welch, has an awful lot to do with that.

Robin Lee Hatcher does an amazing job of weaving Anna’s story from years ago in with those of Kimberly and Chet. Not only does the reader learn about these three, they also learn about the three teenagers and the dynamics of that group. As someone who is (clears throat) a little older and never married, I always enjoy reading stories where the main characters have experienced a little bit of life but still have a chance at love-in Chet and Kimberly’s cases, a second chance. Hatcher does not disappoint.

***Booklook Bloggers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.