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Publisher's Summary

Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted - fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside. 

Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss - and he has no plans to change the life he's created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. He's had enough drama to last a lifetime. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. And as their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected...and discover that, with love, all things are possible? 

Best-selling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you to come home to Hope Harbor - where hearts heal...and love blooms.

©2021 Irene Hannon (P)2021 Recorded Books

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I just couldn't finish it

First of all I've heard this story before, in other books. To me the writing is just heavy-handed, the usage of the language makes no sense. You can be a great scientific writer, prolific writer of history, even a prolific biographer, but that doesn't mean it'll transfer when you are writing a book about romance or love or whatever this one was supposed to be. Most people don't think that way and they're not going to talk that way especially to themselves. One example that sticks out to me which is silly, instead of saying the smell of the food or the thought of the food made my mouth water, she said the thought of the food made my salvatory glands take notice. I know this is nit picking but it drove me crazy. For me, the narrator was just awful. My husband has a name for this kind of person he calls them pistol winkers and that's what it felt like. I think this was supposed to be a spiritual book, or a Christian book. But it just didn't feel right to me for some reason. The main protagonist, a males character( the male voices are terrible), had an aunt that came to visit him. and when she the narrator voice her character she sounded like there was sexual innuendos all over the place. I thought it was just me, but my husband laughed out loud when he heard it. and that's when he called her a pistol wanker. Once again, it just got on my never. matter of fact she got on my nerves so bad that I just couldn't finish it because I couldn't get to the story without being annoyed by the narration. This might have been a good little slice of life kind of story that I could have over looked the heavy-handed writing, but for me I just couldn't get past the narration and the writing. strike two....

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It’s a Christian faith book

When the novel is written as a Christian faith story just be honest about it. Why not include that as a genre? Plodding narrative, typical scenarios…. There’s nothing wrong with a faith book unless you are dishonest about the intention.

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Wouldn’t recommend

I love Therese Plummer so I got this book knowing the performance would be good but the storyline dragggggged on. I definitely do not recommend it.

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Hope Harbor stories always draw me in!

Since the first novel I stumbked upon to this latest charning story, the characters of Hope Harbor never disappoint!. My family and I journey to the Oregon coast most every summer so reading these novels set in a picturesque small coastal town is almost like being there. Every story is looked forward to with much anticipation. The characters draw you in,, and narrator paints a perfect picture of this lovely, though imaginary town and all It's quirky, charming characters! Do yourself a favor and start with the first book. Hope harbor will pull you in and draw you home every time!

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Best book in the Series.

Thérèse Plummer is hands down 1 of the VERY BEST narrators!! I absolutely love her! I chose to listen to the first book in this series because of her!!
This was my favorite book in the Hope Harbor series. I love how other characters in the town have parts in the story. I like that there is more than 1 love story in the book. Would like to have heard a little more about the couples from the other books in the series and how they’ve changed. I wish the story could have gone a little farther into the couple’s future. The love story is sweet.

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Keep them coming!!

I’m always so excited when there’s a new Hope Harbor novel. And Therese Plummer could read a phone book and I’d be enthralled. A perfect duo!

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Another great Hope Harbor read.

I was again captivated by the Hope Harbor scene and its characters. They are like old friends. The story is great and the narration by Terese Plummer is always excellent. I hope the series continues.

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Love visiting Hope Harbor

Another fabulous story of inspiration and hope. The setting in the town of Hope Harbor feels much like coming home to a wonderful caring community!

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thoroughly enjoyed😀

i just cannot wait for the next novel set in this town I look he so much.

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Ah, Hope Harbor 🥰

I love every visit to Hope Harbor!
Blackberry Beach is a wonderful story about life changing decisions and love. I enjoyed seeing the shared storylines of the older couple as well as the younger one.
Keep your ears ready for a little "author wink" I giggled when I heard it.
As always, Therese Plummer does a great job bringing the feel of Irene Hannon's Hope Harbor to the readers/ listeners heart.

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