I want to go to Hope Harbor!

Look at that – two book reviews in a week! My schedule has been a little lighter lately, so I’ve had more time to read. Never enough time, of course, but I won’t complain. My TBR (to be read) pile keeps growing because there are just so many good books. And speaking of good books…this is one I really enjoyed. You know, if Hope Harbor and the townspeople were real, I would make a reservation at that bed and breakfast.

Sea Rose Lane, written by Irene Hannon, takes place on the Oregon coast. My favorite vacation spot is anywhere on the Oregon coast, so as the author started describing the sights, sounds, and smells of Hope Harbor, I was hooked.Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon

The story begins with Eric and BJ’s inauspicious meeting as Eric returns to Hope Harbor after getting laid off at his job in the big city. Once at his childhood home, he finds that his dad is turning it into a bed and breakfast. Not only that, BJ is the architect and crew chief for the construction team.

Eric has returned home to lick his wounds and to find a new job. BJ Stevens moved to Hope Harbor not too long ago also looking for a fresh start. Both of them are working through some hurts, so they’re not exactly ready for a relationship – with anyone.

The book has several storylines and a few eclectic characters that add flavor to the book. After their introductory meeting, Eric and BJ keep running into each other, eventually working together on a project that would help the town’s senior citizens (among others). I think this was the storyline that I found most satisfying.

This is a sweet and clean romance, with a little bit of faith woven throughout.

I received a free book from Revell Publishing (a division of Baker Publishing Group) in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Book review: All Summer Long

Even though All Summer Long is the second book in the Follow Your Heart series by Melody Carlson, you don’t need to read the first book first. This book opens with Tia, a culinary school graduate, working at a restaurant in a small town wishing for something more. Then she receives a call from her aunt in San Francisco asking her to come help remodel an old yacht into an upscale floating restaurant AND to be the chef.

She jumps on the opportunity and flies to San Francisco only to find that her aunt’s All Summer Longhusband is in the hospital. So who picks her up at the airport? Only that cute boy she met at a camp 10 years earlier. Leo. Small world, huh? And he’s still just as good-looking and nice.

The book takes us on a trip through remodeling the boat, planning menus, and meeting new people. There’s also a little drama when Tia gets caught in the middle of some uncomfortable secrets. I got a sympathetic pit in my stomach when Leo’s fiancée asks her to keep some secrets from Leo.

It’s an easy read, and hard to put down. The plot is a little predictable…you’re pretty sure you know how it’s going to end but you’re not exactly sure how. Will everyone still be talking to each other at the end?

If you like a good clean romance with a little faith thrown in, you’ll like this book.

My only “complaint” is that I wish it had included some recipes. LOL! Some of those dishes Tia prepared had me drooling…

I received a free book from Revell Publishing (a division of Baker Publishing Group) in exchange for an unbiased review.

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