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Review: Driftwood Bay

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Review: Driftwood Bay

Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: April 2, 2019

When tragedy takes everyone she loves, Jeanette Mason changes her life completely. She changes her occupation from teacher to lavender farmer/tea shop proprietor, and hides away on her farm. She has few friends, sits in the back row at church and leaves early, and is generally a recluse. When her new next-door neighbors’ dog creates havoc in her lavender field, digging up her newly planted varieties, she storms over on a mission, only to be confronted by a grieving little girl, and her equally grief-stricken uncle. She knows all about grief, but does she want to get involved in someone else’s?

Logan West is clueless when it comes to his niece. She became his responsibility when both his brother, and mother died within a few months of each other. An ER physician, Logan has moved to Hope Harbor to give his niece roots, but she is resisting every effort to connect with him. The only two people she seems to connect with are his beautiful standoffish neighbor, and the little refugee girl from Syria whose family Hope Harbor is sponsoring.

The more Logan sees of Jeanette, the more he admires her. Can he break through her resolve to remain aloof? What will it take to make her see that the life she is living is simply subsisting, not actual life, and that having feelings isn’t a bad thing, it just makes you human?

When both little girls disappear, will Logan, Jeanette, and the grief-riddled Syrian father realize that love is more important than protecting a heart from further breakage?

I have loved the Hope Harbor series from Irene Hannon since the first book! I feel like I could step foot in this town and know everyone there immediately. I love Charley, the fish taco/artist. He might actually be the one to get me to try fish in any form. I’m pretty convinced that he is an angel, an actual one, because he always seems to know things he shouldn’t, and have wise advice about things that no one else knows about. He’s a pretty cool character. I also felt the deep grief of the Syrian family, forced to leave their homeland after key family members were killed. The family’s father was especially tragic, losing his wife and sons and fearing to love the daughter he has left. I cannot imagine that kind of loss, but I can imagine crawling into myself to grieve.

As always, I highly recommend Irene Hannon as an author, so Driftwood Bay gets all the stars available.

Rated G: I didn’t see any issues here.

Reviewer’s copy was personally purchased. Thank you!

 

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