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Review: Pelican Point

12 Jun Posted by in Reviews | Comments
Review: Pelican Point

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: April 3, 2018

He inherited a WHAT? When Dr. Ben Garrison returns to Hope Harbor following the death of his grandfather, he expects to be overwhelmed by memories of his much-loved Skip. Instead, one of the first things he learns is that part of his inheritance includes the Pelican Point lighthouse, a crumbling, decrepit landmark that, by all appearances, should have fallen into the ocean long ago. His hopes for settling the estate quickly and efficiently go completely out the window, when the local newspaper editor, Marci Weber, takes issue with selling it to an outside developer who has plans to bulldoze it and build a monstrous mansion on the site.

Ben’s future seems set. Once he settles Skip’s estate, he’s moving to Ohio to join a friend’s orthopedic practice. As he unpacks the house, memories assail him of spending summers crabbing on his granddad’s boat. Newly released from service at the front lines, Ben craves peace and stability. He gets that in Hope Harbor, but he knows it’s a temporary thing. His future is in Ohio, but, the longer he stays, the more invested he becomes in the drive to Save the Light. He also finds himself intrigued by Marci. They started off with her calling the cops on him. Their second meeting devolved to a shouting match. What is it about her that tugs at his heart, and makes him consider a different path?

Marci Weber is a “newcomer” to Hope Harbor, and she loves her adopted home town. When the stranger (Ben) knocks on her door at 10:30 PM, she has no qualms about calling the cops on him. Granted, she feels pretty silly when she learns she called the police out to deal with the hometown hero, grandson of one of her favorite people, who was only there to try to rescue her neighbor’s cat. When she learns that Ben has an offer on the lighthouse property, but that the offer does not include saving the light, she goes ballistic. Can she and Ben work out a compromise that gives the town time to come up with funding? More important, can they even work together, given the way they strike sparks off one another?

I have LOVED the Hope Harbor books by Irene Hannon! There’s enough continuity of characters to keep me invested in the town, and enough stories to tell that touch my heart. While Pelican Point focuses most of its attention on Ben and Marci, there is also a significant part of the book devoted to injured veteran Greg and his wife, Rachel, who are next-door neighbors to Ben. Their story is every bit as poignant and compelling as that of the main characters. I also loved seeing Charley (who I am convinced is one of God’s angels), his friends the seagulls, Fred and Irene, plus many characters from the earlier novels make another appearance in this one.

As far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong picking up an Irene Hannon book. Whether she’s writing contemporary romance, or romantic suspense, her work ALWAYS shines. While Pelican Point is the fourth book in the series, it could be read as a stand-alone, but since the other three are just as good, why would you want to? Ms. Hannon is a must-read for me. If you’ve not read her before, now is a great time to start. I’m pretty sure you’ll be as hooked as I am!

Rated G: No worries here.

Reviewer’s copy was personally purchased.

 


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