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Review: Sandpiper Cove

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Review: Sandpiper Cove

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

Police Chief Lexie Graham has enough on her plate. A single mom to 4-year-old, Sam, and only daughter to her widowed mom, she doesn’t need the vandals who keep striking in her town. It’s bad enough that they wrecked the garden club’s planters, now she finds out that they’ve targeted ex-con, Adam Stone. Adam has stayed out of trouble and worked hard at his construction job since his release more than a year ago. Since he has no desire to be on the police radar, Adam cleans up the graffiti and goes about his business. When they come back and seriously injure the only friend he has, his dog, Adam finally lets Lexie investigate. Lexie never expected to feel sympathy for Adam but any man who cares for a dog as much as Adam does can’t be all bad. As she gets to know him, the attraction she feels comes as a surprise, and not necessarily a welcome one. He’s a felon; she’s a cop – how in the world could that ever work?

Adam came to Hope Harbor when he was released because of the pastor – and because he had nowhere else to go. He’s doing his best to keep his nose clean and attends church every time the doors are open. The message of hope he gets inside the church doors keeps him going in a world that has done its best to beat him down. When vandals start targeting him, he figures he deserves it after the mistakes he’s made. When Lexie catches one of them and asks for Adam’s help in mentoring the young man, he can’t believe she knows what she’s asking. As he works with the young man to repair some of the damage he and his accomplice inflicted, Adam’s self-esteem begins to look up. Can an ex-con prove that he has something to offer even when the woman he wants to offer his heart to is the head cop?

Whether Irene Hannon is writing gripping suspense or sweet romance, her books are ALWAYS un-put-down-able! Sandpiper Cove is book 3 in her Hope Harbor series and was a powerful heart-tugger! Adam Stone is the kind of man any woman would be proud to stand beside but all he sees when he looks in the mirror are the mistakes he made. Lexie Graham is a strong woman carrying a load of guilt on her shoulders. Even the “minor” characters are fleshed out. The Catholic priest and Protestant minister are an absolute hoot! Charley, the fish taco guy, dispenses wisdom and encouragement with his tacos.

I’m really hoping Ms. Hannon will bring us more stories from Hope Harbor. This one is one for the keeper shelf!

Rated G: No worries here.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!

 

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