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Publisher's Note:

After tragedy upends her world, Jeannette Mason retreats to the tiny Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor to create a new life. Vowing to avoid emotional attachments, she focuses on running her lavender farm and tea-room--until a new neighbor with a destructive dog and a forlorn little girl invades her turf. But she needn't worry. Dr. Logan West is too busy coping with an unexpected family, a radical lifestyle change, and an unruly pup to have any interest in his aloof and disagreeable neighbor. Yet when both Jeanette and Logan find themselves pulled into the life of a tattered Christian family fleeing persecution in war-torn Syria, might they discover that love sometimes comes calling when it's least expected? Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites readers back to the charming seaside town of Hope Harbor, where they are sure to find peace, healing, and a second chance at happiness.…

Driftwood Bay

by Irene Hannon

Overall Book Review:

Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon is the newest addition to the Hope Harbor novels.  The story encompasses a great many issues in a short amount of time.  The lead adults in the story are Jeannette Mason and Dr. Logan West, but in many ways the little girls in the book steal the stage.

Molly is under the care of her Uncle Logan following a series of incidents which have left her without parents or a grandmother.  Her emotional challenges keep readers engaged and caught up in her story.  The adults in Molly’s life have their own issues, but really it seems like Molly is the star of this book.  She is the one for who the heart aches.

If these stories are not enough to tug on the heartstrings, Hannon introduces a refugee family from Syria.  They too have some difficult challenges ahead of them.  The beautiful part of this book is how each of the characters has the opportunity to be a blessing to someone else–even if the person was not aware they needed the blessing.

Readers familiar with the Hope Harbor novels will be delighted to have the opportunity to return to this peaceful coastal town.  Romantics will be satisfied and those cheering for Molly and her search for a friend will be rewarded.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Report that a person’s wife, child, father and brother were killed; report of a soldier killed in action.

Sex/Nudity:  Non-married characters kiss and embrace.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family members, war, refugees.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.