Hope Harbor – A balm to your soul.

Irene Hannon's Seaside RomanceThe people and visitors to Hope Harbor may look like they have it all together, but just like you and me, the underside of the tapestry of their lives are messy and full of knots. Hannon introduces us to the characters that make Hope Harbor the haven we all seek. She weaves a story of love and redemption that you won’t want to put down. If you don’t have time to get to the beach, allow Hannon to sweep you away to the lovely shores of Hope Harbor—in the midst of your own crazy life, it’s a balm to the soul.

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Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life–and love–altered her plans. Now she’s home again–with a floundering farm to run . . . a tragic secret . . . and a wounded heart. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets and devastating regrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help with a project that is close to her heart, winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives–including their own.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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Orchard of Hope by Ann H. Gabhart: A Review

 

Orchard of HopeIf you’ve never been to Hollyhill before, it’s high time you popped in. Jocie and company are back and things are heating up—and not just because it’s the hottest summer on record. Until Myra and Alex Hearndon and buy a farm, Hollyhill could pretend it didn’t have any problems with racism.  Myra Hearndon, the new comer with a chip on her shoulder the size of a boulder, is determined to force Hollyhill into a new era. When men start running around in white sheets and desegregation hits the local school tensions rise and the sleepy southern town has to wake up and make some tough decisions. Ann Gabhart is so good at whetting your appetite from the get go and keeping you in the story, that when you finally look up its 3 AM and the book is almost done.  Orchard of Hope is like that tall glass of water in the middle of a drought—you start with a sip and before you know it you’ve gulped it all down. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

The smoldering embers of unrest are stirring–and even Jocie’s sweet spirit can’t put them out.

It’s already been an eventful summer for Jocie Brooke. Little does she know, things have only just begun to heat up. Drought has gripped the quiet Kentucky town of Hollyhill and it seems as if everyone is waiting–for rain, for a fresh start, for the next step toward the future.

Into this tense haze of anticipation comes a new family, aiming to make a better life for themselves by planting an orchard on the outskirts of town. Fresh off the freedom train, Alex and Myra Hearndon are sensitive to what the color of their skin may mean in the segregated South. And even though Jocie quickly befriends the family, suspicion from both sides of the racial divide proves a formidable obstacle. Can Jocie help bridge the gap? Or will life in her quiet community fall apart at the seams?

Bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Hollyhill for a gripping tale of unexpected friendship, forgiveness, and the bright promise of a new beginning.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

 

The Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish: A Review

The Air We Breathe by Christa ParrishThe Air We Breathe, by Christa Parrish is one of those amazing stories that stay with you. Christa Parrish explores the broken worlds of Molly Fisk, eighteen and afraid to walk out her door into the world and Claire Rodriguez whose own ghosts keep her tightly locked down. The lives of these two people each paralyzed by their own personal tragedies intersect and what comes from a chance meeting can only be a ‘God-thing.’ I have to admit that I usually stick to inspirational romance—preferably with a big dollop of mystery, but this book intrigued me from the first and I have no regrets. Parrish steps carefully through questions of why the Lord allows terrible tragedy into the lives of his children and does so without being preachy. This is my first Christa Parrish novel and her authentic and carefully woven plot has me looking for more of her books—an inspiring first-rate read!

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

Julie Klassen’s The Tutor’s Daughter: A Review

The Tutor's Daughter by Julie KlassenI stayed up late into the night following the tightly woven mystery of Julie Klassen’s, The Tutor’s Daughter. If you love historical fiction with a clever twist of intrigue this is the book for you!  Bookish Emma Smallwood steps out of a hired coach and into the secrets of a nineteenth century cliff top manor on the windswept coast of Cornwall. Something is happening at Ebbington manor—from the creaking of floorboards in her darkened bedroom, the haunting music played only at night, to the distant cry of voices in the supposed empty north wing and Emma must uncover the mystery before harmless pranks turn deadly. Walking with a lone candle through the twisting halls of the ancient manor Emma encounters more than just the glaring eyes of Weston ancestors. With my comforter tucked securely under my chin I gingerly followed Emma into the mystery surrounding Ebbington Manor and enjoyed every minute of it. Klassen writes an excellent mystery and it satisfies to the very last page!

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.