Sand­piper Cove: A Hope Har­bor Novel

Irene Han­non

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Rev­ell Soft­cover $15.99 (352pp) 978-0-8007-2768-0

Faith plays a cen­tral part in the ro­mance, re­mind­ing read­ers that not ev­ery poor man is what he seems.

Within a genre known for its tra­di­tions, Irene Han­non takes risks with Sand­piper Cove, a heart­warm­ing and hope­ful Chris­tian ro­mance.

Adam Stone is an ex-con, bruised and shaken from a dev­as­tat­ing early life. He lives in a small, di­lap­i­dated house near the beach on the Sand­piper Cove. Mean­while, Lexie lives with her mom and holds a po­si­tion of au­thor­ity as a long­time Hope Har­bor res­i­dent, widow, mother, and po­lice chief.

Lexie will not at­tend church; Adam can­not find his way with­out it. A spate of van­dal­ism forces them to work to­gether and find ways to re­deem not only them­selves, but the peo­ple around them.

Char­ac­ters are well-con­structed and rounded out. They do not sim­ply fall in love; they also do the dif­fi­cult emo­tional work of for­giv­ing them­selves and the peo­ple they have loved in the past.

Though much of this book re­volves around re­demp­tion, Adam and Lexie’s ro­mance is still cen­tral. They fight their at­trac­tion, each cog­nizant of the strange match that they make. Ro­man­tic ten­sion is con­veyed with their phys­i­cal aware­ness and side­long looks, and their emo­tional and in­tel­lec­tual con­nec­tion comes through too.

Han­non also takes the time to es­tab­lish Hope Har­bor and its myr­iad cit­i­zens, from the wise owner of the taco truck to the ban­ter­ing cler­gy­men and the bul­ly­ing teen. These strong sup­port­ing char­ac­ters re­mind fans that they have seen this town be­fore, in other nov­els, and help to gen­er­ate ex­cite­ment. Sup­port­ing char­ac­ters also help Lexie and Adam to be­come fully fleshed out, their lives placed in the con­text of lo­cal his­tory, all of which af­fects the way that they per­ceive their bur­geon­ing re­la­tion­ship.

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