Book Review: Sandpiper Cover, Hope Harbor Book 3 by Irene Hannon

"Come home to Hope Harbor - 
where hearts heal and love blooms" (back cover)

Title:  Sandpiper Cover
Series: A Hope Harbor Novel, Book 3
Author: Irene Hannon
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  April 4, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance Fiction 

Wishing for things that can never be is foolish . . . or is it?

Hope Harbor police chief and single mom Lexie Graham has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? 

When Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a troubled young man from heading down the wrong path, sparks begin to fly. Could it be that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine?

Lauded by Library Journal as "a master at character development," Irene Hannon welcomes you back to this charming Oregon seaside village.

Come home to Hope Harbor
where hearts heal--and love blooms

Irene Hannon takes us back to Hope Harbor with this third installment, Sandpiper Cove, and it was a great ride down memory lane, as well as towards a new journey. We encounter familiar characters that we love like Charley and the dynamic pair of seagulls, Floyd and Gladys. Then there's the familiar "we take care of our own" atmosphere in the fictional town of Hope Harbor. 

“Sometimes you must give people an opportunity to put the faith they express on Sundays into practice.” (31)

When ex-con, Adam Stone arrived in Hope Harbor 18 months ago, he didn't think people will want to be friends with him due to his past. Who would want to associate with someone with a criminal past, let alone date him? He's in for a surprised and a humbling experience when the town show him what it means to not judge a book by its cover and accept one who's given his life towards the good of others.  And I for one, are just as humbled by reading the different messages of change, forgiveness and humility that brings out the good in people. What may be unexpected or seem impossible is not when the heart is right. Adam and Lexi's encounter to budding romance was beautifully written - authentic, relatable and faithful. 

“Any damaged board can be smoothed out and made new with work and patience.” (20)

I must also say the timing of this novel hit a personal note, especially with the relationship between Adam and his canine companion, Clyde. What sweet acknowledgement placed on the heartwarming connection of Adam and Clyde, as well as Clyde and Matt, Lexi's 5 year old boy. Adam's fatherly figure to Brian's storyline was also inspiring, opening possibilities for second chances and how many young kids really just need someone to care. From pasts to present, Hope Harbor series, including Sandpiper Cover will pull readers in to experience the peace and hope these stories create. 

“Those who smile the least are often the ones who need smiles the most.” (146)

“In the end, it comes down to trust.  We have to accept that God understands why things happen, even if we don't - and try to learn and grow from our misfortunes.” (121) 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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OTHER BOOKS IN HOPE HARBOR SERIES (click to take you to my reviews)


Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including That Certain Summer, One Perfect Spring, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, three HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, a Booksellers' Best Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist, and Booklistincluded one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri. 

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  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I'm delighted you enjoyed my latest!

    1. Thank you Irene! It simply was a pleasure to read your stories.

  2. Irene is one of my top five favorites. I read anything she puts out! I especially like it when she writes about St Louis because she uses places that I know about, having lived there for twenty years. The Hope Harbor series looks very good!

    1. I love hearing fellow readers' favorites! I agree. Irene write such amazing stories! And Hope Harbor is fabulous!

  3. LOVE your review, Annie! I enjoy Irene's stories! BTW, your fur baby is ADORABLE!


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