Thursday, April 26, 2018


'PELICAN POINT: A Harbor Point Novel' 
 by Author Irene Hannon
--Book Spotlight, Excerpt & Review--

In the midst of life's storms, unexpected love is a beacon of hope.

A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career.

Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home--and she's determined to save the Pelican Point landmark.

Sparks fly as the two go head-to-head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. Can Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?

Come home to Hope Harbor...
where hearts heal--and love blooms
--Praise for the Hope Harbor Novels:

"A place of emotional restoration that readers will yearn to visit."--Publishers Weekly on Hope Harbor

"Summer romance doesn't get much better than this." on Sea Rose Lane

"A beautiful love story."--RT Book Reviews on Sandpiper Cove


--Where to Purchase: 



Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels, including Dangerous Illusions, as well as the Men of Valor, Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. In addition to her many other honors, she is a three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of RWA's elite Hall of Fame.  In addition, she has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. Each of her suspense novels have been ECPA/CBA bestsellers. Learn more at

After I had read the first few chapters of this book I started asking myself why I hadn't read any of this author's previous books. The depth of her characters, flaws and all, is so engaging. The setting of Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast is appealing on many levels. And for a history buff such as myself, the focus on the renovation of an historical lighthouse was an added bonus!

Ben Garrison returns to Hope Harbor upon the death of his grandfather, Ned Garrison, a beloved longtime member of the community. Ben spent summers with his grandfather during his childhood, tween, and teen years after Ben's father basically abandoned him due to divorce. Ned is a guiding force in Ben's life and his faith walk.

Ben is a US Army combat orthopedic surgeon who has served in the Middle East. He is looking to make a change in his career. When he learns he has inherited a decrepit historic lighthouse at Pelican Point, he feels burdened by having to deal with the property before he can move to Ohio to join the new medical practice which he is joining.

Marci Weber is the owner, publisher, and editor of the small local newspaper, the Hope Harbor Herald. She is dealing with her own traumas from her past and is reluctant to begin a friendship with Ben Garrison until she takes a moment to realize he is not a bad guy after all. It doesn't hurt matters when she admits to herself that she finds him to be attractive.

One reason I enjoyed this story is because the community came together to work on saving the lighthouse from demolition and the subsequent development of the historic property. The surrounding characters in the community were varied and interesting. From the mysterious Charley to the struggling young couple of Rachel and Greg, the subplots in this book are gratifying. In fact, I felt as if the story of Rachel and Greg was worthy of its own book. {Maybe the author will have the same opinion.}

If you are looking for a good read to make you cry, laugh, and root for the charactes and their close-knit town, 'Pelican Point' should be on your 'To Be Read--Soon' book list.

Highly-recommended for fans of inspirational romance, Christian fiction, clean romance, and Northwest Coast fiction.

Disclosure from blogger: I received a paperback copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review to be posted on my blog and on retailer sites and Goodreads. I received no compensation for my review or posts here or on any other site.
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-- Monday, April 30th: Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday S.T.E.A.M. Education post featuring a book spotlight and review of Author Jack Challoner's 'Smithsonian: Maker Lab Outdoors'.

-- Wednesday, May 2nd: Book spotlight, snippet, artwork feature, and giveaway for a new children's activity book from Cedar Fort, Inc., 'Wizard's Workshop'. Event hosted by Singing Librarian Books.

-- Friday, May 4th: Book Blast with $50 giveaway for a new clean romance, 'Scarlet'. Event hosted by I Am A Reader.

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