As always, Irene Hannon’s newest novel, Sea Rose Lane, is a masterful story. It’s full of realistic characters in a setting that you’ll wish actually existed: Hope Harbor, a charming small town on the coast where ‘community’ is more than just a PR term. These characters know and care about one another, and the local ministers’ constant banter is a hoot. With each Hope Harbor book, I look forward to seeing favorite old characters and meeting new ones.
Sea Rose Lane tells the story of BJ and Eric. Eric, a recently-fired lawyer, comes home to Hope Harbor to figure out his next move. He’s astonished to find his father’s home has been turned into a construction site, and that behind the chaos is lady architect and construction manager, BJ.
Neither of them is looking for a relationship, but the attraction between them is hard to deny. As BJ works on Eric’s father’s house and Eric tries to figure out his future, they get to know one another and explore the possibility of becoming more than just friends.
Sometimes, your life doesn’t turn out as you expect. This novel is about those unexpected curves life can throw you – and how God works them for His good. BJ and Eric discover that He had a better plan for them all along, one that brings them together in Hope Harbor.
Stories of second chances amidst life’s curveballs are fascinating for me. No two people react exactly the same way to such upheaval, and I love seeing how authors depict characters’ responses to those opportunities. Because that’s what those curveballs are – opportunities. Eric had to figure that out in this story, and his character became more interesting for it!
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of inspirational fiction authors like Irene Hannon, Becky Wade, and Denise Hunter; readers who enjoy stories of second chances
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.