Sea Rose Lane – Irene Hannon – Revell – Published 7 June 2016
After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up–only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed & breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he’s constantly distracted by noise, chaos–and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief who’s invaded the house with her motley crew.
As for BJ, her client’s son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn’t high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces to create a program for Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?
There is something so familiar and comforting about an Irene Hannon contemporary romance. It is as cozy as cuddling under your favourite blanket, and you know exactly what to expect – beautiful romance, charming characters, a sweet setting, faith gently interwoven between the other story threads and multiple storylines. Sea Rose Lane totally delivers and it is every bit as charming as that title and cover would lead you to believe.
Multiple story threads weave through this story. BJ and her construction crew, working on converting a home to a B&B. Eric, who has moved home after being laid off at a prestigious law firm only to find his home being torn apart by a vibrant woman and her construction crew. BJ herself moved to Hope Harbor after her heart was broken and her trust betrayed in a relationship gone wrong. Luis, one of BJ’s workers, who has suffered much and who totters on the edge with depression. Eleanor, an elderly woman who is lonely but does not want to leave home, and so relies on BJ to help mend small things around the home. Eric’s father, continually supplying food to all and gently guiding. A few familiar faces from Hope Harbor, the previous book in this series, including now happily married Tracy and Michael Carmichael. And finally, Charlie. Artist and taco chef extraordinaire. And matchmaker. Along with his friends Floyd and Gladys the seagulls, Charlie’s good natured and providential guidance gently nudges Eric and BJ together.
Those who have red the first book, Hope Harbor, will recognise the setting and some familiar faces, but otherwise the stories are separate and complete and can be read individually and in which ever order you choose.
I loved Eric and BJ’s relationship. There are plenty of sparks, but they attempt to take things slow. BJ has been hurt before and Eric isn’t sure how long he will be in town. Their passion is as equally good as their friendship and I enjoyed both sides of their love story. I also enjoyed all the other characters and stories that make this book one of depth and yet uplifting and totally enjoyable.
Overall, a fabulous book, simple yet multilayered and very enjoyable.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Category: Adult fiction, Christian fiction.
Themes: Romance, refugees, family, renovations, unemployment, social issues.
Published: 7 June 2016 by Revell.
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. 368 pages.