Author: Irene Hannon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Hope Harbor #8
Release Date: April 5, 2022
When painful pasts collide, can love overcome heartache--and triumph despite the odds?
Christi Reece is desperate. The one-time golden girl's life has tarnished, and a cascade of setbacks has left her reeling. She needs help, and she's certain Jack Colby is in a position to provide it.
When she shows up in Hope Harbor, however, Jack wants nothing to do with the woman who betrayed him. He's built a new life on the Oregon coast--and there's no room in it for Christi, even after she takes refuge in a charming but mysterious cottage nearby. Yet it soon becomes apparent his opinion of her may need revising . . . especially when he ends up needing her help.
Can these two hurting souls open their hearts to a new beginning?
Come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.
Reviewer: Jill Jones
After years of looking forward to reading Irene Hannon's next installments in the Hope Harbor series, I've suddenly realized why I enjoy this series so much--it's very much like I imagine heaven is like. First, there is Charlie, the wise fish-taco maker, who offers new visitors a free meal, Christian wisdom, and an introduction to Floyd and Gladys, two mischievous seagulls. Next, each member of the Hope Harbor community has an amazing talent or gift that Hope Harbor needs and is excited to provide. Finally, the scenery is fantastic, the people are wonderful and, once a hopeless visitor arrives, they rarely leave. Hope Harbor always seems to have a place for anyone who comes to it.
"Sea Glass Cottage" is about a desperate woman seeking help from the man she betrayed. He lives in Hope Harbor and is adamant that helping her is the last thing on his mind. Planning on returning to Dallas empty-handed, she receives several generous offers that she can't refuse even though none of them will resolve her problem. While not one of the best stories in the series, "Sea Glass Cottage" deserves to be included. It offers hope and second chances to the newest residents of a place called Hope Harbor, also known as heaven.
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Reviewer: Connie Porter Saunders
I've never been to Oregon but reading this book made me feel like I was right there, viewing the beautiful Oregon landscape around Hope Harbor. This fictional coastal town is very much like my own small town in Kentucky---a place where most people know you, and they probably know much of your business! This can be good, but it can also be bad, and author Irene Hannon offers a poignant depiction in her newest novel.
Sea Glass Cottage is the eighth book of the Hope Harbor series, and the two main characters certainly have a lot to overcome. Christi Reece is a much different person than the girl who broke Jack Colby's heart eleven years ago. She thought that the money and status that she craved were more important than the life that Jack could give her. But, experience and maturity have given her a new perspective. Now, she's in Hope Harbor, and she needs his help, but does she have the right to expect it?
Hannon always impresses me with her ability to weave wonderful faith elements into her stories. Readers are given a subtle, inspiring message. This book is no different, as she shows the value of trust and forgiveness. We are reminded that recognizing our mistakes and being truly repentant is certainly necessary, but being able to forgive is essential!
Much of my joy in reading this series has come from the reunion with characters from the previous books. They are like old friends eager to share what has happened since we last met. It's wonderful to learn that Hannon now plans three more books set in Hope Harbor. I truly enjoyed Sea Glass Cottage, and I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary Christian romance.
I received this book courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews.
Reviewer: Lori Parrish
This book is definitely a can't put down book.
I loved seeing Charley return as he is my favorite character. I love Charlie the Taco man because he's so full of wisdom and always willing to help people. Plus, his tacos make me drool as that is my favorite food. Another reason why I love Charlie is his wonderful way of helping the people who need him. He does have an odd way of appearing everywhere. I feel like he's an angel sent from God.
I have enjoyed this series, and I hope to see it continue with new characters. This excellent book will have you rooting for Jack and Christi, and you'll be thinking of them long after the book has ended. I loved being back home in Hope Harbor again. I feel as if I've never left at all!
Beth and Steve are an amazing couple too. I loved their 2nd chances. I felt Beth's pain and her anger at the same time. But God has a beautiful way of working things out in His timing. I know that for a fact. He is so good!
I devoured this book in one sitting. I wanted to see how the story played out. I wasn't disappointed at all! Irene Hannon definitely has a cool way of telling stories that will keep you interested! I feel the author's heart in her books. She is a wonderful writer, and I love her style of writing. She has quickly become one of my favorites.
5 stars for a job well done! I highly recommend it.
My thanks for a copy of this book from Revell through Interviews & Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Paula Shreckhise
I love visiting Hope Harbor and Irene Hannon’s enchanting stories. Sea Glass Cottage contains two second-chance romances.
Beth and Steve are estranged following the death of their son. It was heartbreaking to learn their back story. But it was interesting to see how Charley, of the taco truck and resident sage, dispenses wisdom and gives a little nudge towards their reconciliation.
The main romance is between Christi and Jack, who had known each other thirteen years ago. Christi was a spoiled rich girl with no thought about how her actions could affect others. She has become a Christian, and through her adversity, she is trying to rectify past sins. Jack has chosen Hope Harbor as a refuge and plans to continue writing novels there. However, the death of someone he knew brings new situations his way. Now he has to juggle additional responsibilities with his career as an author and his job as a police officer. Circumstances bring Jack and Christi together time and time again. “Coincidence is nothing more than a small miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.”
It was great to re-connect with characters from other books in the series and friendly seagulls, Floyd and Gladys. As before, the community comes together. This time to solve the problem of a dwindling tourist season.
The writing is accomplished, the characters are memorable, and the spiritual lessons are worthy of contemplation. Hope Harbor is just a fun place to be. I am glad three more books are coming!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Monica Huyser
Have you visited the fictional town of Hope Harbor through Irene Hannon's books? I enjoy this quaint fictional town and the characters so much. Sea Glass Cottage is the eighth book in the series, and they do not have to be read in order to be enjoyed.
Sea Glass Cottage is a beautiful story of how God can truly change people for the better. Christi Reece is desperate. At one time, she was a spoiled, rich young woman who lived a luxurious life. Then she hit rock bottom after several setbacks. She rallied to change her life and make the best of things while looking to God for guidance. Still, she needs help now so she can help her close friend and decides to drive across the country to find Jack Colby to see if he will help her. However, Jack and Christi have a history that left Jack feeling bitter and angry with Christi. He has rebuilt his life and isn't sure if he wants to include Christi again in any capacity.
I really enjoyed the characters in Sea Glass Cottage. They all seem so real, facing real-life challenges. Hannon doesn't shy away from hard topics in her books, but they are not difficult to read. Instead, they are uplifting. Jack and Christi are both likable people who seem to be very real. I also like the story of Steve and Beth as it unfolded in this book. These characters have had to make changes in their lives after facing some tough challenges. One of my favorite characters in this series is Charley. I especially like this artist/taco stand owner with his words of wisdom and penchant for being in just the right place at the right time. He always adds a lot to the stories. I especially like that he has more of a role in Sea Glass Cottage than in previous books that I have read in this series.
Hannon's writing is well done, and Sea Glass Cottage flowed well. I just could not put this book down until I was done. Each character is well defined, and the plot keeps the book moving along. Hannon also did well in this novel, including God but not sounding preachy. I think this is one of my favorite books about Hope Harbor. I also like how we revisit previous main characters in each new book. Still, again, each book also stands alone as a good read for those who have not read previous books.
I received a copy of this book from Revell through Interview and Reviews. All opinions within this review are my own.
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