Pelican Point ~ Review

Pelican Point
A Hope Harbor Novel #4
By Irene Hannon

Ben Garrison is returning to Hope Harbor for his grandfather's funeral and to recover from years as a battlefield trauma surgeon. But when he learns that he has to deal with a most unexpected inheritance he's not too sure that his rest is going to be too relaxing. The Pelican Point lighthouse is not something Ben was expecting to have to deal with. But Ned Garrison's passion for the old structure finds Ben the new owner of the crumbling landmark - a landmark that no one else seems to want. But fond memories of nightly visits to the old lighthouse aren't enough to reason for him to keep it not with the costs of restoration and upkeep needed. Selling it is the only option.

But when Marci Weber, owner and editor of the Hope Harbor Herald, learns that Pelican Point may be sold and lost to the town she's determined to change Ben's mind. Unfortunately, Marci has a tendency to argue a little too passionately for the things she believes in. And, Ben, in his current frame of mind is not about to take kindly to an-in-your-face confrontation.

But when a potential option for saving the landmark is presented Ben and Marci just may find themselves on the same side working towards a goal that will satisfy them both. And when given the chance to see each other after a less than stellar first meeting they may have to reaccess their opinions of the other.

Meanwhile, another Hope Harbor couple is having to deal an unexpected change in their plans. The life they had planned is now a seeming impossibility and this very issue could destroy their marriage.

But in Hope Harbor, there is Charley the resident fish taco chef extraordinaire who has a way of helping those around him see the heart of the problem that is bringing them down. Charley has to be my favorite Hope Harbor character and I love his interactions with Floyd and Gladys. Fans of Irene Hannon's books will enjoy this latest offering that is more contemporary romance than suspense though there is a touch when the past comes calling and it is of the most unwanted nature.  Overall the story is well-paced and easy to get into even if one has not read the previous Hope Harbor books. This would make a perfect summer read for a long weekend or as a book club selection.

I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher Revell with no expectations of a positive review ~ all opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:
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. And as they work together, might Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?

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

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