I have come to love Hope Harbor and it was with anticipation I picked up the third installment of this series, Sandpiper Cove, it didn’t disappoint. This novel focuses on Lexie and Adam. Each character’s history reveals past pain and difficulties that taint their hope for the future. Irene is a skilled character creator and each member of this cast walks out of the pages, including Clyde the dog – spoiler alert: whilst injured, he is fine in the end! Lexie’s passion for small town life, work and her family is easy to relate to and she regularly lives out Christian kindness even as she struggles to understand how God could allow the suffering he does. It is the central theme and the answers debated are both encouraging and thought-provoking. As each character reached a crossroad, I hoped they’d make the right choice not wholly sure how it would unfurl. This suspense makes it a pacy read, I finished it within the day. I look forward to more Hope Harbor adventures, an en-JOY-meant rating of 4!
My favourite quote:
“In the end, it comes down to trust. We have to accept that God understands why things happen, even if we don’t—and try to learn and grow from our misfortunes. We also have to remember that he never promised us a perfect life on earth, only a perfect eternity—if we follow his teachings.”
From the back cover:
Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities–including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn’t looking for love either–but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish. Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam’s help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different–and better–future planned for them than either could imagine.