cover image Hope Harbor

Hope Harbor

Irene Hannon. Fleming H. Revell, $14.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-8007-2452-8

In this tender inspirational contemporary romance, Hannon delves into the messiness of loss and the power of forgiveness, including forgiving oneself. Michael Hunter, battling guilt and regret after the death of his wife, heads to Hope Harbor, Ore., for a two month sabbatical from the Chicago non-profit he runs. On his first day in town, Michael collides%E2%80%94literally%E2%80%94with Tracy Campbell, a female version of himself. Tracy leads a service organization and relates to Michael's feelings of remorse and culpability, having grappled with similar emotions after the recent death of her husband. Despite an obvious mutual attraction, neither is ready for romance. Circumstances, and a bit of planning, continue to bring the two together and hope begins to emerge, along with renewed faith that God can redeem broken lives. Hannon fleshes out the story with a strong supporting cast, including Tracy's Uncle Bud, who helps run the cranberry farm she loves; Anna, the town hermit, who opens her home to Michael; and Charley, a philosophical taco maker. All add to the small town ambience of Hope Harbor, a place of emotional restoration that readers will yearn to visit. (July)