cover image Driftwood Bay: A Hope Harbor Novel

Driftwood Bay: A Hope Harbor Novel

Irene Hannon. Revell, $15.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-8007-2881-6

Hannon returns to Hope Harbor, Ore., for this pleasing fifth installment (after Pelican Point) of her inspirational series. Jeannette Mason leaves Cincinnati and her job as a teacher to open a tea room in Hope Harbor after a personal tragedy. Taking quickly to the area’s natural charms, Jeannette infuses her offerings with the lavender she plants in her garden. Jeannette’s introduction to her new neighbors comes at the expense of some of those plants after the beagle owned by California transplants Logan West and his five-year old niece, Molly, tears through Jeannette’s garden. Although she finds Logan handsome, Jeannette’s need for privacy causes her to rebuff his friendly advances until a family from Syria, who immigrated to the U.S. through the sponsorship of Hope Harbor’s Grace Christian Church. Jeannette and Logan welcome the family at a church gathering, and they start to grow closer when Jeannette begins helping with day care for Molly and Elisa, a six-year-old Syrian girl. While the plot plods slowly in some sections, Hope Harbor provides the comfort Jeannette needs in order to open up to a new beginning. This quaint love story is full of faith and characters that readers will want to root for until the end. [em](Apr.) [/em]