A Hope Harbor Novel, Book 3
Genre: Contemporary / Christian / Romance
Date of Publication: April 4, 2017
Number of Pages: 352
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Irene Hannon welcomes readers back to the enchanting seaside town of Hope Harbor, Oregon, in her novel Sandpiper Cove, releasing April 2017. Praised by Library Journal as a “master at character development,” Irene Hannon steps away from suspense writing once again to deliver another powerful, multifaceted romance that is sure to have readers coming back for more.
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?
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.
PRAISE FOR THE HOPE HARBOR NOVELS
“Fan favorite Irene Hannon brings a whole new cast of characters to life in a charming Oregon seaside village. Emotional and heartwarming, this story invites reader to come home to Hope Harbor.” —Christian Retailing on Hope Harbor
“A place of emotional restoration that readers will yearn to visit.” —Publishers Weekly on Hope Harbor
“Summer romance doesn’t get much better than this.” —Examiner.com on Sea Rose Lane
Lone Star Life Guest Post
Irene Hannon, Sandpiper Cove
When I decided to write a book set on the spectacular Oregon coast, my husband joined me on a research trip that took me from the tip-top edge of the state all the way down to the California border. Since he knows me well, he also brought along sturdy hiking shoes.
And therein lies a story.
For me, the best way to get to know a place is on foot. So every trip I take—whether it’s for fun or work—involves some long, often arduous, day hikes.
My husband is a trouper, and while long hikes weren’t necessarily his forte when we got married, in general he gets into the trek-taking spirit on our trips.
But every once in a while, during one of our more…ahem…adventurous hikes, he’ll give me the How did you manage to talk me into this? look.
The most memorable such look happened during a hike in the French Pyrenees.
The problem with that hike was lack of appropriate footwear. He was in the country on business and didn’t have room in his luggage for his hiking shoes. So no major hikes were planned for that trip. But when we came across a distant but visible waterfall, I convinced him it would be an easy stroll. The path was even paved at the beginning, and not very steep.
Three hours later, the smooth path long left behind, we found ourselves on a glacial slope—but still not at the waterfall, which continued to tantalize from a distance.
As we contemplated our elusive target, my husband cocked his head and said, “What’s that smell?”
I sniffed the spicy aroma. Familiar…but I couldn’t place it.
He bent down and picked the leaf off a plant.
“It’s thyme.” He passed it to me.
Yeah, it was.
Wild mountain thyme, to be precise—officially classified as a high-altitude plant.
“I guess we climbed pretty high.” I eyed the glacier at the base of the waterfall.
He sat on a convenient rock.
Not a positive sign.
“Let’s not give up now. We’re almost there.” I beamed him an encouraging smile.
“I can’t go any further.” He fiddled with his shoe.
“Yes, you can.”
“No. I can’t.” He removed the shoe and held it up.
The sole was hanging off.
His not-meant-for-hiking shoe had succumbed to the sharp glacial rock.
“Yeah.” He gave the shoe a disgusted look.
“Can you make it back down?”
“Do I have a choice?”
Somehow he managed—but the return trip wasn’t a barrel of laughs.
So on the research trip to Oregon, he came prepared for some serious trekking.
As it turns out, we did do quite a bit of tramping about. We slipped and slid down steep paths to countless vast and wild beaches. We ogled colorful starfish, sea urchins and anemones while scrambling over slippery, jagged rocks at Cape Perpetua. We picked our way along narrow paths and up steep cliffs to visit every lighthouse we passed. On the John Dellenback Dunes trail, we trudged through sand deep enough to rival the Sahara. And of course we took endless strolls on vast, remote—and often very windy—beaches.
By the end of the trip, I’d gathered plenty of material to help me create my charming, fictional seaside town of Hope Harbor—where hearts heal…and love blooms.
In fact, the inspiration for the setting of the hero’s home in Sandpiper Cove is a pristine, sheltered beach in Shore Acres State Park that we reached via a hike.
Now that the Hope Harbor series has been extended—Pelican Point will be out in spring 2018, with at least one more book to follow—I’m thinking it might be time to go back to Oregon and do a little more research…and hiking.
Maybe I better start broaching that idea to my husband now…and dig out his hiking shoes!
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, and Sea Rose Lane, as well as the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, two Carol Awards, two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers’ Choice Award, three HOLT Medallions, two Booksellers’ Best Awards, and a National Readers’ Choice Award. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist. In 2014 she was inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s elite Hall of Fame, and in 2016 she received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work.
GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Print copies of full Hope Harbor series, Mr. Munch Oregon Treat Basket, & Ann Clark Oregan 3.25” Tin Plated Steel Cookie Cutter.
Full series + $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
Full Series + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
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