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Starfish Pier (Hope Harbor) Hardcover – March 31, 2020
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- Publisher : Revell (March 31, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 354 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0800737822
- ISBN-13 : 978-0800737825
- Item Weight : 1.31 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.94 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,356,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Lots of people write off potential friends who seem too different at first glance. The trick is taking a second look - and checking out their heart as well as their face."
Well, if making friends with the enigmatic charter boat captain was based solely on first glances, then there was a lot of handsome to look at, if she were looking. However, all that Holly Miller had hoped to accomplish by teetering down the dock, was to ask Steven Roark to consider donating a charter fishing trip for the local Helping Hands fund-raiser; what she got in return was an adamant difference of opinion.
In spite of their awkward beginnings, Holly and Steven's paths continue to cross. After all, Hope Harbor is not that big, and the community is known for its hospitality. Overcoming obstacles have led both of them to a deeper understanding of themselves, but it's the mistakes that Steven has buried from his past that may prove to be too overwhelming for Holly to overcome . . . unless she can accept the fact that love isn't designed to demand perfection, but rather to "keep no record of wrongs".
Holly and Steven's path towards wholeness is only one of three major story lines in this book, each of which could have stood on their own, but needed the strength of the other to make this such a satisfying read.
This story focuses on the Roark family, Steven, who has returned from being deployed as a member of the Delta Force, his brother Patrick, and his wife Cindy. Because of a letter Steven received while in the Middle East from Cindy expressing concern about Patrick, he retired from the military and came home. All those close to Patrick could clearly see alcohol was an issue. After being home for a year, Steven didn't feel like he'd been able to help his brother and in fact, their relationship was on shaky ground.
Holly, a first grade teacher recently moved to Hope Harbor to begin a new, more independent life. Although nearly 30, her parents had difficulty letting her go because of a medical condition. Because she wants to make friends and feel part of the community, she gets involved in the volunteer organization, Helping Hands. She and Steven meet when she approaches him to make a donation to a fund raising event sponsored by Helping Hands. Steven runs a charter fishing boat, and she found him on the boat, asking him to possibly donate a fishing trip. They do not seem to hit it off very well, and Steven doesn't feel he actually can support the volunteer group.
The Roark family is on a rocky journey, but as the story unfolds, the outpouring of love and support of the community is touching. Holly is on a mission to help a new elderly neighbor who just moved in next door to her. The way the story unfolds and comes together makes for a beautiful, heartwarming story that will touch your heart. I love how Irene Hannon so masterfully weaves her own faith into her books. I continued to think of the residents of Hope Harbor even after the last page was turned. I am so happy to know that there will be a book #7!
I was given this book by Revell Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
We are reunited with town favorites like Charlie and the gullls, Floyd and Gladys, while meeting new members of the town like Pete, Cindy, Steven, and Holly. They all quickly endure themselves to you as you journey with them in their lives stories.
Ms. Hannon eloquently tackles tough issues like alcoholism, abortion, assisted suicide, and family issues. She is not afraid to have her characters face them head on and takes you with them as they travel the difficult journey each of those issue bring like withdrawal, fear, guilt, and isolation. I also feel it will open you up to view things from different perspectives as some of the characters learned today.
This book is a must read! It will take you on an adventure of heart warming romance while tackling life’s difficulties. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the residents of Hope Harbor!
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are completely my own.