Sea Rose Lane is a delightful slice of small town life in charming seaside Hope Harbor, Oregon, as seen through the eyes of a host of interesting characters who have issues of every sort to overcome. Issues of self-worth, aging, immigration, desperation and second chances to name a few.
Attractive successful attorney Eric Nash, recently downsized, is returning to his peaceful childhood home to regroup. However, his father has the house under construction, fulfilling his lifelong dream of owning a B&B. Heading the construction crew is lovely "once burned, twice shy" architect BJ Stevens. There first meeting begins with a bang, literally and figuratively speaking.
Secondary characters, eighty-eight year old, Eleanor, who believes she's outlived her usefulness in life, struggling Cuban immigrant carpenter Luis and taco vendor/successful artist Charley, all contribute to a well-rounded neighbor helping neighbor storyline.
The Helping Hands project knits together all the characters in a very satisfying way. I enjoyed the underlying theme of how caring for others and community service are where true fulfillment in life is found. As much as I enjoyed Eric and BJ's touching and sweetly simmering romantic relationship, for me, Luis's survival journey to a new country and all his accompanying struggles stole the show.
Irene Hannon has written a wonderfully poignant book with a social consciousness that shouldn't be missed. My thanks to Irene and Revell publishers for providing a review copy. 4.5 stars*