Or perhaps, it was . . . not haunted after all. Honestly, if first impressions made any difference, spotting a chainsaw-wielding stranger at the front entrance was at least minimally unnerving. Transforming a beautiful historic property into an event venue was an ambitious dream, especially when the current owner was reportedly a recluse, but preservationist Ashley Scott was smitten with the thought of bringing the beautiful coastal estate at the end of Windswept Way back to life.
Wounded war veteran Jonathan Gray had come to terms with living a solitary life, his disfigurement only slightly marginalizing his professional landscaping business, but his personal life . . . who was he kidding, what personal life? So, "why was a drop-dead gorgeous woman visiting Edgecliff?" and what business was it of his? The next thing Jon knew, he was "sealing the deal" . . on a contract with Ashley Scott, the aforementioned "gorgeous woman".
Restoration; there's so much of that going on in Hope Harbor, isn't there? What a lovely story, written by an author whose characters display bits and pieces of all of us.. . . . coupled with a beautifully staged romance and an octogenarian whose life is far from over, and you have . . . "Windswept Way".
Oops, wait a minute, we cannot forget Charley and his sage advice; "Predictability has its virtues, but too much routine can get stale and bland. A touch of spice is as essential for life as it is for my tacos."
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Enchanting story of wounded warrior, Jon Gray, who had to change his career plans after extensive injuries. Ashley Scott had her job go up in smoke but finds a new opportunity in Hope Harbor. It was great to go back to one of my favorite fictional settings. I would love it to be real. The familiar people, Charley and his taco truck, the golfing buddy clerics and even Floyd and Gladys, the seagulls, just make it that much more enjoyable.
The theme is: look beyond the physical trappings and into the heart. Many things can cause us to be reclusive, but God often works through other people.
Ms. Hannon always infuses her stories with hope and faith that we can all take a lesson from. The community is welcoming and people look out for each other. And romance is there waiting!
I love the premise of Rose wanting to partner with Ashley in order to bring life back to a beautiful Victorian mansion by making it into a venue for weddings and such. Second chances are not just for old houses but for wounded souls and recluses.
I am excited that there are more stories planned for Hope Harbor. I’m not ready to say goodbye yet!
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
Buying a haunted house was never in Ashley Scott's plans, but when an intriguing opportunity drops into her lap after a major setback, she finds herself trekking cross-country to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast to launch a new life.
Wounded warrior Jonathan Gray isn't sure what to make of the attractive woman on his reclusive older neighbor's isolated property, but her presence is none of his business--until she enlists his help with an ambitious project. When Jonathan finds his interest in the new arrival becoming more personal than professional, however, his defenses go up. There's no room in his life--or his heart--for romance.
Yet, as these three hurting people join forces to restore life, laughter, and love to a historic estate that has known too much sadness, they may also find healing, hope, and happiness for themselves.
Bestselling author Irene Hannon invites you back to Hope Harbor, where hearts heal and love blooms.