Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sea Rose Lane - Book Review

Three-Time RITA Winner Invites Readers Back 
to the Captivating Coastal Town of Hope Harbor 

After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up-
only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed & breakfast. 
Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, 
he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos-
and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief 
who's invaded the house with her motley crew.

As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, 
but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. 
Yet when they join forces to create a program for Hope Harbor seniors, 
might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?

Three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon takes readers back to Hope Harbor 
for a new season of charm, romance, and second chances.




My Thoughts

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.
{ Sea Rose Lane - pg. 172 }

The above message is truly the foundation for Sea Rose Lane.
The two main characters, one having lost his job
and the other closing herself off from any kind of relationship,
learn that their ways are often not the ways of God.
Throughout the book they realize that God has bigger and better plans
and if they only learn to relinquish their stubbornness, fears, and heartache
than God is able to bless them beyond their wildest dreams.

The characters in Sea Rose Lane are all enjoyable
and there are several that you will likely fall in love with.
Eric and BJ are the two main characters
and their relationship starts off a bit rocky with a touch of humor.
BJ has her full armor on when it comes to Eric
since she has been severly hurt in the past by a man,
but Eric being the perfect gentleman slowly chips away at the armor
until he has exposed the beautiful, soft, kind, gentle, and compassionate side of BJ.
And when I say Eric was the perfect gentleman I mean it.
I greatly appreciated Irene Hannon's portrayal of him 
when it came to how he treated BJ.
He treated her like a lady and he did not rush things romantically.
He formed a friendship with her first and kept things pure and innocent.
Reading their story and watching their relationship unfold 
was like watching a delicate rose unfold its beautiful petals - beautiful and breathtaking.

Now. . .the only thing I did not care for in this book
was that it leaned a little towards New Age and "feel good" moments.
Don't get me wrong, I love those moments where I feel good about something,
but we ought not base our decisions on feeling alone.
Our foundation comes from the Lord 
and His direction gives us the answers we need when it comes to life and love.
All-in-all I would give this book 4 stars.

Also, Sea Rose Lane is the second installment of the Hope Harbor series,
but it could easily be a stand alone novel.
You can read my review for the first book Hope Harbor by clicking here.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five romantic suspense
and contemporary romance/women's fiction novels,
including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series.
Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including two coveted RITA Awards
from Romance Writers of America.
She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist.
Learn more at: www.irenehannon.com 

11 comments:

Cheryl said...

Thank you for your honest, sincere review, sweet friend. It is always so good to see you in my inbox and click over to your sweet blog. God bless you abundantly!

Daniela said...

I'm always delighted by visiting your so lovely blog, my Beautiful Lady, and I'm so grateful to you for another heartfelt review of yours !

Enjoy your weekend, dear, precious Stephanie, may it be as joyous as ever before, sending my dearest love to you

Xx ~ Dany

Lowcarb team member said...

Thank you for giving your views on this book.
I noted that the author is a three times RITA winner ...

Hope Harbour is such a good name!

All the best Jan

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

This sounds like the perfect romance read and I appreciate your honesty about the new age stuff. Nothing like that to ruin a good read!

Mildred said...

Hi Sweet Stephanie! Thanks for the book review. It's beginning to be so hot in Georiga, that reading indoors is a good past time right now. Wishing you and your family a blessed Father's Day Weekend. xo

Laura Lane said...

I liked your review. Well done!

handmade by amalia said...

Sounds like a fun summer read, Stephanie.
Amalia
xo

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you dear friend for sharing the book review and good to read your honest opinion.
Hope you are enjoying the weekend and many thanks for the kind visit to my blog.
hugs
Carolyn

doodles n daydreams said...

This sounds like a relaxing read, just a pity about the new age leanings.

Diana

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

As always, an honest and articulate review! It is so true that we cannot go by feelings alone, and faith is such a difficult thing to master, but what we do know of God's will, the obvious and especially what Jesus commanded: "Love one another as I have loved you" is a command we can practice throughout our life time and never touch all the possibilities of what that could mean. Every act, every transaction, every choice we make on a daily basis, involves this LOVE, this respect and regard for one another. Those moments may be "feel good" moments or just daily routine, but nonetheless, I think that when we honor our neighbor, we are inching our way toward finding that this practice paves the way for God's will in our lives.

Great review, my friend! Happy Sunday! Anita

Melanie said...

This sounds like a good book and I do like the attitude that the man has. So often in romance novels, it's not that way. I agree that "feel good" moments are nice but that is not what we base our life on. Thanks for the review, Stephanie

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