AUTHOR: Irene Hannon
From the back cover:
Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside.
Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss--and he has no plans to change the life he's created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. He's had enough drama to last a lifetime. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. And as their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected . . . and discover that, with love, all things are possible?
I have loved every Hope Harbour novel I’ve read, and Blackberry Beach continues the trend. Zach intrigued me from the first time we “met,” and Kat/Katherine makes a fascinating heroine. Hope Harbour seems an unlikely home for each of them, given their backgrounds, but something about the small town draws them in.
While Zach is already established in his small coffee shop business, Kat is just vising—hiding, really. Watching their relationship grow from tentative outreaches and responses warmed my heart.
Getting reacquainted with the sweet and quirky residents of Hope Harbour made my time there thoroughly enjoyable. Charley is a perennial favorite, with his mysterious insights and wisdom, while the two pastors and their comical bickering enticed several chuckles.
Faith plays an important role in this story, as in the previous Hope Harbour books; the message comes through clearly and realistically.
Blackberry Beach is everything I look for in a novel, and it easily earns five stars. I received a copy of this book from the publisher.