Driftwood Bay

Driftwood Bay

After tragedy upends her world, Jeannette Mason retreats to the tiny Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor to create a new life. Vowing to avoid emotional attachments, she focuses on running her lavender farm and tea-room—until a new neighbor with a destructive dog and a forlorn little girl invades her turf. But she needn't worry. Dr. Logan West is too busy coping with an une...

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Driftwood Bay Reviews

  • Kav

    Rambunctious beagle alert!!!!! Perfect for comic relief, exasperating interruptions and copious warm fuzzies! That right there is enough of a reason to read Driftwood Bay. But there's so much more to this divinely magical story (the whole series, really) that elevate it to the absolute top of my everyone-in-the-world-should-read-this-book-NOW list.

    Like taco maker extraordinaire and town sage, Charley. I love that he has more page time in this novel. If you're familiar with the Hope Harbor series

    Rambunctious beagle alert!!!!! Perfect for comic relief, exasperating interruptions and copious warm fuzzies! That right there is enough of a reason to read Driftwood Bay. But there's so much more to this divinely magical story (the whole series, really) that elevate it to the absolute top of my everyone-in-the-world-should-read-this-book-NOW list.

    Like taco maker extraordinaire and town sage, Charley. I love that he has more page time in this novel. If you're familiar with the Hope Harbor series, you're probably as crazy about Charley as I am. And as curious about just how he knows the things he knows. I love an air of mystery in a man, but there's an extra sparkly special something about Charley. Seagulls Floyd and Gladys know that to be true and if you can't trust a seagull who can you trust?

    I know, I'm not making any sense but all will be made known once you've ventured into Hope Harbor. And if this is your first time with this series, no worries, Driftwood Bay (book 5) reads as a standalone -- all of the books do. But, be forewarned, once you sample the delectable sweetness of Irene Hannon's storytelling you'll have to read the rest of the books too.

    Here's one of the reasons why -- Charley sage-isms. Like this:

    "God's timing isn't always ours. Sometimes he opens doors we aren't certain we're ready to walk through. And it's fine to be cautious. Not every door that beckons is divinely inspired. But at some point we do have to make a decision because most don't stay open forever." (sorry I can't quote page numbers -- I listened to the audio version.)

    Then there's Jeannette and Logan's poignant love story. There's something so fragile about their wary relationship. Certain scenes kept snatching my breath away. So much pain and anguish in their pasts. My innards were twisted up in knots as I read my way through their angst.

    And the Syrian refugee family brings another dimension to the overall theme of finding hope after a catastrophic loss. Each character deals with their grief in different ways and it isn't until they find the courage to take risks, drawing strength and support from one another that they can begin to heal.

    "Don't let fear stop you from being everything God intended you to be."

  • Sarah Grace Grzy

    Ahh, I'm so happy right now! Irene Hannon is an incredibly talented author and knows how to weave together a cohesive plot with realistic and loveable characters. It is no wonder she is a seven-time RITA Award finalist and three-time winner. But I will be honest and say that I tend to be skeptical of her works—particularly her romances—as they just aren’t always my cup of tea. But when I saw Driftwood Bay, the synopsis really grabbed my attention, so I thought I’d give another a try. And I am ve

    Ahh, I'm so happy right now! Irene Hannon is an incredibly talented author and knows how to weave together a cohesive plot with realistic and loveable characters. It is no wonder she is a seven-time RITA Award finalist and three-time winner. But I will be honest and say that I tend to be skeptical of her works—particularly her romances—as they just aren’t always my cup of tea. But when I saw Driftwood Bay, the synopsis really grabbed my attention, so I thought I’d give another a try. And I am very glad I did!

    From chapter one, I fell in love with Logan West’s character. He’s kind and caring and doing his level best to connect with his grieving five-year-old niece, of whom he now has custody. But he’s also insecure and very real in his struggles to care for a little girl, and that just makes him such a relatable character. His niece, Molly, is also a very sweet character, and while the reader only enters her point of view once or twice, you nonetheless quickly fall in love with her as well. Jeannette Mason is also a very solid character, and very relatable, but I didn’t click with her as much as I did the other characters.

    While Logan and Jeannette are our main characters, we also enter the point of view of a Christian Syrian family fleeing persecution. I think that subject is a very relevant one right now, and Hannon did a fabulous job weaving that topic into the story. I loved getting into Mariam’s and Thomma’s heads and seeing firsthand some of the tragedies they went through.

    The plot maintains a nice pace that keeps you engaged from beginning to end, and these characters will quickly find a place in your heart. As I mentioned briefly above, I didn’t particularly care for the romance, and that’s the reason I docked half a star from my rating, but that is only my personal preference. I did appreciate how the romantic thread played a more backseat role compared to the other storylines.

    All in all, I greatly enjoyed this release from Irene Hannon! If you are looking for a romantic, cozy, beachy read, definitely check out Driftwood Bay!

  • Monica

    Jeannette Mason has moved to the tiny town of Hope Harbor and opened a tea room and lavender farm in Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon. She is hiding from the world after facing tragedy in her home town in Ohio. Her new neighbor, Dr. Logan West faces challenges of a different kind as he is unexpectedly the guardian of a little girl and got a new unruly puppy before moving to Hope Harbor as the new doctor in the urgent care clinic.

    Despite their own challenges, they unexpectedly come together to help

    Jeannette Mason has moved to the tiny town of Hope Harbor and opened a tea room and lavender farm in Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon. She is hiding from the world after facing tragedy in her home town in Ohio. Her new neighbor, Dr. Logan West faces challenges of a different kind as he is unexpectedly the guardian of a little girl and got a new unruly puppy before moving to Hope Harbor as the new doctor in the urgent care clinic.

    Despite their own challenges, they unexpectedly come together to help the new Christian refugee family that the town's churches have been assisting--Miriam, Thomma and Elisa.

    Previous to this book, I have only read book one in the Hope Harbor series, but I truly enjoyed Driftwood Bay. I think it could be read as a stand-alone book even though it is the fifth book in the series. However, some of the characters continue in the series from book to book. I enjoyed Charley and his fish tacos once again. . .I can almost smell them! As a tea enthusiast and gardening, I was looking forward to a book with a tea room and an herb farm. I am so glad I was drawn in by those things. It has been a long time since I have read one of her books, but I can see why Hannon is an award winning author. The plot was compelling and I didn't want to put this book down. I enjoyed every one of the characters and the complex story-line. I also liked that she included the Syrian family and including their feelings, frustrations and challenges that seemed so realistic and relevant to me. Only one thing would have made Driftwood Bay better for me--I was hoping for the recipe for the lavender short bread cookies that Jeannette makes and everyone in Hope Harbor raves about. Even better would have been if one of the characters had passed me a sample and the recipe while visiting this place that Hannon makes sound so appealing!

    I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

  • Laura

    DRIFTWOOD BAY is Irene Hannon's fifth book in this popular Hope Harbor series, but it easily stands alone. I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters, all suffering from loss--such huge losses--and struggling to find themselves in their new home, their new normal.

    Logan is a dear, and going all out to show his niece love, but she wants none of it. But in reality its far different.

    Charlie - the fish taco guy - I am convinced is an angel in disguise. So wise. We all need a Charlie in our

    DRIFTWOOD BAY is Irene Hannon's fifth book in this popular Hope Harbor series, but it easily stands alone. I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters, all suffering from loss--such huge losses--and struggling to find themselves in their new home, their new normal.

    Logan is a dear, and going all out to show his niece love, but she wants none of it. But in reality its far different.

    Charlie - the fish taco guy - I am convinced is an angel in disguise. So wise. We all need a Charlie in our lives.

    The Syrian refugees is another storyline yet ties into the main one. I cried with parts of this story.

    DRIFTWOOD BAY is slow-paced, but it held my interest and I had to keep reading. If you like romance you will love DRIFTWOOD BAY.

    I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

  • Karen R

    Another enjoyable story set in the lovely Oregon coastal town of Hope Harbor! A cast of characters from young to old come together to live, learn and love following heavy losses. A refugee family receives help to start over, along with a newly arrived doctor struggling with single parenthood, and a neighbor determined to keep people at arms length.

    I loved the mix of people in this touching story and how they represented all walks of life. Everyone was grieving a big loss and dealing with major

    Another enjoyable story set in the lovely Oregon coastal town of Hope Harbor! A cast of characters from young to old come together to live, learn and love following heavy losses. A refugee family receives help to start over, along with a newly arrived doctor struggling with single parenthood, and a neighbor determined to keep people at arms length.

    I loved the mix of people in this touching story and how they represented all walks of life. Everyone was grieving a big loss and dealing with major life upheavals. Sweet little Molly and Elisa finding friendship across language and cultural barriers was icing on the cake, along with a tender romance between the adults worked into the story. I was happy to see the return of Charley, the local prophet, who takes center stage in this one, as he doles out his timely words of wisdom at the fish taco stand. Found myself getting a bit impatient for Jeanette's backstory, and for her to open up. Her part of the story was a good reminder to not hold onto fear or keep our gifts bottled up when we are meant to live in community with each other. As Charley said, " Life is a risk...Don't let fear stop you from being everything God intended you to be."

    Recommend for readers who enjoy contemporary Christian romances. This book easily reads as a stand alone. 4.5 stars

    (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  • Amanda

    Beautifully written and deeply emotional, this is arguably the best of the Hope Harbor books. I highly recommend it.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    'Ignoring a need would be wrong.'

    Irene Hannon takes her readers back to Hope Harbor for this fifth offering in the wonderful series. I love this little town on the Oregon coast and its inhabitants, especially Charley, the fish taco man, who, I'm convinced, is an angel.

    Jeannette Mason has come to Hope Harbor after a grievous loss and is determined to shut herself off from every sharing her heart again. She has a wonderful business with her lavender farm and tea room and is completely happy with

    'Ignoring a need would be wrong.'

    Irene Hannon takes her readers back to Hope Harbor for this fifth offering in the wonderful series. I love this little town on the Oregon coast and its inhabitants, especially Charley, the fish taco man, who, I'm convinced, is an angel.

    Jeannette Mason has come to Hope Harbor after a grievous loss and is determined to shut herself off from every sharing her heart again. She has a wonderful business with her lavender farm and tea room and is completely happy with her life. But is her heart happy? Logan West has moved to Hope Harbor after his mother and brother die and he is left to raise his 5 year old niece alone. He thinks a small town will be best for the little girl, who doesn't seem to have an ounce of happiness in her. Even the beagle puppy he buys for her has upended his life.

    Then both Jeannette and Logan find themselves joining the town in making welcome a Syrian Christian family fleeing war torn Syria and begin to discover that love sometimes involves risks and doors God opens need to be walked through.

    Once again Hannon has crafted believable and human characters, people with heartaches and fears and struggles with their Christian walk. I am a forever fan. Loved this and finished in one day. Recommended.

    *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. No review was required. The opinions stated here are expressly my own.

  • Kelly Bridgewater

    3.5 stars

    Irene Hannon visits her iconic Hope Harbor with a new-to-him single father and a woman trying to flee her past with her Lavender garden. With a hint of romance, Hannon flows through the pages of Driftwood Bay with flair and hints of love. The predictable plot moved along at a nice rate. I really liked the idea of the community coming together to support a Syrian refugee family who needed to learn English, have a place to stay, and earn their own money. Hope Harbor appears to be a wonde

    3.5 stars

    Irene Hannon visits her iconic Hope Harbor with a new-to-him single father and a woman trying to flee her past with her Lavender garden. With a hint of romance, Hannon flows through the pages of Driftwood Bay with flair and hints of love. The predictable plot moved along at a nice rate. I really liked the idea of the community coming together to support a Syrian refugee family who needed to learn English, have a place to stay, and earn their own money. Hope Harbor appears to be a wonderful place to live. If you are a fan of contemporary romance with a feel good ending, then this might be just the book for you. If you are fans of Courtney Walsh, Becky Wade, Melissa Tagg, or Kara Issac, then Driftwood Bay might be right up your alley.

    I received a complimentary copy of Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  • Madison

    Driftwood Bay returns readers to Hope Harbor, where faith and romance, friendship and community come together to give hope and new beginnings.

    Jeanette likes the privacy her little lavender farm and tea rooms in Hope Harbor give her. She is good at shutting out the world and she likes it that way. When Logan West and his niece, along with their boisterous beagle, move next door they, along with the new refugee family in town, threaten the walls Jeanette has built around her heart. Will she let th

    Driftwood Bay returns readers to Hope Harbor, where faith and romance, friendship and community come together to give hope and new beginnings.

    Jeanette likes the privacy her little lavender farm and tea rooms in Hope Harbor give her. She is good at shutting out the world and she likes it that way. When Logan West and his niece, along with their boisterous beagle, move next door they, along with the new refugee family in town, threaten the walls Jeanette has built around her heart. Will she let them in and risk her heart again, or will fear keep her from the chance of love and new friends.

    I have really enjoyed reading the Hope Harbor series. Each book, with its laidback and charming setting and strong collection of friends, is relaxing and an easy book to sink into. However, I have enjoyed some of the other titles in the series more than I enjoyed this latest instalment. Driftwood Bay, despite a few exciting moments, is a slow-paced book. Complications arise due to the reluctance of each of the characters to integrate with each other. Logan’s niece is unwilling to respond to his care, Jeanette doesn’t want to become entangled with Logan and his niece Molly, nor with the community at large, and members of the Shabos family, a new refugee family recently moved to town, feel isolated and removed from the community.

    There are some sweet moments as these characters slowly learn to welcome others in. There are also some familiar moments from previous books with Charley giving sage advice and chatting to his animal friends. However, the romance fell a little flat for me. While Logan can be commended for his care of Molly and his endless desire to help and love her, I did not like the way he goes about convincing Jeanette to give him a chance. A kiss given without warning just after a conversation where she tells him she’s not interested was unexpected. I will be interested to hear what other readers think, but to me the relationship between Logan and Jeanette felt manipulative and lacked true emotional depth. I think I was disappointed by this story because I have loved the previous titles of the Hope Harbor series so much, all of which I can highly recommend.

    The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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  • Maria

    - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -

    A heartwarming novel about loss, grief and redemption, “Driftwood Bay”, by Irene Hannon, takes us back to the small, tight-knit community of Hope Harbor, introducing new characters and subjects.

    Paralyzed by fear and sorrow, Jeannette, the heroine, leads a quiet, solitary life centered around her lavender farm, until two young girls, a rambunctious puppy and an handsome doctor make her question whether she should continue isolating

    - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -

    A heartwarming novel about loss, grief and redemption, “Driftwood Bay”, by Irene Hannon, takes us back to the small, tight-knit community of Hope Harbor, introducing new characters and subjects.

    Paralyzed by fear and sorrow, Jeannette, the heroine, leads a quiet, solitary life centered around her lavender farm, until two young girls, a rambunctious puppy and an handsome doctor make her question whether she should continue isolating.

    Logan is a selfless, honorable man, and his insecurities when dealing and bonding with his niece, Molly, make him so much more human.

    The romantic couple’s problems are seen in a new light when confronted with the terrible loss affecting the small Immigrant family welcomed by the small community.

    I enjoyed reading this story and revisiting with characters from previous books – I hope Charley and the Syrian family will have their own stories -, although I felt the romantic plotline lacked emotions and intensity, making it a bit subdued.

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