In author Irene Hannon’s latest, Sea Rose Lane, we are treated to another visit back to Hope Harbor. Lawyer and former resident Eric Nash is coming back home to his father’s house after losing his high powered job. What surprises him is that his father has decided to open a bed and breakfast and Eric’s once childhood home is being remodeled by BJ Stevens and her crew. Things start off rocky between them until one fateful night Eric comes across Luis, a member of Bj’s crew in his hour of need and Eric’s eyes are opened to the needs of the town. BJ has also gotten under his skin, in a good way, but he doesn’t plan on sticking around long enough to pursue a relationship and risking broken hearts is not an option.
BJ who has suffered a severe broken heart in the past knows the risks of spending more time getting to know Eric. They both decide to just be friends as she is in Hope Harbor to stay and Eric wants bigger dreams for his career that he won’t find there.
This story was enhanced with a wonderful fleshed out cast of secondary characters; including the eccentric Charlie our fish taco guy and his mysterious ways, to heartbroken immigrant Luis, and at one time independent 88 year old Eleanor. I enjoyed reading about some of the ideas that popped up in this book for a community to become closer and help those in need in all areas of life as Helping Hands continues to do good work. This was a story that really showed how one door closes another opens, that God knows us better than ourselves and what would make us happy.
My thanks go to Revell Publishing for providing me with a copy for an honest review. As always, the opinions are my own.