Friday, April 28, 2023

My Thoughts on Windswept Way by Irene Hannon

 

About:

One house that deserves a second chance meets two hearts that deserve the same . . .

Buying a haunted house was never in Ashley Scott's plans, but when an intriguing opportunity drops into her lap after a major life 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 two hurting souls join forces to restore life, laughter, and love to a historic estate, might they also find healing, hope, and happiness themselves?


Come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

My Thoughts:

It was so nice to again visit Hope Harbor, the small seaside coastal town, and to meet up again with beloved characters from previous books. Including the bickering yet best friends minister and priest, Charley and his famous fish tacos, and his loving seagull couple. 

This story focuses on second chances. Not only for the couple, but also for an old mansion called Edgecliff, a place that has seen much tragedy to be sure, but where much happiness used to be as well. Newcomer and historian Ashley Scott has come across an opportunity of a lifetime. To partner with Rose, the reclusive owner of Edgecliff, to bring back to life the charms of this old home by becoming a venue for weddings and other important events. But it needs a lot of work and money. Can she do this and succeed? Ashley is quite happy to leave her home in Tennessee and move to Oregon, if only to heal from the wounds inflicted by her ex-boyfriend.

Jon and Ashley's first somewhat meeting was quite memorable. Not a meet cute but a meet scare that had me chuckling, but I understood Ashley's fear. Jon is scarred from his time in service, and he hides himself and his scars behind masks, glasses, hats, whatever he can. When he meets Ashley, his heart begins to thaw and thoughts of romance invade, but that is only a painful reminder as to why any women, especially one like Ashley would or could choose to love him.

With a huge home renovation and time restraints on their hands, Jon and Ashley get to know one another, and maybe this beauty will love the beast.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than 60 contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. In addition to her many other honors, she is a three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of RWA's elite Hall of Fame and has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.

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