Irene Hannon is one of my favorite writers and I was excited to read her newest book Windswept Way, the ninth book in the Hope Harbor series.
Ashley Scott is taking a leap of faith when she reaches out and sends a letter to Rose Fitzgerald, a reclusive 80-year-old woman who owns a mansion in Hope Harbor. Ashley has an unusual proposal for Rose to preserve the history of her home and bring back the love and joy which inspired Edgecliff to be built. The huge undertaking to make renovations and restore the Edgecliff gardens, will take time, hard work, money, and compromise.
Relationships will be forged, not only between Ashley and Rose, but also with the grounds-keeper Jonathan Gray. A man who prefers to stay in the background. The wounds he bears from his military service are more than skin deep. Will Ashley look beyond his outward appearance and see the proven character of this man?
Reading a novel in the Hope Harbor series is like coming home to a friendly place where you want to stay for a while. I really enjoyed the main characters in this book. Ashley, Rose, and Jonathan were all dealing with their own feelings, trials, and history. The characters were likable and I enjoyed watching them grow, change, and challenge themselves.
I enjoyed seeing the return of some of the town’s people in Hope Harbor, especially Charlie, a wise and caring man who reaches out and, befriends all sorts of people. He makes time for everyone he meets. The town’s clergymen were back too. I would like to have seen a little more depth to their relationship and get to know the men behind the jesting.
Faith was a part of the story, but I would have liked to have seen more of it in the character’s lives. I appreciated that the novel was clean and without sexual immorality and profanity. I would have like to have seen Ashley’s mother further developed.
I enjoy reading Irene Hannon’s books and recommend Windswept Way, which is part of the Hope Harbor series. Hope Harbor is a beautiful place I’d want to visit and stay for a while. The people are kind and caring, and make amends when they fall short.
I would like to thank Revell Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of Windswept Way by Irene Hannon. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.