Starfish Pier (Hope Harbor #6)

Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Starfish Pier is another wonderful visit to Hope Harbor. Irene Hannon captures the vibe of a small community on the Oregon Coast. Where residents are welcoming and quick to help. This sweet love story explorers how two individuals from opposing viewpoints and very different backgrounds can bridge the divide with respect and love.
The characters grapple with real life issues of addiction, disability, and terminal illness. Each finding that by opening their hearts and letting other’s in, they can face their fears and find hope in community.
I enjoyed getting to know Steven, a former Special Ops, who struggles with his past and desires a new start. He’s a real gentleman but not wimpy. He cares for his family and is willing to make sacrifices for them. Holly is a refreshing change from the usual heroine. I appreciate the author willing to write a character with a physical disability and how it shaped her. I admire Holly for having the courage to move away from her overly protective parents and start a new life. All though life has not been easy for someone with her condition, she refused to be defined by it nor be a victim.
This is a relaxing read while some reader may find the pacing slow and the story predictable. I found the underlying topics and the character’s development kept me engaged.
This story delves into how kindness and community have the power to heal. While this story does touch upon right to life issues, alcoholism, and terminal illness, it does so with integrity and the author doesn’t get on a soap box to beat a viewpoint. She presents these life issues with honesty and respect.
Given where we are in the world today, this book is a refreshing reminder of our need for community, kindness, and forgiveness. I enjoy this series and look forward to the next one.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing/Revell, through Interviews & Reviews for an honest review.

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