Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon
Length: 352 pages
Book acquired through Revell Reads Blogger Program
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2020
**I received a complimentary copy of Starfish Pier through Revell Reads Blogger Program, in exchange for an honest review**
Starfish Pier is a romantic story with a slow build. It gives the backstory of Steven and Holly, two people with opposing viewpoints on life. The tension in their love story only deepens after Steven’s details from his difficult past are revealed.
This story is layered with religious undertones; Holly is a strong pro-life advocate, and her resolve to find value in every life is felt from everyone around her. Despite being a new resident of this seaside Oregon community, Holly’s calm demeanor is welcomed by her students and other members in the area. While Steven is a bit intimidated by the cause Holly strongly holds to her heart, he is equally drawn to her heart.
Starfish Pier also focuses on Patrick (Steven’s brother), as he fights alcohol addition. This story plays the role of Patrick fighting the battle of the bottle, as his habit threatens to repeat the dangerous cycle his father lived through. Patrick grapples with his addiction, but there is nurturing guidance on his side from his wife and other townspeople.
While I felt that Starfish Pier kept drifting to many storylines within Steven’s family (and the sudden tale about the cannon), I did appreciate that this story that teaches about the power of forgiveness. Love and understanding can only come through patience.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
A year ago, ex-Delta Force operator Steven Roark left the rigors of combat behind to run fishing charters in Hope Harbor, decompress, and talk some sense into his kid brother. Business is good–but making peace with his past is more challenging than he expected.
First-grade teacher Holly Miller leads a quiet, low-profile existence–until she’s recruited to advocate for a cause that’s dear to her heart. When she solicits Steven’s assistance, sparks fly–especially after they find themselves on opposite sides of an issue that disrupts their placid seaside community.
As these two seemingly incompatible souls search for common ground, might they discover a deeper connection–and find that love can banish darkness and light the way to a future filled with promise?
Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you back to Hope Harbor–where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.
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