Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life—and love—altered her plans. Now she’s home again—with a floundering farm to run…a tragic secret…and a wounded heart. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets and devastating regrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help with a project that is close to her heart, winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives—including their own.
Hope Harbor is one of Irene Hannon’s contemporary romance novels, so it focuses on relationships between characters instead of the plot. Hannon writes in such a way that I get invested in the characters almost right away. Their lives and what happened mattered to me. I was almost more invested in Anna’s story with her estranged son than in Michael and Tracy’s love story, which was the focus of the book. Anna’s story moved me and I teared up a little at the end of her story. Between the two clergymen from different churches, Charley’s taco stand, and other characters, I fell in love with the community of Hope Harbor and look forward to the next book located in Hope Harbor.