Do you like fish tacos? If so, I’d highly recommend finding the nearest spot to get a great fish taco before you begin reading this book, because Charley’s taco stand is going to make your mouth water. If you’ve read Hope Harbor, you’ve already met Charley and know what I’m talking about. Sea Rose Lane was a great story that’s going on my keeper shelf. I loved every bit of it! While it had some fun moments and great characters, it had some depth and dealt with some heavier issues.
Plot: Lawyer Eric Nash has just lost his dream job and heads back to his hometown to regroup. His father’s in the middle of transforming their house into a Bed and Breakfast. Architect BJ Stevens and her crew of Luis and Stone form an unlikely team but when Eric questions their legal status, he stirs up more trouble than he bargained for. Meanwhile, BJ is trying to help the elderly Eleanor, who’s no longer able to stay safely alone in her home. BJ has a great idea, but getting others to go along with it may be a tough sell. It’s starting to look like none of them will have a happy ending, but the town’s called Hope Harbor for a reason and Charley seems to know everything about everybody.
Characters: I really enjoyed the characters having some less popular names. I’m so tired of seeing the same overused names, so Eric and BJ were a refreshing change and make for memorable characters. By the way, if you’re the curious sort like me and wonder what BJ stands for, don’t worry. That will be answered in the book. I enjoyed having the multiple points of view in this story, including those of Luis and Eleanor as well as Eric and BJ. I must also mention a few of my other favorite characters, the introductions Casper the harbor seal and Methuselah the cat as well as the return of the seagulls, Floyd and Gladys. As an animal lover, I highly enjoyed their antics and less than impeccable timing. Then, of course, there’s Charley. A successful artist, Charley runs the taco stand just for fun and seems to have a knack for a little matchmaking. This great assortment of characters all combined to make a story that was engaging from beginning to end.
Recommendation: I’d highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys contemporary inspirational romance. Irene Hannon is one of my favorite authors and she’s at the top of her game here. On a side note, this is her 50th published book, and I think that says a lot for the quality of her stories. So, congratulations to her for another job well done! If you haven’t read anything by Irene Hannon yet, what are you waiting for?
Rating: 5/5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.