Saturday, April 20, 2024

Windswept Way by Irene Hannon (Review)

Series: Hope Harbor #9
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Released: April 4, 2023
330 pages

About the Book:

Buying a haunted house was never in Ashley Scott's plans, but when an intriguing opportunity drops into her lap after a major setback, she finds herself trekking cross-country to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast to launch a new life.

Wounded warrior Jonathan Gray isn't sure what to make of the attractive woman on his reclusive older neighbor's isolated property, but her presence is none of his business--until she enlists his help with an ambitious project. When Jonathan finds his interest in the new arrival becoming more personal than professional, however, his defenses go up. There's no room in his life--or his heart--for romance.

Yet, as these three hurting people join forces to restore life, laughter, and love to a historic estate that has known too much sadness, they may also find healing, hope, and happiness for themselves.

My Rating & Thoughts:    ⭐⭐

We finally get to meet the elusive Rose, who keeps to herself at Edgewood and see the home and grounds. We are following Ashely - who hopes to partner with Rose to turn Edgewood into an event venue, Jonathan - a landscaper and wounded war veteran who limits contact with others, and Rose - the owner of Edgewood who is known as a recluse. Each character was unique, and I wanted to get to know each of them. I especially enjoyed the way certain characters would tease and push other ones. The friendships felt genuine. Charlie's knowledge of happenings felt more believable than it has in previous books. I really enjoyed following the storyline of letting people see the real you, and what's on the inside is what matters, not your outward appearance. We see each of three main characters grow and open up to new possibilities. I've fallen in love with the community of Hope Harbor and its residents, love the community feel, and how they all accept and encourage one another.
Favourite Quote: 

“Putting fears and concerns on the table is better than spending sleepless nights trying to guess how another person feels.” 

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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