Sandpiper Cove is the third book in Irene Hannon's Hope Harbor series. I've read the second book, Sea Rose Lane, prior to this, but haven't read the first book which is titled Hope Harbor. The first two books introduce us to Hope Harbor, an idyllic Oregon coastal town, and its ragtag cast of characters. The underlying theme to this series is hope and second chances. The back cover of Sandpiper Cove says:
"Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish.
Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine.
Lauded by Library Journal as "a master at character development," Irene Hannon welcomes readers back to this charming Oregon seaside village where hearts heal--and love blooms."
Sandpiper Cove is much like the previous books in the series. It's a sweet story, but nothing earth shattering. The characters are pretty well developed, but the storyline is a bit slow and meandering. There's not a lot of real tension; rather, it's more manufactured tension over situations that really aren't that big of a deal. This made the plot a little slow at times (if someone said that Stone "paid his dues to society" one more time, I might scream!). I'm also not a fan of the seemingly omniscient taco stand owner, Charley. However, this is a nice, sweet story full of second chances and Christian themes. It's an easy and enjoyable way to pass an afternoon, but not life-changing. Personally, I prefer her suspense novels! Recommended for lovers of Christian fiction.
I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.