I am a huge fan of Irene Hannon’s suspense novels, and for some reason I thought Sea Rose Lane was one of those. When I finally stopped waiting for someone to be murdered or kidnapped or stalked, I really enjoyed this book! I should have guessed from the title and cover art that it’s more of a romance than a mystery!
Eric Nash has had a plan for his life set out since he graduated from high school. He planned to go to work at a large law firm and get on a partner track. He’s worked hard towards that end for years, but now his company has downsized and he’s been let go. He heads home to his dad’s house in Hope Harbor, Oregon, hoping to find some peace and answers there. When he arrives he finds that his dad is turning his childhood home into a bed and breakfast. Eric is continually being distracted by the beautiful architect/contractor who’s making the renovations on his dad’s house. BJ Stevens left the corporate world and a bad relationship in her past when she moved to Hope Harbor. Now Eric has come into her life, and he seems to represent all that she’s tried to forget. But the more time they spend together, the more she realizes that he’s different than the man she left behind in LA. She wants to explore a future with him, but she worries that he’ll walk away from the small-town life for a partnership in the big city. As Eric tries to decide if he’s ready to give up his old dream for a new one, BJ struggles with her own past mistakes. They both must decide it they’re ready to move forward in a relationship.
This novel is a perfect read for summer. Ms. Hannon’s characters are spot-on as usual, and the scenery she describes on the Oregon coast is beautiful. This is the second book in a series, but I have not read the first one, and didn’t feel like I was missing anything. I definitely recommend this as a sweet beach read!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own and a favorable review was not required. Look for Sea Rose Lane at your favorite bookseller now.