Monday, April 16, 2018

Irene Hannon: Pelican Point

By Kelly Bridgewater

A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career.

Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home--and she's determined to save the Pelican Point landmark.

Sparks fly as the two go head to head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. And as they work together, might Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?

Bestselling author Irene Hannon invites readers back to their favorite town for a story that will light a beacon of hope within their hearts.

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

Pelican Point is another addition to Irene Hanon's Hope Harbor series. With it being contemporary romance, I knew the couple in question would fall in love through a number of obstacles and overcome them to be together for their happily ever after moment.

Hannon doesn't disappoint with creating her setting. As someone who has never seen the ocean, I can imagine the lighthouse on the shoreline and imagine the beautiful images captured by the mind. I had no problem coming right back into the story and the familiar settings since I have read all the other 
 three Harbor Point novels.

A romance is going to have sparks flying and jumping around everywhere from the main characters. Marci is a strong heroine who fled something two years ago and is looking for a haven for her new life. She is succeeding quite well. Then walks in Ben, who has arrived in down to settle his grandfather's assets. Ben is a bland character, but may be just what some women like. But not me.

The plot has two main set of couples who share the limelight in the story. Both characters struggle. One is married and learning to live with their choices while Ben and Marci flirt with the idea of becoming a full-fledge couple.

The main problem I have with the plot is the death of Ben's grandfather. This grandfather meant A LOT to him. He can't stop mentioning when I first met him all his grandfather had done for him. As someone who lost her Dad 2.5 years ago, I was in a depressed mood for over a year and really couldn't move past it. I still think of my Dad and cry. Not Ben. Important up to the funeral, then he moved on. I wish Ben would have thought more on his grandfather and made the hurt more real. The renovation of the lighthouse and the romance between Marci and Ben took center stage.

Second, problem is the idea of Nikki. She makes a huge rift in the story, and Hannon makes important for a while, then Marci kicks in and ends the problem. Not Ben, whose problem it is anyways. The ending of this issue didn't satisfy me either. It was downplayed to end a lot to end the novel.

Overall, Pelican Point by Irene Hannon is a top notch contemporary romance happening in a romantic setting, but two issues with the plot keep me from rating it higher. I believe fans of Melissa Tagg, Becky Wade, and Karen Kingsbury would love this novel. It just didn't hit the mark for me.

I received a complimentary copy of Pelican Point by Irene Hannon from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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