“Sea Rose Lane” by Irene Hannon

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“After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up–only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed & breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he’s constantly distracted by noise, chaos–and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief who’s invaded the house with her motley crew.

As for BJ, her client’s son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn’t high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces to create a program for Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?”

Looking for a book that paints an enticing picture of small town coziness, with characters that you come to love just because of their frankness and dependability? This one is a great option then. I loved each one of the characters and in trying to pick out a favorite one…sorry, I can’t settle on just one. They each have their endearing personalities, and goodness gracious, my mouth watered through half the book because of Charley and his fish tacos!

Now for my personal thoughts. :-J To me, I found the storyline itself somewhat lacking, in that it revolved almost completely around the attraction and romance between Eric and BJ (spoiler: the initials stand for Belinda June). I can handle romance so long as it is well balanced with a compelling storyline, and unfortunately this one just fell a little short. It seemed like the whole time Eric was arguing with himself about what the future would hold, and it seemed to get a little repetitive. I know this is a personal preference, so please just keep that in mind. The quality of writing really was well done.

Another issue I had was that Eric’s spiritual life was somewhat lacking as admitted by himself, and you never see him praying for guidance about the decisions he has to make.  Unfortunately you don’t see any change in that area, and even though BJ brings it up as a concern at one point, it doesn’t affect her decision in regards to her relationship with him. This was disappointing to me.

Overall, I would probably give this about 3 1/2 stars, but once again, this is just my personal rating and in no way a reflection on the author, or the enjoyment others will most likely experience from the story.

*Disclaimer: I received this book from Revell Books in exchange for my honest review.

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