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Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside. Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside. Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss--and he has no plans to change the life he's created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. He's had enough drama to last a lifetime. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. And as their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected . . . and discover that, with love, all things are possible? Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you to come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.


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Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside. Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside. Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss--and he has no plans to change the life he's created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. He's had enough drama to last a lifetime. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. And as their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected . . . and discover that, with love, all things are possible? Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you to come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

30 review for Blackberry Beach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Clean Romance Christian Fiction, and this is the 7th book in the Hope Harbor series. I have not read the other six books in this series. It took me about 50% to get into this book. I think it also took 50% of this book to care about the characters. I feel the characters could have developed faster in this book, and I found that the first have of this book was very slow moving. I did enjoy the last half of this book. I think overall this is a short moving friendship with a little romanc This is a Clean Romance Christian Fiction, and this is the 7th book in the Hope Harbor series. I have not read the other six books in this series. It took me about 50% to get into this book. I think it also took 50% of this book to care about the characters. I feel the characters could have developed faster in this book, and I found that the first have of this book was very slow moving. I did enjoy the last half of this book. I think overall this is a short moving friendship with a little romance. I just like a little faster moving book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Fleming H. Revell Company) or author (Irene Hannon) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Blackberry Beach is a lovely return to the charming seaside town of Hope Harbor. Irene Hannon is the queen of the slow simmer romance. She's in her element in Blackberry Beach, with not just one, but two terrific romances for readers to enjoy. Zach Garrett has evaluated his life goals and and made changes, landing him as owner of The Perfect Blend coffee shop. A mysterious customer, Kat draws his interest, especially after he discovers she's renting the beach house next door. She's looking for a Blackberry Beach is a lovely return to the charming seaside town of Hope Harbor. Irene Hannon is the queen of the slow simmer romance. She's in her element in Blackberry Beach, with not just one, but two terrific romances for readers to enjoy. Zach Garrett has evaluated his life goals and and made changes, landing him as owner of The Perfect Blend coffee shop. A mysterious customer, Kat draws his interest, especially after he discovers she's renting the beach house next door. She's looking for a sanctuary of solitude to rethink her own goals, "where better for an appeal for divine guidance to produce results than in an town named Hope Harbor?" Zach's aunt Stephanie arrives for a visit, peaking the interest of his part time help, Frank. I love there's an older couple with some sparks flying. "It appeared the ember of attraction could burst into flame at any age." Hannon has so many beautiful quotes in this story, but I do have a few favorites, *"It's amazing how many small glimpses of paradise we can get here on earth if we take the time and make the effort to notice them." *The heart is the best compass at any crossroads." *"..beauty and hope can be found everywhere, even in the smallest places people tend to overlook." Hannon is wonderfully skilled at developing a sense of community and relationships between her characters. Some are easy to love, some are more of a challenge, but all find a place in this welcoming town. Of course, a visit to Hope Harbor wouldn't be complete without Charley, Floyd and Gladys! In addition to the appealing characters who find their happy ever after in Blackberry Beach, Hannon has written a food lovers story. I enjoyed both the romance and the culinary delights! Readers will thrill at the sigh-worthy epilogue and it's deliciously swoony ending! I am one of Hannon's "enchanted readers" she's mentions in her author's note and I'm delighted to learn there will be a book eight next year. Until then, I'll content myself with Hannon's next romantic suspense Labyrinth of Lies, coming in October. I appreciate Revell making a copy of Blackberry Beach available for review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I love Irene Hannon’s fictional town of Hope Harbor! She has created a wonderful little town and taken her readers there a number of times now. I so very much enjoyed meeting these new characters and getting to see old friends again. Such a precious place. I want to visit and get a fish taco from Charley. I do believe he is an angel unawares. Don’t miss this latest offering in Hannon’s series. My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the op I love Irene Hannon’s fictional town of Hope Harbor! She has created a wonderful little town and taken her readers there a number of times now. I so very much enjoyed meeting these new characters and getting to see old friends again. Such a precious place. I want to visit and get a fish taco from Charley. I do believe he is an angel unawares. Don’t miss this latest offering in Hannon’s series. My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the opinion here is my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "No matter what happens, I'll always be grateful our paths crossed." "The mystery woman was back." The lovely visitor to The Perfect Blend was certainly eye-catching, even if she did prefer to wear her over-sized sunglasses inside his coffee bar. It had been a long time since anyone had sparked his curiosity, so Zach Garrett decided to be pro-active, but the lady responded with a dose of polite evasion. According to the local muse, "she may be hiding behind a protective wall. Could be she's deali "No matter what happens, I'll always be grateful our paths crossed." "The mystery woman was back." The lovely visitor to The Perfect Blend was certainly eye-catching, even if she did prefer to wear her over-sized sunglasses inside his coffee bar. It had been a long time since anyone had sparked his curiosity, so Zach Garrett decided to be pro-active, but the lady responded with a dose of polite evasion. According to the local muse, "she may be hiding behind a protective wall. Could be she's dealing with a boatload of heavy stuff". If Zach had realized just how heavy, would it have made any difference? Probably not. Katherine Parker has returned to Hope Harbor with a desire to remain low key and hopefully anonymous. Her Hollywood lifestyle had brought her the "fame and fortune" she once craved, but the price tag had been extremely high, a man had lost his life. Now, she faces a decision . . . . cut off all ties to her past or accept a premiere role that is being offered to her on a silver platter. And why does a pair of chocolate brown eyes have anything to do with it? Enjoy this satisfying return to a place where the author has established life long friends for her readers, placing Katherine and Zach at the top of list . . . . . with a bonus scenario that will delight the heart of every romantic! Second chances are a beautiful thing to behold . . . . and trust in the Almighty is a powerful place to begin. And of course, there's Charley! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I also purchased a copy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    It is great to be back in Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast. The quaint town is a beautiful refuge. This time we meet Zach Garrett who has left his high dollar, pressure cooker life to open his dream coffee shop. He is seeking a slower pace and everything worthwhile. Being the haven that it is, Hope Harbor draws Katherine Parker who has been questioning her whole career. The house she rents in order to re-evaluate her priorities just happens to share Blackberry Beach with Zach. A hero who cooks an It is great to be back in Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast. The quaint town is a beautiful refuge. This time we meet Zach Garrett who has left his high dollar, pressure cooker life to open his dream coffee shop. He is seeking a slower pace and everything worthwhile. Being the haven that it is, Hope Harbor draws Katherine Parker who has been questioning her whole career. The house she rents in order to re-evaluate her priorities just happens to share Blackberry Beach with Zach. A hero who cooks and a heroine who makes chocolate truffles, a wonderful pairing! There are great matchups in this story including the returning sea gull duo, Floyd and Gladys. We see old friends: The sparring golf buddies, Father Murphy and Reverend Baker as well as Charley of the food truck who always dispenses wisdom with his fish tacos: “I expect most dreams are reachable, if the person is willing to pay the price. The question is whether the goal is worth the cost-and whether the return on investment is positive or negative.” I like the giving spirit of the residents as they pull together for community projects, even Zach’s visiting Aunt Stephanie. More than one romance blooms in this place of refuge. *A complimentary copy of this book was provided through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    Most things in life are a mixed blessing. The question is whether the good parts outweigh the bad. This was my first visit to Hope Harbor but it will not be my last. I’m definitely going to start this series from the start before the next release next year. Even though I haven’t read the other books in this series, I did not feel lost and this book can be read as a stand alone. Ok, so not sure if this is on the editor, author or publisher, but the summary of the book made it sound a lot different Most things in life are a mixed blessing. The question is whether the good parts outweigh the bad. This was my first visit to Hope Harbor but it will not be my last. I’m definitely going to start this series from the start before the next release next year. Even though I haven’t read the other books in this series, I did not feel lost and this book can be read as a stand alone. Ok, so not sure if this is on the editor, author or publisher, but the summary of the book made it sound a lot different to what actually played out. But cloudy days serve a purpose too. Without them, we'd take sunshine for granted. Katherine and Zach - I enjoyed how their relationship developed, however, I would have liked to ‘see’ more of the connection. Aunt Stephanie’s love story felt like it had more ‘spunk’. However, I loved how Katherine and Zach was there for each other and pushed each other to confront difficult decisions or situations. I did wanted Katherine to put Simon in his place quite a few times! For those who have been raised well, the heart is the best compass at any crossroads. Fans who enjoy contemporary fiction, with a dash of mild romance, will enjoy this one. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Deatrick

    Visiting Hope Harbor in Irene Hannon's series of the same name is one of my favorite places to visit. Every book makes me wish I could really visit Gladys, Floyd, Rev. Baker, Father Murphy, Charlie and the other places and people Irene has created in this picturesque place. This was not my favorite of the series, but I still loved it. Irene has the ability to take you away and pull you into the story with her relatable characters. It also really made me hungry for blackberry truffles and fish tac Visiting Hope Harbor in Irene Hannon's series of the same name is one of my favorite places to visit. Every book makes me wish I could really visit Gladys, Floyd, Rev. Baker, Father Murphy, Charlie and the other places and people Irene has created in this picturesque place. This was not my favorite of the series, but I still loved it. Irene has the ability to take you away and pull you into the story with her relatable characters. It also really made me hungry for blackberry truffles and fish tacos. I recommend this series highly. I received a complimentary copy from Net Galley and Revell Publishing. The opinions are entirely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Grace Johnson

    *Warnings* #1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out. #3—additional warning reserved only for this review—Here we go…again...I’m trying out yet another method. Let me know what you think: unconstrained stream-of-consciousness; numbered pros and cons; detailed review minus any fangirling whatsoever (I think I w *Warnings* #1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out. #3—additional warning reserved only for this review—Here we go…again...I’m trying out yet another method. Let me know what you think: unconstrained stream-of-consciousness; numbered pros and cons; detailed review minus any fangirling whatsoever (I think I wrote, like, one of those before); or whatever this turns out to be. The feedback is appreciated. Stars: 3 ½ Synopsis: Katherine Parker has abandoned her career to find solace in Hope Harbor after a tragic accident. Zach Garrett did the same several years ago, and now he’s at home in Hope Harbor as the owner of The Perfect Blend. Will the two neighbors be able to forge a friendship, or will Katherine’s secrets keep them apart? Favorite Quote: “He didn’t pray for himself, Zach. He prayed for you.” So, I think it’s become pretty obvious now that I have a love/hate relationship with contemporary fiction. I avoid it, and yet, at the same time, I crave it. Make sense? Yeah, I don’t get it either. So, because of my strange relationship with contemporary fiction, I am always wary whenever I begin a modern-day story. It wasn’t any different with Blackberry Beach. Maybe I’m not the best advisor, since this particular style of contemporary isn’t necessarily my forte (I’m more of a Tammy L. Gray, Sarah Monzon, or Julie Lessman girl), but it’s always good to get a second opinion. Blackberry Beach has great potential, but the escapist theme and slow progression kept it from making a lasting impression. The characters—Kat and Zach—had great character arcs and visible, although extremely slow, development. I liked seeing the definite change and their thought processes as they made huge decisions; however, I do think that took way too long (Kat, for instance, didn’t make her final decision until within the last five chapters), and I was lacking some of the emotional and spiritual struggle I was hoping to see. Speaking of, though there was mention of prayer, church, God, and the two clergymen in Hope Harbor, I found the spiritual aspects lacking. For one, Kat has apparently been a Christian for some time, but she never made much mention of it or turned to God until it was nearly too late. In the meantime, Zach has given up on a relationship with God, and we barely see him mending fences with his Heavenly Father, which was upsetting. Blackberry Beach is definitely more of an “inspirational” read, but it’s not one to inspire readers to look to God in trials. Blackberry Beach is the last book in the Hope Harbor series, and I’ve never read the previous books. I would wager that’s why I felt like there was something lacking the setting, as if Hope Harbor had been thoroughly developed and elaborated on in the earlier books and Hannon just skipped over that this time. Regardless, Blackberry Beach could definitely be read as a standalone. Nothing else seemed missing at all. Unless we’re talking about the vibrancy of the period itself, which did seem lacking. When I read contemporary novel, I expect to read it just like I do a historical novel—I expect to see authenticity and to learn. So, yes, a few name brands thrown in, name drops, pop culture references—all of them make for a realistic and authentic experience that invests me into the story. It may not make the story timeless, but it helps me better envision the story. Blackberry Beach was lacking that vision. And can I just say that Zach, although a well-developed character (by means which I will elaborate on in a moment), seemed very unguyish? (Which was not a word until now.) Maybe it’s because he’s an Atlantian-turned-Oreganian, but I did find both him and Frank very unrealistic in their voices (both in their monologue and dialogue). I love it when an author has a strong voice and balanced writing—but at times the author’s voice overrides their characters’. Such happened in Blackberry Beach, where I wasn’t able to differentiate Zach from his aunt or Frank from Kat. I would’ve liked to have seen a more masculine presentation, I guess. One book that pulled that off was Becky Wade’s True to You. Y’all, John’s POV sounded convincingly male and fit his personality—something for which I commended Wade in my review. Unfortunately, Hannon doesn’t have that talent, so while the characters all looked good on paper, they didn’t sound good on paper—make sense? Their development and character from others’ POVs was strong and for the most part convincing, but once we entered their minds, I lost all sense of stability and realism. That made it very difficult to connect with the characters. I had a hard time investing emotion into the story—and maybe that’s the point. Maybe this story was intended to whisk me away from life and empty my head and heart of all trouble. For some people, that may be why they read. But I read not only to escape but also to feel. To create lifelong friends, fangirl and ship my favorite characters, cry for the protagonist, ache for the villain, and even yell “Idiot!” at my Kindle a couple times. That’s how books like A Voice in the Wind, A Passion Redeemed, and Unblemished burrowed their way into my heart. However, there is yet good to this book. Despite how uninterested I was in the characters or story, I still kept coming back! Perhaps it was for the hope that it would get better, the desire to know what decision Kat came to (and, earlier on, what her past was), or simply because Irene Hannon does have well-balanced, maybe even captivating, prose. She did a very good job of capturing the inner thoughts of the characters within the narrative, which left little need for italicized internal monologue. I appreciate that, even if she didn’t capture the male characters very well. The balance between thoughts, description, and action was very well done—however, I would’ve liked a little more emotion and less dialogue. All that being said, I think Hannon probably makes a better suspense writer than romance. I can definitely see her writing style, developmental skills, and languid pacing giving a suspense novel more depth—but I’ll have to read one to find out! I felt a thirst to finish the story, and I truly am glad I did. Now I know that this isn’t my preferred genre or contemporary style. I think this book would cater to a lot of readers—particularly the ones who like slow plots, clean reads, and not a lot of emotional investment! I’m just not one of them. Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    Every trip to Hope Harbor is magical and uplifting and this book surely proved that. This is the story of Zach Garrett, the owner/operator of The Perfect Blend coffee shop in town. Happy in his new life and his escape from the demands of his previous career, Zach is not looking for any kind of relationship. When Katherine Parker comes to town for a vacation from her career, there is an instant attraction to Zach, but both know it can’t go anywhere since she is there briefly and he isn’t seeking Every trip to Hope Harbor is magical and uplifting and this book surely proved that. This is the story of Zach Garrett, the owner/operator of The Perfect Blend coffee shop in town. Happy in his new life and his escape from the demands of his previous career, Zach is not looking for any kind of relationship. When Katherine Parker comes to town for a vacation from her career, there is an instant attraction to Zach, but both know it can’t go anywhere since she is there briefly and he isn’t seeking a relationship. The way their attraction progresses really made this story for me. Everything was a natural progression, without any kind of forced “gotta bring this to a close” kind of plot. There were some twists and some challenges that were unexpected. There was also a sub-plot when Zach’s aunt Stephanie, newly retired from her career, comes to visit and meets Zach’s part-time barista Frank. I really enjoyed visiting Hope Harbor again, a place where everything is described so realistically that I can put myself right there with the characters. The characters themselves fairly jumped off the page and talked to me. In fact, I found myself giving advice to Katherine and Stephanie as I read the book and was happy that they took that advice sometimes. The author knows how to tell a story that draws you in, and that is the magical part of Hope Harbor. I may not be at a beach, but I felt like I was, enjoying the views and the moments of quiet and reflection that her characters were enjoying. I highly recommend this clean Christian fiction to anyone who needs some positivity in their lives! Although this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, as can any of the Hope Harbor books. But I’m betting that once you have read one, you will want to read all of them just to get that happy feeling that these books give you. Disclaimer I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell via Netgalley as part of the Revell Reads Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela Dee

    This was a lovely book! I learned after reading it, that it was a series. I now must read all the previous books as I thoroughly enjoyed this read! Kat has escaped from LA to the beautiful sleepy town of Hope Harbor to "hideout" and re-evaluate what she wants in life, she's recently had scandal and tragedy in her life, this is part of the reason she left LA, to stop being hounded by the paparazzi. What she didn't expect was to catch the eye of the charming coffee shop owner who also happens to be This was a lovely book! I learned after reading it, that it was a series. I now must read all the previous books as I thoroughly enjoyed this read! Kat has escaped from LA to the beautiful sleepy town of Hope Harbor to "hideout" and re-evaluate what she wants in life, she's recently had scandal and tragedy in her life, this is part of the reason she left LA, to stop being hounded by the paparazzi. What she didn't expect was to catch the eye of the charming coffee shop owner who also happens to be her neighbor. From the moment Kat walked into his shop, large sunglasses masking most of her face Zach is smitten. He would like to get to know her better, in the process they both find out that they have more in common than they initially thought. Both have baggage and abrupt life changes....well Kat is considering one. She's found another form of work that makes her happy while in Hope Harbor, and really feels she may want that change in her life. Zach would love for Kat to stay, but this is a big decision she needs to weigh out herself. Thank you to Netgalley, Fleming H. Revell publishing and the author Irene Hannon for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Thank you in advance to the publisher, Revell (a division of Baker Books), for providing an advanced review copy through Interviews & Reviews. A positive review was not requested or required, and all words are my own. This was not my first visit to Hope Harbor. I was introduced to the series last year with Starfish Pier. And, I recently read the author’s new suspense series – Triple Threat – Point of Danger. The author manages to write both genres masterfully and draw readers in. This is the aut Thank you in advance to the publisher, Revell (a division of Baker Books), for providing an advanced review copy through Interviews & Reviews. A positive review was not requested or required, and all words are my own. This was not my first visit to Hope Harbor. I was introduced to the series last year with Starfish Pier. And, I recently read the author’s new suspense series – Triple Threat – Point of Danger. The author manages to write both genres masterfully and draw readers in. This is the author’s seventh (7th) book in this series, and definitely an interesting one. There is so much she tackles in this with regard to certain subjects. But, as with the previous book, Starfish Pier, she does so in a way that isn’t preachy or bold. She merely brings up a view, popular or not, and poses it in a way that does make the reader at least think. The books in the series have striking and vivid covers that a reader could easily envision themselves in Hope Harbor. This was no different. There are only a few characters that appear from previous novels: Charley the Taco vendor, Steven Roark (Starfish Pier), and Adam (Sandpiper Cove). The characters from Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane, Pelican Point, and Driftwood Bay do not make any appearances in this book. Speaking of characters – the main characters are Zach, Kat (Katherine), Zach’s aunt Stephanie, and Zach’s barista Frank. Minor characters are Simon (a major pain) and Charley. I REALLY would love to see Charley get his own story. Right off, I adored Zach. He was one of the best characters. And, in contrast to him, there was selfish Simon. Kat (Katherine) took a bit of getting used to. Stephanie was interesting, especially given her background. Frank was one of those that took some time, but was deeply conflicted. Experiencing a loss and trying to move on can seem like a betrayal. The plot is beautiful – a deep introspective look into fame, a reflection finding ourselves, and what we want from life. This had a bit of mystery; and a slow romance with gripping and emotional prose, often being philosophical. Hannon’s descriptive and vivid writing set the tone for this and put me right into the setting. Definitely a beach type read that was hard to put down. Readers will get not one, but two romances – Zach/Kat (Katherine) and Stephanie/Frank. The story starts off with mystery woman Kat – who is she, where is she from, and what is her story? Only taco seller Charley knows who she is and her past. But, Kat isn’t the only newbie to Hope Harbor; Zach’s aunt is also there as well. And, she provides a good view on houseguests – “after three days, guests, like fish, start to smell”. I will admit to chuckling with it. Kat, a recluse, meets Zack after sampling the blackberries. She’s there after an “incident” involving someone she was close to. I was very curious as to what the incident was. As a result she remains stand-offish, and she isn’t too keen to go back to Hollywood. She’s there to relax, and Zach offers friendship – nothing more, despite his growing feelings for her. But, her agent Simon doesn’t respect her privacy. In fact, a script comes his way that will launch Kat into stardom – but, there is a problem with it, one that challenges her morals, which are dear to her. While it isn’t just the script where her dilemma lies – it is also her future. Does she want to go back to what she’s wanted, or does she want to settle in Hope Harbor. One hobby that Kat enjoys; and could be “fruitful” – chocolate making, specifically truffles. Oh, how I wish I could’ve tasted them. The author described them so beautifully; I could practically smell the chocolate. It was truly so vivid and real that I wanted to grab a chocolate bar. Moving on … The problem, as Charley notes, is that Kat’s success isn’t what she envisioned. Rarely is. “Most things in life are a mixed blessing”, and he isn’t far off from that as Zach and his aunt know from personal experience. Zach, Kat, Stephanie, and Frank are also connected to the local charity – Helping Hands. This briefly touches on Adam’s past as an ex-con. Readers familiar to the series will remember his introduction in Sandpiper Cove. Hannon slightly tackles the issue of ex-cons, especially those who are trying to make a new life after paying their debt to society. Some readers might have issues with that, depending on the crime. It is a tough subject. The romances of Zach/Katherine and Stephanie/Frank slightly parallel the other. Katherine is at odds with herself over her career, not knowing if she is returning to Hollywood. Stephanie has retired, and after having a good career, she has no one to share her success with. She doesn’t want to move to Hope Harbor unless there is a future for her there – she already has that issue in New York. As Katherine states, acting was more fun when done out of love rather than obligation. I think this is true of almost any “craft” out there. Stephanie was pushed to success by her father because of the strides he made. Zach has his own tale of giving up a lucrative job to try a dream or passion. While Zach is patient with Kat, Simon (Kat’s agent) is the opposite – pushy and demanding. As a result, it isn’t long until Zach discovers who Kat really is when Simon shows up. Still, that doesn’t change their dynamics. But, it puts new obstacles in Katherine’s way. The confrontation with Simon really puts the Hollywood life in perspective. While Katherine is undecided on her future, when something comes up in Zach’s personal life – her wisdom is beautiful, touching, and appropriate. It is the absolute example of God using trials for miracles. While Zach and Katherine decide how they want to proceed (if they do), Frank and Stephanie’s road is different. Nothing is tying her to her old life in New York, yet Frank can’t get past the past. It’s easy to see where he is coming from. In addition, he doesn’t feel he measures up to what Stephanie has experienced. She, on the other hand, hasn’t “experienced” much due to her career. The last third (1/3) of the book really begins to pick up. The personal issue was Zach was definitely easy to see coming. Katherine’s decision, to me, was obvious. I think I knew that was coming. She definitely asks two questions we all should take time for: ** Who was she? ** Who did she want to be? This was one of those reads that is emotionally engaging, challenges us to find the answers to Katherine’s questions, while pointing out that success is different to everyone – rich, poor, married, single. It shows the upsides and downsides of what we want, the realities of getting it, and the value of the sacrifices made. Perhaps the best nugget of wisdom from this – “the heart is the best compass at any road”. God truly puts things in our way to help us discover all of what and who we’re meant to be, and where we’re meant to be doing what we should be doing. This was such a beautiful story, but it did seem a bit odd to not include a few more characters from the previous books. As Steven was mentioned, I was hoping to find out how he and Holly were doing. Fans of the author, those who’ve read the previous books in the series; and those who enjoy Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series are sure to enjoy this book. And, I know I am eagerly awaiting my to return to Hope Harbor next spring (2022). On the suspense end – I dearly loved the self-plug in chapter 15! As this is distributed by Revell (a division of Baker Books), a Christian/faith themed publisher; there will be references of faith and God, second chances, forgiveness, and redemption. These are slightly tied to the story’s central theme. Even though this is part of a series, it is easily a standalone read, but I would suggest reading them all together to see the progression of the series and where it all got started.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. If you’re in the mood for a fluffy beach read, this book is a great fit. I usually like more depth to the books I read, but every now and then, a beachy read is exactly what I’m in the mood for. That was the case when I picked up Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon. One of the best lines (to me) was this gem: “Life shouldn’t be all about accruing money.” It was great to see characters making choices NOT based FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. If you’re in the mood for a fluffy beach read, this book is a great fit. I usually like more depth to the books I read, but every now and then, a beachy read is exactly what I’m in the mood for. That was the case when I picked up Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon. One of the best lines (to me) was this gem: “Life shouldn’t be all about accruing money.” It was great to see characters making choices NOT based on money but rather on God’s direction for their lives. This was so refreshing! The beach scenes were some of my favorites in this story. The view was declared to be amazing, but I wish it would have been described a little more so it could have come alive in my mind. The discussions on the beach and the romantic bits that took place there were heartfelt and entertaining. The cover was completely gorgeous. The purple hues were beautiful and complementary, and I loved that Katherine’s sunglasses were highlighted! They played a big role in the story, so it was fun to see they made it to the cover as well. It was fun also to have the pair of seagulls flying in the background of the cover, considering they play such significant roles throughout the entire series. The only alteration I would make is to highlight the blackberries a bit more. They’re hard to see in the bushes at the bottom of the cover. But overall, this was a breezy, fun cover that piqued my interest. Zach was a great character. I liked that he was mystified by the leading lady from the jump but then dug deeper until he got to know her at different levels. This was handled well with chivalry and respect, which made me feel right at home getting to know these two. The older-couple romance angle was so sweet! I adored Stephanie and Frank so much and would love to see them pop back around in a future book. The reunion was great and well written. I can’t say more than that without spoilers, but it was something special. The coffee shop and chocolate making aspects of this story were delightful and detailed. There were some things that bugged me about this book too. I’ll briefly touch on them now, but I’ll try to not bemoan the things too much, because this was a fun read overall. 1 | Charley. Charley is this mysterious Mexican man who always knows too much about everybody. There are no context clues for how he “discerned” the information, so he clearly knows the details by magic of some sort. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be “divine” or magician or genie type magic, but it drives me nuts every time because it’s completely unrealistic and makes me think these books ought to be labeled as Magical Realism instead of Contemporary Romance. 2 | Magical animals. Floyd and Gladys (a pair of seagulls), a seal, and a dolphin all acted unlike any of their real-life counterparts that I’ve ever seen. They seemed to follow unspoken directives from Charley (who’s the one who named them). These critters acted unnaturally to me, and they gave me the willies. 3 | Follow one’s heart. Charley advised a character to follow their heart because it had “never betrayed him.” This is poor advice, considering the Bible calls the heart “more deceitful than anything else” (Jeremiah 17:9). Several characters were stated to follow their hearts when making huge life decisions. I was really disappointed that prayer and seeking God’s will only came into play on one or two big decisions instead of the majority of the time, considering this book is in the Christian Fiction genre. 4 | Actress in disguise. The whole actress in disguise plot did not work for me at all. In theory, it was great. I love that type of story, so I was really looking forward to this one. In actual application, it wasn’t very well done here. It was inconsistent throughout, sometimes claiming the lady wasn’t famous at all (thus, would not be easily recognized), while other times she was a “rising star” or on the verge of leaving the business altogether (indicating she’d already had a full career). At one point very late in the story, she even admitted “I’m not a household name.” That right there broke the entire actress in disguise plot for me. If she wasn’t a household name, then nobody would have recognized her whether or not she changed her hair color and wore dark sunglasses. Another reason I didn’t believe she wouldn’t be recognized is because in real life, actors and actresses are easily recognized with sunglasses, baseball caps, different hair colors and styles, and without their stage/screen makeup. If this make-believe actress was really half as famous as she claimed, she would have definitely been recognized in today’s tech-heavy society. One last thing about this actress thing. Nowhere through the entire book had she even thought or mentioned that she was considering directing rather than acting… yet, on page 292, she suddenly declared she was “getting more interested in the directing side of the business.” That came as a complete shock, because the whole time through the story, she’d been dragging her feet about making a decision about her first A-list movie role. There had been no previous hint at all about directing being an option. 5 | Awkward name drop. It’s pretty common in Christian Fiction for authors to name-drop their friends by including titles or names. I’m fairly used to this now. What made this one extremely awkward to me was that Mrs. Hannon name dropped herself: “She held up the new Irene Hannon suspense novel she was reading.” Overall, this was a cute read. Reality was suspended in a few places, but many readers will be able to better overlook those spots than I. The beachy-ness of the story was exactly what I wanted when I picked up this book, so on that front, I was definitely satisfied. Content: replacement profanity, alcohol, sexual innuendo, tarot cards analogy, betting/wager analogies, drug abuse, crude sexual phrase, Catholicism

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    I loved the first line in Blackberry Beach! "The mystery woman was back." This story was such a satisfying read! I'm ready to travel to Hope Harbor and never leave! And yes, this is book 7 and it's my first time visiting! Don't judge my lack of reading this series in order. hahahaha Since I'm not sure if any of the characters have been in the previous stories, we're just going to pretend they aren't. So, we meet Zach who runs The Perfect Blend, which sounds like a coffee shop that my coffee lovin I loved the first line in Blackberry Beach! "The mystery woman was back." This story was such a satisfying read! I'm ready to travel to Hope Harbor and never leave! And yes, this is book 7 and it's my first time visiting! Don't judge my lack of reading this series in order. hahahaha Since I'm not sure if any of the characters have been in the previous stories, we're just going to pretend they aren't. So, we meet Zach who runs The Perfect Blend, which sounds like a coffee shop that my coffee loving heart would love! A mystery woman has visited his shop a couple of times and he's trying to figure out what her story is. Unfortunately, Kat has no desire for anyone to even notice her let alone try to figure her out! I just loved everything going on in this story. It was absolutely refreshing! It was really all about relationships and I needed that escape. To not have crazy, nefarious stuff going on in the background of any of the characters lives was fantastic! If you need a story that you can "rest" in, look no further. You will grow to care about all of the characters in equal amounts. Ok, that's a lie, some more than others. HA! One of the huge aspects that I enjoyed about this story was having 5 POVs. Yes, 5. But Irene Hannon does it in such a way that it's not confusing, and gives you insight into that specific character. That's something I'm immensely fond of! I hope this is something she's done in the other books of this series. And yes, while this book is mainly about Zach and Kat, his Aunt Stephanie and his barista, Frank really appealed to me. They're a bit older than me, but reading their storyline really stuck out to me in the sense that we need more books written for the older crowd in such a way that we know they still have vitality and a penchant for trying new things! Can we also talk about Charley for a moment? On occasion stories have characters that I think we would agree we need to have in our lives. Charley is certainly one of them. His kindness, understanding, acceptance, and wisdom are a magnet any of us would want to be pulled in to! He was kinda my favorite! Don't tell any of the other characters though. Thoroughly enjoyed this story and can't wait to read the other 6!!! *I received this book for review. This is my personal opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jerrye Bell

    Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon Rating: 4 out of 5 stars __________________________________________________________________________ Story Notes Irene Hannon is venturing into the world of Hope Harbor once again to share with readers the story of Zach and Katherine, two people with similar backgrounds that give them an opportunity to find unexpected love. While she is clearly an expert at the suspenseful reads, Irene Hannon is quickly proving she has what it takes to write romantic fiction stories t Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon Rating: 4 out of 5 stars __________________________________________________________________________ Story Notes Irene Hannon is venturing into the world of Hope Harbor once again to share with readers the story of Zach and Katherine, two people with similar backgrounds that give them an opportunity to find unexpected love. While she is clearly an expert at the suspenseful reads, Irene Hannon is quickly proving she has what it takes to write romantic fiction stories too. This latest in her Hope Harbor series is a wonderful read that gave me a look at how hard life is for actors who hold to true morals in the face of an uncaring industry. Kat has come to Hope Harbor to get away from Hollywood and its crushing pace to reevaluate her future in the field of acting. Hiding away in the beach house along Blackberry Beach gives her the alone space she covets and gives her the small town pace she longs for. As she meets people on the island, albeit reluctantly, she finds that these people have no desire to out her to the world nor plague her with autograph requests. She also meets the charming Zach, the owner and shopkeeper of The Perfect Blend, Hope Harbors coffee shop and local hangout. Spending time with him shows Kat that she is more than just a beautiful face, she has value in her other talents too. The pacing of the story was good and I liked the plot line. It wasn't rushed or super slow and that allowed for just the right amount of details to be given to keep the story interesting. The faith elements were woven into the story in a natural and impactful way, giving some very good depth to Kat and her character. The romance was sweet and beautiful, with enough challenge to it to make it realistic and, hopefully, lasting. I loved the addition of the side romance between Zach's aunt and his part-time employee. It was a good reminder that love is not limited to a certain age group but can be found at any time in life. I will certainly be recommending this delightful read to others in the hope that they will enjoy it as well. I received this temporary complimentary E-book from Revell Publishing via NetGalley in order to provide a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Davis

    Welcome back to Hope Harbor-where hearts heal and love blooms. Blackberry Beach is the seventh installment from well-known author Irene Hannon. Each book is set in Hope Harbor and can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. The stories are centered in Hope Harbor with a returning cast of characters: Charley and his taco truck, Gladys and Floyd, Reverand Baker, and Father Murphy. Katherine is ready for a break and time to think after a scandal rocks her world. She settles on Blackberry Beach in Ho Welcome back to Hope Harbor-where hearts heal and love blooms. Blackberry Beach is the seventh installment from well-known author Irene Hannon. Each book is set in Hope Harbor and can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. The stories are centered in Hope Harbor with a returning cast of characters: Charley and his taco truck, Gladys and Floyd, Reverand Baker, and Father Murphy. Katherine is ready for a break and time to think after a scandal rocks her world. She settles on Blackberry Beach in Hope Harbor for some R&R and uninterrupted time to think. Unfortunately her agent Simon did not get the memo and is constantly contacting Katherine. Katherine is afraid to venture too far from her retreat for fear of being recognized. However, once she meets Zach at Perfect Blend and then runs into him on the beach, she is pulled a little further from the shell she has placed around herself. "Sometimes the simplest gestures of kindness can touch a heart in unseen ways." Zach has had his own issues to deal with, including a distant, unbending father. When his Aunt Stephanie comes to visit she brings news that could alter his relationship with his dad. When Aunt Stephanie meets Frank her short-term visit suddenly seems long-term and she immediately engages in the Hope Harbor project with Zack. Irene Hannon is one of those rare authors that write suspense and contemporary fiction equally well. Her talent shows with her engaging characters, interesting dialogue, picturesque setting, and situations that are real and relatable. I love the Hope Harbor project in this story. Here lately more stories are featuring foster care situations, bringing greater awareness to this problem that plagues our country. There are many great quotes in this book that will stick with the reader long after the last page. I would highly recommend this book to fans of clean Christian fiction. I would also recommend this book to fans of Denise Hunter, Karen Kingsbury, Pepper Basham, Nicole Deese, Erin Bartels, Kim Vogel Sawyer, and Tracie Peterson. Thank you to Revell and Net Galley for the opportunity to read Blackberry Beach. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sara Wise

    ** “I expect most dreams are reachable, if a person’s willing to pay the price. The question is whether the goal is worth the cost — and whether the return on investment is positive or negative.” ** Take a trip back to Hope Harbor, the town of second chances, with Irene Hannon’s latest offering, “Blackberry Beach.” Katherine Parker is escaping from her chaotic life, hoping to remain incognito, when she meets Zach Garrett, the owner of the local coffee shop. When electricity flies, they both realiz ** “I expect most dreams are reachable, if a person’s willing to pay the price. The question is whether the goal is worth the cost — and whether the return on investment is positive or negative.” ** Take a trip back to Hope Harbor, the town of second chances, with Irene Hannon’s latest offering, “Blackberry Beach.” Katherine Parker is escaping from her chaotic life, hoping to remain incognito, when she meets Zach Garrett, the owner of the local coffee shop. When electricity flies, they both realize they must overcome past doubts and insecurities while developing trust in one another. While Katherine must make a major career decision, Zach must decide if he wants to rebuild a relationship with his estranged father — before it might become too late. And while they’re working through their issues, Zach’s Aunt Stephanie and employee Frank find themselves quickly attracted to each other, but also having to overcome assumptions and pasts. “Blackberry Beach” is a delightful story filled with a lovely town and delightful characters. Many have very real and relatable issues, and we revisit many favorites from past books, including the very wise and prophetic Charley and his taco truck, as well as a belching harbor seal named Casper and two cuddling seagulls, Floyd and Gladys. Hannon will put a smile on your face and a flutter in your heart, as well as offer you some great themes, like seeking sanctuary and tranquility; overcoming loneliness; having keen vision; beauty and hope can be found everywhere; good can often come from bad (“But cloudy days serve a purpose too. Without them, we’d take sunshine for granted.”); stop going through the motions of faith and hang on to God’s promises; and the heart can alter plans because it’s our best compass. Even though this book is part of Hannon’s “Hope Harbor” series, you could read “Blackberry Beach,” which is due out April 6, as a standalone, but I would encourage you to go ahead and read the other stories in the series. The next book is due in April 2022. Five stars out of five. Revell provided this complimentary copy through NetGalley for my honest, unbiased review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anne Wolters

    A visit to Hope Harbor brings back memories of many of the residents whose stories are in earlier books in this series. Each of the books in this delightful series can be read as a standalone, however, you'll miss out on the backstory of the other interesting citizens of this charming town on the Oregon coast. The characters in Irene Hannon's books come alive on each page. She is gifted in creating characters and situations that the reader feels part of. When she describes scenery, I can picture A visit to Hope Harbor brings back memories of many of the residents whose stories are in earlier books in this series. Each of the books in this delightful series can be read as a standalone, however, you'll miss out on the backstory of the other interesting citizens of this charming town on the Oregon coast. The characters in Irene Hannon's books come alive on each page. She is gifted in creating characters and situations that the reader feels part of. When she describes scenery, I can picture myself right there. It has been noticed by a few that Hope Harbor has a mystery woman in their midst. She makes rare appearances, however, when she does, her face is mostly covered with large sunglasses. She's been to the local coffee shop, The Perfect Blend, twice. Both times she looks uncertain about whether she should come all the way in or make a hasty retreat. Zach Garrett, owner of the coffee shop and curious about the mysterious customer, offers to prepare the same drink she ordered on her first visit, a skinny vanilla latte. As she hovers by the door while her drink is being prepared, Charley, known for his famous fish tacos, steps into the shop, bumping mystery lady with the door. Zach gets the impression Charlie possibly might recognize her. Zach is intriugued and even more so when he notices her later walking along Blackberry Beach, right outside the back of his house. She's easy to recognize with the large sunglasses. He learns she has rented the house next door to him. Many residents of this close-knit community pitch in to renovate a house that will be called Hope House and will serve as a group home for foster kids - especially those of the same family, so they don't have to be separated. Zach's recently retired Aunt Stephanie comes for a visit and along with Zach is involved in restoring the house. Stephanie makes some new friends that cause her to re-think her retirement plans, including where she will live. As the pages of this intriguinlg book are turned, a surprising secret is revealed, a challengng family relationship is dealt with and life-changing decisions are made. I'm counting down the months until another visit to Hope Harbor takes place in the next book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    Fans of the Hope Harbor series will enjoy this newest edition with a few new characters and some favorites making recurring appearances. Katherine Parker has escaped to Hope Harbor to try and make some very difficult life decisions in peace. The rental house she has come to try and relax is tucked away overlooking the pacific and Katherine uses the time away from everyone to think about the direction her life needs to go. With the last year being wrapped up in scandal and more attention than she Fans of the Hope Harbor series will enjoy this newest edition with a few new characters and some favorites making recurring appearances. Katherine Parker has escaped to Hope Harbor to try and make some very difficult life decisions in peace. The rental house she has come to try and relax is tucked away overlooking the pacific and Katherine uses the time away from everyone to think about the direction her life needs to go. With the last year being wrapped up in scandal and more attention than she would like, the slower pace of life in Hope Harbor is just what she wants. Local coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has left the corporate life to follow his dreams of opening a coffee shop in the quant town of Hope Harbor. His family life is rough, and he has plenty to keep him busy at the shop without getting involved with his new neighbor. When Katherine and Zach end up working on a project in town together, they both notice the sparks flying between the two of them. The more time they spend together, the harder the decisions become, and both must decide if love is worth fighting for or if they are better parting ways now before they get hurt. Blackberry Beach is the latest installment in Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor series. At first, I thought the story line was going to go the way of Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, with Katherine running and hiding from an abuser; I was wrong on that front and once I realized that the pace slowed up a little, but not much. I’ve said this with most of the Hope Harbor books and I’ll say it again, Charlie is the best character and what keeps me coming back for more. I was happy to see him in a fair number of scenes and his interaction with so many different characters. For a contemporary romance it is top notch; a fast read with characters that interact in believable and relatable ways. If you are into romance reads such as these, I recommend this one, even if you haven’t read the others in the series you will still be able to enjoy this by itself. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Blackberry Beach (A Hope Harbor Novel #7) Author: Irene Hannon Pages: 352 Year: 2020 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars Have you ever read a series that captured your imagination and heart? I have, and the Hope Harbor series books are where my heart enjoys beating. For those who are not aware of this series, let me give you the book titles beginning with Hope Harbor, continuing with Sea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, Pelican Point, Driftwood Bay, Starfish Pier, and now Blackberry Beach. Title: Blackberry Beach (A Hope Harbor Novel #7) Author: Irene Hannon Pages: 352 Year: 2020 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars Have you ever read a series that captured your imagination and heart? I have, and the Hope Harbor series books are where my heart enjoys beating. For those who are not aware of this series, let me give you the book titles beginning with Hope Harbor, continuing with Sea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, Pelican Point, Driftwood Bay, Starfish Pier, and now Blackberry Beach. Each book brings hope and longing to those willing to sit and allow their imagination to take them to different places. Each book can be read separately but I have enjoyed reading this series from the first book to the most recent, with anticipation for her next one in 2022. Blackberry Beach is a tale of broken dreams, pressure to perform and lost or unfilled longings of the soul. We meet a new visitor to Hope Harbor, Katherine Parker, a young woman whose career has reached new heights and brings on the horizon the promise of more. Yet, is this really what Katherine wants out of life or can there be more? Zach Garrett left behind the rush and hectic lifestyle, and the expectations and demand of his father to pursue a dream. Now, in Hope Harbor, he is working to fulfill that dream and meeting new friends each day he opens his coffee shop. A new neighbor has moved in and the walls around her heart are thick. She is hiding but from what or who Zach has no idea. Once again, the author has penned a memorable novel that stirs the imagination as well as the heart of readers. It is fun to return to a well-known fictional place where fish tacos, two seagulls and friendship bloom. Each book in the series has touched my heart in some way. One of my favorite characters is Charlie who runs the taco stand but has such insight into people it takes one’s breath away. So, pick up a copy and come away to a quiet place for a little while and enjoy the scenery at Blackberry Beach. Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    I am a happy reader--back in author Irene Hannon's much-loved "Hope Harbor Series" with Book Seven, "Blackberry Beach". It's always a pleasure to meet new arrivals and to catch up with longtime residents. Hope Harbor wouldn't be the same without Charley--wise, perceptive friend-to-all--a talented artist and fish taco maker without equal. His feathered friends, Gladys and Floyd keep watch over the town and its inhabitants and offer their own insights from a bird's-eye view. Zach Garrett, owner of I am a happy reader--back in author Irene Hannon's much-loved "Hope Harbor Series" with Book Seven, "Blackberry Beach". It's always a pleasure to meet new arrivals and to catch up with longtime residents. Hope Harbor wouldn't be the same without Charley--wise, perceptive friend-to-all--a talented artist and fish taco maker without equal. His feathered friends, Gladys and Floyd keep watch over the town and its inhabitants and offer their own insights from a bird's-eye view. Zach Garrett, owner of the coffee shop, "The Perfect Blend", is intrigued by beautiful and elusive newcomer Kat Morgan, who seems immune to his overtures of friendship. A meeting on Blackberry Beach, when the blackberries are ripe and at their peak, reveals that the two are neighbors. Zach's homemade blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream seems to melt some of Kat's resistance. TV and film star Katherine Parker has retreated to Hope Harbor to recover from a series of devastating events and to decide where her future lies. Zach, whose response to a life-changing loss was to completely change his career and habitat, was mostly content with his days--even if he was starting to miss caring companionship. Fate conspires to bring them together to work on a community project to benefit foster children, and their awareness and attraction continues to grow. Katherine is on the verge of a major career breakthrough--a starring role in a feature film that could launch her into super stardom--but is that what she really wants? Zach's change of careers caused a serious rift with his father. Can Zach now open his heart to forgive past hurts and take a chance on a new life filled with the promise of love and happiness? Where there is faith, there is always hope--and hope is the guiding light through the most difficult of times. Highly recommended for lovers of inspirational romance. Book Copy Gratis Revell Books

  21. 4 out of 5

    June Jacobs

    A delightful read filled with loss, yearning, and love . . . This is the second book in the 'Hope Harbor' series I have had the pleasure of reading. 'Blackberry Beach' is a fine standalone story set in the amazing small Oregon coastal town of Hope Harbor. Once you read this book, you will know why I call this town amazing. Zach Garrett is an Atlanta, Georgia, transplant to the West Coast. He owns the local coffee shop, The Perfect Blend. A mysterious woman whom known only as Kat is renting the A delightful read filled with loss, yearning, and love . . . This is the second book in the 'Hope Harbor' series I have had the pleasure of reading. 'Blackberry Beach' is a fine standalone story set in the amazing small Oregon coastal town of Hope Harbor. Once you read this book, you will know why I call this town amazing. Zach Garrett is an Atlanta, Georgia, transplant to the West Coast. He owns the local coffee shop, The Perfect Blend. A mysterious woman whom known only as Kat is renting the home next to his on the hillside above the magnificent Blackberry Beach. As the story progresses, we learn the history behind what brought Zach to the Oregon coast and what he is searching for in his life. He is a man who longs to repair a damaged relationship from his past, but who does not know how to go about solving the issues which has caused the rift. Zach was my favorite character simply because he was a realistically-portrayed man with flaws and pain and dreams and a slightly-neglected faith in God. Kat is a woman of contradictions who is dealing with her own immense trauma and tragedy from her past. She is searching for answers to her troubles and for someone to trust. Through the meandering story, which involves a couple of inspiring sub-plots, I found myself cheering on Zach and Kat in their quest to overcome the challenges they are facing as individuals. Their support and encouragement of each other is admirable. The faith thread is tightly woven throughout the story. The local pastor, Reverend Baker, counsels the characters, and I found his words of faith to be inspiring and relevant. This book is completely clean in language and content. Highly-recommended for fans of Christian/clean romance, Christian/clean small-town romance, and Christian/clean fiction. I received a paperback copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads Blogger Program. My thoughts and opinions expressed here are solely my own. ##################

  22. 5 out of 5

    Narita

    This is my second Hope Harbor series book to read and I hope to read all of them! As I began reading my mind raced back to the previous book and Hope Harbor’s charm and nostalgia. The author has created a place you would want to visit and even live there: the wonderful people, the town’s businesses and the ocean with its beautiful beaches. I love it! Being a small community, anyone new is noticed right away (I have lived in places like that). The new comer is young woman that is very guarded and This is my second Hope Harbor series book to read and I hope to read all of them! As I began reading my mind raced back to the previous book and Hope Harbor’s charm and nostalgia. The author has created a place you would want to visit and even live there: the wonderful people, the town’s businesses and the ocean with its beautiful beaches. I love it! Being a small community, anyone new is noticed right away (I have lived in places like that). The new comer is young woman that is very guarded and reclusive. She interacts very little with others and wears huge sunglasses to hide her face. Zach Garrett who owns the local coffee shop notices her right away. Fascinated by her secrecy and mysteriousness he finds himself determined to befriend her. He discovers she is renting the beach house next door to him. Perfect! He will stop at nothing to get to know her and her story. . Some of the characters are at a crossroads in their lives. It takes courage to step out and take a different path from the one you have become accustom to for so long. At first it can seem wrong and uncomfortable. Most of us don’t like change, even for the better. I liked that even though they grappled and even resisted with a new direction because of the unknown, they relied on God to direct them. I could relate to times in my life when God was nudging me to move away from my comfort or not so comfortable zone. The decision each of the individuals stood at the edge of, dealt with new relationships, healing seemingly impossible old ones, and their calling in life. I must admit their grappling with whether they would step out on faith, kept me on the edge of my seat. I kept wondering what they would choose (and what I thought they could choose!). I had trouble putting it down! A wonderful Christian read! I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Randi Sampson

    Blackberry Beach is the 7th book in Irene Hannon's Hope Harbor series. Those of us who have already fallen in love with Hope Harbor are going to love heading back for another visit and seeing some familiar characters. Still, those new to the series will certainly be able to read this on it's own... though I suspect you may want to go back and find out more about this fantastic town! Be it a sweet romance or a heart racing suspense, I always know that when I pick up an Irene Hannon book that I am Blackberry Beach is the 7th book in Irene Hannon's Hope Harbor series. Those of us who have already fallen in love with Hope Harbor are going to love heading back for another visit and seeing some familiar characters. Still, those new to the series will certainly be able to read this on it's own... though I suspect you may want to go back and find out more about this fantastic town! Be it a sweet romance or a heart racing suspense, I always know that when I pick up an Irene Hannon book that I am in for a treat. Blackberry Beach did not let me down! Irene does a great job of creating this world that as a reader I want to come back to time and time again. Hope Harbor is an easy town to fall in love with--- a safe haven where many go to find peace...and love! This romance between coffee shop owner Zach Garrett and actress Katherine Parker was a great story of second chances that I truly enjoyed... but it wasn't the only romance within the story. It was perhaps the side romance between a few supporting characters that I enjoyed even more--- a reminder that love can happen at any time and that God's timing is always perfect! Some appearances by previously introduced characters like Charley and his seagull friends make this story all the more delightful. I would say that the pace did perhaps seem a little slower than others I've read by the author, but honestly that could have just been timing (or lack of time to sit and truly get into the story) on my part. Either way, it was an enjoyable read and a fantastic addition to this series. Whether you're returning to Hope Harbor or visiting for the first time, this is a great read that fans of Christian romance are sure to enjoy! I know I certainly did! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Ritter

    Blackberry Beach is the seventh book in Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor (Oregon) series. This book brings together again some of the quirky and endearing supporting characters from the first two books and introduces some lovely new ones. Zach Garrett left a high power, high pressure career in Chicago to settle in Hope Harbor seeking to fulfill a dream and gain balance in his life. Zach’s dream project is his coffee shop, The Perfect Blend. It has become a profitable business with two part time employ Blackberry Beach is the seventh book in Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor (Oregon) series. This book brings together again some of the quirky and endearing supporting characters from the first two books and introduces some lovely new ones. Zach Garrett left a high power, high pressure career in Chicago to settle in Hope Harbor seeking to fulfill a dream and gain balance in his life. Zach’s dream project is his coffee shop, The Perfect Blend. It has become a profitable business with two part time employees and workdays completed before 2:00 pm. Now that his business has taken off, Zach feels there is a void in his life. With both his mother and younger brother gone and his relationship with his father tenuous at best, Zach is delighted when his Aunt Stephanie, his father’s sister, contacts him out of the blue telling him she has taken early retirement from her high pressured position and wants to visit him to get reacquainted. Zach and her brother, Richard, are all the family Stephanie has left. About the same time as his aunt arrives, a lovely stranger catches his eye. Although of few words and definitely trying to stay under the radar, Kat Morgan has definitely gotten his heart pounding. When Zach and Kat meet by chance walking on the small beach both Zach’s home and the home Kat is renting overlook, there is no doubt there is electricity between them. With these two women now in Zach’s life, even if only passing through, there is room for hope for a future more full than what his life had become. In her unmistakable style, Ms. Hannon has woven together the stories of three people seeking a better, more fulfilling life whose paths simultaneously cross in Hope Harbor, where hope is found. Each has their own path to figure out, however, the interaction of their paths just may be how they each find their next steps. I did enjoy this book and I do recommend it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    I am completely obsessed with this series! Blackberry Beach is the seventh book and I hope there are seventy more! No worries if you aren't familiar with the fabulous Hope Harbor series...well, yes, you should worry over all that you're missing out on...but each book reads well as a standalone so you can pick up anywhere and start reading. There are some wonderful consistencies in each book though. The loving small town vibe fueled by caring people intent on making a difference in their little pa I am completely obsessed with this series! Blackberry Beach is the seventh book and I hope there are seventy more! No worries if you aren't familiar with the fabulous Hope Harbor series...well, yes, you should worry over all that you're missing out on...but each book reads well as a standalone so you can pick up anywhere and start reading. There are some wonderful consistencies in each book though. The loving small town vibe fueled by caring people intent on making a difference in their little part of the world. The congenially sparring clergy with their rapier wit and quirky banter. The oddly intelligent seagulls, Floyd and Gladys, who like to keep an eye on folks who need some extra TLC. And Charly, of course. Artist with a paintbrush and grill, he has an eye for noticing and and a heart for caring and an uncanny way of putting pieces together in an almost divine manner....honestly, I'd read these books just for Charly! And here's where I reveal just how completely besotted I am with this series. I have the first six books tucked away on my keeper's shelf and this latest (notice I didn't say last...please let there never be a last!) in my audible library. And because I adore both Irene Hannon's storytelling and Therese Plummer's narration so much, I'm getting ready to start listening to the series right from the start. Book in hand, ear buds in, and I'll be in bibliophile heaven for hours on end. :-) This seventh book delivers all the heart and hope and second chances that have become trademark with the series. Where the romance develops slowly, from hesitant first missteps to a slow lowering of defenses that catapult Katherine and Zach into serious discussions and deep soul searching along with some toe-curling banter and delicious kisses. Happy sigh. I loved every blessed second!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beckie Burnham

    A return to trip to Hope Harbor is always greatly anticipated. The fictional small town on the coast of Oregon created by Irene Hannon is a special place. I love the small town vibe, the caring and slightly quirky people, and the wildlife that have a magical quality. Fans of the series will not be disappointed in book 7, Blackberry Beach. Love is in the air for more than one couple, and the reader will love the realistic struggles that each face to find their happily-ever-after. This is a must-r A return to trip to Hope Harbor is always greatly anticipated. The fictional small town on the coast of Oregon created by Irene Hannon is a special place. I love the small town vibe, the caring and slightly quirky people, and the wildlife that have a magical quality. Fans of the series will not be disappointed in book 7, Blackberry Beach. Love is in the air for more than one couple, and the reader will love the realistic struggles that each face to find their happily-ever-after. This is a must-read! Blackberry Beach focuses on Kat, an incognito actress escaping from Hollywood craziness and Zach, a former high powered businessman turned coffee shop owner. The attraction between the two is immediate, yet Kat has a lot of decisions to make that potentially will keep them apart. While the reader may not be able to identify with Kat’s movie-star life, her struggle with doing what she loves and finding peace in her decisions will resonate. Zach has already found his purpose, and his unselfish advice marks a man of integrity. I liked these two characters very much! A secondary story follows Zach’s recently retired Aunt Stephanie and part-time barista Frank. This late in life romance — the first for Stephanie and second time around for Frank — is a great parallel and contrast to Kat and Zach’s relationship. Being a reader of, ahem, a certain age 😉 , I appreciated the more mature characters’ chance at love. As always, this book features elements that fans of the Hope Harbor series love — Charley the taco truck owner, seagulls Gladys and Floyd, and sweet treats woven into the book. In the case of Blackberry Beach, Kat’s truffles will make you crave the chocolatey treat! Hannon plans more return trips to Hope Harbor, and I cannot wait! Recommended. Audience: adults. (Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon – 4 Stars A sweet romance with two people who have no reason to get involved with someone else. Katherine Parker just wants to spend some time away from Hollywood and the paparazzi. Zach Garret owns a Coffee Shop in Hope Harbor lives next to her rental home. He’s already gone through a great loss and just wants to live his life quietly and has no plans on changing things. Until he keeps running into Katherine at a home for foster children, which they recruited to Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon – 4 Stars A sweet romance with two people who have no reason to get involved with someone else. Katherine Parker just wants to spend some time away from Hollywood and the paparazzi. Zach Garret owns a Coffee Shop in Hope Harbor lives next to her rental home. He’s already gone through a great loss and just wants to live his life quietly and has no plans on changing things. Until he keeps running into Katherine at a home for foster children, which they recruited to help rehab. Sparks fly then. This is a very sweet romance with some interesting twists and turns. I enjoyed the book, it kept me interested all the way to the end. I received this book from NetGalley.com in the kindle format. My opinions are my own and freely given they were not required. #BlackberryBeach #IreneHannon #NetGalley Description from NetGalley: Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside. Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss--and he has no plans to change the life he's created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. He's had enough drama to last a lifetime. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. And as their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected . . . and discover that, with love, all things are possible? Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you to come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon Book 7 in the Hope Harbor series Rating: 4/5 Irene Hannon delivers another great story set in the beautiful and charming Hope Harbor. I'm a huge fan of this series (still holding out for Charley's story - "Any day is a perfect day for a Charley's fish taco"), and wish they'd included a blackberry truffle recipe or at least a place to order them from. LOL. Returning to the town of Hope Harbor, Katherine Parker is looking to rest and hide away from the scrutiny and fals Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon Book 7 in the Hope Harbor series Rating: 4/5 Irene Hannon delivers another great story set in the beautiful and charming Hope Harbor. I'm a huge fan of this series (still holding out for Charley's story - "Any day is a perfect day for a Charley's fish taco"), and wish they'd included a blackberry truffle recipe or at least a place to order them from. LOL. Returning to the town of Hope Harbor, Katherine Parker is looking to rest and hide away from the scrutiny and false accusations of the paparazzi of Hollywood. But trying to fly under the radar is hard when the owner of the local coffee shop, The Perfect Blend, Zach Garrett, has his eye on you. When they discover that they are neighbors living by Blackberry Beach, a friendship begins and secrets are shared. Can Zach find a way to mend the rift between his dad and himself? Can Katherine decide what's holding her back from taking on a lead role in major blockbuster film? Can two very different people find a way to heal from their past and be together? Not only did I feel invested in Zach and Katherine's relationship, but I found myself rooting for Zach's aunt and his barista to fall in love. It's always fun having another relationship in the mix to bring more perspective, and I especially enjoyed Zach's aunt's character who always put her career first. Giving her a chance at love was special and beautiful. "Life is too short to build walls that cut you off from the people you love." Highly recommend this book if you enjoy Christian contemporary fiction with romance, humor and delicious food. My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jalynn Patterson

    **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own. About the Book: Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside. Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his nich **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own. About the Book: Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside. Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss--and he has no plans to change the life he's created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. He's had enough drama to last a lifetime. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. And as their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected . . . and discover that, with love, all things are possible? Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you to come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms. My Review: I had never been to the beach until recently. And I have to say I loved every single second of it. It is definitely a great place to relax and get away from it all. Katherine thinks the same way she needed a place for some rest and relaxation and Blackberry Beach was the best place. She does not intend to find a friend or anything more, just a place to rest her mind and body. Zach runs the local coffee shop and he stays to himself, a real homebody. He doesnt want to or care to know anything about his neighbors and Katherine Parker can be added to that list. But thats all about to change when they are ask to help in their community. Romance is about to bite them both, more than they realize.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Korin

    Hope Harbor is a peaceful, enjoyable setting to be thrust into. The small town is friendly and calm, with residents who can be slightly quirky at times. Maybe because this is one of the last books in the series, though, I wished the author could have let me experience more of this charming place. Kat is somewhat of a recluse and Zach doesn't have all that many friends, so their POVs tended to be just them a lot of the time at home, or of them together. I wanted to see the more of the townspeople Hope Harbor is a peaceful, enjoyable setting to be thrust into. The small town is friendly and calm, with residents who can be slightly quirky at times. Maybe because this is one of the last books in the series, though, I wished the author could have let me experience more of this charming place. Kat is somewhat of a recluse and Zach doesn't have all that many friends, so their POVs tended to be just them a lot of the time at home, or of them together. I wanted to see the more of the townspeople, but again, perhaps I was disappointed because this is book 7 and the town's personality has already been established in previous books. I was interested to see how everything would work out between Zach and Kat. What do you do if your dreams are pulling you in opposite directions? However, there's hesitancy in much of the story, at least in the first half- Zach wants to get to know Kat, Kat tries to avoid him. I got a bit bored, to be honest. The last half of the book did pick up a bit, but still, it took me much longer than normal to finish this novel. If I sound uncertain in this review, that's because I am. While I didn't exactly love the story, there were some good parts- like Charlie. I liked him, and was slightly confused by him at the same time. The pastor and priest were pretty cool characters, too. I just didn't connect with the rest of the story- but perhaps readers who have enjoyed this series for years (or who don't mind a slow pacing) would disagree with me. Reading the previous books might also knock down some of the reservations I had about this book. One positive thing I do have to say- I am a pastry and baking student and absolutely DESPISE tempering chocolate, so much respect for Kat's chocolatiering skills! I voluntarily received this book from the publisher in order to write an honest review. All opinions are truly my own.

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