Sandpiper Cove is a niche tucked away at Hope Harbor, a magical place that is home for some of the nicest people you could hope to meet. It's a place for second chances and surprising encounters. It would seem an idyllic little spot except for a string of unprovoked vandalism in their midst. It is also the place where two of the most unlikely people meet and unite efforts to put an end to the crimes.
For ex-con Adam Stone, Hope Harbor is a realm so far removed from his painful youth. Moved by Reverend Baker's prison ministry, Stone was encouraged to settle there after he served his time. He was welcomed to his new church community and was blessed with the uncanny trust of his new boss B.J. Stevens as a member of her construction crew. His life was so much better until his place was vandalized not once but twice and his dog, Clyde was left for dead.
Widowed Police Chief Lexie Graham, a single mother, moved back to Hope Harbor soon after the death of her husband. She is dedicated to her family and her job. Determined to keep her town safe she enlists Stone's help to find the vandals. What Lexie discovers about Stone is from that age old adage about not judging a book by its cover. He is rough around the edges but there is definitely more to him than meets the eye. As the story unfolded I was reminded of how little things we do touch others in a big way. It is so easy to be put off by appearances or base our thoughts on what others may say. Nothing about Stone is what Lexie believed at first. Aren't first impressions always right?
Bestselling author Irene Hannon has a gift for developing characters in well designed plots. Whether she is writing about romance or a suspenseful novel like Buried Secrets you will find complex characters that will keep you guessing the outcome until the story culminates at the end. It is no small wonder that she continues to delight her readers. Sandpiper Cove is no exception. I enjoyed this entertaining book and the study in human nature.
For my part, I was easily hooked from the beginning of this book and was sad to see it end. It is a compelling story with a community that beckons. I love the Oregon Coast and visiting coastal towns that are a lot like Hope Harbor. It is easy to recommend this latest installment of the Hope Harbor series, it is just that good.