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Review: Windswept Way by Irene Hannon

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Windswept Way was such a beautiful story! I have only read the first three novels in the Hope Harbor series years ago and then jumped to this one, which is book nine. I had no trouble at all picking this novel up and enjoying it on its own merit. Of course, I know that there are people and events that I have missed in the overall series, yet that did not impact my enjoyment of this book. In fact, I think I will go back and start at the beginning again at some point and hopefully listen my way through the entire series.

The hero in this novel, Jon, is definitely wounded. His war wounds have left very serious scarring. He covers them as best he can and has isolated himself away from most people. But as bad as his outside scarring is, it is the scarring that is emotional and tied to his injuries that have really kept him from living life in the fullest. Ashley has pain that she is carrying around when she arrives in Hope Harbor, too.

I loved the way the connection between Ashley and Jon developed. It was very natural and the fears and uncertainties that they both carried impacted the way things progressed. Kind of a one step forward and two steps back type of situation. There was a lot of emotional healing that needed to occur before Jon felt that he could trust his heart to Ashley. And he struggled with whether a relationship with him was something that would even be a wise decision for her to pursue. I thought the author did a great job of showing the uncertainties that both of these characters struggled with. I loved this story from start to finish!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Buying a haunted house was never in Ashley Scott’s plans, but when an intriguing opportunity drops into her lap after a major life setback, she finds herself trekking cross-country to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast to launch a new life.

Wounded warrior Jonathan Gray isn’t sure what to make of the attractive woman on his reclusive older neighbor’s isolated property, but her presence is none of his business—until she enlists his help with an ambitious project. When Jonathan finds his interest in the new arrival becoming more personal than professional, however, his defenses go up. There’s no room in his life—or his heart—for romance.

Yet as these two hurting souls join forces to restore life, laughter, and love to a historic estate, might they also find healing, hope, and happiness themselves?

Come home to Hope Harbor—
where hearts heal…and love blooms.



Irene Hannon, who writes both contemporary romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 60 novels. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romance fiction) and she is a member of that organization’s elite Hall of Fame. She has also received a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. Other awards for individual books include National Readers’ Choice, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers Choice, Booksellers’ Best, and Reviewers’ Choice from RT Book Reviews. She is also a two-time Christy award finalist.

A former corporate communications executive with a Fortune 500 company, Irene now writes full time.

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