‘I have absolutely loved this book and been completely unable to put this one down… This is a perfect summer read… Absolutely gorgeous.’ Little Miss Book Lover 87, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Making her way up the cedar-lined driveway, tears fill her eyes at the sight of the cottage’s faded trim and peeling turquoise shutters. Taking a deep breath, she grasps the heart-shaped iron door handle and steps inside the once-happy childhood home she’s been avoiding. It is time to face up to the past…
When Emily’s fiancé walks out on her while she’s still grieving the loss of her family in a terrible accident, she escapes back to Hope Haven on the remote Dune Island, where her family vacationed every summer. Emily hopes that fixing up the house will also mend her broken heart, but the cottage holds more than just bittersweet childhood memories. Emptying her father’s antique writing desk, Emily finds a letter that reveals a devastating secret about her parents.
With a head full of questions that can never be answered, it seems like returning to the island was the worst decision Emily ever made… until she meets Lucas Socorro, saltwater dripping from his dark curls after a surf session. As they take long walks on the soft sand, and talk late into the firefly-lit night, Emily wonders if Dr Luke—as the kids in the hospital call him—could be the one to help her heal. With Luke holding her hand, delving into her family’s painful past is a little easier.
Painting the gloomy cottage walls the colour of seashells, and revamping her grandmother’s flea-market furniture, Emily starts to feel she might call Dune Island home for good—and that she could build that home right here with Luke. But when Emily’s family secret spreads through a network of local gossips, her fragile heart breaks all over again. Luke is the only one who could have started the rumours. Was she wrong to trust him so easily?
As the sun sets behind the dunes, Emily has a difficult decision to make. Does she pack her bags and leave the island for good? Or take a risk that Hope Haven has everything she’s been looking for?
A beautiful and emotional read that will make you long to feel the sand beneath your feet. Perfect for fans of Nancy Thayer, Tracy Brogan and Mary Alice Monroe.
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‘5 big stars! I loved everything about this book... The setting, the story, the characters, and the writing were all beautifully done. Perfect read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I loved this book! I laughed and cried and was full of emotions the whole time I read it… wonderful characters… I highly recommend this book!’ It’s My Life, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This is such a lovely book! A truly heart-wrenching story… really brought a smile to my face… I for one cannot wait for the other books in this series… a great read and a classic example of a beach book with a heart.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘An adorable book that is the perfect summer read… This gorgeous book has so many beautiful threads… a masterpiece of storytelling!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This book will make you yearn for beach and that sand under your feet…. Such an emotional book about family, loss and love. Will touch a chord in everyone's heart.’ @thebookishbanker
‘The perfect beach read… beautifully written.. a roller-coaster… The plot is filled with love, friendship, loss, secrets, romance, sand, art and seals!!!... a perfectly romantic beach read that ticks all the boxes.’ BookWorm1986
‘I loved this book from page one and ended up staying up ‘til the wee hours to finish it!... I would love to read more books by Ms. Harper… She has a great way of drawing the reader into the storyline.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Well written fast read!
New series, new author. Beautiful story of life, love and grief. Emily had a big dose of all three! The love of her wonderful family and fiancé. The heartbreak of loss and learning to deal with it. Emily moves to her family summer cabin across the country to be with friends and to get a handle on her life and grief. Of course thru her friends she meets Lucas, an all around good guy. There are many ups and downs, a few twists and surprises. I did predict early on the twists, so no surprise, but was well written and a fast read.
Phenomenal Must Read
This is the debut novel by this author and let me just say I love her writing style. Kristin Harper knows how to grab you and pull you into this story, so, pack your bags because you’re going to Cape Cod. I was looking forward to escaping into this book and seeing what Hope Haven has to offer.
As Emily arrives in Hope Haven she is there to feel close to her family whom she had just lost. She went back to a place full of happy memories of her childhood, with the family she loved. As she begins to make changes to her family’s house, she is also changing. As she moves through the stages of grief, she meets Lucas who is the pediatric doctor in the town’s hospital. Emily is an art history major as well, and as she paints murals on the walls at the hospital, a relationship begins to develop with Lucus. As the story continues, you find yourself cheering Emily on. Flipping through the pages, you see her flourish and once agin finding happiness in her life. I loved the details in the back stories of both Lucas and Emily. The characters are so relatable and they make you want to hang out on the porch chatting and drinking iced tea. This is a real page turner that you can’t put down once you begin reading it. Thank you Kristin Harper for such a wonderful story of love, family, friendships and most of all hope. I highly recommend this book as I’m sure it won’t disappoint. It definitely has all the feels.
I really enjoyed this story and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I am so glad that this is just the start of a series, that means there is so much more to come and I look so forward to reading what’s next. I will definitely read more books written by this author.
Summer at Hope Haven by Kristin Harper
A wonderful novel about a grief stricken artist & adjunct university instructor from Seattle, who has lost her family in a tragic accident, relocates to Dune Island in New England to her inherited cottage where her family spent many happy vacations. Emily’s story of healing, learning of a mystery about her dad, meeting Dr. Luke, & reuniting with Wilson who spent summers, with her family, & his pregnant wife Collet!Emily has committed her artistic talent to paint the new sterile pediatric wing rooms into beautiful & magical murals for young patients to distract & inspire their imaginations away from their pain & treatments❣️👍. Luke & Tim, the hospital Board President, are enthralled with her talent & inspiration. You’ll love this tale of Emily & Luke’s budding relationship!But, can she trust & accept friendships & begin to live with & share her grief & move on with her life? A heartwarming story of family love, a struggling romance & hope for a new future! Be sure to order your copy today for hours of pleasurable reading!
Kudos to the author, Ms Harper❣️ I signed up for her newsletter to know when her next Dune Island/Hope Haven novel is released!