After a crushing layoff from his prestigious law firm, Eric Nash returns to his childhood home of Hope Harbor to take a short break before hunting down a new partner-track position somewhere else. Instead of peace and quiet, however, he finds himself in a construction site as his father turns his house into a bed and breakfast. Eric continually finds himself drawn to old friends and hobbies, and also the beautiful, but prickly, architect and construction chief working on his father's house.
Having escaped a stressful career and disastrous dating experience in Los Angeles, BJ Stevens wants nothing to do with a work-focused, big city lawyer intent on leaving town in a few short weeks. After spending time working with Eric, though, BJ realizes that some men are trustworthy. After his predetermined vacation is over, will Eric choose financial security with a stable job, or finally learn to take a chance and follow his heart?
In Sea Rose Lane, Irene Hannon on a relaxing trip to lovely and peaceful Hope Harbor. Even without having read Hannon's previous novel set in the idyllic town, readers will have no problem following this stand-alone story. Both main characters are well-developed, relatable, and likable. In addition, the various sub-plots and characters are equally compelling.
In typical romance novel fashion, the story is predictable and without any real surprises. The end, however, is sufficiently satisfying, and the themes of finding lasting contentment and security are thought-provoking.
I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.