Morning everyone! 😀 Quick little book review today — just sharing with you guys my humble opinion of this book: Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon. I hope you enjoy! 😉
Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon (Goodreads)
Driftwood Bay is a charming story with engaging characters.
While the story line was very intriguing and such, there were a few details that annoyed me, but let’s start with the good things! 😉
The setting of Driftwood Bay… I loved reading about the town of Hope Harbor. Hope Harbor sounds like a beautiful spot with lots of fun people. It is such a great fictional world!
I think my favorite character is Molly. She is such an adorable little five year old, especially at the end of the book. 😉 I actually laughed out loud at a few of the things she did! I honestly could not imagine dealing with all that as a five year old though… such a sad situation!
Logan is a confusing character. I’m still not exactly sure what to think about him… he kind of annoyed me. I guess he was just one of those characters. *shrugs* He was pretty sweet to his niece, though, and that was good.
Jeanette was pretty interesting too. It took way too long for me to find out her backstory. Though I’m sure that was on purpose!
I also really enjoyed getting to know the Shabo family as they worked through their grief, got adjusted to living in a new country, and went through the trials of learning a new language and not always being able to understand English.
And Toby, haha! How could I not mention Toby? This rambunctious little puppy definitely played a part in the story. 🙂
The book cover illustration is just beautiful, more so in real life, I thought. 🙂
Now, onto the annoying things.
First off, there were a few times where I just stopped reading and thought, “oh my word, who talks like this?!” It wasn’t like that for the entire book, but bigger words seemed to be overused and made everyday conversation between the characters slightly unrealistic. Example: “I had an enlightening conversation with Molly today. I can fill you in if we relocate to the porch once our friend [they were talking about the dog, Toby] here is done digesting his dinner.” Maybe that’s just me, but it felt overly awkward and I don’t think I would talk like that in casual conversation. XP
Secondly, the continuous noticing and romance between the two main characters grew to be repetitive after awhile, and a few of comments, I didn’t think were even necessary.
Lastly, I thought this book could be a little more focused on God. There were scenes where people went to church and all that, but two of the main characters seemed to treat God as more of like a last resource. I felt it got more resolved towards the end of the book though.
**I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required and all thoughts are my own**
This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing through Interviews & Reviews.
(Side note that won’t make any sense unless you read the book: when Logan told Jeanette to burp the baby kitten, Button, after feeding him a bottle, that prodded me to do some research…. Apparently you’re supposed to! Who knew?? I never did that with my cats, haha!)
Note: pronouns were not capitalized when referring to God.
Recommended for 14/15+
Thanks for reading! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!
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