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Happy Harbor

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I love Rachael Hanna but I had a hard time getting into this book. It did not capture my interest the way her books normally do. I did keep reading the book and finished it.

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Josie returns home after her Grandmother dies, she tries to live out the requirements of her grandmothers will. any book by this author is really good.

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Loved the book! Broken relationships can drive us away from home and we all need a Nana the know where we really belong. Time can truly heal all wounds and opening ourself to second chances can bring the happiness we want but cannot find. Thank you Ms Hanna for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this new release by Rachel Hanna. I have read most of her book series and thoroughly enjoy her relatable and realistic themes. "Happy Harbor" is her newest book that offers a deeper dive into the human element and how life events deeply affect who we are. "No one really changes" is a main theme in this story for the main character, relative to herself and also how she views others. People and life events have wounded her and given her a hard shell which is reflected in all aspects of her life. As the story plays out, you see and feel her outside of her comfort zone where she starts re-evaluating her life and feelings. Other characters teach her by example and by believing in her that transformations can and do actually happen. Surprises from the past and present intertwine with the theme to make this story well-balanced, satisfying, and leaving the reader feeling connected to the characters and wanting to know more about their lives and futures together in the endearing town of Happy Harbor. I highly recommend this story and hope it will become a series. It would translate well into a Hallmark movie or television series.

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This is a wonderful small town book. Josie was an interesting main character. She’s prickly, judgmental and not a very happy person. Her life implodes in the first few chapters. The small town of Happy Harbor is just what her and her daughter needs. It was great watching Josie transform. She didn’t completely become a different person. She still had her moments, which made the book believable. I highly recommend this book.

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I love the books from this author. She has a wonderful style of writing about small town living and the communities around them. Her characters are always real with their own life baggage and this one was so good. When her beloved grandmother dies she return home with her daughter to attempt to live out the conditions of her will. She is now working with her estranged mother in her grandmothers cafe. The way this lady transforms is believable and such a great story. Thank you #NetGalley and #Blackstone for the ARC.

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Rachel Hanna's novels are always enjoyable and this is no exception.

Josie Campbell, single mother to Kendra, left her small hometown and the accompanying memories for the big city and bigger career aspirations in Atlanta. Vowing to provide a different life for her rebellious teen daughter, Josie tries to distance herself from her childhood tainted by her alcoholic mother.

Event after event lead Josie and Kendra back to Happy Harbor, and it's time to face the past after Josie's beloved Nana passes away and she's left to carry on the legacy of the local restaurant and historic home complete with organized tours. Josie is left to wonder if people really can change, after a lifetime of believing people don't change. And this story is a reminder to trust the wisdom of our elders; sometimes they really do know best.

Thanks to NetGalley, Blackstone Publishing & Rachel Hanna for the ARC.

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What a wonderful trip to Happy Harbor. This book is a story of redemption, second chances and helping an outcome from beyond the grave. It was a testament of how you really can come home again! I'm really hoping this is a series because I need more!

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Josie Campbell grew up in the small town of Happy Harbor. She had an alcoholic mother who was often absent and spending time in town ding all kinds of stuff. All Josie ever wanted to do was leave, She never wanted to be known as her mother's daughter again. Josie returns home to Happy Harbor as her Grandmother has passed away. She ends up having to run the family restaurant. She is also now staying in the old family home, Josie also brought her daughter Kindra with her who is loving the new life. As Josie begins her healing it is interrupted by her estranged mother showing up. Her mother says she is now sober and wanted a second chance. Josie isn't quite sure about having her mother back in her life and she is not sure if she can forgive her, Even though she has these feelings she does think it might be nice for Kindra to have a grandmother. Will Josie be able to do this for her daughter? Will she get a second chance with her mom and her old friend Walker.?This is a wonderful story of hope, forgiveness and healing!

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This is a story about change, forgiveness, fitting in, and trusting others. Rachel Hanna is a go-to author for clean domestic fiction. Happy Harbor is another great work of fiction. The story and characters are relatable. The setting goes from stressful to cozy. Lessons are learned and change is possible. I give this easy read 4 stars and will recommend to others.
Thank you to the publishers for an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Josie thought she had the perfect life until she was fired from her job, dumped by her fiancé, and her grandmother died. She hated returning to her home town where she lived with her grandmother, reliving al the awful moments. Her grandmother had faith in her and left her her restaurant and house believing Josie could learn to work with others and reunite with her mother. I really liked her daughter, Kendra, who realized she needed a new school and place to belong. I did get tired of Josie wanting to make changes when she was clueless about what her grandmother had established. She was so self-centered,

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Happy Harbor
by Rachel Hanna
Pub Date: June 11, 2024
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.
From USA Today bestselling author Rachel Hanna, Happy Harbor is a heartfelt, hometown romance perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber and Susan Mallery. In Rachel Hanna's poignant and heartwarming novel, "Happy Harbor," Josie Campbell, a woman who has spent years distancing herself from her troubled childhood in the small Southern town of Happy Harbor, is forced to confront her past when she returns home following the death of her beloved grandmother.
Readers will find themselves invested in Josie's struggle and rooting for her as she navigates the challenges of her past and embraces the possibility of a brighter future.
4 stars

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I enjoyed the small town atmosphere and the mother daughter dynamics of the story. I can always count on Rachel Hanna to come up with an enjoyable read.

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Thanks to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for the opportunity to read Happy Harbor by Rachel Hanna, an author we can always count on. I enjoyed the small town, and I enjoyed the mother daughter dynamics

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I enjoyed the premise of this novel immensely, especially the theme of forgiveness, and how people can change. I thought the main character was a little too one-dimensional, and I took a point off because some of the dialogue was redundant. However, I liked the small town setting and the different relationships between mothers and daughters.

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Josie had a tough childhood. Her mom was an alcoholic and she lost all trust in people. When her grandmother dies she leaves. Her her home and a restaurant in happy harbor. Can she overcome her childhood and learn to trust again.

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I received a prepublication digital copy of Happy Harbor from the publisher for review. The novel is a story of love, redemption, and relationship recovery. The novel had several concurrent subplots blended smoothly together. The mother-daughter relationship struggles (between Diane and Josie as well as between Josie and Kendra) are realistic and relatable and are confronted and resolved with courage, keeping the reader engaged. Meanwhile the romantic relationships that develop between Josie and Walker, as well as between Kendra and Scotty, are genuine and wholesome, bringing the reader a sense of satisfaction and completion. This romance novel had just enough struggle to keep it interesting, and the characters remained true to themselves throughout while developing and becoming their best selves. This hope of redemption and the gift of second chances are themes that most readers seek.

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In Rachel Hanna's poignant and heartwarming novel, "Happy Harbor," Josie Campbell, a woman who has spent years distancing herself from her troubled childhood in the small Southern town of Happy Harbor, is forced to confront her past when she returns home following the death of her beloved grandmother. As Josie reluctantly steps into her grandmother's shoes, she finds herself running the family restaurant, living in the historic family home, and crossing paths with the enigmatic and attractive Walker Jackson. Amidst the beauty of the town and the love of her daughter, Kendra, who thrives in this new environment, Josie struggles to reconcile with the painful memories that haunt her. However, Josie's journey towards healing and forgiveness takes an unexpected turn when her estranged mother, Diane, arrives, claiming to be sober and seeking a second chance. Torn between her longing for a family and the lifetime of pain inflicted by her mother's past actions, Josie must decide whether she can find it in her heart to forgive and rebuild a relationship with Diane. Hanna's writing is evocative and skillfully captures Josie's emotions and the nuances of her relationships. The setting of Happy Harbor is vividly portrayed, becoming a character in its own right, with its charm and history playing a significant role in Josie's journey. "Happy Harbor" is a compelling story about confronting the past, finding forgiveness, and ultimately discovering healing and hope. Hanna delves into the intricacies of the character's lives, the lasting effects of trauma, and the power of second chances, creating a narrative that is both emotionally resonant and thought-provoking. Readers will find themselves invested in Josie's struggle and rooting for her as she navigates the challenges of her past and embraces the possibility of a brighter future.

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What a beautiful story about how a single mother Josie who has to overcome trust issues. The only constant in her life has been her Nana. First, her mother, an alcoholic deserts her and she’s raised by her Nana. Her daughter, Kendra starts getting into trouble at school. She loses her job for being too controlling and not a team player and her fiancé cheats on her and breaks the engagement. Nana passes away and she relocates to run her restaurant. The hiccup is that her mother is a server and in recovery. Can she trust her mother? Can she run a restaurant and be part of a team? Can she trust Walker, Nana’s handsome tenant? Can Kendra adjust and get her life back on track.?I found myself totally involved with the characters. Heartwarming ending. Thank you NetGalley for this ARC.

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