Since this is the first book I’ve read by Irene Hannon, I have nothing to compare it to other than my own observations. I thought it was lovely. Driftwood Bay focused on the pain of grief and how hurting people often shy away from making any deep, lasting relationships. This is shown through more than one character, and it helps set the stage for others overcoming their pain and guilt.
While we are drawn into Thomma’s pain early on and given insight into his grief, Jeannette’s past stays deeply buried for a large portion of the book. I can’t say I minded this, as when it was revealed it was done naturally through conversation. Irene Hannon seems to have mastered the art of revealing characters through physical dialogue between characters. This was a refreshing change I appreciated.
I kept thinking of the phrase, “Hurting people hurt people” as I read. Jeannette doesn’t mean to hurt Logan and Molly. She’s only trying to protect her own fragile heart. Same with Thomma and Elisa. Thomma doesn’t mean to hurt his daughter, but he can’t see that his lack of love is slowing destroying them.
Driftwood Bay is a wonderful story drawn from the extreme depth of grief. The author doesn’t hold back with her expressions of loss and the book is better for it.
I requested a copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.