Even though I enjoy books in this genre, sometimes they can seem very similar – almost as if you’ve read it before. Not Starfish Pier – it had many characteristics that made it stand out. Irene Hannon is an author that I never have to wonder when I pick up her books if it will be worth my time – she always delivers! One of the things she does best is create characters that are realistic, and not stereotypical. The characters in Starfish Pier have health challenges both physically and mentally. These challenges bring depth and dimension to their interactions and their relationships. Somehow Irene Hannon tackles many heavy topics but in a very tactful way. Alcoholism, capital punishment, abortion, and assisted suicide all play a role throughout. While all of these topics are deep, the way it is written will have you cruising through the pages. I enjoyed the perspectives of the different characters and how they were woven together with messages of hope. The setting of Hope Harbor is a charming seaside town that brings a sense of serenity and family atmosphere. You will not want to leave. If you are looking for a sweet romance that tackles deeper topics, this would be a great pick! I would recommend this one for a book club as well – you won’t be disappointed.