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Emily's Hope

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Emily's Hope is the gripping story of one young woman's physical, emotional, spiritual journey from high school to adulthood. Interspersed throughout the story are flashbacks to Emily's great-grandmother's troubled life, with a climax culminating in the surprising revelation that Emily and her great-grandmother are connected more deeply than by ancestral ties alone.
Paperback, 361 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Full Quiver Publishing
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Krisi Keley
A beautifully moving story of the challenges and choices in life, Emily’s Hope is a portrait of two women whose divergent paths lead them to very different concepts of womanhood, and yet which are, nonetheless, paths intrinsically intertwined.

Emily Greer, an adolescent of the 1970’s, begins a project on genealogy for her high school English class that becomes a family mystery which will profoundly intersect with her own journey in life. Although Catholic, the teenage Emily supports, if not fully
Apr 20, 2010 Tannia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tannia by: Review copy - mailed by author
In her book, ''Emily's Hope,'' author Ellen Gable tells the story of Emily Greer and a hidden and disturbing family secret.

The book starts with Emily, married with children, riding in an ambulance to the hospital's emergency room due to some pregnancy complications. In the middle of this turmoil, her husband, Jason, looks at her with profound and comforting eyes, sending a loud and clear message of love, which could only be heard and understood by them.

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Emily's Hope is an engaging love story and a young Catholic woman’s search for the truth as she travels the difficult journey from adolescence to adulthood in the late seventies through the present day. It also depicts the story of another woman’s journey, that of Emily’s great-grandmother, who appears to be the antithesis of Emily. While Emily is an innocent, unselfish, religious young woman who seeks the truth in life and love, and discovers their real meaning via Pope John Paul II’s Theology ...more
After one of my periodic rantings either here or in a comment on someone else's blog about how I'd love to read a Catholic version of what is marketed as Christian Fiction, someone recommended this book. It arrived in the mail yesterday and, for the most part, I enjoyed reading it. On the positive side, the author had a really good concept--she told the stories of two women of different generations of the same family. The modern woman was Emily and she was born in 1959, making her only three yea ...more
What an inspiring read! A truly beautiful story – refreshing, uplifting and quite astonishing in its resemblance to the real life story of the author and her great-grandmother. I believe it would be difficult to persist in prejudices against Catholic teachings on marriage and sexuality once reading this novel. The unfolding of Emily’s life is a profound example of the joy that prevails in someone who embraces Christ’s teachings, as well as fortitude and forbearance in the face of great sorrows.

Half-historical novel, half-contemporary, this novel set in Philadelphia, PA indicts the abortion and birth-control industries by examining their impacts on the characters' lives. It is all the more horrifying when you realize that not much has changed in 100 years--"back-alley" clinics still exist in Philadelphia and still cost women their lives.
Mark Rolph cassanto
A challenging book. Certainly not because I couldn't get in to it, but in regard to the clear message that comes through challenging those who may be sitting on the fence with their views on LIFE, FAMILY, and FIDELITY.

As a father of seven young children and was a CCL certified teacher of NFP (now Promoter), I am grateful for the character development that was so griping and true-to-life. It will be an excellent read for my children when they're older and being prepared for not only the 'real wor
A.k. Frailey
Emily's Hope was an extremely honest look at love and relationships from a young Catholic woman's point of view. I was surprised by the level of sincerity which came through the story. For those readers open to a Catholic perspective, there is a lot to discover and be comforted by here.
This book is truly a labor of love. It is written to showcase the Roman Catholic teaching on chastity, abortion, and contraception, and you can feel that these are issues near and dear to the author's heart.

However, sadly, the book is quite frankly not that well written. The plot is thin, the characters are wooden, and the dialogue is stilted and mostly retelling Papal statements, church writings, and apologetics.

I agree with the author that there is a dearth of well-written Christian fiction, e
Gloria Winn
Wonderful read! I loved this book. The author has molded the story to reveal the truth about relationships and how God works in individuals to call them into a walk of faith and love with Him. The author sensitively unfolds the struggles and pain in relationships and the encouragement that God is patiently loving each person into life through their interaction with others. I would recommend this book especially to my friends and family, and to anyone who likes a fictional novel written to entice ...more
I really enjoyed this novel. It is definitely very Catholic, but it is nice to have this type of literature. It is a nice story of a lady and it follows her throughout life and also follows the story of her great-grandmother. I thought it was a good was entertaining, inspiring, and kept me interested. I read some every day until I finished it.

This book was an interesting mixture. It was compelling for some reason, but the writing was sub par. The characters were not very developed and much of the plot I found difficult to believe. But still, I read this book in one day because I wanted to keep going.
I would give the story 4 stars... but the writing is somewhat amateurish.
You can read more about my review here:
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Ellen Gable (Hrkach) is an award-winning, bestselling author of five books and publisher/editor of numerous other books. All four of her novels have been #1 on Amazon Kindle's Religious Drama category. Her third novel, Stealing Jenny, is a contemporary suspense novel that has been in the top ten of that category for two years. Ellen is currently President of the Catholic Writers' Guild. She and he ...more
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