Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Hope” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  17 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Isaac Shaw is dead. For sixteen years, his family has struggled on in shame, believing he died a criminal—responsible, in 1837, for several deaths when he set fire to the village mill. When Isaac’s youngest son Manny runs away, straight into the path of a traveling Mormon elder, the meeting threatens the family’s future. Charged with care of a letter that challenges the vi ...more
Published 2014 by Currawong Press, an imprint of Walnut Springs Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Hope, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Hope

Spirit of the Knight by Debbie  PetersonHidden Monster by Amanda  StrongQueen of Someday by Sherry D. FicklinAs You Are by Sarah M. EdenHope Springs by Sarah M. Eden
Whitney Award Eligible Books 2014
26th out of 186 books — 365 voters
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. RoseWritten in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana GabaldonA Burnable Book by Bruce HolsingerA King's Ransom by Sharon Kay PenmanThe King's Curse by Philippa Gregory
Historical Fiction 2014
250th out of 391 books — 2,315 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 55)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jeff Lindsay
May 25, 2014 Jeff Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Written for a Latter-day Saint ("Mormon") audience, this is an entertaining and action-packed novel with the interesting twist of occasionally adding the thoughts and yearnings of a deceased family member on the other side of the veil, as Latter-day Saints might put it, waiting for the chance to be cleared of terrible accusations and hoping to have someone care enough to do his temple work. For Latter-day Saints, it will give some new perspectives and speculative possibilities to consider during ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Shauna rated it it was amazing
WOW! This book is GOOD!

Lies and deceits!
Doubts and fears!
Hopes and dreams!

Written both from a deceased fathers view AND the view of his son who is trying to bring to light what really happened in the fire and the identity of the woman he is in love with...Hope.

Issac was wrongly accused of setting the fire that took his life and the life of two women.

Manny has lived with the secret of his father's death by being told it would do no good to look to the past.

Many has found some peace now that he an
Anna Dye
Mar 31, 2014 Anna Dye rated it it was amazing
Hope by S. J. Wilkins is a interesting tale from his imagination yet surrounded by real places and some real events. I thoroughly enjoyed the tale and the telling. It portrays LDS converts in the early Victorian period. It uses the real event of Heber C. Kimball’s preaching in the early missionary work done there.
Young Hope Alderman’s has just found out that she was adopted and that her parent’s identity must remain a secret from her when her soon to be husband, Manny, takes her to listen to a M
Mar 14, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
Hope, by S.J. Wilkins, is a pioneer story with a difference. It is filled with mystery and romance, but the journey is one of conversion, testimony, and faith rather than travel.

The setting of a mill town in 1853 England is so well described that I was mentally there enjoying the scenery. I know the area well, and the author gets it right. The fictional characters are nicely developed and bring events to life in a believable way. I particularly enjoyed the snippets from the world of spirits tha
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I will start out by saying that is an LDS historical fiction book, as you can tell from the blurb above.

For me this book was really slow going. I had a hard time keeping my head in the story. My attention was never fully engaged and I never became fully invested in the characters. Having said that, I don't think the writing is poor, I just think it wasn't my style which made it hard for me, personally, to engage.

I do really like the cover though and the title of the book which really does reflec
Joanna Short
Jun 08, 2014 Joanna Short rated it really liked it
Well written story, with some good twists bag turns
S.J. Wilkins
May 30, 2014 S.J. Wilkins rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I need to add a note to this rating! As the author, you'd expect a positive take. I've been resisting giving it a rating--because 5* seems a bit OTT and setting myself up for a fall, yet anything less seems like shooting myself in the foot!

So I gave in an opted for 5*. 'Hope' you'll understand--and take this with a pinch of salt, though not too much. As far as my novels go, this is the best one I have ever written. The fact that it is the only one I've ever written is beside the point. Thanks f
Susan Clark
Susan Clark marked it as to-read
Nov 22, 2015
Amanda Caswell
Amanda Caswell marked it as to-read
Jul 10, 2015
Chrystalin rated it liked it
Dec 11, 2014
Sandy marked it as to-read
Oct 23, 2014
L F marked it as to-read
Oct 04, 2014
Diane rated it liked it
Sep 18, 2014
Nancy marked it as to-read
Aug 18, 2014
Lexie marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2014
Kara marked it as to-read
Jul 18, 2014
Balsam Abboud
Balsam Abboud marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2014
Micki Levin
Micki Levin marked it as to-read
Jul 09, 2014
Becky A
Becky A is currently reading it
Jul 02, 2014
Sarah Coyne
Sarah Coyne marked it as to-read
Jun 19, 2014
Erin1 marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2014
Jan marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2014
Heather rated it it was ok
Jun 19, 2014
Linda Cook
Linda Cook rated it really liked it
Jun 16, 2014
Gideon Wilkins
Gideon Wilkins rated it it was amazing
Jun 14, 2014
Jenn M
Jenn M marked it as to-read
Jun 13, 2014
Emily marked it as to-read
Jun 12, 2014
Peter Ashwell
Peter Ashwell marked it as to-read
Jun 06, 2014
Dana rated it it was amazing
Jun 23, 2014
Andrea marked it as to-read
Jun 05, 2014
« previous 1 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Clean Reads for M...: New LDS historical novel from the UK 3 15 Jun 17, 2014 10:15PM  
Deseret Book Worms: New Historical Novel 3 7 Jun 09, 2014 11:04PM  
LDS Fiction: New LDS historical novel set in England 10 32 May 19, 2014 10:28PM  
LDS Mystery/Suspense: New LDS novel 2 16 May 08, 2014 09:51PM  
MormonReads: New British LDS Historical Novel 1 7 May 02, 2014 10:45PM  
S. J. Wilkins lives close to the village from which the first British LDS immigrants left for America, and close to the beautiful but rugged west Pennine moors which inspired Hope’s setting. He taught at the Preston England Missionary Training Centre between 1999 and 2002, able to look out on the same moorland the early missionaries must have seen after they first arrived in England. He appeared a ...more
More about S.J. Wilkins...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“Early morning mist ghosted along the Orm, trailing above the water, rising and twisting. Wide and sleek and almost silent, the river curled through the valley, curved almost to the doors of the stone-terraced cottages sunk tight in the moorland.
As soon as he was beyond sight of the mill gates, Manny ran, his step lighter, his boots crunching against the highway. The village was quiet now, and he could hear the faint cries of sheep on the hillside. He felt suddenly exultant at having acted decisively, felt the thrill of running away. Then he reasoned with himself that he wasn’t so much running away as running to something else—something better—running away to take charge of his future. He was improving his station in life, looking for work of his choosing.”
More quotes…