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The Truth About Hope

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Who is Hope Wilson?

Is she the girl her former hometown thinks she is? Or the girl Luke Carter once loved—and maybe still does?

When Hope returns to Canyon Creek, Texas, to honor her
father’s last wishes, there’s only one person on her mind: her high school sweetheart, Luke. The boy she lied to when she had to leave Canyon Creek as a teen, finding it easier to hide what s
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Harlequin (first published April 27th 2015)
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Beyond the Pages
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Truth About Hope was so outrageously sweet and so utterly perfect that I cannot find the words to adequately express how wonderful I thought it was. I adored this story! 100% of my heart was captured.

Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: Adult
Status: Clean
Chemistry/Intensity: Yes
Conflict/Drama: Yes
Tearjerker: Yes
HEA: Yes
Katie W
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been reading a lot of stories about second chances, but the thing that makes this one stand apart is the fact that it follows a timeline. Some stories give the reader flashbacks to the past to fill in the missing pieces, but this one starts back when Hope was a teenager and follows her through present day. I found that very enjoyable.

Hope hasn't ever known her father and when he mother passes away when she's 17, her father decides that he wants her to live with him. The problem is, he's not
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

The Truth About Hope is a book I really enjoyed, but also really annoyed me at some moments. It's hard to adequately explain my thoughts about this one as it had so many good things and some things that didn't quite work for me. Let's start with something positive. This book is original. I never imaged I would ever say that about a romance novel but there it is. The Truth About Hope takes place over about 15 years time I think. We follow Hope fro
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kate James always puts the warm back into heartwarming as she writes a story of heartbreak, lost, compassion, hurt and anger bring a town which lost so much over the years back together as a whole. Putting love back into a world that had so much hate through a father that took so much from so many. The story starts off with a young teen boy and girl who goes through some trying times and moves on to adulthood with so much lost due to one man who could not forgive or forget. Tearing apart not onl ...more
Dale Rogers
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who loves animals will appreciate Kate James' novel, The Truth About Hope. The author's concern for pets, as well as wildlife, is evident as we join Hope Wilson on her journey through calamity, bitterness, and forgiveness. Facing a huge change in her life, Hope refuses to be pitied when she's forced to move from Canyon Creek, Texas to San Jose, California to live with a father she's never known. And even though she's not happy about the prospect, she cuts all ties with her hometown. How c ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The residents of Canyon Creek, TX are nursing a grudge against Hope Wilson and her father, Jock. Ever since Jock abandoned the town and closed down his manufacturing plant that employed many of the people of Canyon Creek, and Hope seemingly followed suit by carelessly and abruptly leaving over a decade later, the town is not particularly fond of either one of them. Now that Hope is back with intentions to make good on all of the hurt her father caused so long ago, it's apparent that it will take ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I've been reading a lot of books from the Harlequin Heartwarming line lately and I must say that it's been just lovely. :) The Heartwarming line is in my safe zone and I know when I pick one of these books up there will be nothing surprising in the way of content.

Here is the classic second chance at first love story. Hope and Luke had a young love but then Hope's mother died and she was forced to leave the state to live with a father she has never known. Her father left when she was just two yea
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
The main character has the perfect name, Hope. When the book begins there are many things going wrong in her life. Her mother has just passed away and she is forced to move from Texas to California with a father she has never know. She leaves behind family and the boy she loved, Luke.

The book is told in a narrative style. It's normally not my favorite writing style, but Kate James does a great job of making it work. She was able to keep my interest in the story and characters.

The characters make
Laurie Winter
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you're anything like me, your teenage years were filled with self-doubt and silly mistakes. So in reading Kate’s story, The Truth About Hope, I could totally relate to 17 year old Hope. No, I didn’t have a rich, elusive dad...and I never found true love as a teenager, but I can sympathize with her actions right after the death of her mother.

She lies. And unfortunately, her friends, including her boyfriend, Luke Carter, believe her.

Years later, Hope is back in Canyon Creek to fulfill a promise
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love reading Ms. James books they are so heartwarming. The Truth About Hope is a sweet book of people coming together for a greater good.

Before leaving town to go live with her father Hope says something pretty awful things that results in people being hurt. Her behavior has never implied she was unhappy and Luke her boyfriend can’t understand why she’s become so haughty.

Fast forward and Hope comes back unsure of her reception. Some remember yet Hope shows them she isn’t the same girl who han
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing story of love and second chances. It will make you laugh and cry. I felt so sorry for Hope and all she had to go through. A very hard book to put down because I had to find out what would happen next. I loved every minute of it! This was my first book by this other and I am going to see what else she has written.
Lisa Tompkins
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great addition to the Heartwarming series -
a great read from cover to cover (I challenge you to put it down)
The characters and the story both heartwarming indeed.
Dixie-Lee Campbell
This is the first book I have read by this author and would like to read more of her books. ... especially returning to the town of Canon Creek.
I enjoyed the storyline and characters of this book. There was a sad and heart breaking emotional twists on different levels of this storyline !

I was rooting for Hope and Luke .

Some of the town folk aggravated me... but as the events unfolded and I got more attached to some of them .

Kim hansen
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The book got better as I read a few chapters.
There were several twists that caught me by surprise.
I'd like to read another book by Kate
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

I saw this book going around in the book blogger world, and I had to go buy it. It sounded so cute and was getting some great reviews. I am so glad I bought it. It was just so cute.

When hope leaves Canyon Creek she doesn't leave on good terms. She makes everyone think she wants nothing to do with them. That includes her long time boyfriend Luke Carter. She breaks up with him, and cuts all ties to him.

When she finds out she has to return to Canyon Creek she is very apprehen
Jessica Figueroa
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgally
After the death of her mother Hope was unwillingly sent to her father who was known for being cold. He had single handedly ruined a lot of people in her town and caused so much heartache for many of the towns people. Its been years since her departure of her home town and shes made something of herself but problem is the business she wants is low on funds and her father is willing to give her an inheritance if he can make amends to the town and build a community center and a school within a time ...more
Kate's Reads
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kate James’ soon to be released new novel is a wonderful story of going home again and second chances. When Hope’s mother dies when she is 17, she is forced to leave her boyfriend Luke and all that she has known in Canyon Creek. The father that abandoned them both, as well as the town, insists that she come and live with him in San Jose, CA.

When Hope turns 18 she leaves her aloof father and strikes out to make her own way in the world. Eventually she reunites with her father again and is charged
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

First half of the book was a little slow, kept me feeling like we were drifting along to a place we'd never reach...but the second half of the book made up for it.

Really enjoyed the tug of war between Luke and Hope when she returned to Canyon Creek, but I wish their differences would've ended a little sooner, so you got to see more of their relationship develop in the book. I was beginning to think there wasn't even going to be a HEA when I saw the end of the book was
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read by Kate James and just like the first I read, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. This one is a very light hearted, easy read with characters that are very real and also very likable. I loved how the author did the timetable of this book from past to present instead of jumping back and forth. We got to see how Hope was as a 17 year old having to face such struggles and then throughout her life over 12 years what she has become and then she has to go back to Canyon ...more
The Truth About Hope
The Truth About Hope is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. I was reading it on a plane and biting the inside of my cheek so that I wouldn’t look silly crying. (Luckily the guy next to me fell asleep) I liked Hope. I thought she’d been dealt a few hard cards and chosen a few others. I especially liked that she grew into a strong intelligent woman. I loved her advocacy for animals in this story. I liked that she was kind in the face of unkindness. Luke was a fitting hero as we
Kate Vale
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance
What is it about teen angst that persists in getting in the way of adults? In Hope's case, how she left Canyon Creek after the death of her mother informs how the town feels about her AND her too-rich father. In Luke's case, his assumption that Hope knows what happened to his father and why he can't stop blaming her father and by filial connection, her.

But she's come back required by her father's will to give back to the town in the form of a school and community center. But she has to do it all
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was honoured and delighted to receive an advance review copy of The Truth About Hope and if I could give this book more than 5 stars I would! As cliché as it may sound, Kate James never fails to impress! As with other books by Kate, the characters were developed extremely well which made it easy for me to immerse myself in the book. The story is told from the perspective of Hope and is heart-wrenching and emotionally fulfilling as she takes you on a journey of self revelation and love. In my h ...more
Gail Hollingsworth
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story spans a total of 14 years. From Hope and Luke's teenage years to their late 20s and lots of history in between. These characters lied and hid truth from each other causing lots of pain and strife over all these years. I kept wanting to just shake them and say alright already, just come clean to each other! There were other supporting characters that added to the joy and yes stress of what was happening. But all that being said, it was a sweet, clean story of love, friendship and commu ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
I absolutely loved The Truth About Hope!! I fell fast and hard!! I had to devour this one in one sitting. I absolutely adored Hope and couldn't get enough of Luke. I will absolutely be buying and reading more of Kate James's books! Such a fantastic, sweet read that flowed so nicely. A book that deserves to be devoured! ...more
Joan Ingram
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was very fortunate to receive an advance copy of The Truth About Hope. I am from Texas and Kate did an amazing job of making me feel as if the locations were 'just down the road a bit'. The characters were so engaging it was hard to pull myself away. Well done!! ...more
Sheila Robinson
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a very riveting story and I found that once I started reading it, I could not put it down. Growing up in a small town, I could relate to the characters' inaccurate perceptions and Hope's struggle to redeem herself. Another great read from Kate James. ...more
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of receiving an advance review copy of Kate's latest work. As always, it was a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to all. ...more
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Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Kate's goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and ...more

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