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Her Hopes and Dreams

(Ardent Springs #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,520 ratings  ·  108 reviews
As a newly single mother, Carrie Farmer isn’t quite ready to jump back into the dating pool in Ardent Springs—especially since her last marriage was such a disaster. But if anyone could entice her to wade in a bit, it would be her hunky neighbor, Noah Winchester. He’s the perfect man: strong, protective, and smoking hot. But her eyes have deceived her before, and she’s no ...more
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Montlake Romance
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4 heartwarming stars

What a beautiful and heartwarming read Her Hopes and Dreams turned out to be.
I really enjoyed watching Carrie and Noah's relationship develop.
I was touched with their story and I found myself reading it late into the night as I didn't want to put down.


The Ardent Springs series has been such a wonderful read, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them all.

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Carrie survived a relationship with a violent and abusive husband. She lives a simple life in a single-wide trailer on a small parcel of land she was able to buy. She has her job working for a local construction company, a few close friends and her daughter. She doesn't need or want anything more.

Noah survived the violence of war. His wounds are in his mind. In his memories of war. He suffers from anxiety, panic attacks, struggles with crowds and sleep. He has moved into the ramshackle farmhous
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Terri Osburn’s Ardent Springs series has covered some difficult subjects in a light contemporary format; however she goes just a little bit darker in the latest release, Her Hopes and Dreams. Spousal abuse, PTSD and even the challenges of single-parenting push the storyline into some less romantic places; but even so this love story of second chances is full of charm.

The book begins with an awkward reunion between new neighbors Carrie Farmer and Noah Winchester. Noah remembers Carrie as a schemi
Cathy Geha
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sweet small town romance between a military veteran with PTSD and a once abused widowed mother of a pre-toddler.

When Carrie met Noah they did not hit off and his gruff very rude comments were not appreciated by her. When he sees her again in the office where he will interview for a job things do not improve. They begin to improve as they gradually reveal more about themselves to one another as neighbor and on the job. Preconceptions are shattered and true interest and courtship takes place. Noah
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book moved me. The 4th book in Ardent Aprings.
Carrie was a widow and a mother. The last thing she expected
was a man who was friends with her ex-husband. They didn't get along
from the very minute she heard the loud noise coming from
his garage. They had it out. But he wanted to see Patch's little girl.
Carrie wasn't sure that was such a great idea. Noah Winchester hadn't
even liked her.

Carrie and Noah had more things in common then they knew.
The minute he met little Molly he was drawn to
Donna Morrison
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book of this series besides the first as they are tied.

This is my other favorite book of this series. With everything that Carrie had been through she deserved this happy ever after and I fell in love with Noah. If you are looking for a book that has ups and downs and fights through them then this is the book for you to read.
Carrie has been abused most of her life, and Noah was battling scars of his own from coming home from the war. Even though she was his best friends wife he didn'
I received an e-book copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed the story. Two people suffering from PTSD; brought on by different situations, find themselves drawn to each other. One is a former soldier, the other a formerly abused, single mother of an infant. The character development was good and the story itself was told in a effortless flow. The setting of small-town America; Ardent Springs, Tennessee, is a wonderful backdrop for the story. I liked how the author wove ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone deserves a happily ever after

I think this is my favorite Ardent Springs book yet. In Her Hopes and Dreams, Terri Osburn respectfully captures two very real and often difficult topics to discuss; domestic violence and post traumatic stress disorder. Kerri Farmer suffered through many years of domestic abuse but, with the help from her friends she managed to break free and is trying to pay it forward by opening Ardent Spring's first women's shelter.
Noah Winchester is a war vet. He is brok
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
I don't know which I love more, Terri Osburn's writing or Ardent Springs. This series gets better each book.

When we first meet Carrie in the previous books she was a bruised and battered woman dealing with a crazy husband- who dies! In her own book, Carrie getting stronger, raising her daughter, being friends with not only her ex but his new wife and her family makes for a great story. Add to that mix the sexy Noah Winchester being Carrie's neighbor and coming along with his own bag of PTSD and
Bette Hansen
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. These characters were so real with hopes, dreams, flaws and issues but people you want to see find the happiness they deserve. I enjoyed watching as Carrie and Noah's relationship changed from adversarial to loving. It was a slow believable turn as they got to know each other working on a project Carrie is very passionate about. The way the author dealt with the issues of PTSD and domestic abuse is commendable. Both are tough issues but she dealt with each with compassion and ...more
Isha Coleman
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Her Hopes and Dreams is a story about risking it all to get to that happily ever after. Noah has seen his share of turmoil on the battlefield, he doesn't expect to come to face to face with those same fears when he looks into a pair of beautiful yet scared eyes. Carrie doesn't trust as easily as she once would have. Her past has left her wary and determined to build a better life for her and her little girl. But her enticing neighbor is waylaying all of her plans and exploring all the possibilit ...more
Linda Zagon
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it

I would like to thank Netgalley and the Publisher for the ARC of "Her Hopes and Dreams" By Terri Osburn. I would recommend this romantic novel with some of todays" major problems discussed. The author discusses domestic abuse and Post traumatic stress disorder and the consequences on family, friends, and self esteem.The plot centers around the building of a shelter for battered women, and the characters involved.Getting help and having a strong support system is discussed. I look forward to read
Gina Meier
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Carrie and Noah are going to take you on a whirlwind of a ride. Noah and Carrie are both neighbors and have know each other for years. This book is going to take you through two really hard subject. PTSD and domestic violence are both major components in the story line. I loved this book and I loved how Noah fell in love with his neighbor and her little girl. They were meant to be a family and I am glad that had a secret matchmaker in their family. The end of the story left me in tears so you ha ...more
Kristina Birch
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first trip to Ardent Spring but it won't be my last! Dealing with some dark issue without making the story to heavy takes seriously talent, and Terri Osburn has it! I laughed, I cried, I yelled at both the hero and heroine, and I absolutely fell in love with the beautiful family that is at the heart of this story.
Delores Gibbons
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this in one of goodreads giveaways. I couldn't wait to start right in to it and it didn't disappointment at all. A wonderful well written story of Carrie who has suffered through being domestic abuse from her now dead husband and Noah her new next door neighbor who is suffering from PTSD. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Osbourn stories!
Vikki Vaught
Excellent read! Review to follow.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the fourth book in Ardent Springs TN written by Terri Osburn. I have read them all and while I loved them all this one is my favorite. When I write a review I normally will tell you about the heroine and hero, and a bit about the story. This one, I think needs to be read on its own. I hope you all give it a chance and enjoy it as much as I did.

Her Hopes and Dreams

Carrie Farmer, single mom to Molly, working to support them. Victim of spousal abuse by her widowed husband. Slowly putting
Book Lover
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Carrie has quite the history. She is a single mom, ex-wife, battered spouse and widow. She lives in a trailer out in the country. Her closest neighbor is an empty farmhouse. She is recovering from her abuse, trying to carve out a life for her and her daughter. She works as an office manager for a construction company. This same company is building a shelter for battered women, being overseen by Carrie and the non-profit board.

Noah is former military, dealing with PTSD. He returns home to the em
Claudia Blanton
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Before I get into the story, I will have to warn you. This book contains a realistic description of PTSD, as suffered by a Veteran, and domestic violence, and the aftermaths of such abuse. So, if you are triggered easily, don't read this book.

Most contemporary romance novels are light in their subject matter, meddling mothers, class differences, or other obstacles finds the two main characters within the pages, keeping them apart until they finally get together. In this case, "Her Hopes And Dre
Pratna Imrith
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
(This review is based on the ARC provided by the publisher via Net Galley)

This is the fourth book in the Ardent Springs series, but it is the first book in that I have read in the series so I don't know if that might have affected my review. Once I started reading the book and found out that the female protagonist Carrie cheated on her husband I was just unable to get over it as I am totally against cheating, this in turn negatively affected the way I saw the book and characters. This is my pers
Becky Burciaga
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
and PTSD, not new topics by any means, but as written by Ms Osburn, they are terrifically real and emotionally charged. From the onset, Carrie captures your heart, while Noah engages your empathy for his sacrifices and the fallout he's left with. It was easy to form a bond with these characters, as written, they were real enough to leave a lasting impression.

With all the emotions this story generates, there lays within its lines gentle humor, compassion, and the love of family and friends. The
Julia David
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I haven't read any of the other Arden Springs books, but I will have to get them now. I loved this story. I like Carrie and Noah. Noah is sure that he has met his neighbor before, then he remembers that she is the married woman his friend was dating. He can't abide a cheater. What Noah doesn't know is that after Carrie's divorce, she married Noah's friend and that he was very abusive to her. She figured that she deserved the abuse she got because of her previous marriage. Now her husband is dead ...more
Penny Leidecker
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just have to say that I’ve loved all the books in the Ardent Springs series and Her Hopes and Dreams is no exception. This is Carrie’s story. She is a single mom to her adorable daughter, Molly. She used to be married to Spencer, but their marriage went downhill, after the death of their son. Then she got with the abusive jerk, Patch. Lorelei saves her from one of his beatings and they form a friendship, even though she’s now with Spencer. This book starts with Carrie getting a new, noisy neig ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Nothing I love more than a strong man felled by the love of a good woman. Add a sweet baby into the mix and I'm a goner! This story is not all sweetness and light, though. Noah struggles with PTSD, and Carrie was a victim of spousal abuse. Their combined issues come to an explosive head when Carrie attempts to help another battered woman. I love the way Carrie was written, once a victim she is now a strong and empathetic advocate standing up for herself and protecting her baby. And I love
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Her Hopes and Dreams is another love story from Ardent Springs. Although I liked the story this is my least favorite. There is nothing wrong with the story or the characters. Both Noah and Carrie are very likable sweet and easy to love. But for me the story was missing a special spark just like it was at the end with the letter. With more that in the story would be perfect. But I enjoyed reading it and was happy to read about Ardent Springs once again.
I volunteered to review an ARC of this book
Karen Graham
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reality to the fullest

This book speaks to the heart! How can love help conquer nightmares, cast out fear,get help, protect and so much more! A man comes back from the war to find quiet and peace only to find a woman and child on a mission to help other battered women! A journey that brings love to them. A new hope. This is only only part of the story, many characters weave in and out and you'll find yourself becoming part of this family! You will enjoy this book.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 4-stars
* I received this book for free from a Goodreads giveaway. *

This book is full of good friends and has a lot of heart. While the story has PTSD and domestic abuse in it, it is still a heartwarming tale. I loved how good Noah was with the baby, it was truly sweet. This is the first book that I have read in this series and I would now like to go back and read the rest.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was wondering when and who they were going to pair up with little Carrie, who has been through so much already. I think Terri Osburn chose the perfect person to put with Carrie and her daughter. But most importantly, it wasn't just about who would help heal Carrie. It's about our this match helps each other become whole together.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love a good sappy romance story. I've enjoyed the whole series and was impressed with this one in particular. The author seamlessly wove in topics of domestics violence and PTSD. I enjoyed seeing Carrie blossom into a confident woman and I also loved keeping up with the previous couples of Arden Springs.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful addition to the series

This book was a wonderful addition to the series. Nice to see Carrie find a guy worth givivng her time to. Noah was exactly what Carrie didn' t know she needed and her for him. Glad that he got out of his own way. Another job well done Terri Osburn.
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Although born in the Ohio Valley, Terri Osburn found her true home between the covers of her favorite books. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood, and the genre of romance beckoned during her teen years. In 2007, she decided to put pen to paper and write her own. Just five years later, she was named a 2012 finalist for the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® A ...more

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