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A Living Hope

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  17 reviews
It was a match made in heaven. Or so everyone thought. Sadie Mae Cummings is all set to marry her childhood sweetheart, Kyle, when she is assigned to tutor Lincoln, the new college football running back. This sophomore phenomenon has all the girls on campus knocking on his door. But Sadie isn't interested in his advances.

Lincoln’s overblown ego doesn't take well to being s
Paperback, 297 pages
Published July 31st 2016 by E. C. Jackson
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Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Living Hope is a joyful read. It dealt with harsh realities that some of us live and I believe EC Jackson successfully relayed how overcoming those obstacles with love, forgiveness and hope is indeed possible.
Maureen Timerman
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A book that seemed so real, a man that felt he is owed everything because he is a good football player, using his power to attempt to ruin others’ lives, and then throw them away.
While the story does revolve around the ego of this person it is not what the real book is about. Feeling ruined a young engaged college student feels her life is over and gives up her true love. Flash forward nine years and she is still in her rut, until, well I’m not giving the story away, but she does finally go home
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book and the characters were interesting. First off I want to say that my favorite otp was Cindy and Roland. They matched each other perfectly and you could see the love between them. I looked forward to their scenes together and apart. As for the main otp, I thought Sadie was pushy with her relationship with Kyle. I understand her and I think she was great, but she didn't understand Kyle's need for personal space. I enjoyed Kyle and his reserved personality. He went throu ...more
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A real slice of life. Love, heartbreak and overcoming. Waiting for the next book E. C. Jackson!
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a very well written story, except for the fanatic, spoiled female character and her unrealistic demands for perfection from a man who doesn't want to pretend homage to a being he isn't sure even exists. She certainly wasn't perfect in every aspect of her life. I know people like this do exist, so I won't dub this work as totally unrealistic.
The male character became almost unrealistic as to the extremes he goes to win the woman's heart.
In due respect, the book has a reasonable ending.
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you in advance to the author, E.C Jackson, for providing a complimentary copy for review. A positive review was not required, all words and thoughts are my own.

Jackson’s second novel, A Living Hope, was a complete departure from the first one. This one has a few “trigger” warnings, some are essential to the plot. These include a slight reference to domestic abuse, pre-story police shooting of an unarmed man, and a sexual assault (prior to the story).

Right off I despised Lincoln and his t
Chautona Havig
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Reasons You’ll Love and Hate This Book

Love it:
The plot of A Living Hope has layers and depth that keep characters from being utterly predictable and the story following every single step that you expect them to. Conversely, the reverse is true as well. Some of the characters have layers to them that also enhance the plot.

The way the characters live out authentic faith that isn’t too perfect or too… scripted either to the negative or positive—this creates a relatable way to learn f
Stephanie Norton
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is the second book I read from E.C. Jackson and she hasn't failed me yet. "A Living Hope" takes the reader into the journey of healing and restoring a relationship that has been damaged beyond repair. Jackson does a great job giving perspective on both sides so the reader can get a full picture of the situation. In the beginning, I found it to be a little confusing but as you go further into the book more and more backstory is told.

Sadie Cummings went about making choices that led her to l
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Living Hope was an emotional read about forgiving oneself and second chances. Sadie and Kyle had their lives figured out. They were in love and they couldn't wait to get married and begin their lives. Then Lincoln stepped in. And one fateful day Sadie chose him. Two years later Sadie is living alone and still being controlled by Lincoln, until she finally opens her eyes and leaves him.

There was a lot to be dug out in this story, as it is not so straightforward as it seems. I had much compassion
Deana Dick
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ms. Jackson is fast becoming one of my go to authors to read. She writes stories that are emotional and filled with characters that are easy to relate to. Sadie is a character that touched my heart and I wanted her to find peace within herself. When she returns to town after being away for a couple of years, she runs into her high school sweetheart. Kyle is a little shook up to see Sadie back. There is a lot of history between them and a bit of uncertainty on Kyle's part. Will he give her a seco ...more
Donna C
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two years ago Sadie Cummings made a series of choices that led to her losing her high school sweetheart, Kyle Franklin, the man she had planned on spending her life with. When things change in Sadie’s life she returns home the same month that Kyle returns home to pastor his father’s church. Sadie wants to pick up where they left off, but Kyle isn’t sure he want to have anything to do with Sadie, he has moved on with his life and wants to leave the hurt that Sadie caused in the past. Can Sadie me ...more
Kendra Neal
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christian Fiction readers
I began reading this book and almost put it away, as it was slow going in the beginning and my mind kept wandering from the story. The storyline picked up around Chapter 4 for me and then I couldn't stop reading it.

Sadie and Kyle are the 2 main characters. They had what they both thought was a great relationship, until Lincoln enters the picture. Sadie falls for Lincoln, moves away and Kyle is pushed from her life. 2yrs later she returns to her hometown and wants a relationship with Kyle. Kyle
Becca-Rae Weidel
Relationships are messy. Life is messy. In A Living Hope, author E C Jackson takes the reader on a journey through healing and restoration of a relationship believed to be damaged beyond repair. The story is shared through the perspective of both sides to get a fuller picture of the situation. When I first started reading I felt like I was missing a prior book in a series but since it’s a standalone there isn’t one. The further I got into the story though, the more backstory was revealed and I w ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abuse, ministry, romance
‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.’ Romans’ 12:12
There are times in life that we learn best through trials. Sadie, a young college student, has been caught up in a web of abuse and heartbreak. The author has done a fabulous job of showing us how things that are very negative can work into positive learning experiences, if we are willing to discover what God wants us to be. This is a wonderful story of heartbreak bringing forgiveness and overcoming the past. The minist
Janice Sisemore
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
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Sadie and Kyle, will they be able to resolve the issues of the past. She was gone for two years. Was in a relationship with someone else but wasn’t a good one. She finally got wise and went back home.

I enjoyed what Kyle was called to do. He worked with the church. He wanted to be there for everyone. I loved the friendships and all the family relationships in the book. Sadie was definitely determined to get Kyle to come back to her. Sometimes I got tired of her begging to him or se
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"A Living Hope" by E.C.Jackson is a wonderful book of forgiveness and hope. I think I like this story so well is because one of the main characters is a pastor. This story shows that pastor struggles with feelings of rejections and what is the right thing to do just as we all do.

I think my favorite part is the sermon about removing the stone from our life and living as God intends for us to do.

This is a story of forgiveness. This story is also about a hard subject, rape, but the attack is not de
Janice Moreland
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Must Read! EC Jackson gave each character in the book a "life" full of twist and turns. Most books zero in on one or two main characters but this book is so full of life and emotion! I read it in two days, just couldn't put it down! I felt the emotions, pain, sorrow and happiness of each character. A Living Hope is "real life" and "real people" not just a story. I loved this book and can't wait to read the next book in the HOPE series! Awesome job EC Jackson. I am a fan for life!!! ...more
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E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. Thirty-one years later, she adapted the play into Pajama Party: The Story, a companion book to the second book in the five-book standalone Hope series.

Jackson’s favorite pastime is reading fiction. She enjoys taking the journey along with the characters in the books. That also led to her unorthodox approach to story wr

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