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Choosing Hope

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  45 reviews
A broken marriage.
A love affair.
A lie that changes it all…

Hope Sullivan has been with the same man since her freshman year of college. She knows her marriage has its cracks, but she doesn’t realize how much resentment she has buried, or chosen to blame on herself, that is until a family tragedy forces her to reevaluate her long held beliefs.

When her husband isn’t there for
Paperback, 323 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Holly Youmans
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Jenea Whittington
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Choosing Hope is a contemporary romance, but it isn’t your typical romance. It is all sunshine and rainbows, it is a story of a woman who is not happy in her marriage, and reconnect with her high school love. There’s a saying, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and Hope soon find this out.

Hope has been married to Kevin, they have two beautiful sons, one who is autistic. They live in a gorgeous home, have plenty of money, they travel, and from the outside they are the picture perfe
Kristy K
Nov 22, 2017 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
DNF at 20%

My biggest issue with this book is that we are just dropped right into the beginning of Hope's affair. We get one instance of where her husband isn't supportive and then she goes on about this emotional affair she's been having with an old boyfriend and it quickly moves to them going to see each other in person. I felt a strong dislike for Hope (and for Adrian, the "other man"). We don't get a chance to see why she decides to forsake marriage vows and potentially cause upheaval in her
Jessica Therrien
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book because it isn’t the everyday love story. It isn’t a prince charming swooping in to save the day or love at first sight and a happily ever after. In real life, love hurts, in good ways and bad. The head and the heart don’t always see eye to eye. Choosing Hope is a beautifully crafted novel that will take you on a heart-breaking journey full of hard choices, the dark feverish passion of an affair, and all the anguish that comes with it. Despite the main character’s inner conflict ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Choosing Hope is certainly not your typical romance story. I was quite surprised by how dark it became at times and how disturbing I found the physical and mental impact of some of the events on its main character, Hope.

On the surface, Hope may seem to have it all – a lovely house, a hard-working and successful husband, two lovely children – but underneath there lurks anxiety, frustration and disappointment at what her life has become. Having given up her career to be a full-time homemaker, she
Kat Ross
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Choosing Hope is a harrowing story of passion and deceit, the things we do for love and the rabbit holes we tumble into chasing elusive fairy-tale endings. Dark around the edges with a shocking twist I didn’t see coming, this is the kind of book you’ll be passing around to your friends so you can talk about it. Holly Kammier delivers romance, suspense, and a strong, smart heroine who turns out to be nobody’s victim. Don’t miss this one!
Georgina Roberts
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read that had me gripped. These situations that Hope struggled with happen all the time in real life which made it an interesting read. As other reviewers have mentioned its difficult to go into too much detail without ruining the book for others as there are so many twists and turns along the way that keep you guessing to the very end.
Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)

I have to be honest and say that this book surprised me. Why? Because this is not a regular romantic romance. It's more of a dramatic and psychotic romance with some glimpses of love.
Overall, I liked what I read. However, I did not empathize very much with any of the characters, not even with the kids, who, in general, always manage to win our hearts precisely because they are children and always need our attention and empathy.
From the beginning I felt that Hope was being a little hasty an
Kim Markett
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iscream-book
Are you happy in your marriage?
Are you in love with your husband?
Do you have "what if's" or "could've been's" eating away at you?

Choosing Hope explores if the grass is really greener. If you could leave your husband would life would be ok maybe even better.

Finding that push to make the final decision to tell your husband you want out and you can make it on your own or with that person that "got away"

Hope found her old high school crush on Facebook and enjoyed the flirting and butterflies. She
Christa Yelich-Koth
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved that this book wasn't just about a woman in a bad marriage who finds a man to save her from it. This book digs deep into relationships, families, and has an amazing message about strength in oneself, even if you need to take it one day at a time.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Choosing Hope is like going to see an upcoming train wreck, only there so many twists that you're not sure where the train wreck is. Then you get to the epilogue and author's note, and you can't imagine not having read the book. I was blown away...the end will get you!
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book should be mandatory reading for everyone in a love triangle.
Sep 22, 2017 added it
An amazing story that pulls at the heart strings. I felt every emotion at some point while reading this book. Very empowering.
Amanda Hanson
DNF at 35%.

I tried really hard. I wanted to like this book, but the writing was so expositional and just not great, and the main character wasn't likable at all. I wanted this to work, but it didn't. Ah well.

If you do choose to read, content warnings for cheating, abuse, and a painful medical condition called vulvodynia.
Nicola Mitchell
A well written book. Three stars for me because I didn’t take a liking to the main character. Her behaviour was erratic and she seemed to jump from one notion to the next, not sure if that was the intention. I understand that some relationships can steal your very soul but she didn’t help matters and I’m surprised her beau didn’t notice it. The author created some interesting characters within the other cast members and I enjoyed the back story. However, all that being said, the epilogue allowed ...more
Gene Desrochers
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cyndi Becker
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew going into this read that it would be intense. Thing was it exceeded the level of drama I anticipated, which was good, but it often left my heart feeling heavy. Choosing Hope can be best classified as a romance suspense, but not in the classic way you'd imagine. The suspense exists in what Hope will decide to do about her unhappy marriage, the near persistent flirtations of her high school boyfriend, and ultimately what will become of these choices. Holly Kammier packs a lot into a mere t ...more
Sam Ashkenas
Holly Kammier’s Choosing Hope is the best authentic modern romance story I’ve read in a while. This is largely in part due to the book’s unusual take on love and, of course, hope.
            Hope begins her story in a stable marriage with a man named Kevin and a beautiful family. But then Adrian, an old boyfriend, comes back into her life and they have an affair. Kammier leads her readers on an ever eventful love story that centers not only around the character Hope, but hope the emotion too.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book really talks about the struggles of a relationship. It makes you wonder who people really are and what they may be hiding underneath the surface. While parts of the book were really intense, other parts felt unnecessary. But I suppose in a book that talks about abuse in a way, there are certain topics you must understand fully in order to grasp the horrors of abuse.
Choosing Hope is a great title as life really is about choosing oneself in order to be at peace. In a perfect world w
WOW! I knew from reading the synopsis that Choosing Hope would be emotional, but I wasn’t expecting the surprises that Holly Kammier had in store for me. From the outside, Hope seems to have it all, a handsome, successful husband, two wonderful children, and a beautiful home. Appearances can be deceiving. Holly’s husband is distant, cold, and self-absorbed. When her mother has a stroke, Hope is forced to do some soul-searching. To complicate matters, her first love, Adrian, re-enters her life. W ...more
Bruce Ashkenas
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
CHOOSING HOPE by Holly Kammier
This book provides a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Starting gently, we meet Hope, her husband Kevin, and their two young sons. At the beginning of the first incline we learn that the older boy, Michael, is on the autism spectrum. As we inch higher then begin the first drop, we find that Kevin neglects Hope, Michael, and younger brother Zach. The thrill ride continues, growing more intense all the time. Hope and her family live in Oregon, where Kevin’s work took t
Janet Ravenscraft
Choosing Hope by Holly Kammier is my first book by this author. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's writing style. Her crisp, thoughtful, entertaining story telling and well-defined characters made it easy to connect and be drawn into the book quickly.

I'm attracted to books that can share the ups and downs of relationships and show the depth, strength and messiness that most of us have in real life. Especially authors who cleverly lull the reader into thinking they know how it's all going to end a
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a feel good story in a way for me.  A story about a woman looking for herself and stumbling along the way.  I was a little all over the place with this read.  All of the situations she found herself in I wanted to justify everything and then I wanted things to turn out the other way.  There were so many different family dynamics as well which, for me, made the depth of this story so much more.  It wasn't just about Hope and her marital was Hope and her relationships with eve ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are many women out there who survived an abusive marriage only to come out stronger than we thought possible. The author does a fantastic job of describing just how deeply affected a woman allows herself to be until she finally makes a change. Unfortunately, we don't always make the best choices for our future while in the middle of emotional upheaval. As is the case in this novel, we can be fooled into believing a person who appears to love us is throwing us a rope to survival. It's only ...more
Sue Ross
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosh this was an emotional read! A message to anyone chasing their dream life. Hope appears to be a loving but very anxious wife and mother. When she finds the strength to look for a better life for both her and her two sons, she faces enormous challenges and a battle with her own anxiety condition. As readers, we follow Hope on her journey. Without giving away any spoilers, it is difficult to go into much detail of this journey and its impact on Hope and her family. I was engrossed in the story ...more
Joan McAllaster
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Choosing Hope is the BEST book ever. Read it or regret missing it!
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was even better than I expected. Funny, sad, inspirational, lots of family drama and I absolutely loved the unexpected ending. Choosing Hope is my favorite book of the year so far.
Janet Jackson
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I immediately connected with the main character, Hope, and felt like I was with her on this journey of self discovery. It kept me reading and wanting more to the last page.
Bobo's Book Bank
CHOOSING HOPE is a slow burn/second chance/love triangle/contemporary standalone and is my first read from author Holly Kammier. So honestly, I was extremely torn about this book! I REALLY wanted to love this book from the intriguing blurb and the beautiful cover but it was kind of lacking for me. First, the good stuff. Ms. Kammier's writing is great, it's super easy to read and flows well. There's a LOT of tragic, unpleasant, dreadful, unacceptable but (unfortunately) REAL situations going on. ...more
P.J. Colando
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everybody seems broken in this novel, but most of all, the modern-day 'sandwiched' mom who is its core character. Many will identify with the protagonist, who has physical as well as emotional maladies. Though none of the events and issues are mine, I felt them through the author's deeply psychologically-based writing. Ms. Kammier is a master of bringing you along for the ride, whether you wish to or not. Hang in there, dear reader. Choose hope to carry you through the pages, like the protagonis ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Sullivan story will probably resonate with a lot of women. This side of the grass or that side? however the old adage of the grass isn't always greener comes into play here. With a marriage where she is a giver and from all likelihood one where she sort of fell into, Hope pas comes back in the form of an old flame Adrian. when she starts seeing him, the inevitable happen her marriage ends but the grass on the other side wasn't all that green, it hides biting ants underneath and she discover ...more
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Holly Kammier is a former journalist who has worked everywhere from CNN in Washington, D.C. and KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, to the NBC affiliate in small-town Medford, Oregon. A UCLA honors graduate, she is the author of the best-seller, Kingston Court, her debut novel.

Choosing Hope, her recently released novel, is a cross-over to Kingston Court with overlapping characters and locations.

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