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The Flight of Hope

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A tragic accident. A mother in mourning. Can a second chance rise from the wreckage?

Marlee Foster’s life was just getting started. She couldn’t wait for the return of her husband from deployment. After all, he’d be there just in time for the birth of their daughter. The welcome home party is full of joy, but on the way home, tragedy strikes…

When Marlee loses her husband

360 pages
Published October 2017
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THE FLIGHT OF HOPE: Is a gut wrenching full length contemporary romance novel by H.J. Bellus.

Kick starting us off in the ‘Prologue’ the author has set the stage up for an emotional heart breaking read.

In this we meet tomboy Marlee aka Birdie and her best friend Bentley Foster, two childhood friends that loved each other even before they knew or understood what love meant, we see them as youngsters fishing at their favourite place at the pond, to their senior years at high school, to newly w
Kathy Coopmans
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you pick up a book and within the first few pages you know it's going to grab you.
The Flight of Hope did that for me.
Marlee is a strong woman who is dealt more pain than any one person should EVER have to deal with.
Heidi delivers this story in an epic way that brings you tears, joy, pain, and an overall decision on what really matters as we walk through life.
I've read a lot from Heidi and I'm not kidding when I say this is by far her best work. It's a story unlike anything. You have t
Stormi (Bewitched Reader)
Ugly cry doesn't even begin to describe how emotional this book is. My heart broke for Marlee as she struggled to cope with the loss of Bentley and Hope. The raw pain she felt after the accident bled through HJ Bellus's words. I listened to this audiobook while at work and I could feel every ounce of emotion through Lacy Laurel's wonderful narration. Lacy did an amazing job at narrating Marlee's story and giving each of these lovable characters their own unique sound. I had to wait a few days af ...more
A.M. Hargrove
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew going in this would be a tear jerker, but I still was not quite prepared for how much of an ugly cry it would be. This book has all the feels. I'm not a believer in recapping a story, so I'll just say this. Bellus wrote with such depth of emotion it sucked every tear out of me. I finished this book after midnight and went to sleep. Or at least I intended to. But all I did was lie there and think of Birdie and what she went through, her life, her joys, her struggles, her pain, her happines ...more
Gwen Shafer
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was completely blown away with this book. Yes I had heard that it was going to be a tear jerker. But it was so much more then that. I had read many books from HJ Bellus and loved them all. But this one has been moved up to the very top . I so want this one for my paperback collection. If you dont click on this book and read it I guarantee you will regret it. Yes it is that good.
Marlee is the strongest woman I know. I absolutely loved her character from the beginning to the end.Her character w
Yael Shalom
Mar 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
dnf at 22%
I can't take it anymore !
" The stare of my husband's brown eyes piercing me sends me over the edge "
Really ???
I get the idea - we have to understand the strong connection between the characters , in order to understand the devastation afterward , but this is too much .
It was like drowning in a maple syrup pool , mixed with the most cliche sentences about love .
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a gut wrenching story of love, hope and life. After the most devastating thing happens, that life can do to a person, I think we'd all do this same thing. How can one ever move on and learn to live again? Heidi has outdone herself once again. This book is truly some of her best work.
My favorite line is:
"The accident left so many scars and marks upon my skin. It’s my story, but not my ending any longer."
H.L. Nighbor
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I didn't know what to expect when I started this book but what I got was never what I could have imagined. This book left me completely wrecked and emotionally drained. The Flight of Hope will take you on an emotional journey of epic proportions. I cried, I laughed, and at times, I was downright angry. This book is a must read of 2017.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Flight of Hope by the incredibly talented HJ Bellus is a full-length, standalone novel.
Let me tell you, this book gutted the hell out of me! The Flight of Hope is a intense, emotional read and I recommend to keep tissues at hand. Consider you warned.
Marlee has the perfect life. A loving husband, her soulmate and childhoodfriend. And a daughter soon to be born. And in the blink of an eye her world gets destroyed. Bentley and Hope were killed in a car accident. Marlee is a empty shell, has not
Jenny B
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars doesn't even begin to justify how amazing this book is. This book is truly one of the most beautifully written books about love, death, healing and trying to live again. Marlee has the love of her life and everything is sunshine when tragedy strikes. Reading her plight left me happy, heartbroken (okay -- actually shattered) and then full of hope again.

Truly this book is an emotional roller coaster that left me red-eyed, emotionally raw and will absolutely stay in my heart forever.
Tina Manuel
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
When you read the prologue and just know this story is going to be heartbreaking. We get chapters in great detail of Marlee's past life but then it felt as soon as we reached Marlee's present, everything seemed rushed and so the story kind of fell flat for me.
Britt Red Hatter Book Blog
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
I'm still trying to catch my breath after finishing this. Trust me when I say you should go buy tissues in bulk before starting this book. The Flight of Hope absolutely ripped out my heart. While it completely gutted me, it also worked its way right into me and made me think, made me pause to value small moments more. This is the kind of book that leaves a mark on your heart and stays with you forever. It is simultaneously gut wrenching and beautiful. HJ Bellus beautifully wrote words that will ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a true 5 star read make sure you get this book. This book is full of tears so make sure you have tissues on hand. It is not many times that I have an ugly cry, but this gave it to me a couple of times throughout the book. The journey she goes on in this book spans many years of her life. It will take you through ups and downs, love and heartache. Such an amazing book it was hard to put it down--i couldn't and didn't until I was done. Who knew falling in love twice could le ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of love, loss, and healing. This book is packed full of emotions and I cried several times. The characters are easy to love in this touching but heartbreaking story. A must read!
Paula D
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has me gutted and has torn apart my heart and stomped on it , but then I smile because it brought out my feelings about going on after losing love. Marlee just had not one but two people taking away from her and her world is drowning. Marlee decides to go to a cabin and get away from everything until one day she meets Jed. This story really touched my heart we see heartache, true love, and more. The author I could tell poured her soul into writing this book because I felt it through th ...more
Katie Stern
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to begin with this book. This book by far was my favorite book of this year. I couldn't put it down and loved every second of it. I knew when I started and couldn't even make it out of the prologue that I was in for one heck of a ride and HJ Bellus didn't disappoint. The Flight of Hope is an emotional roller coaster that left me with such a book hangover. I can not recommend this book enough. But you have been warned, keep your tissues handy this is a tearjerker and it ta ...more
Stacy Jo
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy puppies make sure you have your tissues in hand! This is an amazing love story that will take you for the ride of your life!
Leeann Wright
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"It is not real, it is not real, these characters are not your friends.. This is a work of fiction.." This is what I felt like I had to tell myself when I got to the end of this book!
Blown away is not a strong enough description of how I feel about what I just read.
HJ Bellus has taken everything I thought I understood about her writing style (yep, I have read all of her books so far) and taken it up so many notches that I don't know if there is a pole high enough for the level she has taken her
Babbling Chatter  Reads
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was I read that I was totally not prepared for. A love story that will have your heart going haywire in ways that will forever be ingrained in you.

Marlee Foster found love at such an early age. One can say she had it all. A blessed childhood, an amazing family, and a life that anyone would envy. She fell in love with her best friend and they were truly soul mates. Being a military wife is not easy and just when things were going in a direction they were excited throws her a he
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it

*Contains spoilers*

I was really looking forward to this book!! And had very high expectations, unfortunately I feel let down.

Now don't get me wrong it is written very well and and the storyline is a tearjerker!

The first part of the book is 5*, 11 out of 10! Knowing Marlees husband, Bentley is going to die, anticipating it at every moment, I was expecting it at all times but it actually happened when I least expect it!

Bentley is amazing... it's soo hard not to love him, and belive me I tri
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!!! This book is about second chances. It ripped my heart out good. When I read it I needed a good book not just a plain romance and this was PERFECT!!! You feel Marlee's love and her pain. You feel your heart being ripped about and put back together. You feel the struggles and the wins. I can't rave enough about this. It being from her point of view is great! She loved and lost. That is the story of everyone's life. Even the greatest love stories of all time that you have heard. In ...more
Tiffany Willams
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Fight for you life. Live, Birdie."

Tear jerker.
Life changing.
Must read.

Those are just some of the ways I can describe this book.
The Flight of Hope has embedded itself into my heart and soul, and I don't want to ever let it go.

HJ Bellus has penned an absolutely beautiful novel about loss, love, and learning to live again.

Marlee is a character that is captivating. Maybe not in the way most think though. She's unique, quirky, and a best friend you coul
Gutted is not the right word I want to use to describe this book, yet I am still gutted at the raw beautiful emotion that HJ poured into this book.

Yes this book is emotional and pulls at all your strings, but this is life. We all know a Marlee out here. She is strong and gets knocked down. She struggles to live but finally finds hope and life hits her again. What I can't get past is the beauty of the struggles, the cries, the laughs and finally the hope. I will have more of my emotional review o
Tiffany Houston kyser
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG! If you are ready to dive into your next 5 star read, this one is it. Once I started, it was hard to put it down and be a mom and adult. The Flight of Hope was written so well and HJ Bellus sends you down a roller coaster of emotions. Get ready, buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Mandy Fellows
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Soooooo good!!! I love Marlee and her story. Definitely an emotional roller coaster that you don’t want to end.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
How can woman have to deal with so much grief???

What would you do if you lost everyone that meant something to you? I know what I would do, exactly what Birdie did, RUN!

Running never solves a problem, but when you just to go where no one knows you, it's the thing to do. And you never know, running may just put you in the place you are always meant to be.

This book was such an emotional read, I highly recommend. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Bellus.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
marlee went through so much! loved the first half of the book, seeing Marlee and Bentley as kids and working our way through years of their relationship. felt the second connection was a bit rushed- personally think it would have taken a lot more effort to get her to break down her walls with the state she was in and the timing. marlee's new attitude was one i wish everyone could imitate. fender was hilarious- thank goodness cause this was emotional for me.
Dakota Willink
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I completely ugly cried when I read this book, yet I still loved it for so many reasons. Not only was if full of raw emotion, but it was the the authors careful crafting of the characters timeline that made me truly vested. Marlee, a spoiled girl from a small town, had everything she held dear ripped away from her in a heartbreaking tragedy. I felt what Marlee felt as she went through feelings of hopelessness over her loss and not believing that she could have a second chance. Jed's story...well ...more

I actually enjoyed this book. I was nervous going in, wasn't sure what to expect (no, I didn't read the blurb, just trusted a friend when she said I had to read it).

Marlee has been through so much. We know that from just the prologue. But what she continues to endure and what she goes through to find her happiness is impressive.

Marlee and Bentley have a storybook romance. Falling in love as children, they know they will always be together. That's just how it will always be.
Until one n
Tricia Bartley (iScream Books)
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ohhh lord....You broke my heart Heidi!!!

I finished The Flight of Hope yesterday and I knew I couldn't write a review just then, so I came to Goodreads, posted that I was done reading, put it on my favorites shelf (cuz this book is certainly a favorite now!!) as well and gave it 5 fan-dam-tastic Stars!!! Then I needed to calm my nerves..I had tears running down my face and that thick knot in my heart was broken!!! But Y'all this story is sooo beautiful...SOOOO B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!!!

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USA Today Best Selling Author, HJ Bellus is a small town girl who loves the art of storytelling. When not making readers laugh or cry, she's a part-time livestock wrangler that can be found in the middle of Idaho, shot gunning a beer while listening to some Miranda Lambert on her Beats and rocking out in her boots.

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