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Where Hope Begins

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  832 ratings  ·  291 reviews
In the aftermath of her husband’s act of adultery and abandonment, Savannah must finally face the ghosts that haunt her and discover for herself whether authentic faith, grace, and ultimate healing really do exist.

When her husband of twenty-one years leaves her, Savannah Barrington believes she’s lost almost everything she’s ever loved. With her daughter in college and her
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2018)
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Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on." - Robert Frost

At the beginning of this book Savannah Barrington is reeling. Her husband of twenty-one years has left her for another woman. Learning of his affair and betrayal has turned her world upside down. Savannah decides she needs a change of scenery. She has a daughter in college and a son away at boarding school. There are too many memories tied up in the house she shared with her husband, so she decides to see
Dale Harcombe
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When her husband of over twenty years leaves her for another woman, Savannah Barrington takes refuge in the one place she has always felt solace. She retreats to the lake house her parents own in the Berkshires. As she struggles to cope, not only with this pain and loss but still grieving the death of their eldest daughter Shelby some years earlier, she is not left alone. Her neighbour Clarice with her nephew Brock who is a writer and Brock’s daughter Maysie enter Savannah’s life and change it, ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Where Hope Begins

Catherine West

Received from Netgalley

Wow, all I can say is, keep the tissues handy! WHERE HOPE BEGINS by Catherine West will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! I have only read one other book by Catherine West but I know this won't be the last! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Savannah after so much heartache! Wow! What an awesome story. WHERE HOPE BEGINS hooked
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

This miserable moment… it feels freeze-framed. Forever cemented in memory—this one defining moment in my life when I realize all I’ve done, everything I’ve poured myself into, has been for naught.

I don’t want to hate Kevin. And I don’t, always. Just most of the time.

We’ve been in and out of counseling for the past ten years. Christian counseling. Psychiatric counseling. Family and couples counseling. I can quote books verbatim on how to put a family back together after loss, how
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I kind of like this book.
A lot.
Sherri Thacker
Where Hope Begins is my first book by Catherine West and it is a book about love, family, divorce, betrayal, adultery, suicide and forgiveness. It is heartbreaking to read. So many emotions in this book! As I first started to read it, I thought it was all about loss and despair because that’s how it started out but then it didn’t take me long to realize it was about hope and survival. There can be HOPE after divorce. The characters are all believable and it was an easy story to connect to. I rec ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is my fourth Catherine West novel and it's my new favorite.

On the surface Where Hope Begins is a novel about heartbreaking things...adultery, death, suicide and terminal illness. The beauty comes in the perseverance and humility shown by the characters. One can choose to give up or carry forward.

All of the characters were well portrayed. I'm not sure that I have a favorite among them. As a southerner, I adored the reaction of Savanah's father to the presence of her cheating husband at a fam
Toni Shiloh
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I close the pages of Where Hope Begins, I realized that Ms. West has out done herself.
Hands down. Her best book. EVER.

From the opening line my heart ached and my body tensed, prepared for the onslaught I was sure to come. But nothing went like I expected. And even when I could tell the direction Ms. West was going, I still wasn’t prepared.

I’ve heard that early readers were crying. I admit I thought I would remain untouched by that. But yeah almost down to the last page and the tears started.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tnz
Ten stars. Warning: you will cry. This is a wonderful and difficult book about a hard, real subject and about emotional healing. Catherine tackles it with honest, raw descriptions, beautiful writing, grace, and humor. I can't say enough good about this book. ...more
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Cindy Sheppard Gidge
Nov 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a realistic and imaginable book of course with themes that are quite common no doubt as life certainly isn't always rosy.It's easy enough to imagine such situations occuring and how such tragedies can tear families and marriages apart. The messages of forgiveness and showing grace were beautifully done throughout. The disappointment/puzzlement to me in a sense was how much alcohol was drank, especially by a pastor.... Kind of threw me off to be honest. To each their own but wouldn't exp ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I am so tired of crying. So tired of this hatred, this anger. I want it all to end."

There are times when you read a book in which your emotions are so invested, it is truly hard to sit down and write a review worthy of the book. This is one of those times. Catherine West has written a book that is surely destined to be on the keeper shelf and be read over and over again.

Savannah Barrington's husband of over 20 years has left her, having been caught in an affair with another woman. Savannah and

Catherine West tackles some very serious issues in this book that will send readers on an emotional roller coaster. This is a story of a family dealing with the fallout after tragedy sends the family spiraling into a series of bad decisions and brokenness. But it is also a story of love, grace, forgiveness and hope. Mostly the hope that new beginnings can bring. While the story occasionally switched to other characters, it was told mostly from Savannah's point of view. As she dealt with grief, a
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
“Sometimes we are allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness…”

First, let me say that I love love love the writing voice decisions that Catherine West made in Where Hope Begins. Savannah’s first person narrative is spot-on for her character and her situation, but I also enjoyed getting a 3rd person narrative perspective from several of the other characters as the story progressed. Especially Brock.

Which leads us to the shameless swooning portion of this review.

Brock is YUM. There’s just
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Savannah’s husband of twenty years is leaving her for the other woman. Now the house is empty—their three children are at boarding school, college, and in a grave. Broken, Savannah goes to stay in her parent’s holiday home, where she meets the neighbours: an old woman, her nephew, and his daughter. A daughter who is the spitting image of Savannah’s dead daughter.

Yes, Where Hope Begins has lots of angst. As the story progresses we find out more about how Shelby died, about how Savannah is convinc
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hard hitting. Emotion stirring. Heaving sob inducing. I don't even know how to review Where Hope Begins. Tough read. I mean I really didn't want to read this book only I couldn't stop reading it either. Serious subject matters -- adultery, death, grief -- doesn't that sound like fun? But there is so much hope within the pages of this book as well! The goose-bumping, deep-rooting kind that takes your breath away.

And though that makes this book seem like a heavy read, there is an ethereal beauty i
Dana Michael
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has emitted every emotion, heartache, grief, sadness, anger, laughter, and hope. This is a gritty real life novel that dealt with death, adultery, suicide, and thankfully... second chances. But, I don't want to leave the impression that this is a sad and morose book. It's not. This book, although deals with hard real life subjects, it offers hope, and new beginnings. It didn't end sad, it had a precious and sweet ending. So no fears there. This is my new favorite book by this very tale ...more
Beth Vogt
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cathy West courageously wades into the turbulent waters of relationships—the struggles we all face. Rather than settling for easy or clichéd answers, she writes with realism, always choosing hope and grace.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How do you cope with something that tears apart your marriage and destroys your dreams for the future, leaving your self-esteem in tatters? How do you hold on to hope through all that? Catherine West delivers a powerful novel that is at once both utterly heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful. As the title suggests, Where Hope Begins is about starting over and finding that glimmer of hope in the harshness of broken dreams.

Savannah’s husband is leaving her. After twenty-one years of marriage, three
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cheating
Reread 8-29-2020... this has popped up in a couple of on-line feeds over the last week. It’s beautifully written, but I cried through the entire book.

Original review... A well written but incredibly sad story. Could the story have been told with less tragedy? I think so.


Nobody gets over the loss of a child, it’s been 10 years, their marriage is a disaster and they send their son to boarding school. This seemed odd to me and they send him back after a suicide attempt. Nope, can’t see a
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t really know where to begin to review this book. All about a family that looks perfect from the outside but oh so imperfect. But are we not all imperfect, striving to be more Christ-like? That is if we are Christians.
This book is so emotional that you will laugh, smile, and cry so get ready for your heart to be touched. The author takes real and hard situations that happens to people and couples all the time and digs deep into their hearts and lets us feel the emotions of each character.
Melissa Henderson
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best stories I have read lately. A variety of emotions was felt while reading this one. Sadness, heartbreak, fear and then, hope, faith and love. The characters and the story line are so well written that I felt as if I was right there experiencing everything. I wanted to reach out and hug the main characters. A wonderful read. I received a copy of this book from the author and NetGalley. No review was required. This is my honest personal opinion of the story.
Christina Claypool
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first noticed the book, "Where Hope Begins," by Catherine West on Goodreads some months ago, I felt impressed that it was one I should read. Call it divine intervention or a God nudge, it was a spiritual leading. I am so grateful I followed that leading, because this book was meant for me. Truth is, I am not really a romantic genre reader, but enjoy reading more about complex life situations. Although there is plenty of romance in, "Where Hope Begins" it also tackles some tough issues in ...more
Just Commonly
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I was what they call a "woman of faith" once. And now? Now I'm just broken."

Where Hope Begins by Catherine West is one of the best novels I've read this year. Okay, maybe even up there in the all time top twenty. (And just in case you're wondering, top twenty is huge considering I read between 200 and 300 books a year!) Right from the first line to the last, Catherine West compelled me to move forward. Almost like a trance, my eyes kept glue to the page. Word after word, page after page and th
Deborah Raney
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful characters, beautiful redemptive relationships. I loved the setting. Made me smile, made me cry. Catherine West has solidly become one of my favorite authors.
Kathryn Bochman
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a book I never wanted to end, and yet when it did, I sighed at the perfection of it all. It's rare I say that about a book – and I love books. I often comment on how I enjoy the plot, character development, and message of other books. I comment on how I anticipate more releases by the certain authors. And I comment on how certain themes challenge me. But this book was different. This one reached into my heart and soul in such a way that even now, days after finishing the last page, I fe ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Instead of five stars I want to give this ten hearts 💕. You will run a gamut of emotions while reading this and definitely need tissues. It deals will hard subjects that need to be addressed and talked openly about and this would be perfect for a book club discussion. It also shows there is hope no matter how dark our days. I have to say I was torn in how I wanted the outcome to be, because I grew to love each character in a different way...flaws and all. The writing is flawless and it moves lik ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Wow. Amazing. Real. Raw. Genuine. Heart-wrenching. Breathtaking. All these words do not even begin to sum up how I feel about this book. Catherine West is not at all scared to bring real life topics into her Christian Fiction, and quite frankly I am glad about that. Infidelity, suicide, drinking excessively, a marriage torn apart. You don't see those in most of the Christian Fiction novels you read, but why is that? Is it because we try to sweep the real world under the rug and concentrate on ch ...more
Andi Tubbs
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: empty-shelf-2018
Wow! I finished this book a couple of nights ago but I needed to let all of the emotions Ms. West evoked in her story rest for awhile before I could write a legible review. I had to take breaks as I read because the emotions were so raw and genuine.

This book evoked all the emotions. I was Savannah ten years ago, and Ms. West got every emotion that a woman who finds out about her husband's infidelity right on the money. At least for me and other women I know.

Ms. West is one of my favorite Inspira
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

"My husband is leaving me."

The impact is devastating. Savannah Barrington has shared most of her life with a man whom has become a virtual stranger, and now he is calling it quits. The lure of a younger, more vibrant companion has stolen their joy; or at least that's what Savannah assumes has happened. In reality, their relationship has been fractured for years following the tragic death of their daughter, and neither of them has the energy to fight through the pain any longer.

Moving t
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Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) a ...more

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