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The Cost of Hope

(The Cost of Love Series #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  26 reviews

What can a former slave without a penny to her name and no memory beyond the last five years ask from life?

Soleil has no delusions of living a grand life. Or even a happy one for that matter. The only thing she wants is safety for her daughter. But when even that seems impossible she takes matters into her own hands. Only life has a different plan, sending her into the arm

Kindle Edition, 195 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Gabrielle O. Brown
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Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was completely addicted to this story from page one and could not stop reading! It was such a fresh take on historical romance and I loved every minute of it. I haven’t read too much set during the post civil war south, but after this I definitely will be!

Soleil was such a strong and beautiful character. I loved seeing her story and see her find the happiness she deserves. She was a fierce mother and would do anything for her daughter. She was put through so many trials but still came out the
Justine L2r
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Period piece set during slave time. Heroine is biracial. White father and black mother.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad a little too sappy for my tastes

If you’re looking for the sweet romance dusted with sugar this is it. If you like period pieces this book is for you. I had a few issues as the name Soleil literally means sun in French and was not and still is not commonly used among native French. It was also predictable, along with being somewhat unbelievable considering the clothes he bought her, the picnics, along with taking her to a doctor in the middle of the night. Also from the beginning why didn
Paty Hinojosa
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was a beautiful historical romance! It exceeded my expectations being a debut novel.
I was totally engaged from page one. Soleil (Sarah at first) is a former slave who has been mistreated by her owner and hasn't been freed. It's the 1860's in the Post Civil War era. She has a blurry past as she has amnesia and doesn't remember where she came from before she was owned by this vicious man and his family. So the story starts as she escapes with her little girl from her captor, injured and
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sarah a former slave had lost her memory due to an abusive slave owner, James. In 1860 after the Civil War and the slaves were free, James attacked Sarah again. she gathered up her daughter and ran as fast she could, running into a crowd of people.

Alex looked up to find Soleil right in Alexander Cummings arms. (Soleil is what she was called before becoming James' slave.) Alex and Soleil had grown up together and was young when they fell in love. Now Alex lives in Elba, Alabama and owns the larg
I don't know whether the author intended it or not, but I took the main character's (Soliel) amnesia to be a metaphor, one that puts the spotlight on slaves as perceived 'objects', as though having no history of any worth or significance as individuals. Even upon emancipation, many (if not, most) freemen have no other means of subsistence, and thereby remain with their former masters and continue to be exploited in ways that skirt the line of legality.

This is a story of social prejudice and a cl
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This story held my interest from the first page to the last. This is a story where lost love is found, good triumphs over evil, wrongs are made right, and love conquers all. The way the story is written helps me understand how Soleil feels as a former slave who is still not truly free. You learn of the struggles and abuse she suffered at the hands of her former owner, but she now has a chance of hope with Alexander Cummings. Alex is a well-to-do plantation owner, but a kind, caring, generous man ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is set in the period of slavery, it's a hard read but a very good story, a young free woman is kidnapped and sold into slavery by a woman who believes her charge is too good to marry a black woman the young woman losses her memory and serves under a elderly lady who for all her faults and they are many at least protects her from her lascivious son, when she dies and her estate is willed to her son, this young woman knows that she has to find a way to run away before he can get his han ...more
In G.S. Carr's The Cost of Hope, a historical interracial novel (2018) is a story of the love of a woman who was sold into slavery and loved by a man who could not in those times have her as his wife. The author told her story very well; this is clean romance story; however, it does have its elements of darkness which speak of potential rape, rape, and abuse. Stories of this period especially for women of color are hard to read, it brings about the imagery of what happened to our ancestors so lo ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Cost of Hope was a refreshing historical read. I enjoyed Soleil and Alex’s romance. I loved all the twists especially the one surrounding Soleil’s condition when she was found by Alex. The relationship between Soleil and Alex was believable and touching. Alex’s devotion to Soleil and Hope was heartwarming.

This story was well written and flowed well. For me, it was a refreshing spin on an interracial romance during the 1860’s Deep South. As with any good romance there are villains and Vivian
Dennis Johnson
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many important lessons in this Love story.

The facts about the this time period in the US are not pretty. Made quite clear in so many details of this story. Knowledge that human trafficking could still affect a World traveler terrifying. The sweet hope of escape and love for anyone in these circumstances... Priceless.
InD'tale Magazine
As the beginning of “The Cost of Hope” unfolds, it catches the reader’s attention right from the start, with Soleil is put into a heartbreaking situation.

Read full review in the 2018 Nov issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Dynah Zale
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet Gem

I liked this book. It is a sweet love story that also had some historical facts in it. Stuff I never knew about. It was an enchanting book and I intend to read the entire series.
Sim Gee
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the face of hate

I normally shy away from IR historical novels, but something about this one drew me. I’m glad it did, it was a beautifully written novel. Alex’s look was apparent and I love how the Complexity of his decision was shown. Soleil was strong and beautiful soul. That their love was able to thrive in the face of so many obstacles was amazing. It’s an amazing book, a must read.
Vivianne Mclaughlin
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Love this book. Alex never forgot about Soleil and that she would someday come back to him. I was so happy that she regained her memory and that she got her happily ever after considering what she went through.
Rhonda Williams
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

From start to finish, I was invested in the hearts and minds of the characters. I was nearly brought to tears and wanted to throw my Kindle near the end. This book was a pleasant surprise.
Lillian Kerlus
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Where’s the passion..

This book was good but what on earth happen to the sex scene. I was waiting for that moment. So disappointed.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Read

Easy to follow. Great writing that brings light to a history few would recognize as reality. I enjoyed every word.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Predictable. All down to the fire.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

History was not kind to black people and it was great to see how you let the readers know about the laws during that period.
Mary Anglin
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It was heartbreaking what Soleil went through and I loved that she got her happily ever after! This was a sweet, clean romance and I highly recommend it!
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good read

Love historical romances. This one was written well and the storyline was good. A few amazing circumstances, but a great HEA. Good job.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is very honesty about the history of slavery and black codes but at the heart has an intense love story.
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AMERICAN HISTORIC...: G.S.Carr 1 3 Dec 09, 2018 09:37AM  
Raised in Charlotte NC, G.S. Carr has always enjoyed indulging in her imagination. At a very young age she had a thirst for reading and the many possibilities it helped come alive in her mind’s eye. She consumed books like they were the air she needed to survive. It seemed inevitable that her love of reading would transcend into a desire to create her own stories. She began writing poetry and stor ...more

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The Cost of Love Series (3 books)
  • The Cost of Atonement (The Cost of Love Series Book 2)
  • The Cost of Rebellion (The Cost of Love Book 3)