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Hope for Tomorrow

(Tomorrow #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  35 reviews
When Logan De Witt learns of his father’s sudden death, he returns home to the family’s dairy farm. During his stay, he discovers his mother’s struggle with finances and his younger sister’s struggle with grief. Concern for his family presses Logan to make the difficult decision to leave his career as a pastor and stay on the farm. As a way to make some extra money, he agr ...more
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Published October 23rd 2018 by Mantle Rock Publishing LLC
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Abigail Harris
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
My review of Hope For Tomorrow: Ooh, quite a change from the normal school teacher, western, romance. This is a nice romance novel that doesn't lag too much and is enjoyable. A few things seemed slightly unrealistic but they weren't too bad.
The characters were well developed and interesting though the main characters feel a little flat as one point it wasn't too bad though.
If you like romances, western, sweet stories, and just a little but of drama I am sure that you will enjoy this book as well
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-copy, 2019-reads
Hope for Tomorrow by Michelle DeBruin is a sweet and classic styled historical romance novel that reader will get warm fuzzies from. This story focuses on how a person’s path in life may not always turn out the way it’s expected. It’s about learning to trust in God and his plan. Readers will easily relate to the characters in the story as they blame themselves for accidents in the past, make mistakes, deal with grief, and friendships form and grow. And of course there is romance mixed into it al ...more
Cynthia Roemer
Set in the backdrop of early 1900's Iowa, Hope for Tomorrow is a tender story of love, grace, and resilience, with elements of faith woven within. ...more
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Am a preacher's kid so I really liked reading about a preacher and about another preacher's kid.

The setting of the book was superb. I really enjoyed reading about a farm, farming and how crops were harvested, tomatoes canned and apples too.

Karen's heart for people and her forgiving spirit was so endearing. Her love for her job even when she was misinformed was very commendable. I love the fact that the writer did not over emphasis on how Karen looked, her hair and all but on the beautiful char
Marta Aldrighetti
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Iowa, year 1910.
The life in the small, farm village Siler Grove is hard for the people there.
The characters are simple, well building, so realistic (they fight, fear, struggle, love, forgive, miss).
you'll love them and through them you can understand family, love and faith are important things in the life.
The story is haunting, page turned, entertaining. I recommend it, enjoy reading it!
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, celebrate-lit
Historical fiction never fails to appeal to me, no matter what kind of reading mood I might be in, and “Hope for Tomorrow” is no exception. The detailed cover illustration is even perfect for summer, with a distant white church set amidst the blue sky and green prairie and a young woman in a white dress and straw hat in the foreground. Set in Iowa in 1910, this story sits on the cusp of the old way of life before the onset of WWI and the roaring ‘20s. In like manner, the narrative itself unfurls ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review: HOPE FOR TOMORROW by Michelle DeBruin

Logan is a preacher who leaves his congregation to move back home after hearing of his father’s sudden death to care for the farm, his mother Sandy, and sister Tillie who are in pain and are grieving over this tremendous loss. To help with their financial troubles, they accept Karen, a teacher from Chicago, who will be boarding in their home to teach in the country school. This is a page turner, as I really enjoyed reading about how these characters o
Hope for Tomorrow gave way to a pleasurable story set in 1910 in Iowa. Preacher Logan DeWitt return to his family’s farm brought to light how his family had struggled since he left for seminary and settled on being a preacher. Rich and pamper Karen Millerson didn’t anticipate teaching in a one room school but she accepted the challenge. These characters were relatable with their flaws and strengths. There interaction together gave way to laughter and tears. I appreciated the rural small town set ...more
Excellent and well written book. I loved how Karen came to teach highschool but her position is eliminated and ends up teaching in a country school. I loved reading how she dealt with her problems and found solutions. The book was interesting, intriguing, suspenseful, a page turner so much so I hated to put book down. If I could rate this book more than 5 stars I would.
I highly recommend the book and will read again.
Suzie Waltner
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hope for Tomorrow is reminiscent of classic Christian fiction such as those favorites written by Janette Oke and Grace Livingston Hill. As Logan and Karen endeavor to find their footing after both their lives take unexpected turns and their paths cross, friendship forms and grows.

Michelle de Bruin stuffs her story with lots of conflict—a grieving and jealous sister, an unwanted but persistent suitor, a home on the brink of foreclosure, and a wagonload of romantic tension. And while there were a
Janice Sisemore
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Hope for Tomorrow

In Hope for Tomorrow Logan has to go back home after the death of his father. He finds out his mother needs help more than he originally thought.

Karen is the new teacher in town and also a boarder at Logan mother’s home. I love the scenes with her and the students. I really enjoyed Karen’s character. She is a good teacher but did not know how to cook. She has a fun time learning how to cook.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. This book review is my
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I originally rated this as a four star, but now that I am writing the review a week later, I realized that I really liked this book! The only thing that I didn’t like was the misunderstood love trope. Tillie was kind of annoying too, but I kind of understand her. I am the youngest of nine siblings, and when everyone comes home for Christmas, I can act like Tillie (I am working on it). I had no issues with the content as far as how clean it is. It kept me guessing too! Overall, I really liked thi ...more
Deana Dick
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful story set in 1910. Towns were just starting to grow and farming was a way of life for many. Logan had left his family to pursue his calling that God had for him to be a pastor in Oswell City, Ohio. He loved being there and helping people in his town who needed spiritual guidance. Little did he know that his life was about to change. Logan received tragic news about a family member and needed to go home. He was upset to leave his congregation but knew that God wanted him to go ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hope for Tomorrow by author Michelle De Bruin is a delightful Christian historical romance. While it is a sweet story it has some timeless life lessons to share. Lessons on priorities, trusting God, grudges, forgiveness, truthfulness, and love are beautifully displayed in this novel.

This is the tale of school teacher Karen Millerson. She travels from Chicago to become a high school English teacher in Iowa but encounters a surprise. Hopefully this will give her a new start.

It is also the story of
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Karen never wanted to fall for a preacher, or a farmer, but circumstances in her life seems to throw her together with a man who is both farmer and preacher. And though things are not so good at the farm, Logan has no intention of staying there. This book takes you on a journey of hard times and struggles, yet love, grace and forgiveness, with just the right amount of romance added in.

I really enjoyed this story. The setting is the early 1900’s which is one of my favorit
Connie Saunders
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hope for Tomorrow is a story of misconceptions and new beginnings. Karen Millerson leaves Chicago thinking she will be a high school teacher but instead becomes the teacher of a country school in Silver Grove, Iowa. Pastor Logan De Witt is called home when his father dies suddenly and he believes that helping his newly widowed mother on the family farm will be for a short time only. Cassandra De Witt must adjust to life without her husband and manage the financial challenges that widowhood offer ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Karen and Logan

This is my first time reading a book by this author. The writing was very good with absolutely no typos, as far as I could tell. I enjoyed the story, but the lack of communication between all the family was a bit much.

Tilly....I get that she lost her father, but what a brat! And mom and Logan just ignored it, patted her on the head and sent her on her way. I can't believe Logan allowed her to treat Karen so horribly. Tilly almost had me stop reading this book a few times. I would
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first opened the book, it reminded me of several Kim Vogel Sawyer books I've read in the past. The setting is similar (though in Iowa, rather than Kansas), the era is similar, and the voice is the same. If Suffice it to say, if you're a fan of KVS, you're going to love this book!

The main characters include a preacher-turned-farmer who has had a recent run of bad luck, his sister who is struggling with her shaken faith, a teacher who has overcome her own family struggles and is moving forw
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hope for Tomorrow is a sweet romance. It is also the story of making sacrifices for those you love. Michelle De Bruin also includes grief recovery and forgiveness in the plot. Main characters Karen and Logan both show considerable growth as they learn to follow the path God has for them; a path that is different than what they think God has for them. Tillie is a somewhat less major character. She shows considerable growth as well; going from a grieving, bitter young lady who is mad at God and ev ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a story of new beginnings and new found hope. Both Logan De Witt and Karen Millerson have been brought low by changes in their lives and circumstances that neither expected. What they do about it and how it shapes them is what this story is all about. Taking the disappointments and hurts that life throws at you, and making something better out of it is something I often need to be reminded about.

I have actually read the second story in this series first but I enjoyed delving into this f
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading Michelle DeBruin’s debut, Promise for Tomorrow and loved it. So, when I had the opportunity to read her follow up, Hope for Tomorrow, I jumped on it. I was by far from being disappointed. The story kind of reminded me a lot of Christy by Catherine Marshall. I loved meeting Karen and Logan. It was wonderful watching them grow throughout the book. It was an easy read, that made me want to keep reading until the end. I learned some good lessons from it and found some i ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
How quickly things can change in life. Reverend Logan De Witt is the well-liked pastor of a church in Oswell, Iowa. With the sudden death of his father, he must return to the family farm to help his mother and sister make plans for the future. Karen Millerson, a newly minted high school teacher, is scheduled to board at their home and teach in the nearby town. But plans change for her as well.

This lovely book with a few surprises is my introduction to this author. The past has a way of affectin
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great story about hope, new beginnings, and learning to trust God in all things. Michelle DeBruin has created a cast of characters who will touch your heart; such an enjoyable read!

Karen is the new school teacher assigned to the charming town of Silver Grove, Iowa. After the death of their dad and husband, Sandy and her children Tillie and Logan take in Karen as their boarder in order to help pay the debt he left after his death. Little did they realize that the relationships they develo
Vicky Sluiter
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Michelle De Bruin writes a book that readers of historical fiction are sure to enjoy. A single Chicago lady heads west to teach. A pastor leaves his career for his family. So much happens that you’ll keep reading to see what’s next.

Well developed characters who are less than perfect made this book enjoyable. The fact that both of them are searching for God’s will and purpose gives a good spiritual lift, while not being at all preachy. With emotion and drama, humor and frustration, all of
Heather Greer
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Change isn't always easy, and our paths aren't always clear. And sometimes, change affects us more on the inside than the outside. Hope for Tomorrow follows Logan De Witt's story as he returns home to care for his newly widowed mother and sister on his family's dairy farm, even though his call is to ministry as a preacher. Everything is familiar to him, but his father's death has changed everything at the same time. Add in a new, single teacher as a boarder, family debt to pay off, and his siste ...more
Candy Smith
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by the author and I found it very enjoyable. A Christian Fiction Historical Romance filled with trails and tribulations, twists and turns, two people in conflict with their hearts and minds in relation to their past and their faith, and of course romance. What paths will these two souls take when their lives collide? Will their past dictate their future or will they come to terms with their struggles to give each other a chance and fulfill their purpose? It was a ...more
Bernard Holler
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Logan has to decide if he should do what he thinks God wants him to or do what his heart wants him to

Preacher Logan DeWitt finds out after his father's death that the family farm may be lost because of debts that are overdue on a loan. He decides to stay on the farm to help his mother and sister. Before his father's death his parents had agreed to board the teacher for the coming year. Logan and the teacher strike up a friendship. Tales of happenings at the one room school brought back memories
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it

Even tho she loved the Lord she still couldn’t keep the doubt from past experience let her a full life. She ticked me off by not telling off the guy chasing after her she didn’t want, just stupidly went along until someone else stopped it. Happy ending but it should have ended with a wedding not just an engagement.
Amy Anguish
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a very sweet story and enjoyable to see the characters fight through their struggles and insecurities. Perfectly romantic ending.

That being said, I did disagree with some of the theology presented in the story. And there were a few inconsistencies missed in editing that pulled me out and made me question for a minute.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful story! The characters were so well written, they pulled me into the story like I was one of them. I enjoyed how the characters grew and matured throughout the story. The author did a great job of showing how God loves us and is always there in the good times and bad. God wants to give us a life with joy and we can miss it if we are trying to make our lives our own instead of giving it to God. The romance in the story was sweet and heart warming. There is so much to like about this bo ...more
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Michelle De Bruin lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She has a bachelor’s degree in Religion with a Christian Ministry emphasis, and in Music. Michelle is the spiritual services provider for an organization that offers services for people with mental and physical disabilities. She has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) since 2015. Michelle writes inspirati ...more

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