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Her Hope Discovered (Welcome to Ruby, #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Is the sure thing worth risking for the possibility of maybe?

Charla Winthrop, a savvy business woman seeking a permanent lifestyle change in small-town Ruby, learns that things aren’t always what they appear when she takes up residence in a house steeped in charm and a hint of mystery.
Rumor has it that Sam Packard the town carpenter is her go-to guy for home remodeling, b
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published December 31st 2018 by Mountain Brook Ink (first published December 11th 2018)
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Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Her Hope Discovered

Cynthia Herron

HER HOPE DISCOVERED is the first book I've read by Cynthia Herron. It is the first book of three in the Welcome to Ruby series. To be totally honest, I fell in love with the cover the minute I saw it. Cynthia has a way of grabbing her readers and she never lets us go. I was instantly hooked on all the characters and they felt like they were old friends by the end of the story. This is a story of second chances. I loved everything about this beautiful story and I'
Kerry Johnson
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this story! Her Hope Discovered is like a warm embrace from a dear friend on a winter day. The author's gentle style and lovely writing carried me along on Charla and Sam's journey to Happily Ever After.

It's not an easy ride though, and both hero and heroine carry considerable baggage that interrupts their relationship and (incredibly sweet) chemistry. Faith and Hope, Sam's daughters, are a delightful addition to the story, along with an amusing cast of characters from tiny, welcoming Ruby,
Raised with wealth and privilege, Charla Winthrop has tried to live up to her prestigious last name. She quickly found that wealth did not equal peace, nor did business success relate to personal fulfillment. Having visited the Ozarks for a developmental project and being drawn to its charm, Charla decides to make a fresh start of her life. She lands in the charming small town of Ruby, Missouri, and quickly makes friends with the local citizens.

Sam Packard lost his wife more than three years ago
Melissa Henderson
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while a story comes along that brings me joy, tears and a ton of hope and this is one of those special stories. From the first page, I felt close to the characters and enjoyed learning more about each one. Second chances at love, trust, faith and hope are all found for the people in this heartwarming story. I truly enjoyed this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book and this is my personal honest opinion. No review was required.
Edward Arrington
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first book in The Welcome to Ruby series sets the bar high for the stories that follow. With some powerful life lessons woven into a story of second chances, the book has a lot to offer. I enjoyed the story line of a young woman from a life of luxury moving to a small town in the Ozarks to make a new life for herself. Each of the main characters were like many of us. They all seemed to need second chances repeatedly, whether it was concerning life, romance, or faith. We can see how God worke ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I knew when I read the synopsis of this book that I absolutely had to read it.  It's not often that I stumble across books set in my backyard.  I mean Ruby doesn't really exist in my backyard, nor Jewel County but. . . I was born in the Ozarks.  I was raised in the Ozarks.  I still live in the Ozarks.  , one of my high school rivals was the town of Ozark.  This region of the country is truly like no other with the slower pace of the south but not truly southern.  We have some mannerisms of the n ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
First Initial Thoughts

Charla is a young woman who sold everything and moved out to a small town in Missouri to start her life over. She worked a demanding high level corporate job that drained her emotionally and physically, and was invested in a relationship with a man who didn’t want to commit for the long run. She also grew up in a wealthy family who’s mother was quite demanding and forthright. She left to get away and find herself again. And the last thing she wanted to do was get involved i
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading Her Hope Discovered is like sitting down at the fireside with a good friend and your favorite hot beverage for a cozy chat. The writing is fantastic and very interesting. It is compelling and creative with beautiful descriptions appropriately sprinkled throughout the story. It is so easy to visualize the beauty of the Ozarks as you read.

I was so quickly invested in the characters, caring deeply what happened to them. And not just Charla and Sam, the main characters, each of the people in
Sherida Stewart
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this heart-tugging romance about a couple working toward happiness with help from a town full of friends!

Her Hope Discovered is a heart-touching emotional journey as two people come to grips with the with the pain of guilt and one with the of pain of rejection.

Her Hope Discovered, by award-winning debut author Cynthia Herron, finds big city gal Charla Winthrop arriving in small town Ruby, Missouri. She is leaving her lucrative job and privileged life in Boston to find what she
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one the most heartwarming book I have ever read, I absolutely loved it. Once I started reading it I could not put it down, I sat in the same spot all day completely entranced by the story. The writing flowed nicely and kept me intrigued. I especially loved how the surroundings were described, the Ozarks sounded like a magical place. All of the characters were so perfect, they felt real and had so much depth. I really liked the small town feel, everyone knew each other and they were all ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: justread-tours
I loved this book!

Charla is determined to make her dreams a success but to the detriment of what?

Charla has led the high power success driven life for too long. Now it's time to live her dreams and she's going to do that in Ruby, MO. I personally live in MO and love that this sets itself up in the Ozarks. Couldn't ask for a nicer setting though they didn't mention any snakes. :)

On the day that she drives into town she's faced with a flat tire. Little did she know that this would set off a chain
Her Hope Discovered is a contemporary romance novel by author Cynthia Herron. It is book one in the “Welcome to Ruby” series. Charla Winthrope is new to Ruby, Missouri and Sam Packard is a hunk of a single man, living in Ruby.

After Edwin’s, secondary character, wife died he wanted to die. Then he started seeing signs of hope: a rose bush blooming in the middle of a Missouri winter, misplaced car keys suddenly appearing where he first looked, the scent of chocolate chip cookies lingering in the h
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Charla decides to leave her busy, meaningless life in Boston and move to the small town of Ruby, Missouri she is looking forward to the change of pace and to beginning the journey to figuring out what she truly wants in life. While she's planning there are other that are praying for her to come into their lives.

Sam and his young daughters, Faith and Hope, have been hoping for someone to fill the void that was left when their wife and mother died in an accident three years ago. Could the new
Gina Holder
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Welcome to Ruby, Missouri! Her Hope Discovered is the debut novel of author Cynthia Herron, and it is a beautiful introduction. Her Hope Discovered is full of faith, love, and small-town charm. This contemporary romance will introduce you to some interesting and bigger-than-life characters, a place where people care about each other, and a home where the faith in a heavenly father makes the most extraordinary things happen.
Her Hope Discovered is a wonderful picture of God’s divine intervention
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Her Hope Discovered by Cynthia Herron is the first in the Welcome to Ruby series. Ruby, a small town in the Missouri Ozarks, is quite Mayberry-ish; no one is a stranger, even newcomer Charla Winthrop a high-powered executive looking for something different, less demanding with a slower pace.

She finds it in Ruby but is she truly prepared for the change from the seeming anonymity of the big city to the everybody in town knows which house she bought? It seems all the townsfolk know her activities
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Her Hope Discovered is a delightful romance. Charla and Sam were clearly destined to be together, but I enjoyed reading how they got to that point. Herron also provides wonderfully written secondary characters that I grew to love. Edwin was absolutely my favorite. He was a wealth of knowledge, inspirational, and also looking out for the best interest of his son-in-law. He was so sweet, and I found myself looking forward to his scenes the most.

In addition, Sam's daughters were so cute and sweet.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The debut novel by Cynthia Herron was fantastic! Her Hope Discovered is indeed a story of hope. Add to that romance, forgiveness and redemption all rolled into the picturesque town of Ruby. I want to live there. Ms. Herron understands, and paints for us within the pages a beautiful and realistic picture of life in a small town and the all-important sense of community and support that is synonymous with small-town living. Her characters go deep, each with their own imperfections, flaws and baggag ...more
Patti Whitson Stephenson
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was drawn into this book from the opening paragraph with the description of the Missouri region of the Ozarks. The Ozarks are home to me, and the author did an excellent job describing the natural beauty of this region of the country. She also completely understands the close relationships among the residents of a small Missouri town.

But even more than her description of the beautiful countryside, this book’s characters will steal your heart. Charla, Sam, Faith and Hope were meant to come toge
Kendra Neal
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian Fiction readers
I really enjoy visiting Small US towns and reading about Small Quaint towns. Quaint towns have a peaceful feeling about them, no rushing through life. Her Hope Discovered is based in a Quaint town and I feel in love with the book from the start.

The main character, Charla, moves to a small town in the Ozarks, Ruby, to get away from the life of being busy constantly and to truly find herself and her passions. Charla quickly learns God may have different plans for her and those plans include a wid
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
When Charla Winthrop decides to make a drastic change in her life, she moves halfway across the country to small town Missouri and immediately meets Sam Packard, single father and local carpenter. From there, their relationship progresses quickly, and they envision a picture-perfect future together. As all good love stories go, there arises complications that threaten their newfound joy. While I won’t spoil the surprise, I must say that I applaud Cynthia Herron for addressing a somewhat hot topi ...more
Suzie Waltner
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

When Charla Winthrop makes some changes in her life, they are BIG ones. Leaving behind a prestigious career, a mother intent on keeping up appearances, and a controlling ex, Charla leaves Boston for the slower paced Ozarks. The move allows her freedom to stretch wings that had been clipped for too long, and the last thing she expects is an almost instantaneous attraction to a man.

In Her Hope Discovered, Cynthia Herron gives readers a story heralding the simpler life of small town living
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to a heartwarming story of love, trust, and enduring relationships. This book will make you smile and cry, but will also give you the warm fuzzies! A delightful read – I quickly fell in love with Charla, Sam and his two adorable daughters, Sam’s best bud Horace, Ida Mae and her café, and even Charla’s controlling mother the widow Winthrop. Charla is determined to get a fresh start from her hub-bub of a life in Boston and moves to the quiet town of Ruby, where she feels instantly at home. ...more
Carole Jarvis
With the impressive debut of Her Hope Discovered, Cynthia Herron establishes herself as an author to watch and this story is destined to become one of my favorites. The writing is solid, dialogue flows easily, characters are well developed, and the setting envelopes you in its arms. There’s even a touch of the supernatural that I found delightful.

The beautiful Ozark Mountain town of Ruby embodies all that I love about small towns – people know and care about each other, friendships and faith are
Savanna Kaiser
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for an uplifting and heartfelt read, this book is for you!

Her Hope Discovered offers a sweet love story, tucked alongside an endearing community, and will leave your heart inspired and graced with hope. The Missouri Ozark setting, which I’m lucky enough to call home myself, painted the perfect backdrop where coziness and kindness meet. If you’ve never been to the Ozarks before, I guarantee you’ll want to visit after reading this book. :)

Each of the characters felt so real, fro
Kat (caveat.lectors)
In the beginning, I felt it was going to be a sweet blossoming romance in a small town. The atmosphere and world building were pretty good, but I wasn’t impressed or in love with the characters. I enjoyed Ida Mae and the little girls most which were side characters to the two main. I didn’t feel like there was any growth or change in the characters until the very end of the book which the setting was supposed to span several months. I also found it to be repetitive, I don’t think I will continue ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This was as sweet story in a nice town. It definitely had that small town feel to it. People are dealing with their heart ache from the past and trying to have a fresh start.

I had trouble feeling the age of our main characters. They “sounded” older then I think they really were and I couldn’t get past that in my brain. It made it hard for me to fully connect with this book.

For me this wasn’t a book I loved but it was sweet, just not for me.

A copy of this book was given to me through the JustRead
Ashley Johnson
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I always enjoy reading about small towns with lots of character. The main thing I enjoyed about this book was that the heroine, Charla, decided to slow down her chaotic life and try to rest and figure out what her passion was. I thought it was admirable that Charla took charge of her life and moved away and became her own person. She was determined and strong and I appreciate that in a heroine. The town of Ruby was charming and the characters were easy to love and added a bit of fun to this stor ...more
Ola Norman
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it. Charla has given up her 6 figure job in Boston and moved to Ruby, Missouri to start a new simpler life. She's bought a house she that felt like home when she first saw it. And then her life gets complicated when she meets Sam and his two daughters and falls in love with them. A great book about second chances and being where God places her.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet debut novel on the theme of second chances. An odd supernatural element doesn't seem to quite fit in a Christian novel, and there were more than a few "do people really talk like that?" moment, but I enjoyed the story of a young female exec who abandoned her career to relocate in a small town, only to meet the widower with two young children whose deceased wife grew up in the house Charla just bought.
Laura Meyer
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a small town girl who has lived in the big city, it's quite a different pace of life. The author does a fantastic job describing the slower paced life that some people live in the country. From a neighbor helping to change a flat tire to feeding a stranger, this book takes you back to the country charm of small community living. Grace and second chances are interwoven through outthis novel, highlighting that we all need second chances, & God is a God of second chances.
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Cynthia writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Ozark Mountains. A hopeless romantic at heart, she enjoys penning stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her Hope Discovered, her début novel and the first in a three-book series, released December 2018 with Mountain Brook Ink.

“Cindy” has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member