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Good Hope Road

(Tending Roses #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,993 ratings  ·  462 reviews
Jenilee Lane has never been much of a Good Samaritan. But when a tornado sweeps through her home town, she puts her all into rummaging for people's mementos. She even rescues and befriends elderly Eudora Gibson. Brought close by tragedy, the two will learn lessons about the resilience of the human spirit and the ties that make a community strong. ...more
Published by Signet (first published April 2003)
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Joleen Sorry no one answered your question. It looks like it was a year ago. In case you remembered you even asked the question. : While reading Good Hope Ro…moreSorry no one answered your question. It looks like it was a year ago. In case you remembered you even asked the question. : While reading Good Hope Road a town is mentioned. I went back to Tending Roses to do a search. Hindsville is where Grandma Rose's farm was. Grandma Rose's real name was Bernice, but her husband always called her Rose. So old Mr. Jaans has just told Jenilee that Grandma Rose (Bernice) from Tending Roses is her great aunt... Her mom's aunt. So that would make Kate (whom she met at the wall of pictures, and a main character in Tending Roses) is introduced as her cousin...second cousin, or however that works. She never even knew she HAD relatives other than her daddy and two brothers.(less)
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Lisa Carter
Didn't think I could love this one more than Tending Roses, but I do. Bittersweet. About forgiveness and finding the courage to move forward. I was especially touched by the secondary story of Eudora Gibson and June Jaan. An unexpected rightness and joy to that part of the story.

Sometimes you have to suffer the loss of everything you think matters, to not miss what truly matters in your life.

Thank you, Lisa Wingate, for reminding us to be grateful and to cherish what we've been given.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good hope road
In the aftermath of a disastrous tornado the town has to come together to rebuild what once was.
Jenilee rescues an old woman stuck in a well which starts a small spark or romance with the grandson.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tornado
Good Hope Road by Lisa Wingate
Years: Current day? Unsure
Location: Poetry, Missouri (fictional town)
Main Characters:
Jenilee Lane: Taken care of brother and daddy since mama died
Eudora Gibson: Jenilee's neighbor, house gone after tornado
June Jaans: Jenilee's neighbor, widower (yes, a man)
Nate: Jenilee's 16 yr old brother
Drew: Older brother, left years ago
Dr. Albright: Helped out with injuries at the armory
Mazelle Sibley: Mean woman who never liked Jenilee

The story is told in first person alternate
SUMMARY: Twenty-year-old Jenilee Lane whose dreams are as narrow as the sky is wide, is the last person to expect anything good to come out of the tornado that rips across the Missouri farmland surrounding her home. But some inner spark compels her to rescue her elderly neighbor, Eudora Gibson, from the cellar in which she's been trapped. To make her way to the nearby town of Poetry, where the townspeople have begun to gather. To collect from the landscape letters, photographs, and mementos that ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second installment in Ms. Wingate's Tending Roses series. It's an easy read about human connections and the things we mistake for important instead of treasuring those people who truly are important. I preferred Tending Roses, but truthfully, I'm not sure what really links these two books together in a series other than the onset of dementia in central characters of both books and perhaps the setting -- both take place in the midwest -- Kansas and Missouri. And because I wasn't total ...more
Jeanne Adamek
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great storytelling without being preachy. A crisis comes to in a small town in Missouri and how the townspeople react to the situation. The characters were so well drawn that the story could have happened anywhere. A book where families find to themselves and where a so called "worthless trash" show courage, kindness, empathy and real understanding for others.

My favorite-- "In the end it is the small things that count"
Anne Dorr
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like the author's style of writing but the storyline was mediocre. Good character development and good underlying theme, just not the most exciting book to read. ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I don't know what it is about Lisa Wingate. Her novels are easy to read, similar to each other, and fairly predictable. They are also incredibly compelling. Good Hope Road is the the second book after Tending Roses. It's a stand alone novel, although some of the characters from Tending Roses appear, and these characters will appear in The Language of the Sycamores.

When a tornado destroys the town of Poetry, Missouri, Jenilee finds herself and her purpose. Finding oneself and place in life is a s
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Hope Road I finished Good Hope Road last night. I didn't realize I was in for a good cry session! This was a really touching book. It caused me to evaluate myself on many levels. (It wasn't a very long book how did it hit me from so many angles?) For example: How often do I hide behind what I perceive others think of me? How often do I make and hold tight to inaccurate judgements about people? How often do I refuse to allow someone to change? How often does the Lord have to use dramatic eve ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I know I'm in the minority here, but I was not a fan of this book. While I loved Tending Roses (the first book in this series), this book was slow moving and even though I gave it a chance, it never grabbed my attention. Plus, I couldn't connect with any of the characters. They seemed very flat.

I wanted to like it so much, because I'm a fan of this author, but after getting more than halfway through the book, I finally gave up.
When a cluster of tornadoes strike Missouri, Jenilee's home town of Poetry, Missouri is devastated. Her house escaped damage, but her neighbour's didn't. Jenilee has grown up to be quiet and to stay to herself since her mother died and her father is a long term alcoholic, but like some people do, she finds she can't stay indoors, and steps out of her house to rescue her neighbour and her granddaughter, who are trapped in a storm cellar. She goes on to start collecting photos and letters that hav ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sue by: Goodreads
I liked this sweet story, but for me it was too drawn out. I listened to the audio version and enjoyed the narrators and change in voices, very good. I enjoyed the message of hope and putting aside differences in order for a community to heal and rebuild for the greater good.
What confused me: I kept thinking this book would present characters from Lisa Wingate's "Tending Roses" but I missed the connection. I enjoyed the former much more as this one just went on way too long for my liking.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Maybe I had too high of expectations for Good Hope Road since I loved “Before We Were Yours”. This book is centered around Jenilee Lane who lives down Good Hope Road. This is just all too - unimaginative? Anyway, a tornado hits this town called Poetry (again, really?)and Jenilee is a little girl who has been thought of as the town waif. After the tornado hit, Jenilee finds pictures, mementoes, and letters that are rain soaked and laying everywhere. She decides to pick them up and display them at ...more
This is a book that demonstrates how during a tragedy miracles can happen and favorable life changes can sometimes come as a result. Most of the story is about a small town recovering from a devastating tornado and the way many of them learn things about themselves in the process. I am hoping the next book tells what the final result was of these life choices. The author is excellent at character development; I felt like I got to know them well. I also liked the fact that it dealt with forgiving ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I liked this even better than Tending Roses! I read it in two days, which for me is unheard of. It’s the story of what happens to a small town in the aftermath of a bunch of tornadoes. And how badly we can misjudge people. Told I’m the voices of two very different characters. I will admit I didn’t want the story to end.
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well written story of how even the most tragic situations can bring a community together - even those with a bad rap.
Deb Carlberg
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story where the local community comes together to deal with tragedy.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet story of love and redemption
Susan White-Riggs
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
This was ok, not the most exciting of stories
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! It is amazing the blessings that can come from tragedy! I highly recommend this book! Some of my favorite new quotes come from this book. “Had I not suffered the loss of everything I thought would matter, I would have missed everything that truly mattered in my life…”. “People should learn to leave the past behind, you can’t plow a clean row while you’re turned around looking at where you’ve been”. “When you’re afraid of everything, the thing you are most afraid of ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book #2 in the "Tending Roses" series, but I am not sure why. There are no characters in this book that appear in "Tending Roses." Even considering that, the story is worth reading.
Jenilee Lane lives in the country near a small town in Missouri, Much of the area, including nearby town Poetry are destroyed by tornadoes. Jenilee goes into town to help in any way she can.
Jenilee lives with her family (brother and father) and the family, especially dad) are all very dysfunctional. They d
Sue Jellum
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep having bad luck picking books, they all seem to be about twisted personalities, adulterers, or vampires. I wanted to read a book that gave me hope and had a happy ending, and this one sure fit the bill. Regular people dealing with adversity, and how different people respond to it. The main characters are a young woman considered to be white trash by her community, and an older judgmental neighbor. When tornados tear apart their lives, they are brought together in a way that causes them to ...more
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I fell in love with the characters and slowly discovering their backgrounds kept me wanting to read the book non-stop. The context of the book may sound elderly lady and a girl in her early twenties descriptions and experiences of a small town in Missouri that gets almost utterly destroyed from a tornado. However the lessons they learn and things they uncover make you think deeply about what matters most in life and the way treat each other.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the series is much better than the first Tending Roses. The characters from the first book are in the second book for only a brief time. But the plot of Good Hope Road and the characters are much stronger. Enjoy!
Kim S
May 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. It's a book my grandmother, my mother or my daughter could read and enjoy. ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lisa-wingate
I can't get enough of the story that started with Grandma Rose in Tending Roses. Love, love it. ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenilee has lived quite the sheltered life. After her mama died and her brother left for the army, it has just been her and Nate against their daddy. When Nate and their daddy go to Kansas City for cattle, nineteen tornadoes rip through the tri-county area, leaving destruction like they have never seen before. When Jenilee comes out of her house, she searches for any survives and finds none only than her judgmental busy-body neighbor trapped under the cellar with her granddaughter. This act of h ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this book. Lisa Wingate, again, used her magic of taking ordinary characters to create an Extraordinary story. Probably my favorite parts were the words of wisdom. Can’t wait to start book 3 in this series.

Pull Quotes from another GoodReads user:
"Yet love has no weight, or size, or substance. It does not know the barriers of time or space or distance, of life and death. Love travels on the wind. Love is greater than the trials and suffering of this world. Love endures all things."

Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I like happy endings. This is well written as was the first in the series, but I don't like happy endings that 260 pages of misery with 10 pages of happy ending as it's all wrapped up nicely. Which this was. I'm also not a fan of authors, people, who lay the fault of every small issue in their lives at the feet of their deity. As if the universe were so small that God would spend Her time messing with the details of ALL life forms in existence on ALL planets in the universe. That makes God as sm ...more
Patty Capkin
Feb 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than thirty books. Her blockbuster "Before We Were Yours" was on the NYT best seller list for over one year. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT ...more

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