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When Hope Ends: life begins

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  91 reviews
It’s the best day of his life—the worst of hers.

She left her soul behind in the dead silence of a hospital room.
He is bright with hope after being so close to losing faith.

One moment in time leaves their paths unavoidably entwined.

An invisible connection held by one heart beating between them.
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published January 21st 2020
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DJ Sakata
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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… he pays attention, and let’s be honest, that’s not always a quality evident in the opposite gender.

I’m so grateful having had this amazing opportunity to learn that when hope ends for one, life begins for another

“I don’t know who this woman is. I’ve never heard so much cursing in my life.” I have to bite my lip to keep from laughing. I remember this part too. Cassie had made me feel about an inch tall with her sharp tongue while she was delivering Kelty. She’d even smacked me
Mindy Lou's Book Review
What an incredible read. This had me so emotional that I cried like a baby. I always say my favorite reads are romantic comedies but then a story like this comes along. The author just draws you in and makes you feel their pain and the love that they feel. Well done.
Jan 26, 2020 marked it as dnf
27% and I'm out. I'm struggling with the writing, the story is not keeping my interest and I'm bored. Most loved this one, so it's just me I guess ...more
Oh my gosh! This book has left me a blubbering mess! It took me from the deepest of despair before pulling me into a place of bittersweet joy laced with the perfect transposition of a happy ever after. I feel as though I’ve been wrung through the wringer and I couldn’t be happier about the trip.

I could totally relate to Mika on so many levels as well as Jude. My heart was broken repeatedly for her experiences followed by even tougher decisions. While I was pretty sure where this book was going
 Leo (Queen of the Rants)
2.5 stars.

Very predictable. Once I started the first chapter I know how it was going to go. How the heroine was going to keep this huge secret from hero.

And why is it always the heroine who has to suffer a tremendous loss? Why not the hero? Why is it the heroine who always has to have a bad marriage with an asshole of an ex?
While I did like how the author portrayed the hero’s friend with benefits ex whom he had produced a daughter with. I’ll applaud her for that, for not taking the usual easy
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautifully written story. Mika and Jude were such wonderful characters. Their story was one of heartbreak and hope.
Mika is an incredibly brave and strong woman who has to make the ultimate sacrifice but knows with every fiber of her being that she is making the right choice. And on that day she crosses paths with Jude, not knowing at the time what an intricate part of her life he will become.
Jude and his daughter Kelty are facing an uncertain future and when he crosses paths with Mika
Island Girl Romance Reads
Beautiful and emotional. Freya Barker did an amazing job with this anthology.
I had so many emotions reading this book. Heartbreak, I’ve cried, I’ve swooned and fell in love with Mika and Jude’s story.
Freya is one of my unicorn authors and love that her characters are relatable to me. Thank you Freya Barker for this beautiful story.

Heartbeat Stars!
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freya is one of my go to authors, I love that she draws you into the story very quickly and then you can't focus on anything else.

This story is filled with heart wrenching decisions, heart breaking worry for a child, and a heart healing journey to a new existence with soul healing love.

Mika and Jude's story is absolutely beautiful but little Kelty will steal your heart.

P.S. I highly recommend having some tissues close at hand when reading. Maybe reading in private if you don't want people to
Carole Rockey-Noy
Mika is an incredible mother who went through something that would have destroyed most people. I cried...ugly freaking tears Jude is a single dad who has a very unconventional, but beautiful relationship with his baby Momma, Cassie, and her husband, Mark. Together they all helped to raise their amazing little girl, Kelty. God I love that kid Through grief and illness, Mika and Jude found each other. Freya Barker is such an amazing storyteller and this story broke my heart and then put it back ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The single parent trope has become one of my favorites these days so I was ecstatic when this story as released.

Mika and Jude’s story was heartbreaking and so beautiful at the same time. Mika had to make a gut-wrenching decision that gave Jude the ultimate gift. With the help of friends, Mika knew she was spiraling down a dangerous path so she knew she had to try to move on. For whatever reason, Mika and Jude’s path keeps crossing. Something in the universe seemed to know they belonged
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very well executed story that instantly grabbed my attention and held it to the very end. I definite one sit read. It instantly grabs hold of your heart and makes you live through a parents worst nightmare of losing a child and living with a sick child. It took my breath away, stole my tears and made me feel a heartwrenching pain but it had a few light hearted laughs that help to break the somber mood that drifted through the pages and a happy yet so darn sad sobbing mess
Mrs K Bartholomew
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet story with a touching theme. A mother's grief and a father's joy collided in a way no one anticipated. Great characters and beautifully described setting. Another great Freya read
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have but one regret...that I have not read any of the works written by Author Freya Barker before now. WOW! This story grabbed me and took me on an emotional ride at how she wove such a beautiful, heartbreaking, but amazing story is beyond words. I often wonder how an author decides on the name of a book, but this title made my heart skip a beat at the appropriateness! I loved the amazing characters, Jude, Mika, Kelty, Jim with his Boston accent and the spunky Mandy! I enjoyed picturing the ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: An ARC was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions.

Originally published as part of a multi-authored anthology entitled Then There Was You, Freya Barker's When Hope Ends (Life Begins) has just been re-released on its own. This is the story of a single mother named Mika Spencer, a single father named Jude Parks, and how one decision changes the course of their respective lives and leaves them linked in ways so rare yet ultimately awe-inspiring. Fair warning: You may
Karen Hrdlicka
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are few authors who can meld mature characters and emotion-based stories as well as Freya Barker. When Hope Ends (life begins) is equal parts love story and emotional family drama. Jude and Mika's story is beautifully written and when Ms. Barker adds children into her stories they soar to new heights.
Jude sees Mika on the worst day of her life; living every mother's worst nightmare. Their chance encounter foreshadows events to come and sets off a chain of events that is life-changing for
Jennifer Pierson
I have to still start out with...OH MY HELL FREYA BARKER?! WHAT DID I EVER DO TO YOU?! You DESTROYED me with When Hope Ends (Life Begins) the first time, and I've NEVER been the same, not to mention, can't stop the tears every time I think about this story all over again. I'm not going into details, except for well, Mika, who has crap happening to her which no one should have to deal with, or make decisions about. Jude was our hero, who was bright & shiny with hope, and is the perfect person ...more
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Review by: Jennifer
(5 stars)

This book.... I can't even describe the feels this book brings. From the moment you find out you are pregnant, every instinct you have is to protect that being, so a parents worst nightmare is something happening to that child, no matter the age. For Jude, his little girl being sick and needing a heart to get better, this is his worst nightmare. When he gets the magic call one night saying that a heart is available, his prayers are answered. For Mika, her heartbreak
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was amazing. Jude and Mika were a beautiful couple. Spoilers ahoy! (view spoiler) ...more
Kari Hansen
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a heartbreaking and inspiring story that this turned out to be. Mika is forced to make a decision, that even though she knows is the right and best thing to do, leaves her devasted. She is just existing and trying to get through the days that seem to never end until she Kelty, a nine year old girl who makes her feel again.

When it comes to his daughter Kelty Jude has gone from the depths of depair to an elation that knows no bounds. Kelty’s friendship with Mika brings her into their lives
Jodi Bird (Ruby Red Romance Review)
Reading this story was almost too much for me. Freya Barker is always and I mean always a go-to author for me. While she normally deals more in romantic suspense, this book is different, which I loved. This book gets all the feels. I wasn't sure I liked this softer, sweet side of Freya, but I was way off base. I loved every second of this story.

This is Mika and Jude's story. This story is raw. It's heartbreaking. It's soul searching. It's thinking about That you would do faced with the
Karen L Ledee
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is devastating heartbreak and grief when a young boy, Mika’s son Jamie, is taken off life support and she donates his organs. A young girl, Kelty receives his heart as a transplant. Jude runs into Mika after she disconnects her son and Kelty is in surgery. Karma strikes when she goes to the cape in the same place as Jude’s restaurant. She suspects that Kelty got Jamie’s heart, but Jude has no idea and she needs to tell him. You are happy that they are getting closer but you fear what will ...more
Nicole Smith
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
This was such a beautiful story. It had me tearing up a few times. If you're looking for a story that will melt your heart and one of healing this is it. Poor Mika what she has gone through just breaks my heart and makes me ope she can find some peace. The title fits this book so much. It's a beautiful meaning for Mika as well. Jude and Kelty melt your heart. Kelty is so adorable and steal our heart right fro the start. I would highly recommend this book.You do not want miss out on this
Debbie Caswell
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a lot of Freya Barkers books and they in no way led me to believe that this book would be so heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time Be prepared when you read this one have the tissues handy because you are going to need them.

Mika and Jamie's story will break your heart While Jude and Kelty's story will uplift you and you will wonder if fate played a part in bringing Mika and Jude continually into one another orbit. This is a story that once read you won't forget in a hurry
Laurie Jacobson
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Highly recommended. Look forward for next book from you soon. No spoilers here.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Laura Voss
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy for review purposes.

When Hope Ends (Life Begins) is a gift to the heart. Last your I was disappointed in the amount of emotional books I read, I love me a good heartbreaker, but this book started my year off right. This story is filled with loss, heartbreak, hope, and love. It had me crying and smiling throughout. If you love an emotional read that fills you with hope pick this up today.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Hope Ends by Freya Barkeris a beautiful story filled with a full range of emotions, from heartbreaking to heartwarming moments all wrapped up into one story.
Two families, two children all bound together through tragedy, sacrifice and love. The loss of a child is a pain that no one can imagine and Mika wanted her sons death to mean something. So when she decided to donate his heart, fate placed her right in the path of one beautiful young girl and her dad. Mika gets to see what joy has been
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one but I wish there was more!
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this story as part if the Then There Was You anthology and it was hands down my favorite of all the ones I read! You will want to keep tissues handy, but the gut wrenching moments are offset very well by the sweet and steamy ones!

Jude never expected to be blessed with his daughter but he loves her fiercely. Kielty has a heart condition that threatens her life but she is fortunate to receive a transplant. On one of the best days of his life, Jude runs into Mika on one of the
KL Cassanello
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her son is taken off life support, making his heart available for transplant. His daughter is next on the list. Mika knows who Jude is from that day in the hospital, and from a fund-raiser a few months later. But she doesn't know his association with the cottage she rents. She meets Kelty first, and is taken with her, meeting Jude later. As they become closer, she tries to explain about their situation, but he waves her off. And the longer she waits, the harder it is to try to have the ...more
Maria Angie Mendoza
Extraordinary story!
The author hits another home run with this emotionally charged and gripping story!
I was easily swept into this heartfelt extraordinary story about ordinary characters.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this unique, thought provoking story.
It was unlike anything I’ve read in a very long time. It’s the type of story thats passionate and emotional and so much more than a contemporary romance.
Well written, with fantastic characters, I was impressed how this story had me reflecting
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Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
Driven to make her books about 'real' people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.

Recipient of the 2019 Best Book We've Read All Year Award for "Covering Ollie", the 2015 RomCon Reader’s Choice Award
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