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Never Without Hope

(Sacred Vows #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Hope believes she is above sexual temptation; that she would never break that commandment like her husband's previous wives had done. After all, she is a good Christian and a loving mother. She has no reason to stray . . . until her husband starts neglecting her needs and things begin to look hopeless. Though she clearly communicates her pain to her husband, he refuses to ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Sword of the Spirit (first published May 3rd 2010)
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Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Another story I wrote. It's one of the most compelling stories I've written to date. I hope you enjoy it!

Romantic Times says this about Never Without Hope...

Never Without Hope
Michelle Sutton
4 stars

Summary: Hope loves her husband and is content with her life. Yet when things begin to go wrong in the bedroom, she becomes more and more frustrated. Her husband shuts her out emotionally and physically. Though Hope never thought she would stray from her marriage, she give into temptation. I
Debra Parmley
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michelle Sutton does not shrink from writing about challenging subjects and writing story people who could be your next door neighbors.
I haven't read a lot of Christian fiction, and what I have read has often been too unrealistically sweet for my reading taste. I grew up with five pastors in my family, one being my grandpa. So for me, pastors are just people. People are human, not perfect, and they make mistakes. So I don't have much patience with Christian fiction that does not portray people
Tracy Krauss
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
NEVER WITHOUT HOPE by Michelle Sutton is anything but the typical Christian romance. This is the story of one woman’s decent into an illicit love affair, despite the fact that she loves her husband and is a professing Christian. Hope is a passionate woman, and when her husband begins to pull away from her sexually and emotionally, she finds herself being drawn into a relationship with another man, against her better judgment.
Sutton does not pull any punches with this novel. Although not erotic,
Jeannie Campbell
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Under normal circumstances, I don't buy books about a woman cheating on her husband. I've rejected well-known authors simply because I didn't want to "go there" in a book. But I'm glad I did.

I was sucked in immediately. I thought of all the people I have counseled and am currently counseling who have been led into adultery. How the other man/woman suddenly becomes a an addiction. The heady sensation of losing yourself to something you know is wrong, but which feels so good (at le
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I had so many emotions as I read this book. As a woman whose ex husband cheated on her I know first hand the pain of infidelity brings. My heart hurt for Hope who was dying inside wanting to be touched by James, at the same time it was crushed because while she was having the affair and was getting the physical affection she was “yearning” for it wasn’t satisfying her because what she longed for and desired was the loving, and spiritual connection she had with her husband. Without giving too muc ...more
Donald Parker
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sexual sin is the most prevalent among God's people. We have almost come to rationalize our behavior, and the statistics involving the frequency of adulterous relationships is startling. This book presents a story of adultery in a way that will offend many self-ordained pious people. This book is not intended for them - or is it? The heroine in this story falls to temptation - though she was convinced it would never happen to her. Given the right circumstances, it could perhaps happen to almost ...more
Shawna Williams
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't for teenagers!

But every married adult should read it, and every church should keep it on hand. The subject matter is serious stuff, however, for those who think it's too explicit for Christian fiction, this should be made clear. Never Without Hope is a book about two things; the consequences of adultery, and the healing power of God's Grace.

No doubt, the book is a page turner, but never does the author resort to salacious detail for the sake of entertainment. Everything in this
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It is very very Christian. A wom en who always knew in her heart that it was so wrong to stray in her marriage, did so. She met someone on a plane. Her husband had not been meeting her needs in so long. When they did have sex, he couldn't continue or did so very quickly and left her wanting. He refused to talk to a doctor or to talk to their priest. He was rude to her when she tried to put spice in the marriage thinking that would help. He was just very embarrassed abou ...more
K. Dawn
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Sutton does it again! This wonderful author has the courage to tackle situations head on that other authors shy away from. This book is very intense and pretty steamy for an inspirational novel, but Ms. Sutton handles the topics of lust, sin, and an extra marital affair with a grace that only she can. Ms. Sutton's story shows us that God, through his tender and redemptive mercy can reach down and restore us wherever we are and no matter what we've done.

Never Without Hope is much steami
Dawn Turner
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Michelle hits a home run with this book, dealing with a topic that is very serious and painful – sexual sin that negatively impacts so many marriages. Though there is sexual content, it is written primarily from the emotional perspective rather than the physical. This adds to the depth of the story by opening the main character’s heart and mind to the reader in a way that would otherwise be missing.

Michelle also deals beautifully with the downward spiral sin takes us on if we allow it – from tha
Jessica Patch
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was my first book to read from the "edgy" inspirational fiction author, Michelle Sutton. She lived up to the title in a good way!

I was hooked on the first page, finding myself laughing out loud but then the laughs stopped as my stomach and my heart went through the horrible perils that Hope did.

Michelle tackled issues that are written in other novels, the difference is she didn't sugarcoat or tone down anything. It was raw and full of grit, making it more believable. Like it really is.

Parker Cole
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't planned on reading this book in a day. I thought I'd read a couple of chapters and then head on over to sleep.

Yeah, well, that didn't happen. In fact, this book kept me going page after page. Hope's story is one that I'm sure many of us have just in various degrees. I love the fact Sutton did not shy away from a hard topic many folks in the Church are scared to talk about. With an honest pen, she details one's woman's fall from grace and her rise from disgrace. But it's not a cookie cut
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure I'm not the only reviewer to say how edgy this novel is, but it's pretty darn edgy. It's just plain honest. The writing isn't fantastic, but the story is immensely entertaining.
It shows the true feelings of a Christian woman who has an affair after feeling unwanted (sexually) by her husband. If you're a prude, this is absolutely NOT for you. If you get easily offended, then this is DEFINITELY NOT for you.
This story, however, is one that I would recommend to anyone who's fallen into se
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the Kindle edition. Eager to start. Have read many Christian fiction and I'm excited to read a story dealing with real life issues and I what to get a feel of the presentation.

Reading from a Kindle I'm unable to make sticky notes so I will enter text when thoughts come to me. At the very beginning of the story I feel I've entered through parachuting right into the middle of the story. What I should know up till now is not revealed. Little character development before my grand entrance
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
The word on the 'net is Christian fiction doesn't come any edgier than Michelle Sutton. In the last few weeks, I've been all over the World Wide Web professing my love for edgy inspirational romance, so I decided it was time to pony up and try the edgiest on the market.

Sutton's reputation is well earned.

But along with the edgy content- and I do mean edgy, is an equally powerful message about forgiveness and God's grace.

Hope's life is such a train wreck, I wanted to reach right into the book and
John Herrick
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Honest and unafraid. That's how I would summarize Michelle Sutton's Never Without Hope.

The novel, written from the first-person perspective of Hope Williams, draws the reader into the main character's world from page one. The first half of the book focuses on Hope's affair, from its beginning to her quasi-addiction to a passion fulfilled, along with the guilt of living a double lifestyle. The second half of the book kicked the unfolding of events into high gear, where Sutton focused on the unint
Never Without Hope is Christian romance with a difference. Hope has it all—husband, son, an agent, even, almost, a publisher. She’s part of an active church family. She goes to women’s Bible studies. She’s happy, and there’s just that one thing worrying her; her husband’s love, so consistent, so deep, seems somewhat less physical than it used to be.

Hope is beautiful, the sort of woman men’s eyes might follow in a crowd, and she likes to be looked at. She likes to flirt, just a little, and knows
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not going to say this book was bad. I really enjoyed the plot. I also really enjoyed the obvious struggle Hope endured through the entire book. I detracted one star for the way the beginning was written. In the beginning, there were too many occasions where it felt like I was having a very awkward conversation with the author and she kept getting sidetracked. Once things actually started happening, the conversational asides ceased and I thought I could really get into things. I did, and it w ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the privilege of reading Never without Hope by Michelle Sutton and I have to say I went from thinking that I am not sure if I would read more from her to I think I will.
I always tell people that I don't like reading fairy tales...well this is not. It is very descriptive but once I got to the back half of the book I realized it was necessary.
There are no spoilers here...a must read book in my opinion.
Hope and her husband James have been happily married for 11 years and have 1 son. They hav
Megan Van
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Being that this is a christian book, I expected Never Without Hope to be less about the feelings and dynamics of an affair and soley about redemption and salvation. I could not have been more wrong. As an author who has written a book about my experience with infidelity, I know a thing or two about it. I have to say that Ms. Sutton did not hold back while delving into a very sensitive subject. She demonstrated the highs, the lows, the loss and betrayal of self and family that combine to make the ...more
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
From everything I've read about her, Michelle Sutton is the queen of edgy Christian Fiction. This being my first journey into her world, I would have to agree.

The pacing is quick and Sutton keeps the reader moving with this page-turner. The characters are believable and easily sympathized with.

But, the subject matter is emotional and not easily digested.

Because the main character is walking such a devastating road and because the read is so vicarious, it became incredibly uncomfortable for me.
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Never Without Hope is wonderfully crafted fiction novel written in the style of a memoir. We follow the emotional and physical journey of Hope as she falls into sexual temptation when her husband begins to neglected her physical needs for intimacy. Hope is a complex character whose struggles and feelings are real and relevant and will have you grabbing for the tissues as you feel the sting of her husbands rejection, the cesspool of emotions when in the throes of an affair, and the turmoil surrou ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely edgy Christian fiction. To be frank, I had a difficult time connecting with the main character when she was in the midst of her sin. I just didn’t like it. Even so, the writer did an excellent job of showcasing her inner turmoil as she struggled against temptation. I believe an author has done their job when the reader gets angry about the story line. Either they don’t like a character, they don’t like what is happening to the character, or they don’t like what the character is doing. ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never Without Hope

Wow! Sin is a trap. It lures you in and makes you think that it is good and fun, then it burns everything down like a forest fire.

As I read Never Without Hope my heart wept. I could see the pitfalls that both Hope and James were falling into, I could see the lies they allowed themselves to believe and I could see the enemy apaulading their demise. This story proves that couples need to be considerate of each other's need. They need to be open and honest with each other and not
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
This book deals with a sensitive subject; infidelity in a Christian marriage. It doesn't mince words or sugarcoat things to make them less intense, the author tells it like it is.

The three-stars is not because of the subject matter; more Christian authors need to be bold enough to deal with these kinds of topics in works of fiction. I rated it three stars based on my personal feelings of the book. I found the reactions and relationship of the son in the story to be somewhat unrealistic. His eas
Linda S.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Never Without Hope is a heartbreaking story of what sometimes happens to couples when the honeymoon's seemingly over. Since I've been married for more than 32 years, I can relate to the challenges of keeping that spark alive. I admire Michelle's willingness to write about stuff most Christians whisper about behind closed doors. The subject she tackles in this novel may curl your hair if you live in an alternate universe where impropriety and sexual sin don't exist. But if you are in the real wor ...more
Patrick Miller
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Just curious about how far "edgy" Christian fiction could go. Boy was I surprised. Okay, I admit it. At one point in this book, I actually caught myself saying a quick prayer for this family and then realized how ridiculous that was; these are fictional people, I reminded myself. But that sort of reaction tells you how wrapped up a reader can get into this story. Beyond that, this is a very fast read with wonderful hooks at the end of many chapters, making it hard to put down. The daring premise ...more
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely LOVED Never Without Hope!! Michelle Sutton does not disappoint. She kept me up reading until 5am. Twice. I just couldn't stop reading. Had to find out what was going to happen next. If you're looking for a book with lots of passion and desire, I'd highly recommend Never Without Hope. I may not be a married woman, but I did get a lot out of this novel. Things that will stay with me even after I'm married. I applaud Michelle for writing about what happens when you are tempted and then ...more
Valerie Strawmier
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Michelle has written over two dozen edgy, inspirational novels. She is a book reviewer/ blogger, and a supervisor for the State of Arizona.

Other books in the series

Sacred Vows (4 books)
  • Their Separate Ways (Sacred Vows, #2)
  • Decision to Love (Sacred Vows, book 3)
  • Learning to Trust (Sacred Vows, book 4)
“Well if God wanted a broken spirit out of me, He would get His
wish. At this point in my life the only thing I could do was look up.”
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