I enjoyed this book, though I suspected that I would given the author is one of my favorites. I haven't read a novel by Francine Rivers in the past foI enjoyed this book, though I suspected that I would given the author is one of my favorites. I haven't read a novel by Francine Rivers in the past four years, though, so it's been awhile. This story was engaging and well-written. Then again, all of her novels are easy to digest and enjoy. This story was set during the present day and in California. One of the main characters went from rags to riches and discovered both poverty and wealth bred discontent. The other main character lived under a cloud of shame for past mistakes as many women do. Of course, her choices came from a life of insecurity that started when she was a young child. She had lost her parents and was resented by the person tasked to take care of her. The characters had intense backgrounds and shared a trauma bond of sorts, though they didn't even realize that was one of the things that attracted them to each other in the first place.
I tend to enjoy historical novels the most, but I did enjoy this story for the redemption theme and example of how waiting on God's timing is always best. Jumping ahead will only get us hurt. Often our impulsive behavior interferes with God's greater plan. The message was clear. God can save anyone, but we have to trust Him and not try to change the person ourselves. We know this is true (those of us that believe) but this story shows how that process could ideally happen. Good story. ...more
One of my absolute favorite stories. It's unique and emotional. You won't see anything even similar on the market. The heroine is sweet and naive. TheOne of my absolute favorite stories. It's unique and emotional. You won't see anything even similar on the market. The heroine is sweet and naive. The hero is super heroic, but realistic, too. I love this story. My inspiration is my beautiful niece whose precious smile and personality make you love her....more
I loved the realistic theme in this book and particularly how it ends. Things don't always go the way we might expect, or even hope for in life. To poI loved the realistic theme in this book and particularly how it ends. Things don't always go the way we might expect, or even hope for in life. To portray a different ending would be to fluff up the harsh realities that are the consequences of our actions. Every action we take in life directly influences the lives of others whether they are complicit in the sin, or not. Too often the innocent are hurt the most. And some things can never be made right no matter how hard we try.
Ironically, I knew someone in the very same situation as the characters in this book. I can't be specific or it would be a spoiler. Let me just say that I found the ending to be very believable because the exact same thing happened to a friend of mine. They say truth is stranger than fiction. It would seem a bit too much of a coincidence if I hadn't known what happened to my friend by direct report. Any other ending would not have rung true to me. Bravo to the author for crafting a scenario that depicts what would really happen as opposed to what people wish would happen. I found even the internal dialog to be honest.
This is a bit of a heart-wrenching and sobering read, but it was well-thought-out and also very well-written. I enjoyed it and highly recommend it to people who are tired of stories that have unrealistic themes. This is a story you can really sink your teeth into. Savor it. I know I did.
Shadows of Hope will be released in April 2018. I was sent a review copy (ARC) from the author in exchange for an honest review. Most of the books I've started over the past two years I haven't finished. I can honestly say that I finished this one because it held my interest....more