Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate ~ review

  • About the book:
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595549978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595549976

Hope Springs is the epitome of small-town life—a place filled with quiet streets where families have been friends for generations, a place where not a lot changes . . . until now.

Janelle Evans hasn’t gone back to Hope Springs for family reunions since losing her husband. But when she arrives for Christmas and learns that her grandmother is gravely ill, she decides to extend the stay. It isn’t long before she runs into her first love, and feelings that have been dormant for more than a decade are reawakened.

Becca Anderson is finally on the trajectory she’s longed for. Having been in the ministry trenches for years, she’s been recruited as the newest speaker of a large Christian women’s conference. But her husband feels called to become the pastor of his late father’s church in Hope Springs. Will small-town living affect her big ministry dreams?

Stephanie London is married to a doctor in St. Louis and living an ideal life. When her cousin Janelle volunteers to stay in Hope Springs and care for their grandmother, she feels compelled to do the same. It’s a decision that will forever change her.

As these women come together, they soon recognize that healing is needed in their hearts, their families, and their churches that have long been divided along racial lines. God's plan for them in Hope Springs—and for Hope Springs itself—is bigger than they ever imagined.

My take on this book:
Hope Springs North Carolina is small town USA and is the setting for  the latest contemporary novel by Kim Cash Tate.  It tells the story of three women, Janelle Evans, Becca Anderson, and Stephanie London, cousins who find themselves headed home to Hope Springs  for a Christmas time family reunion,and to  spend  time with the matriarch of the family their grandmother Geri. When they learn that Geri has a terminal illness they decide to stay in Hope Springs and help her. Spending time in this small town will change their lives forever.

What a touching story.  I do admit that there were plenty of characters to learn in the first several chapters and was glad that there was a family tree provided at the beginning of the book. Once I learned who everyone was and the issues that was going on it became a compelling story that I couldn't put down. The author creates authentic characters that are very easy to connect to.The small town feel of this book was wonderfully portrayed. One of my favorite characters in the story had  to be  Jeri, she was such a strong woman. 
The author deals with several heavy subjects, but also gives several positive,uplifting messages as well. Overall a very well written story that provides a few twists and turns that kept me reading. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book! I thought the character descriptions in the beginning were helpful in supporting the story. Thanks for your great review!


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