Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hope Springs by Kimberly Cash Tate

From the Back Cover:

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 Thoughts:

When I first saw this novel, I almost passed it up.  I loved Kimberly's previous books, "Cherised" and "Faithful"...but the title and the cover threw me.  Little did I know, those characters I fell in love with are in THIS book as well.  I'm SO glad I took a chance...I LOVE Kim's writing!

Each female character is well-developed and has a unique personality, allowing the reader to identify with someone as he/she reads the book.  Each scenario is realistic and doesn't always come wrapped in a nice and neat'll find struggle, disappointment, and **whispers** sinful behavior sometimes.

But no worries...nothing graphic or gratuitous.  These novels have the ability to embrace life as it is, demonstrate life as it can be, and realize that we are all works in process, just as able to triumph as to fall, depending on whether we're walking with God or on our own.

I think that is why I love Kimberly's stories so much...they are real, though works of fiction.  And I enjoyed "Hope Springs" just as much as I did her previous novels.  I received an advance galley through NetGalley from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.

"Hope Springs", as well as "Cherished" and "Faithful", are all HIGHLY recommended, especially for good summer reading!

Happy Reading!



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