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by Catherine West
From the back cover:
Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .
Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.
But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.
Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations.
About the author:
Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children and one beautiful granddaughter. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew). Her most recent novel, The Memory of You, released March 2017 and Where Hope Beginsreleases in May 2018. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com
Real life is messy, and things rarely turn out the way we anticipate when we’re young.
Savannah, Kevin, and Brock are all dealing with the consequences of decisions they made as well as the unexpected turns life hands them. Yet it’s in the grieving, struggling, and processing that we are able to find hope.
There is an emotional depth in Where Hope Begins that is hard to escape. The characters don’t always behave like “good Christians,” but Jesus didn’t come to save the righteous but sinners. He meets them where they are. The message of hope is not preached but woven subtly through the story.
If you enjoy realistic “gritty” fiction, you’ll want to read Where Hope Begins. But do grab the tissues — you’ll need them by the end!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)