Where Hope Begins by Catherine West

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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 Begins releases in May 2018. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

My Review

Where Hope Begins touches on loss in a heartfelt and emotional way. It wasn't an easy read, in that it played a little on my fears and prior losses, but it also had a healing touch to show that God is still in control no matter the storms of life. The characters are flawed enough that they feel like real people you might meet on the street.

It took me time to get invested, only because I'm not a huge fan of first-person, but the characters and author's voice won me over. The story was told in a unique way, switching from first person when we were in Savannah's point-of-view to third person when we were in anyone else's point-of-view.

It's a beautiful story of true brokenness, and what can happen to a marriage when people don't deal with their loss.

I give this book 4 stars. I was given a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required. All opinions are my own.

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