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 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. Once I turned the first page I was walking in Marissa, one of the main characters, shoes, and we briefly step into the other two s shoes, but it was Marissa who kept pulling me back.The author has written a compelling read, and an emotional one, dealing with tough subjects of infertility, infidelity, and being an unwed mother, and they all circle around one another pulling the story together.When the story was finished I felt, even with an epilogue, that the story was a bit unfinished, yes, I enjoyed the read, but I needed to know how things worked out.I received this book through the Publisher Barbour and their Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review. This was a great book I m giving it 4.5 stars I love that this is a Christian book that is full of faith and grace The characters are so well written I loved Marissa and Kaitlyn I loved their friendship and I loved the forgiveness in the end They had a beautiful relationship and I really enjoyed getting to know their characters They were both amazing people.There is so much Marissa is dealing with, but she is so strong and faithful She is not perfect, which makes her character that muchlike able and real She deals with loss, betrayal, loneliness, anger There is just so much going on and she deals with everything with such grace Kaitlyn is the same She deals with so much and she is strong and just a wonderful soul All through the book you are just waiting for them to figure out who the other is Their lives are so intertwined and just on the verge of everything all coming together It keeps you wondering how they will all react all the way right to the end I thoroughly enjoyed this book It is well written with great characters. As you might guess from the book s description, this is a pretty compelling story It s well written, and it s a plot that you really want to see through to its conclusion once you ve started reading That said, I wasn t sure how I would feel about the story until its very last pages Aside from the obviously painful circumstances, my heart was tempted to wish for something my conscience couldn t sanction, and at times it seemed the story might be heading that way Then, as the ending drew ever nearer with the biggest bombshell still waiting to drop on the characters, I wondered how on earth the story would have any kind of a resolution.As I reflect now, I think the only word for the ending is right anything else would have been either unrealistic or bruising to my conscience Hallmark, it s not, and some readers might be disappointed by the way the story concludes, but it will make you think And theI think about it, theI m impressed by this story.First of all, it s presented from three different points of view Marissa s point of view is written in the first person, whereas Colin s and Kaitlyn s points of view are written in the third person This has the subtle effect of allowing the reader to identify with Marissa and her pain first and foremost, but also have insight into the secondary protagonists antagonists, Colin and Kaitlyn.Secondly, the author did an exceptional job of making all three characters realistic It would have been so easy to make Colin a two dimensional villain, but he sthan the sum of his mistakes, grievous though they may be And while Marissa is the innocent party in the fallout of the affair, she s not without blame in the breakdown of the marriage I found their motivations understandable, even if they didn t excuse their actions, and their emotions complex and authentic.Kaitlyn stands in the middle ground, having made the unwise decision to enter into a relationship with her professor, but without the full knowledge of his situation She s an unwitting antagonist a twenty six year old woman who can t change the decisions that got her where she is, but who is determined to make the right decisions as she goes forward As the friendship grows between her and Marissa and it s a lovely friendship waiting for the moment when they would realise their connection wound the tension tighter and tighter.This is the kind of story that takes you out of your comfort zone and lets you experience the mess that unwise decisions can lead to the kind of mess that leaves permanent stains How do believers handle those kinds of situations, especially when at least one of the people involved ISN T a believer Where do they find hope and strength to move forward These are the kinds of questions you ll be pondering as you read this book, along with the if only s we can all learn from.I received a copy of this book from the publisher This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion. Rarely have I read a book that I ve waffled back and forth so much From wanting Marissa and Colin to work things out to believing she has just cause to end it, the only thing I stood firm on was how much Colin s actions had hurt these two women.This book is not an easy one to read There is not a pat, easy answer to unravel the tangle that Marissa and Colin s marriage has become And as a Bible believing, Christian, that says a lot.Throughout this story, I wanted Marissa to find her strength and gain her footing I was impressed with Kaitlyn s maturity, and I was disgusted by Colin s behavior even though the author tried to throw a little sympathy Colin s way, it wasn t near enough to make him a likable character in this story.Readers are pretty much going to wait until the last fifty pages for what you ve been waiting for the entire book to happen and then everything is tied up quickly but in a bit of a dissatisfying way Mostly because I wanted to find out whether these three survive or thrive in the futures they ve chosen no spoilers here.Georgiana Daniels definitely made a bold move in this story Readers often revert to fiction to escape the hurts and disappointments of life, but Shadows of Hope is full of those exact things The bright spot in this book is the friendship that Marissa and Kaitlyn forge but simply reading the book description is enough to hint that even that might not last.Disclosure statement I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and or authors, including NetGalley I am not required to write positive reviews The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255. This certainly wasn t a feel good novel, but a realistic look at the emotions a husband and wife may go through while their marriage unravels. Shadows of Hope by author Georgiana Daniels is a well written faith based fiction The story is about the choices people make and the consequences which are left for each person who is affected by those decisions The author is successful in conveying a theme regarding the actions we take in this life can cause a ripple effect of love and joy or disappointment and misery for others It does have a Christian belief in some of the characters asking God for guidance in daily life, but the author realistically shows even people of the Christian faith have differing thoughts or belief in Biblical teachings.In this story, Marissa works each day to help the lives of high risk mothers and babies with her longtime friend Tristen at a grant funded clinic Marissa is struggling with a problem of infertility after the miscarriage of her baby Her relationship with her husband Colin has changed since the miscarriage and they are not as close Colin has his own priorities as he is seeking for tenure at the university where he teaches and has a lab for his research He is worried that his secret affair with a student may become public before a tenure decision is announced by the board Kaitlyn is an adult student who fell in love with her professor and found herself pregnant even though she was taking precautions She had no idea he was married All of these characters revolve around each other as the story unfolds The support system between parents and adult children can sometimes go awry when personal beliefs are being imposed on others, regardless of the circumstances The author allows the characters in this book to come to terms with hard choices and the changes they need to implement for a better life. I was so excited about reading this book I had never read anything by this author and so as a book lover always looking for a new author I set out with an open mind I was enjoying the book until the end.As an avid reader, the ending was rather abrupt for me.It took me over the cliff and left me hanging I did ask the author if there was a book 2 and she said no.I sadly have to give this book 3 stars.I will try her again if she writes another book in the future.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. A Story Of Hope In The Aftermath Of Inconceivable Betrayal And Broken Dreams What Ifyou Struggled With Infertility But Unknowingly Befriended Your Husband S Pregnant Mistress What Ife Woman You Were Seeing Behind Your Wife S Back Gets Pregnant, Threatening Your Job And Marriage What Ifyour Boyfriend Never Told You He Was Married And You Discover You Re Pregnant Crisis Pregnancy Worker Marissa Moreau Suspects Her Husband Is Cheating, But Little Does She Know How Close To Home Her Husband S Infidelity Hits College Student Kaitlyn Farrows Is Floundering After A Relationship With Her Professor Leaves Her Pregnant Soon She Lands A Job And A Support System At The Local Pregnancy Resource Center And Things Seem To Be Turning Around But When Marissa And Kaitlyn Become Friends, Neither One Knows They Share A Connection Colin, Marissa S Husband And Kaitlyn S Former Professor When Their Private Lives Collide, The Two Women Must Face The Ultimate Test Of Their Faith And Choose How To Move Forward As They Live In The Shadows Of Hope Dramatic but Underwhelming Let me preface this by saying that this is not the type of book that I would normally pick up Had this been promoted by a non Christian publishing company, I would not have considered it However, the premise sounded fairly intriguing and I wanted to dip my toes into something outside my comfort level With that being said, Shadows of Hope just didn t really get off the ground with me The drama, while expected given the subject matter, was in my opinion overdone, and the characters didn t resonate much with me The narrative is divided between Marissa whose viewpoint is related in the first person her husband, Colin, and Kaitlyn, the other woman I found it difficult at times to sympathize with Marissa because of her self centered attitude toward her marriage and her sometimes unrealistic expectations overall Colin didn t seem to have many redeeming features, while Kaitlyn is portrayed as an angelic figure The way that these three interact throughout the novel does add a definite human interest aspect, but the plot seemed too drawn out The faith element was present, but almost as a side note, or so it seemed for much of the story s duration Granted, there was no profanity or sexual situations this was a clean read but faith was not as prominent an issue as I was expecting and hoping for This was hard to reconcile with my expectations I also anticipatedsuspense and was surprised when so much of the story s backbone was revealed relatively early on Nevertheless, I did want to find out exactly how things turned out in the end for each character Despite not being the most compelling novel I ve ever read, Shadows of Hope does offer a look at redemption and at facing life s challenges and heartbreaks I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Georgiana Daniels resides in the beautiful mountains of Arizona with her super generous husband and three talented daughters She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor s degree in public relations, and now has the privilege of homeschooling by day and wrestling with the keyboard by night She enjoys sharing God s love through fiction, and is exceedingly thankful for her own ha
- 317 pages
- Shadows of Hope
- Georgiana Daniels
- 12 August 2019 Georgiana Daniels