Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Color of Hope

Stephanie London led a life of comfort and ease in St. Louis before feeling inexplicably drawn back to her father’s roots in the tiny Southern town of Hope Springs. Charlotte Willoughby has lived there all her life and longs to make a new life somewhere else. Stephanie doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing there—or how to occupy her time. And Charlotte doesn’t understand why, despite her overbearing family and reminders of her failed engagement, she’s suddenly led to stay.

Despite its small-town charm, Hope Springs itself is at a crossroads. After a failed reconciliation attempt by two well-meaning pastors, the town is split along racial and cultural lines, with little hope for redemption.

When a terrible tragedy puts Hope Springs on the national radar, the entire town is tested, and both Stephanie and Charlotte feel their lives unraveling. In the midst of heartache, though, they’ll discover the true color of hope . . .

In the past, I have reviewed Cherished and Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate. These are two of my favorite Christian fiction books. Naturally, when I received an email from Booksneeze asking if I would be interested in reviewing Tate's latest book in exchange for an honest review I jumped at the chance. The publication date is listed as April 2nd, 2012 on Amazon, and I highly suggest everyone purchases this book as soon as they can. 

I think Tate's books are so powerful because they deal with real life situations that any typical reader could see him or herself in within their own lives. The characters are dealing with each other, racial issues, bullying, and romance while trying to sort it all out with dignity and God's guidance in the foreground. This book had me laughing, wishing I was at the Sander's family reunion, and finally bawling through to the end. I stayed up half the night to find out how the story would conclude and was not disappointed. I look forward to more books by one of my favorite authors, Kim Cash Tate.

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