This book packs a pretty punch, let me tell you. It has everything readers have come to expect from this author, plus so much more. The story is full of heart, witty lines, charming family and friends, and an encouraging lesson for all of us.
There were several strong, sympathetic characters to relate to. Their individual journeys, marked by pain, regret, and bitterness, will be relatable to many, I think. I bonded with their realistic struggles and rooted for each of them to find happiness. The plot just kept expanding and twisting in unexpected ways as I turned the pages.
At first, I struggled a bit getting into it, but once I did… I read and read and read. 😉 Even though I often prefer historicals, this contemporary tale is unique and undoubtedly special. The spiritual theme is very strong throughout. In fact, it’s really the heartbeat of the entire story.
Isle of Hope was so much more than meets the eye. It’s a love story full of hope, yes, but beyond that it’s also a tale of reconciliation, second chances, and forgiveness. Most of all, it’s a story of faith, both old and new. This is one book that has the heart and honesty to really change its readers.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
She stole his heart.
He stole her peace.
Can hope steal their pain?
At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack O’Bryen, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs away from Isle of Hope, turning her back on everything she loves. Now, eight years later, she’s back as a woman of faith, hoping to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she denied. Only the bridges she’s burned are still smoldering, kindled by an adulterous affair by Jack’s pastor father that damaged his son’s faith. But can a turning of tables—and hearts—lead the way back to “hope” for them all?
Award-winning author of “The Daughters of Boston” and “Winds of Change” series, Julie Lessman was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards. She has also garnered 17 RWA awards and made Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Her book A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. You can contact Julie and read excerpts from her books at www.julielessman.com.
In case you missed my recent interview with Julie, you can still read it here…