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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
Reading Hope Springs was like stepping into the town itself. I c
The women in this book face struggles that we all deal with, sometimes even daily. Libby struggle...
The women in this book face struggles that we all deal with, sometimes even daily. Libby struggles with her dating relationships and the paralyzing fear of commitment. Stephanie is living a comfortable life, the one she carefully planned for, but feelings of discontent have her wondering if there’s something more. Becca has finally been given the opportunity of a lifetime, the very thing she’s always dreamed of, but what happens if it is immediately taken away? And could her husband’s calling be different than her own? Janelle is still grieving her husband’s death and is raising her two children on her own, wondering what is the next step in her life. Sara Ann desires to do more to serve her Lord, but fears that she isn’t worthy, isn’t good enough.
The small town of Hope Springs is honestly synonymous for many, many small towns and communities. Having grown up in a small southern town myself, I’ve seen first-hand the lines of segregation that still exist today. Miss Tate did an exemplary of presenting this issue in an honest, factual way. As Christians, these lines that we draw, regardless if they are racial, social, or simply lines of bitterness are dividing the plans and blessings that God has in store for us.
This story is also a great example of how easily secrets, feelings of prejudice and things left unspoken can tear a family apart. Learning to let go can be the hardest thing, but the most beautiful, and rewarding thing in the very end.
Hope Springs is the third novel Kim Cash Tate has written around the Sanders family, preceded by Faithful and Cherished.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book through a publicity agency. However I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions listed above are entirely my own.
posted by hannahetrotter on June 29, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Lost from the start
Once I was able to get a feel for the characters and their stories, I enjoyed the book a little. It was hard to really enjoy the book as a whole because it was almost like starting to watch a TV show in the middle and having to piece together past events on my own. I am sure that Kim Cash Tate is a wonderful story teller, I just wish I'd read some of her other books before jumping into this one. I plan to give her another shot and pick up one of her earlier books and I'd advise others interested in this book to do the same in hopes that they won't be as lost as I was at times.
Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
posted by JamieLittle on June 26, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2012
Kim Cash Tate has crafted an intricate story that, left to someo
Kim Cash Tate has crafted an intricate story that, left to someone else's hand, could have become a confusing mess. But with Tate's touch, the trials and tribulations of the members of the Dillon and Sanders families, as well as their friends, are well presented. There is much that occurs in "Hope Springs."
It starts with family getting together at the Christmas holiday and also attending a funeral following an unexpected death. In the course of all this, Janelle tries to better copy with her husband's untimely death while an old love rekindles; Stephanie tries to find the "nicer, better" version of herself while her husband is on a mission trip to Haiti; Libby tries to come to terms with her feelings for an old friend and former boyfriend; and Becca works through her emotions after being added as a speaker to a national women's conference and then being dropped as quickly as she was included in the lineup. In the middle of all this is a serious illness that threatens to hasten Grandma Geri's departure from this life and a secret no one saw coming.
While the writing itself is a bit clunky at times, Tate does a good job of providing just enough detail to make the story clear without overwhelming the reader, especially since there are so many storylines and characters being presented. I often found it difficult to put down the book, which is always a good sign, especially because I could relate to some of the faith difficulties some of the characters encounter. Overall, a good read.
Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.
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Posted July 9, 2012
Kim Cash Tate is one of my favorite authors and she never disapp
Kim Cash Tate is one of my favorite authors and she never disappoints! I love how all of her stories intertwine and she writes characters that are so easy to relate to! In Hope Springs we encounter three women; Janelle, Stephanie and Becca. They are all on extremely different journeys but all find they are in need of healing and restoration in their lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What I love about this book is how it evokes strong emotion and gives extremely realistic circumstances. As with all of Kim Cash Tate's stories, you will put it down feeling as if you knew the characters personally and lived the stories right along with them.
I highly recommend this book and love how it is not only a great story, but also brings such strong spiritual conviction with it!
Posted June 22, 2012
VERY UPLIFTING NOVEL!
After several years of not being close to her family, Stephanie has a sudden urge to spend Christmas at her grandmother's house. While there, she learns that her grandmother has terminal cancer. Since her husband has volunteered for a medical missions trip to Haiti, she has time on her hands and offers to move in and help her cousins take care of her grandmother. In the months to come, the family not only goes through the trials of watching their grandmother as she weakens, but they also learn family secrets that have kept family members apart too long. But as they grow closer to one another, their faith in God grows stronger as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This was an uplifting Christian fiction novel. It was not too preachy or sappy, but the characters were very human. The situations that arose are the type that happen in families every day. On a personal level, I really related to Becca's character and her situation. It was also very nice to see how the author handled the interracial aspect of the church today. It has been said that Sunday is the most segregated day of the week, and although this is changing, it is still a slow change. I really appreciated the way she emphasized this point. My only complaint, and it is a small one: eventually, there were so many characters, I couldn't keep up with all of them. But that's still a small complaint for such a good novel. I look forward to reading more from this author. This was definitely 4 stars.
Posted June 9, 2012
A good addition to the Christian fiction field At first I wasn't
A good addition to the Christian fiction fieldWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
At first I wasn't sure I would like Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate.
First chapters seemed too light, and I thought I would be reading a predictable romance despite there being a large gathering of characters. But as the characters settled into their extended stays in the Hope Springs community, author Tate exposed some deeper issues to her readers. Todd Dillon, who has come home for his pastor father's funeral, contemplates an offer to take over his father's ministry at Calvery Church. His trip to Hope Springs gives him an opportunity to reconnect with his childhood best friend Travis who pastors the large black congregation down the street at New Jerusalem.
Travis deeply cares for his flock, especially Grandma Geri, one of the congregation's pillars. Geri's family, the Sanders have always been close to their white neighbors, the Dillons, and so many of Geri's grandchildren have come to grieve with Todd and his family. It is this "enlightened" friendship between the races that Tate holds up to the light through the rest of the book. Despite decade old neighborhood friendships, the black community and the white community do not worship together on a regular basis. It will be a off-the-cuff Bible study at the local cafe started by cousin Janelle that will bring the women of both races together in a meaningful way. And as Geri's family gathers round her following an announcement of a serious illness, she reveals a family secret that will forever change the Dillons and Sanders families.
I ended up liking the book mainlt because of the bigger issues that underscore the story. I also liked the large cast which gave the author much to write about and much for me to follow. Todd's wife who appears to be a successful Christian speaker undergoes some significant reflection and rethinking of her life. Stephanie, a young married who admits that she struggles against any call to put others first in her life, comes to cherish time with her grandma and cousins. Soon she is reaping the rewards of selflessness. Janelle, still deep in grief over the death of her young husband, finds she is in the position to be with Grandma Geri as her health deteriorates, but that puts her in the pathway of an old flame. Another cousin Libby remains caught up in an empty lifestyle, but her trips to Hope Springs and the safety of extended family become more frequent. I am sure another Hope Springs novel will follow -- romance and a happy ending finds one of the cousins, but not another. More stories remain to be told I received an e-copy of this title for review purposes. All opinions are mine.