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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

Reading Hope Springs was like stepping into the town itself. I could relate to so many of the characters, and I almost felt as if I was a part of their close-knit family.

The women in this book face struggles that we all deal with, sometimes even daily. Libby struggle...
Reading Hope Springs was like stepping into the town itself. I could relate to so many of the characters, and I almost felt as if I was a part of their close-knit family.

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, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Lost from the start

As soon as I started reading this book, I felt a little lost. Sort of like I had been thrown into a story that other people already knew half of and I knew nothing about. There wasn't a lot of introduction to the characters so I often felt like I was playing catch-up t...
As soon as I started reading this book, I felt a little lost. Sort of like I had been thrown into a story that other people already knew half of and I knew nothing about. There wasn't a lot of introduction to the characters so I often felt like I was playing catch-up trying to figure out who these people were. From what I understand, some of Kim's other books revolve around some of the characters seen in Hope Springs┬┐, but since I haven't read any of her other books I felt out of the loop. Another thing I wasn't very fond of was the fact that the elapsed time between chapters varied from a few days to a few months and there wasn't a lot of talk about what had happened during those gaps in the story.

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, 2012

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Reading Hope Springs was like stepping into the town itself. I c

    Reading Hope Springs was like stepping into the town itself. I could relate to so many of the characters, and I almost felt as if I was a part of their close-knit family.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    Hope Springs is a small town where everyone knows everyone. Of c

    Hope Springs is a small town where everyone knows everyone. Of course, this also means everyone is involved in everyone else's business as well. When the pastor of one of the 2 churches in town passes away, former Hope Springs residents come back for the funeral. As they discover how theirs lives have changed, they also discover they still have many things in common. The Sanders family soon learns their matriarch, Grandma Geri, is very ill. They try to make the best of things, but a family secret soon rocks them to their cores. Meanwhile the Dillon family is making some big decisions of their own when husband Jim feels called to come minister to the flock his father left behind. There are ups and downs, but the residents of Hope Springs will find that with each other they can make it through anything.

    This book kind of took me by surprise. There were a lot of topics that could be somewhat heavy, but the author managed to handle them very deftly. I will admit to getting confused with all the names though. I definitely needed that family tree in the front! I think the book managed to talk about sensitive topics without being too preachy (which is saying a lot for a book somewhat about preaching). Nothing was really wrapped up in a neat little bow, and I appreciated that. It made the book seem more realistic. I found myself cheering for almost every character. Even through the problems and secrets, I grew to love all the characters in different ways. The big family secret surprised me, and that can be hard to do sometimes. It wasn't really projected in any way, so I was feeling just like the characters.

    I really loved the way race was portrayed in this book. To have so many people of different races who were equally successful and well-rounded was awesome. These are the types of positive characters that everyone could stand to read about. Sure, they all had their struggles, but they were all good people overall. Reading about the children being wonderfully colorblind helped give me hope. Issues with race in the past, present, and future were all addressed to some degree. Once again, no easy answers were given, but there were definitely a lot of things for me to think about. Just watching the people of Hope Springs start a conversation about it was great. When it came to forgiveness of others, I like that one character was ready to admit she couldn't just easily throw aside past hurts. I just felt like so many of they characters had problems that so many of us have had or will have in our lives. Watching them work through it all helped give me some ideas of things I could work on. This book was really fantastic, and I think a lot of people will enjoy reading it.

    Galley provided for review.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

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    Forgiveness

    Hope Springs is a small town in North Carolina...held together by two churches...one white Calvery and the other black New Jerusalem.
    The story starts when Jim Anderson pastor of Calvery passes away. He lives next door to Geri Sanders and their families have lived by each other most all of their lives. Both families come back to town for his services.
    This book becomes a compelling read, and we are soon immersed in the lives of these families.
    While in town it is found out that Grandma Geri is dying of lung cancer. This fact changes a lot of lives, and the family begins to focus mainly on her well being.
    The center of the story are the lives of Granddaughters Janelle, Stephanie, Libby, and Becca Anderson...her husband is called to take over his Dad's Church.
    Throughout this book I found God leading, yes there are hard times, and a lot of tears shed. Don't miss this page turning read!

    I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Group and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate is an impacting book on so many le

    Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate is an impacting book on so many levels. This inspirational novel tells the story of two families – past to present - and their relationships, struggles, life callings, and healings. Set in the rural south, Hope Springs ventures down the pathways of race, Christian unity and radical forgiveness. At the heart of the story, there is an ongoing theme of love, sacrifice, and surrender.

    The significance of this book’s message is relevant to all. I could believe that anything is possible in Hope Springs. The view of God from that place is truly magnificent.
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    I enjoyed this book more than I can say. It is a favorite and a keeper. I would very definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in appreciating the value of family, forgiveness, redemption, spiritual growth and love. Female or male, I believe this book has resounding lessons for the heart.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    Hope Springs by Kim Tate was a fun read! I was actually reading

    Hope Springs by Kim Tate was a fun read! I was actually reading two books at the same time. The other book was very “Heavy” and really made you think and reflect. This book, Hope Springs was a nice distraction! I am always grateful for a book that can take my mind off the real world and just put me at peace. Reading has always been a treasure for me and my dad, and even more so since his passing.
    This book spoke volumes in terms of family relationships and friendships. It took place in the South, and while it was written in the present, some of the issues dealt with prejudices and what happens when we let what other people think about race and the world affect our own thinking. This is not uncommon today and therefore, this story was written very well to display these things.
    The book also focused on finding yourself. Each person (and there were a lot of characters in this book, which made it difficult at the beginning to keep everyone straight) had their own issues to deal with. Each person had something in their past or an obstacle in their future that they had to think through and trust God to help them with. Trusting and leaning on God was pivotal for these characters, as was trusting and leaning on each other in good and bad times.
    I always seem to enjoy the books I receive from Booksneeze. Thanks for another opportunity to read a good one!

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