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Her Hopes and Dreams
     

Her Hopes and Dreams

4.4 7
by Terri Osburn
 

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As a newly single mother, Carrie Farmer isn’t quite ready to jump back into the dating pool in Ardent Springs—especially since her last marriage was such a disaster. But if anyone could entice her to wade in a bit, it would be her hunky neighbor, Noah Winchester. He’s the perfect man: strong, protective, and smoking hot. But her eyes have

Overview

As a newly single mother, Carrie Farmer isn’t quite ready to jump back into the dating pool in Ardent Springs—especially since her last marriage was such a disaster. But if anyone could entice her to wade in a bit, it would be her hunky neighbor, Noah Winchester. He’s the perfect man: strong, protective, and smoking hot. But her eyes have deceived her before, and she’s no longer willing to hand over her heart so easily.

After completing several tours in the Middle East, Noah returns to his hometown a very different man. The former soldier’s plan to rest and relax is soon waylaid by the intriguing woman next door and her heart-stealing little girl. Something—or someone—put shadows in Carrie’s lovely eyes, and he’s determined to clear them away. But when hidden demons can no longer be ignored, the couple gets a reminder from an unexpected source that love truly can conquer all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781503941427
Publisher:
Amazon Publishing
Publication date:
11/15/2016
Series:
Ardent Springs Series , #4
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
577,924
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 16.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Although born in the Ohio Valley, Terri Osburn found her true home between the covers of her favorite books. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood landscapes, and the romance genre beckoned during her teen years. In 2007, she put pen to paper to write her own. Just five years later, she became a 2012 finalist for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, and her debut novel was released a year later. To date, she has released eight novels, two novellas, and one short story. You can learn more about this internationally bestselling author by visiting her website at www.terriosburn.com.

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Her Hopes and Dreams 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
This is the first of this series that I’ve read – I remember coming across a couple of others and wanting to get an ARC but for the life of my I can’t remember why I didn’t … I loved Osburn’s Anchor Island series, so I have no idea what I was doing :) I don’t think that it make a huge difference but the previous couples are very involved in this story and I’m curious about how Carrie was portrayed before since she so entwined in everyone’s lives. You can definitely read this as a stand alone but I think that it will have more impact for returning readers. Having said that, I will admit to really liking these two. Noah’s not your average hero – he’s not smooth or all that charming. He suffers from PTSD and a few rought deployments mixed with some disappointments in his recovery has led him to believe that he’s better off alone. He avoids most social situations and tends to be blunt in his conversation. But at his core he’s a very good man. He just has an awful way of showing it :) After a pretty rocky start, complete with some awful assumptions and not-so-nice things being said, time with Carrie has him hoping for something different. Carrie has had a pretty hard life (and this is one of those places where I wish I’d read the previous books so I’d have a better feel for everything she’s gone through). She’s finally at good place – her own house, good job, supportive friends and only her daughter to be responsible to. There’s no man or family to beat her down and she’s actually starting to feel good about herself. Then she gets a new, crusty neighbor who just happens to have been good friends with her abusive husband. He doesn’t think the best of her and isn’t afraid to share his feelings … but once they have a chance to clear the air about things, they start to see each other differently. And Carrie sees the good man under the scruffy beard. And thinks that maybe she’s finally found something worthy. I’m sure that having gotten to know Carrie already, returning readers will be even more invested in her story but I definitely felt for her and was happy to see her put a better life together. I’m curious how much growth she’s done in the earlier books because it seems like she moved pretty quickly into a relationship with Noah. However she does talk about how seeing the other couples be so happy makes her realize that there are good men. And Noah’s as good with his actions as he is with his words when it comes to his aversion to violence against women. I’ve seen some comments in reviews that a woman who has survived abuse would be more hesitant to get involved again within a year or so of her husband’s death but I get the feeling that Carrie has been heading that way for a while (even if just in her own mind). Maybe since he’s a new character, and she has to do all of his development here, I feel like Osburn does a great job of giving Noah’s PTSD its due. It has a huge impact on his life and he struggles with how to handle it. I feel for him as he describes some of the things that he’s gone through but I was happy that “love” didn’t miraculously cure him. He needs real help and Osburn addresses that. I’m reminded why I enjoyed my other Osburn books so much. She’s great at creating interesting characters and an involved plot, plus her easy-to-read writing keeps readers involved. With her newest, two wounded souls find each other and and work to find a happy, healthy place together.
Staci70 More than 1 year ago
This is our fourth visit to Ardent Springs. I have been looking forward to Carrie Farmer's book since she was first introduced to us in an earlier book. After everything she experienced in her young life, she was destined for a HEA. She is starting over with her young daughter on her own little piece of property that she was able to place a trailer onto it. Noah Winchester has returned home to his family farm after several tours in the middle East. He does not know that his family sold off a small portion of the land to Carrie. He's quite surprised to return home and find Carrie living there. He's even more surprised to learn he knows Carrie already based on her past with her dead husband Patch, who happened to be one of Noah's closest friends. It was so great to read about the redemption of Carrie, along with the reasons that led her to do what she did. I really enjoyed reading this story and seeing how these people got to their HEA.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Her Hopes and Dreams is a story about risking it all to get to that happily ever after. Noah has seen his share of turmoil on the battlefield, he doesn't expect to come to face to face with those same fears when he looks into a pair of beautiful yet scared eyes. Carrie doesn't trust as easily as she once would have. Her past has left her wary and determined to build a better life for her and her little girl. But her enticing neighbor is waylaying all of her plans and exploring all the possibilities. Terri Osburn is not as familiar to me but she delivers in Her Hopes and Dreams, a little bit fairy tale and a large amount of heart.
belllla More than 1 year ago
Her Hopes and Dreams is another love story from Ardent Springs. Although I liked the story this is my least favorite. There is nothing wrong with the story or the characters. Both Noah and Carrie are very likable sweet and easy to love. But for me the story was missing a special spark just like it was at the end with the letter. With more that in the story would be perfect. But I enjoyed reading it and was happy to read about Ardent Springs once again. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
DebraMenard155 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book,the characters and storyline,I think Carrie is a very strong woman who holds her head up high even though she has some other townspeople just won't let her live it down.She's raising her baby single handedly,and having a women's shelter built for domestic violence.I definitely would recommend this book.There's more to ger story,and you should read it and find out.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. These characters were so real with hopes, dreams, flaws and issues but people you want to see find the happiness they deserve. I enjoyed watching as Carrie and Noah's relationship changed from adversarial to loving. It was a slow believable turn as they got to know each other working on a project Carrie is very passionate about. The way the author dealt with the issues of PTSD and domestic abuse is commendable. Both are tough issues but she dealt with each with compassion and showed that both can be dealt with and moved on from. This was a wonderful story and one I would definitely recommend to everyone.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Sweet small town romance between a military veteran with PTSD and a once abused widowed mother of a pre-toddler. When Carrie met Noah they did not hit off and his gruff very rude comments were not appreciated by her. When he sees her again in the office where he will interview for a job things do not improve. They begin to improve as they gradually reveal more about themselves to one another as neighbor and on the job. Preconceptions are shattered and true interest and courtship takes place. Noah is enamored with both Carrie and her daughter, Molly, and does what he can to improve their lives while his life improves by being with them. This book deals with current and rather heavy topics that include: single parenting, domestic abuse, PTSD, cheating on a spouse and the loss of a child. The issues were dealt with well and with compassion. I did not understand how Carrie managed to be friends with her ex-husband and the woman he married in this book and think that had I read the previous books in the series I might have understood this and also some of the dynamics between other characters mentioned. That said - back stories and reading of the previous books was not necessary to fully understand this novel. This is my first book by this author and I will look for other books by her in the future. Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the ARC of this novel. This is my honest review.