Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories

Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories

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by Alexis a. Goring
     
 

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Hope in My Heart is a collection of short, heartwarming stories with characters in need of hope.

In "Love Unexpected," a car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up

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Hope in My Heart is a collection of short, heartwarming stories with characters in need of hope.

In "Love Unexpected," a car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up unexpectedly.

Christmastime is the setting for the middle story, "The Best Gift." Christina desires to lose ten pounds so she can fit into her dress for her sister's wedding. Jordan wishes her mom would stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually learns that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God.

In "Peace and Love," three characters living in a metropolitan area are desperately searching. Elle, a starving artist, aspires to become a paid professional. Eric, a divorce attorney, wants to resolve his issues concerning his parents' divorce. Kristine anticipates finding her birth mom before she marries Derek. All characters pray their searches will conclude this holiday season and fill their hearts with peace and love.

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ISBN-13:
9781462731145
Publisher:
Lifeway Christian Resources
Publication date:
09/05/2013
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

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Hope in My Heart: A collection of heartwarming stories 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful heartwarming stores of love, faith and hope.  The stories touched me in a profound way.
lilacqueen75 4 months ago
I think I have higher expectations for stories set in modern times. Unless they're supposed to be fantasy, sci fi, paranormal, etc, I want them to be believable and realistic. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a connection with these stories or with the characters. It takes a lot of talent to be able to write a short story or a novella, because a tight story has to be written--one full of developed characters, conflict/resolution, and it all has to be tied up with a neat little bow--to leave a reader feeling satisfied. This one fell short for me. When two characters meet for the very first time and it's instant love, there's got to be a good reason as to why. When a woman is tricked into a date with a man whom she's only met twice (very briefly), gets emotional over a prayer on the food, and her friend tells her it's because she's in love, I'm turned off. When a woman breaks up with the man whom she believes is her "one and only" because she hates his haircut and then expects him to still be pining over her a year later and throws a fit because he's not, I feel like I'm reading a story about junior high school, not grown adults. This collection of stories had a lot of potential, but there isn't enough depth in either the plot or the characters to make it believable. *I received a copy through Singing Librarian Tours in exchange for an honest review*
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
Hope In My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories is a collection of three novellas combined into one book. Each novella is unique and stand alone, but they all are similar in the vein of hope inspiring, heartwarming stories. Alexis's imagination is vibrant and creative, combining unique locations, interesting jobs, and her characters find themselves in a variety of situations that have them "lacking" something at the beginning of the story and "finding" it at the end in a traditional happy ending. I don't think these stories would be called "heartwarming" without a happy ending, which I appreciate. While I enjoyed the situations her characters found themselves in, there were a few things lacking that I would have loved to see. The main thing was conflict. I felt like there was the perfect set up for a lot of great conflict with each of the stories involved, but things were resolved much too quickly for my personal taste. I like to struggle along with characters a bit before they get the answer to their problems and/or questions. This could partially be due to the nature of the novellas themselves. They were too short to really delve into the nitty gritty of the characters emotions and struggles. I also would have loved to see her characters for books 2 and 3 have something in relation to one another. It was neat getting to read about the different story lines but part of me really wanted them to somehow intersect creating the "answer" to one of their problems or something. It would have helped them feel more connected. One last thing that made these slightly difficult to read was the head hopping (that is, changing character perspective in the middle of a scene). It's hard for me to really feel involved with a character when all the sudden we're finding out the thoughts of another character. While I was reading I found myself thinking about Hallmark movies and finding the stories similar to that. They were definitely heart warming and give you that perfect, happy ending. _______________ I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By her own admission, Alexis Goring hopes that her stories will touch hearts, bring smiles to faces and inspire minds to seek God whose love for humanity is unfailing. Love Unexpected In this first story, a minor car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up unexpectedly. I think we all know a guy like Sebastian – he’s not a bad guy but rather, he’s a good guy, who is just a bit too used having a certain effect on women. Watching him fall in love with Chandra made me smile so many times. I just loved him in Love Unexpected. Chandra’s dramatic personality was interesting to watch. While I instantly connected with Sebastian, it took me until Chandra opened Sebastian’s card that came with his flowers for me to really identify with her. Goring manages to capture the initial magic of falling in love with a simple joy that warms the heart. The magic in the story is in seeing two people, who for various reasons always believed they would be alone, finding a genuine connection with each other. Their happy ending was engaging and sincere. The Best Gift The second story is set at Christmastime, which meant that I was instantly drawn in and attracted to the magic of this special time of year. Christina wants to lose ten pounds so that she can fit into her dress for her sister’s wedding. Jordan wishes her mother would simply stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually leans that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God. I instantly sympathised with Christina’s plight. Wanting to look nice at your sister’s weddings is something most of us can relate to. The pressure that Jordan felt from her mother to tie the knot was also something that I could relate to, whereas Joshua’s desire to connect with God was refreshing to read. Interestingly enough, of the three stories, I became most invested in Joshua’s journey to grow closer to God. He seemed to transform on the page from self-absorbed to Christ-like in his ability to touch other people’s lives. There was a simply magic in watching three people set off down an unexpected path and have each one turn out well. The positive outcomes really warmed my heart. Peace and Love Three people living in a metropolitan area are desperately searching. Elle (a starving artist) aspires to become a paid professional. Eric (a divorce attorney) wants to resolve his issues concerning his parent’s divorce. Kristine anticipates finding her birth mom before she marries Derek. All of them pray their searches will conclude this holiday season and fill their hearts with peace and love. In Peace and Love, I instantly connected with Eric. His working life has been impacted by his painful past and even though his intentions are honourable, each day simply dredges up his old memories. It is difficult handling this type of work, even for the most energised, positive person. Kristine’s touching story about finding her birth mother was sweet and sincere. I thought Goring’s ability to create three dynamic characters that you relate to, who do not have anything to do with each other, is very skilful. Elle’s quest for a job is something I think everyone can relate to. We’ve all been there at one point or another. It is a good reminder that God cares about even the minor things in our lives. He provides for our needs with a kindness and compassion that we can’t truly understand this side of eternity. Alexis Goring’s style is sweet and each of her characters is clearly their own person. It’s not like we are reading the same character react and handle different situations. I do think that her characters settle into their stories. What I mean is that it takes a bit of time for the reader to get a handle on each person’s motivations and their emotions. If I could make any suggestions, I would say that if Goring could capture her characters’ personality quirks, motivations and emotions at the very beginning of each story, the reader would find themselves instantly attached to them. This is not a criticism though because there is nothing wrong with having those things gradually emerge naturally. It’s more of an observation that I would look forward to seeing in future work by Alexis Goring. I would recommend this book for a younger female audience. It contains beautiful, hopeful stories that warm the heart; so really, each story does exactly what Alexis Goring wanted it to do: inspire hope in the heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope In My Heart is a collection of sweet stories that will appeal to young adults. Each snippet is of a young adult, searching for a better understanding of reality, with a dash of faith. This book is light reading with a series of happy endings. 
LisaLickel0 More than 1 year ago
Three short stories in one book - great snippets of sweet faith-based Christmas holiday romance and new starts for those who like their reading on the dash. These nicely set tales feature characters who have room to grow; men and women who realize life is bigger than their own little orbits. From the self-centered personal trainer to the lawyer who works and plays much too hard to notice a stable relationship has her own desk right outside his office, to the young lady looking for a job and a woman looking for her mom, there's something for everyone in Hope in My Heart. Kudos to Ms. Goring. Recommended for readers of love and romance and belief in persistence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. Alexis is a great writing and the book was a real page turner.  Can't wait till the next book she comes out with!